Timeout with Frank Denney

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Frank for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

PhotoHey! My name is Frank Denney. I’m a Korean-born, Iowa-raised designer currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. About a decade ago I discovered that sports and design make me incredibly happy, and have been doing it ever since.

I am the senior graphic designer at Sport Ngin, where I design websites for sports organizations from youth to the pros. Prior to that, I was a bicycle and snowboard designer, digital artist, and dabbled as a freelancer for a bit.

What are you working on?

St. Joseph Baseball

I’m currently working with a good friend and fellow Dribbbler, Joe Barrett, on a website for a town baseball club that I’m super pumped about. Giving a small town club team in Minnesota the same treatment that is usually reserved for a professional team really excites me. I’m also doing some branding work with an awesome group of breast-cancer-surviving ladies who are running a dragon boat racing team.

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

Marshawn

Beast Mode is my favorite because it’s one of my most recent. I tend to like newer things because every new project is an opportunity to remind myself that I’m still learning. This was a personal project of mine experimenting and focusing on a number of different lighting techniques, 3D rendering, and photo treatments.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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My home setup includes an iMac when I want to put my head down, a MacBook Pro when I’m multi-tasking, and a couple 15” monitors on reserve for really long projects. I use my Sketchbook for ideas and wireframes, and my Daft Punk action figures for when I lose myself to dance.

Choose a favorite player. Tell us why you dig them.

Daftp2

Every time I look at the work of Marie Bergeron I am in awe. The details, craftsmanship, and her unique style of portraying some of the most iconic figures is remarkable. (Marie’s Daft Punk 2x Gauntlet Gallery above.)

Find Frank at Dribbble and at frnkdnny.com.

Weekly Replay

August 25, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. TinyLove Mobile App
  2. Nationwide
  3. Summah Sale

We took a Timeout with London-based UI/UX guru Balraj Chana (TinyLove Mobile app, above left) and welcomed our seventh employee, developer Ian Ehlert. As soon as he settles in California, our virtual office will stretch from sea to shining sea (Nationwide by Tristan, above center).

Our summer sale ends Friday. Use “SUMMAH” at the Equipment Shop for a 15% discount.

Good Work

Gaming

  • image Crests by Petros Afshar for Eminence, the world’s first MMORPG trading-card game
  • image Level sketches by Dan Nolan for a balls and ramps iPad app for preschool classrooms, coming from WGBH Digital
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Paging Home

User Friendly

Icons

  • image Pieoneers Icons 2 by Irene Zablotska for Keepa

We Like Sea Creatures.

Badass Lady Creatives

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image Kingly's Creator app is up at the App Store; posted by Jana de Klerk. “Whether you’re a designer, wood worker or rocket scientist - take a photo of your creation and tell the story behind it.”
  • imagePons Creative reminds us that UX isn’t just about pretty pixels; posted by Michael Pons.

Meetup Wrap-up

Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, August 21

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Thanks to Aynn Collins and MailChimp for organizing a great meetup at Trader Vic’s. The Twitter reports wow. A sampling:

  • Liz Lara: Who knows how to party? @MailChimp knows how to party. Awesome @dribbble meetup last night. Maitais, chicken on skewers, designers. A+
  • Bryan Lewis: What an awesome night of great conversation with the amazing design community here in Atlanta. Thank you so much @MailChimp and @dribbble
  • Dustin Tanner: HUGE thanks to @MailChimp and @dribbble for an awesome meetup last night!

