Archive for Topic: Design

About ten years ago, Manoverboard launched Lorem 2 in order to provide a simpler and all around better tool for designers and developers who wanted to acquire “Lorem Ipsum” content. What the heck is a “Lorem Ipsum” and why did we redesign Lorem 2?

Manoverboard is looking for a junior or intermediate designer who loves to code and wants to join a talented team of other designers. The right candidate has experience designing for web, coding websites, and creating visual identities and printed material – and wants to work for a small, offbeat and innovative design studio in Winnipeg.

A brand guide is the cornerstone of building a powerful, recognizable brand identity. It is an essential tool in the shaping all future marketing materials. We build a guide for Beeproject Apiaries and to standardize their brand identity, heightening visibility and credibility in the minds of customers.

Our Website Maintenance

Most things in our lives need maintenance and websites are not an exception to that rule. Instead of boring you with the usual analogies that compare website maintenance to other things in our lives (that’s what the above image is for), I will try to keep this short and sweet.

After six years of living with our tried and true and black and blue visual identity, we set out on a path to create a new brand for Manoverboard. Here’s how and here’s why.

We’ve all heard the story of the cobbler’s child who goes without shoes. Or the blacksmith who has a house with only wooden spoons and whose friend, the plumber, has a leaky faucet. At Manoverboard we plan, design, build and launch 8 to 15 client websites per year which doesn’t leave much room for “us time”.

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.

Celebrating Canada 150

In my over twelve years of living here, I have found that the country’s kindness and warmth abounds and that, despite the generally freaking cold geographical climate, its friendliness gets expressed in many different and distinct ways. Mostly it’s in the conversations, populated with a lot of sorries, sureness, and substance.

The Little Things

I’m learning that what sets designers apart is their attention to visual details. I remember the first time I noticed bad kerning between letters. Once the uneven spacing stood out to me, I could never read that word the same way. As a student studying design, I’m learning the importance of these details. I see that it takes a trained eye to pick up on the little things.

Honouring the Favicon

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!

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.