Recently we started a new service called SliceCraft. We heard so many people complain about the (lack of) quality of overseas slicing companies (who turn a PSD into HTML/CSS) that we figured we could do better. On top of that we decided to enhance this kind of service by also providing HAML/SASS and image sprites.
This is the second post in our "How we work" series, in which we detail, well... how we work. For more information, check out the previous post.
This is the first post in our "How we work" series, in which we detail, well... how we work. For more information, check out the post about what these posts are about.
In a short while we will be starting a bunch of blog posts about how we work. The plan is to basically share whatever there is to share about what we do and how we do it. From story carding to continuous integration testing and hosting. We aim to touch aspects that are interesting from both a development and business point of view.
About a year ago we decided to make our entire operation as paperless as possible. This means we basically scan and shred anything that isn't a contract, or a document for which we're required by law to keep the original.
We often use CSS sprites to make a web site render as fast as possible. This used to be a tedious process of cropping images, putting them in one giant image file and calculating (and remembering) the offset. Not any more! We recently discovered Lemonade, a gem that generates sprites automatically, does all the calculations and updates the CSS. Its usage is really simple: instead of "background-image" you just use "sprite-image" (with some additional, optional parameters) and Lemonade takes care of the rest. Highly recommended!
After nearly two years of using our "temporary" website, the new one is finally done. Not that building it took that long; we just couldn't find the time to do it. Now it's here we will also commit ourselves to blog some more.
Yesterday Thijs and I visited Pivotal Labs at their NYC office, following up on Ian McFarland's open invitation. Ian had a great talk at RailsConf about how Pivotal works, and we wanted to dig a bit deeper into it and have a look at their "pairing stations" (yes, they pair program).
Lately we kept our eyes open for any office opportunities. Our current office of close to 60 square meters was getting too small to facilitate room for growth. By adding Ivana as the seventh member to our team we started to feel like sardines in a can. Luckily an office became available on the third floor in our building, and we quickly decided to take it. The new office is around 150 square meters and has a separate meeting room and a ping pong table. Last weekend we made the move, and we are fully operational again now. Drop by if you want to have a look!