Braino

Even the best advertising creatives hit a wall sometimes. Braino is an Android and web app that provides thought-provoking prompts to get the ideas flowing again.

Apache Cordova was used to create a mobile application with typical web development languages. Users are prompted to enter a product name and then swipe the screen to generate prompts from an array of pre-written statements and corresponding images. Elements are generated dynamically as needed and Greensock’s TweenMax is used to smoothly animate the transitions.

Stock Photos Worth Using

Unfortunately, the tech industry is known for lacking women and people of color. One group in New York has been working since 2015 to change that; as part of their efforts they’ve decided to tackle a persistent, but often unnoticed, gap in web development: the lack of stock images showing women of color in technology fields.

CarMax

The redesigned CarMax site, built on React and Sitecore.

Consider the Following

CSS Tricks linked to a great essay on the overuse of JavaScript yesterday. It’s called “Maybe We Could Tone Down the JavaScript”. The author recently encountered a bug with their browser that stops JS from loading until about 20 seconds after the rest of the page loads. In the blog post they discuss how this causes many popular sites, with a focus on Twitter, to break.

Detente

Detente LLC provides industry best practices in support services for government and commercial customers operating in complex environments around the world. Their website needed an upgrade to better reflect the brand with large, clean images and a responsive design.

Jason Thomas

Despite your problems, your worries, your hardships, and your hurt, you put one foot in front of the other. You hold on. Even if it’s to someone else.

Haruki Murakami

…one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.

Women In Technology

Razorfish was host to a gaggle of girls in December for a Women In Technology immersion night. The girls in attendance were grouped together to create an interactive banner ad, media plan, and pitch for Music Midtown.

Load, Load, Load Your Boat

Smashing Magazine ran an article this week on the most common load methods used in e-commerce sites. It examined pagination vs. “load more” buttons vs infinite scrolling. I couldn’t help but think of the CarMax project as I read, because loading search results was one of our biggest challenges, particularly due to the amount of images for each car. A common search term like “Toyota” could easily produce upwards of 10,000 results, each with 20-30 images…

AAA Parking

AAA Parking was my first freelance site for an Atlanta agency, Partners Marketing Group. It’s a small, 3-page site that utilizes light JavaScript animations.

Joss Whedon

Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.

Every Time We Touch

Touch: It’s not just for children’s books! Turns out it matters, a lot, in web design and development, specifically where and how we touch devices. A wonderful article was posted earlier this month in A List Apart: “How We Hold Our Gadgets”. The article goes into great detail over how people hold different devices, but the most interesting parts to me were the heat maps of what the author calls the “thumb zone,” the area of the phone that a user can hit with their thumbs…

Geek Bling

An e-commerce site built entirely with Angular JS. Angular was described to me as “magical,” and I must admit it lived up to its name.

Joss Whedon

Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.

Walt Disney

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.