Work: Sommerles 2016
11 August 2016 · By Snuti
It’s our third year running the Summer reading campaign collaboration with Vestfold libraries, called Sommerles here in Norway, and this year over 30,000 children are reading and participating! With half of Norway’s libraries taking part, it’s been truly amazing to see so many children enjoying and reading books in their summer holidays!
With a new design each year to follow the theme of the story written for Sommerles, we had the opportunity this year to work with Shaivya, who drew the amazing characters for Sommerles. Working with a detective story theme, we created an atmospheric design to fit around the story.
See the new designs for Sommerles here.
When looking at the technical elements of Sommerles this year, it has truly evolved. We developed our own API to focus on expanding the functionality of the campaign and to avoid rewriting the same features in the future (We’ve been there and done that!). Everything is template driven by Handlebars, which allowed us to do both client and server-side page rendering with the LightnCandy library. It also JS re-renders any of the HTML elements just by querying our own unified API, which communicates with both PHP and JS, merging server and client development in working harmony.
We’ve built a lot of utilities around this workflow and it’s truly paid off for our development. It’s been fun to work with and has allowed us to focus on how our HTML and SASS works together, rather than wrestling a JS callback spagetti monster.
Since the campaign this year has been running on the two languages in Norway, Nynorsk and Bokmål, we wrote our own translation system to work alongside Google Spreadsheet. By using our own JS and PHP translation system, which is pulled together using Handlebars, we’ve created a simple and collaborative process which allowed us to work with others using the power of Google spreadsheets. We learnt more about how powerful SQL can be, so this year we replaced quite a bit of PHP and replaced it with SQL logic, thus speeding up load times.
Last year’s campaign was brilliant, but due to integrating quite a few features last minute, we were left with quite a bit of code debt. This year, with handlebars and the use of an API, we now have a clean API and templating system to expand on the campaign for future years.
Check out our work page to see more of the Sommerles designs here or check out the cool video below (tip: watch till the very end, you’ll be surprised :P)
3D Printing: Shop is open!
11 April 2016 · By Snuti
While we’ve been busy with our yearly Sommerles project (which will be awesome by the way), we’ve also been doing some exciting new 3D prints! While I’ve not posted much about what we’ve been making, it’s become quite a few things! I’ll start with one of my favourites and will be posting more in the future.
A special design which we were very satisfied with was our fingerprint-heart-necklace. We used both of our thumb prints and combined it together with a rounded heart shape design, with a custom engravement on the back. While this one looked very bland and not defined in plastic, the end result in brass was amazing. What do you think? what type of design would you like to have your fingerprint on?
We have opened up our own Shapeways shop, which only has one item at the moment, but we are going to be filling it up in the near future. If you have a custom order or design request, send us an email and we can make it become a reality. :)
Life lately at Snuti HQ
4 April 2016 · By Snuti
I can’t believe it is already April, and there is so much going on around here in Snuti HQ. It’s normally around this time of year that we fall off the radar on social media, as our client projects take priority. This year however, we are trying to find a good balance between keeping up with blogging/side projects and staying a bit more social online, even if it is just a bit.
Starting the year with beautiful snow and winter time, it’s been inspirational to look out the window, whilst working on our current project, Sommerles 2016. As it will be launching in June, we have been working hard on the project, and integrating an exciting story written by Mari Moen Holsve, on the website! Of course, this means that some of our goals for doing side projects has been limited in this time, but we are learning more about managing a large amount of clients. Nesha from Nesha designs shared Streak, which is a CRM based within Gmail, in her list of 10 tools and apps I use for freelancing. It utilises boxes to store all your emails for a project or client in one place and ever since we have started using it, it has made it so much easier for us to work efficiently with our clients.
Having my own personal goal to do more intentional blogging has been put a little on hold with our current project but I hope to get going with it at the end of spring, start of Summer. We even upgraded Snuti HQ with new motorised standing desks from IKEA, so stay tuned for a new post about it!
How are your goals for this year going? Excited for Spring?