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Design Thinkers 2019

Jory and I recently attended Design Thinkers in Toronto. Design Thinkers is an annual design conference hosted by the RGD featuring talks by design professionals from around the world. The lineup included some huge names and some fresh ones, with presentations spanning a diverse set of disciplines across various industy (and industry-adjacent) topics. If we…

Designers are a passionate bunch when it comes to producing beautiful, functional things, and that passion for design sometimes makes it easy to forget everything else. Performance considerations are often the first to get benched and as a result the modern web has become a bloated unsustainable beast.

A Happy Desk

Put effort into making your environment as pleasant as possible, and it will go a long way. Some factors might be out of your hand, but there’s a lot you can do just about anywhere. Here’s some of my advice on building a happy space.

For the past 6.5+ years I have been an integral part of the Manoverboard team. As Manoverboard’s longest running employee, I’m in a unique position to share some insights about this great company—how it evolved, and how it eventually grew to become the first B Corporation in Manitoba.

Have you ever noticed that many websites display a little icon in your browser’s URL bar and bookmarks? That’s a favicon (which is short for favorite icon). While often taken for granted, the favicon can be an outlet for creativity, and an opportunity for a web developer to put a “special touch” on a website. The smallest size of a favicon is 16×16 pixels (seen below). That’s really tiny!

Three months ago we proudly launched Serving.Green, our web initiative designed to highlight the impact that the internet has on the environment, and what we can all do to reduce that impact. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I’d like to say a few words about what we did from a development standpoint to make the site as efficient as we could, given our design objectives.

A Week in Peru

The first time that I heard the name Machu Picchu, I was 15 years old and it was the name of a racetrack in a video game. High atop a misty mountain, there were ancient ruins and terraces supposedly left behind by some ancient civilization.

Go-Kart Analytics?

Last year after volunteering our time at Winnipeg Harvest for our staff holiday party, we decided to conclude the celebration with a visit to the local karting track, Speedworld. In fact, we recorded the whole race on a GoPro—you can check out the video a little further into this piece. Speedworld is an indoor track,…

30 Days in Brazil

After touring around Brazil for a month with my girlfriend and her family, I can’t help but feel that up here in Canada, we are falling behind in terms of resource conservation.

As a member organization of 1% for the Planet, Manoverboard gives the equivalent of one percent of all revenues to select nonprofit partners that are benefiting the environment.

Manoverboard is a Certified B Corporation, which means that we meet ongoing, rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.