Atlanta, another Meetup on the calendar for September 12 at Campus Bubble. See details below.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m., Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • Ukrainian Dribbble MeetupOdessa, Ukraine
    Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m., 30 Августа10:00Одесса, ул. Приморский бульвар, 11, г-ца Лондонская. Sponsored by Provectus. RSVP.
  • Amman, Jordan
    Monday, September 1, 7 p.m., Fann Wa Chai. Let’s all hang out and drink some tea and coffee together while we enjoy the nice weather and talk design things!RSVP.
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    Wednesday, September 3, 6 p.m., eHouse Studio, 2 Race Street. RSVP and follow Charleston Dribbble/dribbbleCHS on Twitter.
  • Washington, DC
    Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., canvas co/work, 1203 19th Street, NW. Presentation by TJ Cichecki and Abe Garcia of Workhorse. Sponsored by canvas, Dribbble and Shopify. RSVP.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Friday, September 5, 7 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue. RSVP.
  • Nashville Dribbble Meetup - September 6thNashville, Tennessee
    Middle Earth Dribbble Meetup. All designers welcome, not just Dribbblers. Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Private Pool Room, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    Dribbble @ The NPR, Saturday, September 6, 6 p.m., Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Friday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., Campus Bubble, 323 Edgewood Avenue, Suite A. Beer, Ping-pong and shoptalk on a rooftop. RSVP.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • London, England
    London Skillshare’s Dribbble Championships, Monday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at The Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street. Analog Playoff plus Photoshop challenge. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Refresh Boston, Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fresh Tilled Soil, The Riverworks, Suite A310, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Not a Meetup, but we’re buying the pizza and hope Boston heads over to Watertown to hear Mat Marquis talk about responsive images. Sponsored by us, Fresh Tilled Soil and Future Insights. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    DribbbleTO, Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

Timeout with Balraj Chana

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews, five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Thanks to Balraj for being this week’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

MeHey! My name is Balraj Chana and I’m a product designer and developer from London, UK. I have been freelancing for over a year and a half now and I specialise in UI/UX design for mobile and web. I also dabble in web development when needed.

Typically my client base hails from the Bay Area so I help startup founders bring their vision to life from mere sketches on a napkin to the app store.

What are you working on?

Currently I’m taking a break from client work to focus on my own personal projects whilst also travelling. To grow as a designer I need new experiences, which help me learn about different cultures and gain inspiration.

In terms of projects, as I’ve been in the design industry for a while I’ve seen problems that haven’t been solved yet so I’m attempting to solve them myself. One of these projects is called Hixle. It will be a tool specifically aimed at designers and developers looking to improve their productivity. More details to be unveiled in the near future :)

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

TinyLove Mobile App

Whoa, this one is tricky! If I had to choose one, I guess I would have to say that the TinyLove project is my favourite. This was actually my first app design for a wonderful client and it received high ratings from the app store on iOS and Android.

To me, it’s not just about the way it was designed but the concept behind it. The app allowed anyone to report incidents locally to help bring a community together. To be a part of that is why I became a designer in the first place. Even if the app only helps one person, it can create a ripple effect and that is why I want to help change the world through design.

Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?

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My typical setup consists of a maxed-out Macbook Pro 15” Retina placed on a GhostStand with a Thunderbolt Display. I also have a wireless keyboard when I am stationary and a Logitech Performance MX mouse for pin-point pixel precision.

For software, I transition between various Adobe products including Photoshop for UI/web design, Illustrator for branding, After Effects for animations and LightRoom for photography. I also use 3ds Max for 3D rendering and Sublime Text for coding. For sketching concepts, a pencil and a Dot Grid notebook typically suffice.

Choose a favorite player. Tell us why you dig them.

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Whoa, this one is even trickier! There are so many awesome shots on Dribbble so I’ll nail it down to the shot that has affected me in some way or another. I’m usually attracted to designs which stand out as being different so this shot (Some Analytics) by Cosmin Capitanu does it for me. It has the perfect balance of futurism along with a strong color palette, well ahead of its time.

Find Balraj at Dribbble, on Twitter, and at CircularChaos.

Weekly Replay

August 19, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. API Upload
  2. Code Camp Logo Concept
  3. Summah Sale

We added upload functionality to the upcoming OAuth API (above left). (Tristan used the API to upload the announcement of API uploading.) This is one of the last endpoints that we feel is required for a public release. There’s still no official release date, but it’s getting close.

Also last week, our latest Moonlighting, featuring DJ and designer Daniel Hoffmann, hit the blog. (Daniel’s Code Camp Logo Concept above center.) And we kicked off our summer sale at the Equipment Shop. Get 15% off by using the code SUMMAH during checkout.

Welcome Elizabeth and Ian!

RedblueebElizabeth Barr joined our Team as Support Coach back in July. We subtly introduced her via Timeout, but owe her an official Replay Welcome. Welcome! Elizabeth is a front-end developer and former newspaper editor originally from Buffalo, now living in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband and daughter. She works for us half-time, so if you’re looking for a good front-end dev, get in touch!

