The Ply Experimental Workshop is born

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There will be a small experience lab inside our office now. We’re happy to announce!

We will be doing small experiments in web technologyUX design, and other interactivity. Essentially, we’ll puke out a deliverable every 2 weeks (or so) to see what works.

This effort is lead forth by moi and Tim Zhu, our Web UI Developer — who, BTW, also has a background in Architecture like me. But all 5 brains will be contributing on and off. We will see what brilliant and not-so-brilliant inventions we come up with. The high-learning curve is what this is all about in this case — we fail often, and fast, and explore a lot.

We will be posting our first experiment in a few weeks here (hopefully). Stay tuned. We are excited about this opportunity, which is sponsored by the man behind the wheel: Patrick Stroud.

Posted by on March 30, 2012 with 2 comments so far

Alternate uses of technology

Good Morning.

Here’s something to start the week. By the way, it’s in German, but it doesn’t matter.

Enjoy!

Posted by on March 26, 2012 with no comments yet

Washington Wine Month Microsite

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It’s a fun time every year in March when dozens of Restaurants, Wine Shops, Winery Tasting Rooms, and Hotels join the Washington State for Wine Month: a full month of promotions and discounts every day.

With hundreds of promotions available, Ply was tasked with the UX design and development of the Washington State Wine Month microsite. We worked hard to produce a portal that helped users quickly find the promotions they were interested in an organized and intuitive manner.

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 with no comments yet

Art in our neighborhood

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Be sure to hit Sisko Gallery (here in our Belltown/lower Queen Anne neighborhood) before Sunday, March 4th and view Andrew Myers wonderful monoprints. I saw the exhibit earlier this week and what a treat!

The curious (actually fantastic) fact here is that he makes his subjects using a brayer only. The richness of tones he achieves is unparalleled, specially if you consider that these are not relief printed (from a carved block with a raised surface area). But rather, it’s just the ink on the glass (no raised surface, it’s all flat). The artist’s mastery really comes into play.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 with no comments yet