Design Thinkers

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ShareLast week I had the opportunity to attend day two of Design Thinkers in Toronto. The day was filled with lots of sitting and listening (two of my favourite things to do), as well as some great conversation with my co-worker Bryan and running in to a couple old college friends. All and all a […]

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Do it better.

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ShareThis morning I was skimming a speaker deck on ‘Automating Front-End Workflow‘ by Andy Osmani. While there are a ton of great resources for workflow in this deck and a lot of things I’d like to learn one day, there is a line on an early slide that stuck with me. First do it. Then do […]

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Responsive reports

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ShareMy team at Thrillworks recently rolled out the Suncor 2013 Report on Sustainability. This site was a massive undertaking by everyone involved. Not only does the website feature the full report data but we built it responsive as well. It’s a great feeling to see this hard work recognized on a Responsive web design showcase […]

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Integrating web fonts with Photoshop

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ShareA few months ago Adobe and Typekit announced that font syncing would be coming soon through Creative Cloud and their Typekit service. As of yesterday the roll out has begun and I am definitely looking forward to gaining access to this tool. I’ve been using Typecast (browser based typesetting tool) actively for the better part of […]

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A two week void

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ShareIt’s scary how fast paced the web industry is. I took a two week vacation and spent the majority of the time disconnected. No twitter feed, no industry news, just the semi-weekly skim of an email. Coming back to work after that short amount of time feels a little overwhelming. It seems impossible to catch […]

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The importance of disconnecting

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ShareI’m always pretty adamant about balancing my online and offline time. Working on the web can sometimes cause a bit of an online overload and to prevent this I try to turn off at 4:30pm every night. Breaking the rules every now and then is fine, but family and personal time is far too important […]

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Web type in the real world

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ShareFor the past few months I’ve spent a lot of timing exploring and using web fonts both in sandbox time and in client projects. I’ve spoken to co-workers, pitched to clients and actively worked to change my workflow to design with web fonts in mind from the start of my projects. Web fonts aren’t a new […]

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The myth of mobile context

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ShareOne of the common arguments put forward making a case for a mobile specific website is that the mobile context should determine what the user should see on a website. After all, we know that mobile users are all hyper-active people constantly on the run with a coffee in one hand and only seconds to […]

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Thoughts on a responsive work flow

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ShareAs Responsive Web Design (RWD) gains steam there is a growing need to rework how we build websites. This morning I read a tweet by LukeW (Mobile First) simply saying “Reinvention is the only cure for stagnation.” I think that might just sum up the move from a traditional web mentality to RWD. Below I’ve […]

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The coming retina apocalypse

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ShareWith a screen resolution of 2880×1800 and only 15.4″ display the new MacBook Pro will (eventually) have an impact on how we build websites. To put these numbers in perspective this little laptop has more pixels crammed into it than Apple’s 27″ cinema display. Not to mention the 1080p HDTV in your living room. The […]

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