259f2c3c0ccee74fde3e878be44121c8Ian Ehlert became a Dribbble developer yesterday. He’s been working with Ruby on Rails for four-and-a-half years. His web development experience spans everything from front-end CSS to managing databases and spinning up servers. Like Patrick, Ian joins us via Campfire from Minneapolis, though he is moving to Davis, California, in the near future. Ultimate Frisbee Dribbblers from Davis, please hook him up!

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff Results

  1. Design Is Storytelling
  2. Design Is A Sense of Childlike Wonder
  3. Design is a Journey

The Shopify and Dribbble design teams reviewed the 238 entries in the "Design is …" Playoff, judging on creativity, execution, and meaning. Congrats to grand prize winner James Graves, who won for his pop-up book illustration “Design is Storytelling" (above left). Kudos to our runners-up Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn (Design is a Sense of Childlike Wonder, above center) and Zachary Smith (Design is a Journey, above right), and to all our honorable mentions. Shopify’s post on the contest features commentary from Graves, talking about his conceptual process and sharing close-up shots of the winning piece.

Thanks, Dropbox!

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Dan, Rich, Patrick and Tristan had an amazing time in San Francisco last week. Thanks first to Dropbox for, in Dan’s words, “one heckuva Meetup!” And to all you crazy SF kids who came out and had fun with us. From the sliders to the PHHHOTOS, we had a blast. Dan even more than the rest of us.

imageSpecial thanks to Dropbox Designers Justin Pervorse, Soleio Cuervo, and Sherry Birk, Dropbox’s Austin recruiting lead. Thanks, too, to our fellow panelists Justin, Dropbox Designers Linda Eliasen and Zach Graham, Dropbox Product Designer Josh Puckett, and panel moderator Ben Blumenfeld, co-director at Designer Fund.Thank you, too, to those of you who welcomed us into your offices or met us out and about in San Francisco. We appreciate the chance to get to know more of you in person.

Good Work

Fontastic: Non-Latin Alphabets (Catchy Hed!)

I Spy with My Little Eyeball

Options

  • image Joshua Krohn is working on badge-type logo for Paramount, a new home inspector.

Hipster Dipster

  • image I’m No Hipster - Hipster 1 by Jason Custer, who says: “My creative team at work was tasked with individually creating a working prototype (1 level) of a game in any form. My concept is going to be centered around hipsters. We’ll see how this goes.”

Launched

The Times

  • image NY Times Hollywood Gossip by Chi Birmingham for the Sunday Style section

Good Night

Good Knight

User Friendly

  • image Pricing page for a 3Drops project for a Swedish startup, posted by Farzad Ban
  • image Graphs, platform for people to easily manage APIs, by Corey Haggard

WIPs

Your Thoughts On …

Wave

We Like Hamburgers!

Teams

Meetup Wrap-up

Dallas, Texas, August 13

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@Chicken Scratch/The Foundry. From organizer Ryan Rushing: “We had some new faces and some old ones, but everyone was excited to make the Dallas Dribbble meetups more of a thing. Who knows, we may form a superhero collective or something.” Thanks to Ryan, and to Treavor Wagoner for the photo collage above.

