15 folds, a pet project by one of our founders Jolyon Varley, the chinese whispers for original creative GIFs, has been moving in leaps and bounds recently. Todays thread has been done by none other than, Mimi Leung, a NEVERBLAND favourite (her work adorns our walls) and is an excellent illustrated GIF.
Go check it out and more over at:
From time to time we assign ourselves small design challenges. The purpose of these is to create opportunities to explore and develop certain styles or directions that take our fancy. It’s also a fun approach to building our own library of assets which often become useful down the track.
Crane TV is a premium online video-magazine for contemporary culture.
Here’s their weekly newsletter, before and after we spruced it up:
You’ll notice we lightened up the colour palette and experimented with the typography and imagery to establish a more elegant aesthetic. We saw this as being motivated by necessity. No one enjoys trawling through emails any more than they’re required to, so by creating something clear and readable we can ensure it is quickly digested, preserving the newsletter as pleasurable access point for Crane’s recent news and videos.
Stay tuned for more tinkering.
We’re thrilled to have exchanged contracts with one of our most exciting clients to date - West One Music Group.
Standing as one of the world’s biggest independent production music labels, West One represent a global network of over 200 composers and by our guesstimation, has offices in almost as many countries.
Creating bespoke solutions to companies’ problems is at the heart of our business and projects like West One pose just the kind of technical challenges we get excited about. We’ll be developing our SLATE CMS to replicate a large portion of its functionality on the client-facing side of the site. West One’s clients will have unrivaled access to their full library of music, enabling them to create personalised projects, playlists and track their search and download history.
Release date TBA so keep checking back.
Friends and well-heeled menswear debutantes Fourth & Main have opened their first pop-up shop on Newburgh Street in Soho.
We urge you to pop by and drop a few clams on their beautiful (and remarkably modestly priced) selection of blazers, chinos, shirts and ties.
We have a certain amount of time here, on this planet. I’m not gonna waste any of it by dividing it up between work and then things that I enjoy. I’m gonna make all of it something I enjoy.
We work on a lot of responsive/fluid web design projects - adapting our designs within a single codebase to make the best use of the device they are being viewed on.
One of the key parts of any responsive/fluid web build is its grid system. This allows us to organise content into distinct rows and columns, and then rearrange them when the screen size changes.
Fluid grid systems rely on percentages to calculate the width of each column - so if we had four even columns at 25% of the width of the page, then on a viewport size of 1000px a column would be 250px wide, on a 1400px viewport it would be 350px etc, scaling fluidly as the viewport is resized.
I’d like to share a technique that I’ve found very helpful whilst developing responsive/fluid websites. I first came across it in Paul Irish’s post Box Sizing Border Box FTW, and have since incorporated it into my own frontend framework…
This snippet changes the box model of the pages elements, so that CSS attributes such as padding and border are added inside the element, rather than adding it to the outside and increasing the overall width.
Using the example above, let’s say we wanted one of our 25% width columns to have 20px of padding at either side. At a viewport of 1000px using the default box model, this would make the column 290px wide, causing the fourth column in the row to fall off the end as there wouldn’t be space for it:
Using the box-sizing: border-box; technique, the padding is added inside the column, keeping its overall width at 250px but making the actual width of content 210px.
Using this technique allows us to keep our grid system consistent and easy to work with, but gives us the flexibility to deviate from the grid when we need to.
After all, isn’t flexibility what responsive design is all about?
With a three full months to wait until London Design Festival in September we braved the great British ‘summer’ last Saturday to visit the V&A museum for an exhibition celebrating six decades of British Design.
Post-war reconstruction through revolution and Cool Britannia. Laura Ashley, The Sex Pistols and the E-Type Jag - an illustrious cannon of iconic designers, objects, technologies and buildings that characterise our cultural landscape.
As we checked out Bowie’s outfits, Dyson’s vacuum and Jonathan Ive’s Apples it was hard not to feel an affectionate sense of responsibility to our forbears. Britain has a proud and enduring legacy of design excellence to uphold and in 2012 the spheres of digital technology present the most fertile and prolific breeding ground for the designers of generation Y to make their marks. It’s up to us to change the world through better design, and in doing so join the pantheon of audacious constructors, innovators and visionaries that went before. But first… lunch.
Music is hotly debated topic in every office. Who controls the playlist? Can developers write code to Ludacris? How many times is it reasonable to veto The Fratellis?
In our two tender years in existence we think we’ve developed a good sense of what works and what’s likely to end in a square-up. With that in mind we’ve asked each of our Soho team to recommend the music that has kept our productivity and speakers booming this month.
Jolyon: Gang Colours – Fancy Restaurant
Kyle: Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard
Alex: Black Lips – Bone Marrow
Sam: Miguel Campbell – Moody Disco Mix
How does it play-out in your work space?
Click below and let us know
Welcome to the NEVERBLAND Blog.
There was an early motion for calling it the Neverblog but we thought that might provoke fate.
This blog’s raison d’etre is simple: If we find it useful, inspiring or amusing and think you will too, we’ll post it.
Sam, Jolyon, Alex, Maciej P, Maciej G, Paul, Kostas, Mike and Kyle will be blogging about:
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