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Around the Office: Reverse Psychology Saves a Library, The Universe in a Flash App, Process Improvement, and more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. We were all impressed with a campaign that saved a Troy, Michigan, library from anti-tax groups in the area who pressured citizens to vote to close it. In an effort to swing the vote, Leo Burnett Detroit started a reverse psychology campaign with yard signs that read: “Vote to Close Troy Library on August 2nd…

Around the Office: Mister Rogers Remixed, On{X} Takes Control, and Keeping Online Profiles Safe

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. David installed Microsoft on{X} on his Android phone, which enables the phone to be programmed remotely using an in-browser JavaScript API interface. Based on the code you input, you can automate the phone to do certain actions based on where you are, what time it is, and other parameters such as the weather. For David, this means…

Around the Office: Regent College Online, Immortal Critique, and a Case for Pinterest

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Eva He likes what Regent College has done with their website, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook design. This Vancouver graduate school is just one of many post-secondary institutions grounded in knowledge and implementing current technology. Not only that, but they do it with a divine sense of style! This week, Brent has, once again, been wrestling…

Around the Office: BBC’s Glow, Choosing Colours, and Travelling with Tech

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Public broadcaster BBC needed a javascript library to help their online interfaces, so they built one. Glow, which Daveed thinks is quite good, was also generously made available for anyone to use. Glow features some really great tools including an animated slideshow, an interactive timeline, and more. BBC is providing that an old media company…

Around the Office: Minding Pixels, Canadian IT Awards, Technology Photographed Bit-By-Bit

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed knew the iPhone 4’s extremely high resolution or “retina” display (which essentially crams twice as many pixels into the same space as before) would have implications for web design, and especially responsive design. CSS 3 queries are the key to updating website images for high DPI devices, and in a way that degrades gracefully…

Around the Office: Font Tryouts, Facebook’s New Heights, and North Korea’s WordPress Theme

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Since finding out about it this week, Daveed and Eva were able to try out a plugin that lets you try out FontShop fonts right in Photoshop. Oftentimes we have to buy fonts before seeing exactly how they’ll look within a project we’re working on. Thanks to this plugin, designers can see exactly what fonts look…

Around the Office: Custom Twitter Backgrounds, Wordmark.it, and the Isotope jQuery Plugin

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Having designed many corporate Twitter themes, Eva knows how important Twitter backgrounds can be. Even savvy businesses that use tweets to reveal the personality behind their company may not realize the importance of Twitter backgrounds. A new Designers Hub article explains that a background helps align your Twitter account and brand, exhibit creativity, communicate your…

Probing the Hidden Depths of WordPress Themes

One of the things we love about the WordPress content management system is its uncanny ability to adapt to an endless variety of web design needs. It can be changed and customized to look and perform radically differently depending on what’s needed. WordPress themes provide a design & layout out-of-the-box. In an effort to provide more unique designs to the masses, WordPress theme developers have brought a wide variety of free and premium themes. Themes will provide a set of design, layout and functionality…

Around the Office: Star Waltzing, Games that Program Themselves, Google Glasses, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Brent thinks that a new dance game included in a new Kinect title could be a step up for the Star Wars franchise. Kinect Star Wars uses the Xbox Kinnect’s motion sensor to let players feel fully immersed in lightsabre battle, but also compete in a dance-off where Princess Leia and others are enslaved by…

Around the Office: Adobe CS6 Beta, AdSense Second Thoughts, More

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Our resident Adobe Photoshop artist, Eva, is excited about the new features to be included in Adobe Creative Suite 6. In addition to its new white-on-gray interface, CS6 features some clever tools such as an adaptive wide angle filter that helps fix problems with perspective and wide-angle lens distortion, and GPU-accelerated image processing. A CS6…