Cookies (real ones) and Code

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After we’d poured our coffees and gathered for the morning meeting, a box of warm cookies was delivered, from one team member to another, with the following note, “Sorry for the pile of work I dropped on you. You have to share the cookies though.”

After a few minutes of enjoying our surprise treats, and commenting on how awesome our team is, our the conversation shifted to what exactly makes some cookies better than others. Well, Tessa Arias had already done the work for us in a logical and methodical process that we can all appreciate.

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Posted by on October 16, 2014 with no comments yet

Celebrate 48 – Seahawks Parade

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 6, 2014 with no comments yet

Interactive Map for our Wine Industry

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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.

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 with no comments yet

Wine Industry Resources Are Now Online

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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.

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 with no comments yet

Washington State Fair Mobile App

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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.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 with no comments yet

Perfect weather today.

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It doesn’t get much nicer than today, here in Seattle.
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 with no comments yet

It’s Time! The Washington State Fair Website

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The Puyallup Fair has a new name and a new look for 2013: The Washington State Fair at www.thefair.com. This past Friday the fair, honored as the largest fair in Washington, kicked off its 113th year.

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 with 2 comments so far

My latest, and most important creative tool.

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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.

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Posted by on May 11, 2013 with one comment so far

Cool in Seattle and hot in Hotlanta!

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WishAtl.com, a successful e-commerce website designed and developed by Ply, made the top ten best online shops by Complex Magazine for their online store. Wish, a luxury boutique and online retailer specializing in limited edition streetwear is celebrated for its exquisitely curated retail experience. Ply designed and built a simple platform to exhibit, sell and socialize the products online.

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 with one comment so far

Not One, Not Two, but Three International Design Awards: We’ll drink to that.

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What does it take for a small firm to win three industry awards in one year? According to the people behind the Davey Awards, it’s being a “Creative David” who can defeat the neighborhood Goliaths with powerful ideas. For Ply Interactive, it’s working with our friends at the Washington State Wine Commission.

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 with no comments yet

Now: the future

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Now, here is the future for sure: Leap Motion, which produces a 3D environment that lets you operate your computer by waving your hands. No mouse, no keyboard; no need to touch the screen either. It’s 200 times more accurate than anything currently available; and it costs only $70. It’s Minority Report minus the holographic screens, and it’s not even year 2054 yet.

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 with one comment so far

Design and the structuring of information

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Information Architecture may sometimes be a bit abstract for visual designers (and other people too). Maybe that’s why Information Design as a discipline has been growing so much. We’ve never had access so much access to organized information as we do now. How to digest it all? Well, information design makes it easier in a lot of cases.

But not everything can be translated into an info graph, right? A lot of the times information will still have to be delivered in verbal format, or text form. This form, the verbal one, has many ways to be on a web page: paragraphs, navigation, call-to-actions, tags, side bars, links, body text, etc. But which piece of information should be what?

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 with no comments yet

Wheels for the iPad

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This is doubly (pun intended) super cool and almost scary. Double are wheels for your iPad. Costs only $1,999 and it’s sold out! Check out the video to see how it works.

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 with no comments yet

Tetra Shed

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I really, really, really, really want one of these! Only I’d need a backyard to go with it. Tetra Shed is an modular origami-inspired outdoor office shed. What a clever solution to work more integrated in nature.

Imagine a company buying a bunch of acres (instead of building a skyscraper) and distributing these as “outdoor cubes” on a field? It’d be like camping and working at the same time. They also can be built in a thousand colors plus copper, zinc, and steel finishes.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 with one comment so far

Meditations on Experiential Design

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I recently attended a great talk on mixing more the digital realm with the physical world. This is a subject that interests me much. Being both a letterpress printer and an interactive designer might have something to do with it.

This talk was given by Samuel Stubblefield, an artist interested in the intersection of architecture, digital technology and human behavior. He’s part of Studio 07, an Environmental and Experiential Design team, and a branch of NBBJ, the renowned architecture firm in Seattle. In their experiments, they solve problems using a multidisciplinary design approach (graphic, architecture, interiors, environmental, way-finding/signage, etc).

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 with no comments yet

Recent recognition for Washington Wine

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The winners of The 2012 W3 Awards have been announced a couple of days ago by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. We are happy to share that the Washington State Wine Commission website we designed and built is a Silver Winner!

Receiving over 3,000 entries, The W3 Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, & Mobile Apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide.

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 with no comments yet