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We Are Not Neutral: 2016 in Review

OddBird is a small company — a shared vision and brand that transforms seven remote contractors into a Web Software Agency. 2016 was a year of big changes for us, individually and as a company. We can't distance ourselves from the world we work in, or the lives of our members, colleagues, and clients. Software is never neutral, and neither are we. There's work to do.

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Designing Using Data

Ongoing education in our industry is a must. Attending conferences is a great way to learn and network with other industry professionals. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to attend conferences, but have no fear! Many of the best conferences post videos online, giving our community an easy way to learn on our own time from anywhere in the world. Our first video in this series is a talk by Sarah Parmenter titled “Designing Using Data” given at An Event Apart Orlando.

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How to Choose Beautiful & Accessible Brand Colors for Your Website

How do you select a set of colors that express the attitude of your brand, look great together, and pass WCAG accessibility standards? How many colors is too many? This step-by-step guide outlines OddBird's process for tackling these challenges.

It's important to define your brand goals first and review them throughout the process. Next, do some research for inspiration. What colors are the other companies in your field using? Use Paletton to generate a cohesive color palette. Test color contrast to ensure accessibility. Finally, create prototypes to make sure you colors work well in context.

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How to Choose Engaging & Accessible Typography for Your Website Brand

How do you choose the best fonts for a brand identity among the thousands of options available on the interwebs these days? Whether you’re starting from scratch or rebranding like us, this step-by-step guide can help focus and direct your process.

First, define your brand goals. Next, explore your options. There are many excellect resources that offer free, high quality, and accessible fonts; I list 7 of my favorites in this guide. Create element collages to test your typeface pairings in context. Finally, vote on the best options with your team.

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A Rebase-Centric Model of Collaborative Git Use

If you want to make sense of your git history more easily when you go back, try rebasing as you go. Rebasing while collaborating with others can get hairy quickly. But here's one way to make it work.

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What's Old is New: Drop Caps in CSS

Using an emphasized initial letter is a technique that has been used for centuries. Let's dive in to see some ways you can apply it to your project to help guide your reader with visual hierarchy.

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A Visit to the RESTful SPA

You can't always get away with a single-page app; sometimes you need server-side rendering. When you need both, here's one approach.

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Behind the Scenes: OddSite Brand Process

What follows is an in-depth look at our brand design process thus far as we work towards a new look and feel for this, our OddSite. Details. Confessions. What worked. What flopped. And why.

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SitePoint: Live Q&A with Miriam

I did a live Q&A at SitePoint back in August. We talked about customizing Susy for your needs, why you might not need a grid system, other tools I'm working on, and how to select or build your own toolkits.

It was a wild two-hours of typing as fast as I could, and hoping to sound intelligent. Thanks for asking the questions!

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Auditioning Github Projects

With the release of kanban-style project boards, we decided to move our open design process over to GitHub and give it a try.

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