Boston, Massachusetts, August 18

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@District Hall. No sooner were Dan and Rich off the plane from SF than they headed downtown for the Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup. Good times again! Thank you to event sponsors Campaign Monitor, Litmus and Shopify and to event planners Justine Jordan and Lauren Smith. Thanks to Kevin Thompson for the photo.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Atlanta Dribbble MeetupAtlanta, Georgia
    Thursday, August 21, 8 p.m., Trader Vic’s, Hilton Hotel, 255 Courtland Street NE. Sponsored by MailChimp. Live music, tropical cocktails and snacks. RSVP.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Friday, August 22, 5 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
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    CREATIVE BOOST Dribbble e Woodoo/LABS Brasil, Saturday, August 23, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., UTC-03, Casa Liberdade, Rua Liberdade, 553. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkBrooklyn, New York
    Dribbble @ the NPR, Saturday, August 23, 6 p.m., Cotton Candy Machine, 235 South 1st Street. Featured artist: Two Arms Inc. RSVP.
  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m., Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • Ukrainian Dribbble MeetupOdessa, Ukraine
    Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m., 30 Августа10:00Одесса, ул. Приморский бульвар, 11, г-ца Лондонская. Sponsored by Provectus. RSVP.
  • image Charleston, South Carolina
    Wednesday, September 3, 6 p.m., eHouse Studio, 2 Race Street. RSVP and follow Charleston Dribbble/dribbbleCHS on Twitter.
  • Washington, DC
    Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., canvas co/work, 1203 19th Street, NW. Presentation by TJ Cichecki and Abe Garcia of Workhorse. Sponsored by canvas, Dribbble and Shopify.RSVP.
  • Nashville, Tennessee
    Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m., Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South. More details to follow.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    Dribbble @ The NPR, Saturday, September 6, 6 p.m., Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m., Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Saturday, September 13, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m., BNotions, 106 Front Street E, 2nd Floor. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff Results!

Last week, our official playoff challenge with Shopify closed with 238 Dribbblers rebounding their answer to, “Design is … .” The entries were fantastic, and we’re thrilled to announce the winners today.

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Each of the following shots were judged on creativity, execution, and meaning by Dribbble and the Shopify Design Team. Congrats to the winners and a big thanks to all those who rebounded as well as our Global Meetup Sponsor, Shopify, for making this happen.

Grand Prize

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Design is Storytelling by James Graves. James went analog with his pop-up book illustration. Check out the attachment for the incredible details.

Runners-Up

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Design is a Sense of Childlike Wonder by Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn.

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Design is a Journey by Zachary Smith.

Honorable Mentions

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Also check out Shopify’s post on the contest, featuring commentatry from James Graves on his Grand Prize winning shot.

Moonlighting

Daniel Hoffmann: Designer by Day, DJ by Night

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Jack-of-all-trades: The blanket descriptor eludes specificity and perfectly fits Daniel Hoffmann, whether describing his new day job as web developer at Sharethrough, his old day job as product designer for sports software and app developer Sport Ngin, or his after-hours gigs at shows across the Midwest. Daniel’s design experience ranges from video animation to UX/UI design, with his sweet spot found in jobs that allow him to tackle “each step of the design process all the way through development.” At Sport Ngin, he designed and developed new products from scratch. He’ll handle design and front-end development at Sharethrough.

As soon as the sun sets, Daniel grabs his laptop and headphones and takes the DJ’s podium as Cities of Gold. Performing alongside such big-name electronic artists as Dave Guetta and Skrillex, he’s appeared at venues ranging from intimate clubs to NFL stadiums. Daniel also works off-podium as part of SIMshows, booking and promoting club events and festivals.

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"It can get pretty hectic at times balancing my personal and social life with essentially two full-time jobs but I’m really grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given," Daniel told Dribbble. "It feels like the last ten years have flown by for me but it’s been an amazing ride."

Below, Daniel discusses how his careers inform each other.

Code Camp Logo Concept

Code Camp Logo Concept

I think many people would assume that because I’m a club DJ and designer, I’d have a portfolio full of club flyers and event promos. That has not been the case for me. For example, my logo for Code Camp is simple and not very flashy. However, there has been a much larger connection between the two and it makes perfect sense looking back on my job history.

At the beginning of both careers I was young, new and getting to know each of the industries. My design work was adequate but improving and as a DJ I was learning how to be a better performer with every show. Eventually, I moved into a marketing design role and at the same time became more involved on the business side of things in the event industry. I was simultaneously learning to design more effectively for success in both careers. Now, as a product designer, I’m responsible for an entire product experience and as an owner of SIMshows, I’m responsible for the events we book and promote.

While there isn’t an apparent connection in style or subject matter between my design and DJing, there is something much larger at play. There’s a visible timeline of my growth as a designer directly influencing the level of responsibilities and involvement in both my careers.

Moonlighting is an occasional series about designers who spend a significant amount of professional time on non-design pursuits. Fit the bill? Email susanna@dribbble.com.

Weekly Replay

Since Last Week

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We announced the second annual Dribbble + Dropbox Meetup (above left) and traveled to Newport, California to visit Hoozpah HQ. Hoodzpah Baseball T-shirt above center. Hoodzpah HQ above right, photo by Jenavieve Belair.

