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  1. Help, I’m stuck!

    3/25/16

    by Dana Pavlichko

    I looked at my screen from far away, went for a walk, and took a break. I find myself pushing around the same elements in Photoshop in different arrangements with no success. I’m focused on requirements, but letting them dictate my choices. Time is running out. It feels like there is no room left to experiment—that it’s just time to get the job done. My comp’s arrangement isn’t working. Is it too late to come up with something fresh?

  2. Under the rocks and stones, same as it ever was

    3/21/16

    by Michael Johnson

    A few days ago Erik Spiekermann offered some perspective on a mobile-first article, relating its situation-based process to print design: “I always start with the smallest element and work up from it. In a book that may be the footnotes, in a timetable that would be the numbers, in a magazine the main text.” He goes on to say:

    “You do the same for screens. So what’s new? The present generation of UI/UX designers may think that they invented a new way of designing, but we’ve had these issues forever.”

  3. A Key Player on a Wicked Team

    3/10/16

    by Abby Fretz

    Recently I attended a workshop run by the legendary designer and boundary-pushing problem solver, Bruce Mau. The workshop, hosted by PennPraxis and the Penn Institute for Urban Research (PennIUR), focused on a large scale (citywide) question, “How Do We Design a More Equitable Philadelphia?”

  4. A Tale of Two Launches

    3/3/16

    by Joe Rinaldi

    We’ve launched two projects with NYIT and Philly.com in two weeks and it’s got me feeling reflective. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of a launch, especially when I’m so very pleased with the results, but a faithful launch isn’t always certain.

  5. Expressive Type for Copy Blocks

    2/25/16

    by Mark Huot

    How many times have you been coding a navigation and found yourself overriding the default padding on a list? Or, have you ever dove into a teeny tiny “product meta block” only to find that all your paragraphs have this ridiculous default font-size of 16px? What do you do? Well, you do one of two things… you override everything or you set more simplistic defaults.

  6. Distributed yet synchronized

    2/18/16

    by Amanda Buck

    I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Brooklyn with four of my coworkers. An all-day client workshop was the reason for the visit but we also squeezed in my first employee review (over tagliatelle, no less) and a team dinner. I spend most of my days away from the Philly office, working in my studio in Baltimore. So it’s refreshing (and fun) to see my colleagues in person.

  7. Cautious collaboration

    2/11/16

    by Joe Rinaldi

    I’m back in the office today with my head aswim with ideas after attending Owner Summit in Atlanta this past week. One of the topics on everyone’s mind was collaboration.

  8. The digital agency is dead. Long live the digital agency.

    2/4/16

    by Dave DeRuchie

    In a mad dash to join all things product many are taking their design or development talents to South Beach the product space. Why the exodus? Curiosity led me to ask former digital agency practitioners representing design, development, and business analytic practice areas why they left agency life to pursue product work.

  9. Expressive type for CSS

    1/28/16

    by Allison Wagner

    Guys I figured it out! I figured out how to code type on the web.

    I kid. However I have been really digging my approach to type in the template-build phase as of late. It’s super simple, saves you tons of time, makes your files smaller, and communication both with your teammates and the client more focused. I’m not selling CSS snake oil here, I’m just that into it.

  10. Solr + Laravel + Pattern Lab = More Buzzwords!

    1/21/16

    by Dan Delauro

    One of the things I like the most about what we do is the fact that there’s always a bunch of different ways to do the same thing. Chances are, the end result is still just HTML getting rendered by a browser. But the real fun is starting a new project with a little bit of tech freedom that lets you ask yourself: “Wouldn’t it be crazy to try ____?”. Granted, with this team, the answer is almost always “Nah. Go for it!”. But it never hurts to gut check.