How We Build Is Who We Are
The way we build reflects what we believe, who we wish to be, and why we get up in the morning.
Sparkbox proudly teamed up with the good fellows at Typefight to build a new and improved responsive fight experience where two designers battle in “alphabetic altercations,” “calligraphic contests,” and “figural fisticuffs.” You really need to see this beauty and the great designers battling it out.
Lenovo was recently ranked the #1 PC maker in the world—a company with annual revenue of US$33 billion and monstrous online sales numbers. And though they’re also ranked the #3 supplier of smart devices worldwide, their site has not been easily accessible across devices.
Until now, beginning with their Australian site.
One phrase we’ve heard ourselves repeating is, “Let’s build it right.” For us, a natural extension of this thinking is our series of workshops, called Build Right. It started back in 2011 with Build Responsively, and it’s continuing now with our frontend tooling workshop. You may find us at other industry-leading conferences or organizing our own events. Either way, check out the schedule and join us at an event in your neighborhood.
The Dayton Clean Coders mantra is, "Exploring patterns, practices, and tools for sustainable code." The Sparkbox way of doing things says, "Why not do all of that in style?" As part of our support for this meetup, we designed and had our 2013 apprentices build daytoncleancoders.com—a beautifully responsive site to serve as a hub for Dayton's finest developers.
Dayton Power & Light came to Sparkbox to rebuild their website, and do it right. The project was such a success that, over a year later, we were able to provide a responsive retrofit making the DP&L site one of the first responsive utility websites. The retrofit was made possible because of the original solid site architecture, markup, and a great working relationship with DP&L.
After a successful launch of the Dayton Power & Light corporate website, DP&L enlisted Sparkbox to help communicate outage information to their customers. This required us to work with DP&L engineers to interface with their Outage Reporting System and display the data in an easy-to-understand format. The resulting outage map complements the site design, was built with web standards, and provides an accessible view of the underlying data.
The direction from Stry founder, Dan Oshinsky, was pretty much, "Make the most beautiful news website ever made." Stop by Stry.us for a look around. Be sure to set aside some time, however, because even if the beautiful, responsive design eventually loses your attention, the rich long-form articles will keep you there for hours.
The College of Mount St. Joseph has the distinction of having one of the first fully responsive collegiate websites in the country, and we had a great time doing it. They came to us to rework the nearly 1,600-page site, top-to-bottom, including planning, content strategy, design, and new CMS. After a complete rework of site audience, goals, and architecture, the page volume was reduced, reprioritized, and restructured. We had a unique opportunity to create navigation that would accommodate a site that, though smaller in size than when we started, was still vast. The result? Check it out for yourselves.