Shopify + Dribbble Playoff

  • Design is… (Official Shopify + Dribbble Playoff) Wow! Nearly 250 of you joined the Shopify “Design is … ” Playoff. (Opening salvo by Paul Pritchard). We (Shopify + Dribbble) are looking hard at all the shots, and will announce the winners later this week. Thanks so much to everyone who jumped in - we’re really impressed with what you created.

Home Paging

Liking Your Lettering

Kickstart Me Up!

Practice Makes Perfect

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User Friendly

Head Shot

Bullish

Where I Went on My Summer Vacation

  • image Chus Margallo came to the USA, including to Washington, DC, for An Event Apart.
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We Like Camping!

Badass Lady Creatives

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

Meetup Wrap-up

Beijing, China, August 9

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Thank you to organizer XiaoHuo (n0dk4ne) (above right), who worked so hard to make this event a success, and to everyone who attended.

Istanbul, Turkey, August 10

Dribbble Ist Meetup 2014

Organizer Burak Can reported a great turnout and a good time. Thank you for everything, Burak, and thanks to Sedat Cakir for the photographs! For a Turkish language wrap-up, visit www.sedatcakir.net.

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Portland, Oregon
    PDX Lettering Collective, Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m., Cathedral Park (just under the St. John’s Bridge). BYO snacks. Activities to include a rotation game - first person creates a letter, second adds, etc. until a word appears. Participation optional. RSVP.
  • Dallas, Texas
    Chicken Foundry Eat-up, Wednesday, August 13, 7 p.m., Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, 2303 Pittman Street. RSVP.
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    Dribbble + Dropbox, Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 p.m., Dropbox. Happily or sadly, depending on how quickly you RSVPed, this Meetup is full.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble @ the NPR @ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Friday - Sunday, August 15-17, noon - 8 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup, Monday, August 18, 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Fort Point. Sponsored by Litmus, Campaign Monitor, Shopify, and Dribbble. RSVP.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Thursday, August 21, 8 p.m., Trader Vic’s, Hilton Hotel, 255 Courtland Street NE. Sponsored by MailChimp. Live music, tropical cocktails and snacks. RSVP.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Friday, August 22, 5 p.m., location TBD. RSVP
  • image Porto Alegre, Brazil
    CREATIVE BOOST Dribbble e Woodoo/LABS Brasil, Saturday, August 23, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., UTC-03, Casa Liberdade, Rua Liberdade, 553. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkBrooklyn, New York
    Dribbble @ the NPR, Saturday, August 23, 6 p.m., Cotton Candy Machine, 235 South 1st Street. Featured artist: Two Arms Inc. RSVP.
  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. RSVP.
  • Dublin, Ireland
    Thursday, August 28, 7 p.m., Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street. RSVP.
  • Ukrainian Dribbble MeetupOdessa, Ukraine
    Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m., 30 Августа10:00Одесса, ул. Приморский бульвар, 11, г-ца Лондонская. Sponsored by Provectus. RSVP.
  • image Charleston, South Carolina
    Wednesday, September 3, 6 p.m., eHouse Studio, 2 Race Street. RSVP and follow Charleston Dribbble/dribbbleCHS on Twitter.
  • Washington, DC
    Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., canvas co/work, 1203 19th Street, NW. Presentation by TJ Cichecki and Abe Garcia of Workhorse. Sponsored by canvas, Dribbble and Shopify.RSVP.
  • Nashville, Tennessee
    Saturday, September 6, 4 p.m., Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South. More details to follow.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blink Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    Dribbble @ The NPR, Saturday, September 6, 6 p.m., Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street. RSVP.
  • De Pere, Wisconsin
    Tuesday, September 9, Genius Labs, 421 George Street. Drinks, Laughter, Dribbble Swag & Design Contests. RSVP.
  • London, England
    Generate London Dribbble Meetup, Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m., location TBD. Sponsored by Badoo, Dribbble and Shopify. Interested in attending the conference? Use the code Dribbble20 when registering for a discount. RSVP.

Have a shot you’d like considered for Replay? Send the link to susanna@dribbble.com.

