When the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2013 wine grape harvest report, the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) asked Ply to present the data in a way the media could quickly understand. Additionally, the information was to be featured on their new app, The Recommendeuer, so it had to match a unique visual style.
Asking your client for feedback on a completed project can evoke a wide range of responses. We hoped for a positive assessment – we got a giant bear hug. The Director for the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC), Steve Warner, was reacting to the performance of the brand new online wine grape reporting tool that we released in time for the largest-ever 2013 harvest. Until now, anyone who grew, sold, or crushed grapes in the state of Washington had to sit down every year and fill out and mail an extensive paper form to the WSWC.
When we were given a chance to redesign El Camion’s website, we were thrilled for a few reasons. One, we relate to their dedication to quality. Two, their clean design aesthetic prevails in their three trucks and one brick-and-mortar location (El Camion Aldentro – the truck inside). Three, the owner gave us free range to photograph, design and develop both the mobile and desktop site in any way we felt best represented his mission. And lastly, who doesn’t love mouth-watering tacos?
With the other 700,000 fans, the team took the afternoon off to celebrate the Seahawks dominating Superbowl win. Seeing Marshawn Lynch throwing Skittles at fans while standing on the hood of a truck was work the wait and our frozen feet. Go Hawks!
Wine lovers can be insatiable in their search for every last detail of their favorite wineries and varietals. Professionals who work in the winery trade and media can be even more exacting in their search for information, seeking out every nuance in soil temperatures, rainfall and a slew of other factors that make Washington wines unique. To satisfy this need, the Washington State Wine Commission (WSWC) wanted a one-stop resource where all of this data could be easily accessed. We were happy to help design and build a visual display of this information by creating an interactive map of our state’s viticulture areas.
I thought it would be fun to put on an office wide contest, so I printed out our fierce leader’s face and hide them throughout the office. The contest is simple, the person who finds the most faces, wins a prize.
The Washington State Wine Commission has a clear mission: to raise awareness of our state’s great selection of wines, through marketing and education. Because the WSWC wanted to rethink how they share information with the wine industry’s core audience, the trade and press, they hired Ply.
Since I started using iOS 7, I’ve found these three tricks to be very helpful. All three tips have to do with gestures which is very prominent in the new iOS. You can find lots more tips and tricks online from sources such as Mashable, or Mac Life, but I’ve decided to give you my three favorites that I use all the time.
The official 2013 Washington State Fair app puts continuous fun at your fingertips. Plan your trip to the State Fair, Spring Fair, and all other events happing on the fairgrounds year-round.
Built upon Ply’s Content Management System, the new app allows users to access information in real-time about fair events, on both iOS and Android devices. Tickets, calendar events, and alerts are managed in one central location, allowing content administrators to simultaneously update information to the app and the website. Wrapped in an easy-to-use design and utilizing native features like GPS and maps, fairgoers found the app to be the perfect tool to get the most out of their experience at the fair.
One of the most inspiring designs to come out of the UX Awards this year is called Activ. It’s a device made for a person with one arm. It allows a user to interact with their phone without using their hand, therefore enabling them to multi-task.
Where is SEO headed?
The take away on “Early thoughts on #Penguin 2.0″ by @Tim_Grice would be to continue to strive to create high quality content for optimized SEO results.
My architect friends swear by sketching ink. Lines from a good ink pen are simple, dense, permanent, and expressive. I get it. I did it for years in design school, but it never felt quite right to me. I’m a graphite guy. Something about graphite just feels right to me. Maybe because that’s how I learned to draw — doodling in math class instead of paying attention, which is probably why I’m a designer and not a programmer. Well, I’ve finally found the graphite pencil I’ve been looking for.