1. Atomic Design: Building ‘Design Systems’

    Our UX Designer, Kitty Fung, just back from the Respond Conference, shares some insights with us on the challenge of catering to a mult-device-accessible web.

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  2. Wanted: Basically, a Web Developer.

    We’re on the hunt for someone to help out in our busy, growing studio. Nice place, good people, work that won’t make you nauseous.

    • Co-operative, smart team where everyone’s opinion counts
    • Clients you’ll actually like
    • User centred design approach, developer friendly culture

    For more details, check out our listing on The Loop →

  3. Picket Studio 2.0

    After three years we felt it was time to give our workspace an update. We’ve taken a larger suite in the same building, which gives us double the space and a chance to design our dream studio.

    Head over to our Facebook page to check out the progress (and results) →

  4. The talent.

    For Showcast, Australia’s most recognised talent directory, we’ve just finished a very useful talent directory tool, available now for all types of iPads.

    The app will replace a long tradition of printing large, annual directories that are distributed to casting and talent agents throughout Australia, and represents a big turning point for the organisation: now completely paperless.

    The app will be for sale in the App Store shortly, and we’ll post an update so you can check it out when it’s out.

  5. Design for designers.

    We’re very pleased (and proud) to have launched a new site for our good friends at Design Portfolio, who do awesome, revenue-raising design for all kinds of retail spaces.

    The site is a Wordpress-based showcase of all their excellent project work and celebrates their work through great photography and rich case studies.

    We went deep with the Wordpress implementation on this one and Design Portfolio have the ability to manage and update their site completely independently of us.

    Take it for a spin, and see some of their excellent work →

  6. A publishing platform for politics and literature.

    Quadrant Magazine, one of Australia’s oldest running publications (since 1956!) is an established journal ideas, literature, poetry and historical & political debate targeted at a decidedly — ahem — older demographic.

    There’s nothing old about the website we just launched for them though. It’s completely responsive, with hours and hours of strategic UX work done to ensure perfect readability on all and any devices and screen sizes.

    Not only does the site give great exposure to 500 editions worth of content, but it also powers a full news site with online-only content, multiple access levels (with direct integration into the magazine’s 3rd party subscriber system), a complete online store, amazing SEO, and much much more.

    Whether you agree with their politics or not, we hope you agree they have a nice website!

    Explore more on the Quadrant site →

  7. The Golden Age is now.

    A team of very creative collaborators behind projects like The Commons and The Thousands have let us loose on the website for their latest venture, the Golden Age Cinema & Bar.

    The cinema and bar are exquisite, and a must visit destination in Sydney. We’ve tried to do the space (and excellent watching, eating and drinking experience) justice with an innovative, responsively designed site platform that takes care of brand positioning, showcasing the space, program management and ticket sales.

    We took a “mobile first” approach hear, having identified that the majority of their traffic was going to be on smartphones (often of the back of a social media interaction), and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity when users make snap decisions about what they’re going to do for fun.

    Have a browse through the program on your phone (and book a couple of tickets while you’re at it) →

  8. Turning music into money.

    We just launched our first real iOS app (iPod, iPhone & iPad), a streaming audio player for SBA Music who provide managed music services for retail environments.

    The app opens up a whole new market on the back of their existing infrastructure. Previously clients needed to install expensive hardware to access the streaming service.

    We built the app almost entirely in HTML5, wrapping it up with PhoneGap to publish in the App Store, and created a web app for back-end management of users, playlists and tracks.

    Check it out in the App Store →

  9. A worthwhile investment.

    Investment guru Peter Kennedy recently launched Kennedy Investments under his own name, bringing a new managed investment approach to a rather crowded market.

    Our challenge was to build a brand, instil trust in it, help articulate a complex offer with maximum cut-through, and then make sure that we converting readers into leads.

    The site is completely responsive, rich in content and has perfectly targeted pathways to get people where they need to be, fast. All behaviour is carefully tracked with Analytics (as always), and enquiries are integrated directly into the client’s CRM system for quick and reliable follow-ups.

    We continue to work with the Kennedy Investments team on their digital presence and have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to help a new business flourish.

    Find out more and see what you think of the site →

  10. The goods.

    The Shopify store we’ve built for Utopia Goods (in partnership with Deuce Design) has been going gangbusters since launch yesterday.

    Bruce & Sophie have put together an amazing collection of products and have been featured on the front page of The Design Files today.

    Check out the store and maybe get yourself something nice while you’re at it →