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HOODZPAH DESIGN CO.
Newport, Orange County, California

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The Hoods of Hoodzpah; photo by Matthew Morgan

We like all of the Spaced offices. We’d like to work in all of the Spaced offices. We’d like to live at Hoodzpah.

Why? Let’s Top 5 it:

1) The Hoods’ Hood.

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Newport Harbor, a few blocks from Hoodzpah HQ

Amy and Jennifer Hood do live at Hoodzpah. The designing twin sisters and their 5-member team cover everything from branding to book covers to websites to packaging, all from a building that serves as Amy and Jen’s home and everyone’s office.

The live-in, work-in space is located near the water on the Balboa Peninsula, which Jen (originally from Kentucky) calls “the hillbilly part” of Newport, Orange County, California, sandwiched between Newport Harbor and Newport Beach/the Pacific Ocean.

The area has, or seems to have from where we sit in ye olde East Coast seaport, everything one expects from a funky West Coast beach town: sand, sun, surfers, bikers, a waterfront Fun Zone with a 1930s ferris wheel and, in Jen’s words, “endless water.” Being able to look at the ocean offers perspective, she said. “It’s so huge and constant. Makes the occasional rogue client fade away.”

Speaking of rogues, Hollywood greats like Humphrey Bogart and John Wayne hung out in Newport back in the day. Decades later, the local population continues to wow. “Living in a beach town populated by lifer beach nuts, tourist kooks and transplanted East Coasters is amazing,” Jen told Dribbble. “Year round we have people driving by in cars, hanging out their window and bellowing at passersby like frat boys on spring break. … You don’t have all the super-rich people that you see on ‘The OC’ or ‘Real Housewives of Orange County.’ You have the riffraff and the fishermen and the surf rats … . People are unapologetic and quirky.” The peninsula also houses “tons of neighborhood cats.” (Cats. Reason #1.5)

2) Our Commute Would Disappear.

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The office; photo by Jenavieve Belair

We thought we were spoiled. Dan lives a five-minute walk from the office; Rich and Susanna hoof it for a fat seven. But if we lived at Hoodzpah, our commute would shrink to, what, 30 seconds? (The telecommuting members of our Team also enjoy a 30-second commute. We are jealous of them, too.)

"Being able to walk downstairs to your office is ridiculously convenient," Jen says. Amy and Jen live upstairs, Hoodzpah lives on the first floor, and everyone (Jen, Amy, Julie, Lauren, Alyssa, Arturo and Margo) shares the roof deck. (See Reason #3).

Perhaps because the office is also a house, or perhaps because Jen and Amy know how to set a mood, the first floor office feels homey, in a good and productivity-enhancing way.

Amy’s easel stands behind a sitting area. Jen’s piano provides her an excuse to serenade her coworkers with show tunes. A mantle and fireplace offer not only a classic focal point, but also the potential for a crackling fire should it snow. (In Southern California. Ever. No shoveling! Reason #2.5.) A blank wall serves as movie screen for viewing everything from classic movies to Creative Mornings spots, and a chalkboard features “the lineup,” a current listing of jobs. Any spaces remaining, Amy and Jen have filled with art.

3) Roof with Fire Pit and (Kiddie) Pool.

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Take it away, Jen.

"The roof patio is our haven. We try to take lunches up there as oft as possible because it is such a nice break from the office! You have peek-a-boo views of the bay as well as vast views of the housetops and buildings from Laguna Beach all the way to Huntington Beach. Up there we have twinkle lights, lots of succulents to create a Palm Springs-like oasis feel, chairs and a fire pit. And our recent addition to the roof is our 12’ x 8’ kiddie pool. In it sits a floaty and when it gets to be 95 outside, sometimes you just have to take a pool break to cool down and let the creative juices refuel."

4) In This Space, Fun Happens.

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Showtunes, photo by Jenavieve Belair

If you were paying attention, you’ll remember movies. Impromptu piano concerts. The rooftop swimming pool. The beach, steps away. Who wouldn’t want to spend as much time here as possible, what with multiple opportunities for revving up creativity and decreasing tension?

"I love the office because it is so laid back," Amy said. "Some days we play records on the record player all day, when we’re tired of music we break out the projector and screen movies, and no matter how stressful the day gets it’s nothing a quick walk to the beach can’t fix."

5) In This Space, Good Work Happens.

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Photo credit Jenavieve Belair

Fun aside, the Hoodzpah offices are really about getting work done. The environment offers stress relief, sure, but mostly it fosters creativity, fuel for an active agency.

"The office in general is pretty inspiring," said designer Julie Mack Boyce. “The environment is definitely motivating and very collaborative. If there’s ever a moment where any of us are stuck or just need an extra set of eyeballs on a project, it’s super easy to gather the team for a quick critique.”

Everyone shares an open, well-lit office with three windows and a variety of work surfaces, including a Hood sisters-crafted conference table that doubles as a desk, two two-person desks, four 27” iMacs, and a rusty, exceptionally useful old lightbox the sisters acquired from a print house.

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Designer Julie Mack Boyce; photo by Jenavieve Belair

These tools, this space, all serve the current batch of clients, which include Cocina Central, a new, small chain of restaurants, and a huge social media site the team can’t wait to launch. Amy and Jen also recently spoke at San Diego’s ValioCon and AAF Indianapolis, both in June. To give you a visual sense of what’s being going on at Hoodzpah, we’re highlighting nine recent pieces below. Click through for full details.

  1. Beyond Meat Fan Badges
  2. Johnny App Tee for Pitchfork Music Fest
  3. Goldsman Law Logo Concept
  1. Road Beckons Screen Print Poster
  2. MD Logo Concept
  3. High Five
  1. Bindle And Hare Logo Concept
  2. Hot Wheels Trucker Hat Logo
  3. The best 35mm of all time... the Canon AE Program-1

Thank you Jennifer Hood for all your help! If you and Amy ever want to swap offices-by-the-sea for a week, we’re in!

Spaced features interesting Dribbbler office spaces. E-mail susanna@dribbble.com to be considered for an upcoming article.

Dribbble + Dropbox Meetup in San Francisco

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 • 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Come join the Dribbble founders + Dropbox Design team for our second official San Francisco meetup and panel discussion featuring Dan Cederholm, Rich Thornett, Linda Eliasen, Ryan Putnam, Josh Puckett and Justin Pervorse.

The panel will be from 7:30pm – 8:00pm, followed by food and drinks until 10:00pm. Space is limited, so request an invite if you’d like to attend.

Most of Team Dribbble will be in attendance and we hope to see you there!

Weekly Replay

August 4, 2014

Since Last Week

  1. Smartisan OS
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Last week Elizabeth, Patrick, and Tristan came to Dribbble HQ. We managed to get a little work done, including a Timeout with Beijing designer Paco (Smartison OS above left). We also ferried into Boston (above center) and celebrated our birthday with a Salem Meetup (thanks to Social Palates, AKA John Andrews, for the photo). This week, Patrick is back in Minnesota, Tristan is home in Louisiana, Elizabeth has returned to South Carolina, and we’ve all returned to work.

One Day Left!!! Shopify + Dribbble Playoff

  • Design is… (Official Shopify + Dribbble Playoff) Nearly 150 of you have jumped into the Shopify Playoff with the theme of “Design is … .” (Opening salvo by Paul Pritchard). One day remains: Go play! Please note that, due to Canadian competition legislation, only residents of Canada (except Quebec), the US, the UK and Australia are eligible to win prizes. We’d still love to see ALL of your work!!!

Company!

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We don’t get much in the way of company in our little Salem HQ, so we were super excited when experience designer Christian Perez and fashion blogger Jacquelin Perez dropped by. The New Yorkers were up our way celebrating their anniversary. Happy Anniversary and thanks so much for saying hello. (Hey, Johnny Cupcakes, nice T-shirts!) Thanks, too, to Joel Jenkins, lead front-end designer for Boost Software, for stopping by the previous week - sorry we didn’t think to get a photo, you were our first-ever drop-in!

Good Work

  • image Community Teamwork “drives change with vital services and key collaborations, to create housing, education and economic opportunities that reduce poverty.” Figmints designed the nonprofit’s annual report.
  • image Diasporic African Press is “a nonprofit organization that creates high-quality, well-researched and well-written scholarship about the African world.” Phillip Gessert designed a style umbrella for the press.

Exercise

  • image Message Head, “a small exercise using layer states with animation chaining in FramerJS” by Guidebook design lead Ed Chao, who “would probably never animate interactions like this in real life, there’s just too much going on”

User Friendly

Branded

Don’t Be That Guy

  • image This A***hole by Jez Burrows from a book on “not being the worst human being on public transport”

Gig

Process

  • image Pioneers Process by Studio Simon/Dan Simon: “Typically my pencil roughs are much tighter than the one in this process example. In this case, however, once I got this very minimal thumbnail down on the page, I immediately had a vision in my head regarding where I would be able to take it. So I didn’t feel the need to develop the sketch further on paper, choosing instead to jump right onto the computer to work out the details.”

Bye, Bye

Miss American Pie

Drove My Chevy to the Levee but the Levee Was Dry

Them Good Old Boys Were Drinkin’ Whiskey

And Rye

Singin’ This’ll Be the Day That I Die,

This’ll Be the Day That I Dye.

Where’s Dribbble? Osaka, Japan!

Coaches’ Picks

Teams

  • image Sam Mountain shared some free, “kinda flat” icons from Difiz.
  • image Virool is “playing around” with a new homepage; posted by Andrew Korytsev.
  • image Jan Martin introduced Wunderlist 3 icon. “The new icon represents everything we changed in the product: We removed unnecessary clutter without losing Wunderlist’s soul.”

Meetup Wrap-up

Bloomington, Indiana, July 9

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Cowork Btown hosted Indiana’s first Dribbble Meetup. Thanks to organizer Aaron White, who in turn (via Twitter) thanks Kurtis Beavers and Courtny Cotten for “kicking things off.”

Boston, Massachusetts, August 1

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Wonderful turnout at the first Dribbble @ the NPR! JP Boneyard welcomed a great crowd to the first National Poster Retrospecticus show of Summer 2014. Up next: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Meetups

Thanks to our global Meetup co-sponsor Shopify.

  • Yekaterinburg, Russia
    Friday, August 8, 9 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble at the National Poster Retrospecticus, Friday, August 9, 6 p.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 East 9th St. Note: This is not a traditional Meetup; rather, we encourage Dribbblers to meetup at the NPR show. Please note: attendees must pay museum admission. RSVP.
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Saturday, August 9, 6 p.m., location TBD. RSVP.
  • Dribbble Hangout - Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey
    Sunday, August 10, 3 p.m., Limonata Etiler, Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Caddesi, No 96, Beşiktaş, İstanbul. RSVP.
  • Portland, Oregon
    PDX Lettering Collective, Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m., Cathedral Park (just under the St. John’s Bridge). BYO snacks. Activities to include a rotation game - first person creates a letter, second adds, etc. until a word appears. Participation optional. RSVP.
  • Dallas, Texas
    Chicken Foundry Eat-up, Wednesday, August 13, 7 p.m., Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, 2303 Pittman Street. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkCleveland, Ohio
    Dribbble @ the NPR @ Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Friday - Sunday, August 15-17, noon - 8 p.m., Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. RSVP.
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    The Email Design Conference Dribbble Meetup, Monday, August 18, 6 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Fort Point. Sponsored by Litmus, Campaign Monitor, Shopify, and Dribbble. RSVP.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
    Thursday, August 21, Trader Vic’s, Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street. Sponsored by MailChimp. More information and RSVP link to follow.
  • image Porto Alegre, Brazil
    CREATIVE BOOST Dribbble e Woodoo/LABS Brasil, Saturday, August 23, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., UTC-03, Casa Liberdade, Rua Liberdade, 553. RSVP.
  • National-poster-retrospecticus-logo-blinkBrooklyn, New York
    Dribbble @ the NPR, Saturday, August 23, 6 p.m., Cotton Candy Machine, 235 South 1st Street. Featured artist: Two Arms Inc. RSVP.
  • Lansing, Michigan
    Capital Area Inaugural Dribbble Meetup, Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m., 435 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing. RSVP.
  • Ukraine Global Dribbble Meetup WebOdessa, Ukraine
    Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m., 30 Августа10:00Одесса, ул. Приморский бульвар, 11, г-ца Лондонская. Sponsored by Provectus. RSVP.

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