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Team Thirst review the Fitbit Flex

15 Apr 2014

It’s been a few months since Team Thirst excitedly tore the wrappers off our Fitbit Flexes. We share thoughts on what difference (if any) this little device has had on our fitness and make suggestions for improving the experience.

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Geek Night 17/3/2014

18 Mar 2014

Last night's meetup kicked us off (officially) for the year of 2014 and what a night it was, with three illustrious speakers covering such diverse ground in a little over an hour.

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#webforgood at Pause Fest

13 Mar 2014

Thirst Studios recently hosted a Geek Night with a difference - taking centre-stage for the Web session at Australia's celebration of digital culture, PauseFest.

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Our charity video and the ride to conquer cancer

19 Nov 2013

Earlier this year, four friends and I took part in the Ride To Conquer Cancer; a 2-day, 200 kilometre sponsored cycle ride through Victoria from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula and back again, raising funds of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer research.

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More than a job

03 Feb 2013

We've always said that this web and user experience design lark is more than a job to us here at Thirst Studios, and while that might just sound like a load of marketing rhubarb, I can assure you it's absolutely true. Outside of our client work, we're all always reading and sharing industry articles, and regularly attend industry conferences, meet-ups and events.

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A portrait of an inventor.

06 Aug 2012

I recently stumbled upon a series of posts spanning over the last 4 years by David Friedman, a photographer from New York City in which he portrays inventors from all sorts of fields and varying backgrounds. The one thing that unites them, however, is their passion and commitment to solve a problem creatively regardless of the obstacles in their way.

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On preprocessors

17 Jul 2012

When it comes to preprocessors, the web community seems to be a bit divided. Some people love them, some hate them. Here at Thirst, we’ve forgotten what plain CSS looks like! (I kid of course). Preprocessors, however, are not for everyone and not for every team. We’ve made them work for us and agreed on a workflow that minimises friction as much as possible.

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Why we (almost) always use ExpressionEngine

27 Jun 2012

At Thirst Studios we claim to be content management system (CMS) agnostic. Whilst that's (sort of) true, we (almost) always end up using ExpressionEngine to build our websites, and online apps. I thought it would be worth sharing a few of the reasons why we love using ExpressionEngine.

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Progress bar with CSS and Javascript

03 May 2012

Over the past few months we’ve been redesigning the Thirst Studios website. As part of this redesign, we’ve added a shiny new project planner. We wanted the progress bar to function in two ways, firstly was to update as the next and previous buttons are clicked and we wanted the ability for users to click back to a section they had already completed in case there was an error or they wanted to make amendments.

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7 Guiding principles for designing a better user experience

01 Mar 2010

In conducting a number of web site usability reviews of late I've noticed a series of emergent issues that are common to all. These issues can be broadly grouped into the following list of 7 'principles' that affect the user interface and information architecture of almost every interactive online product, whether it be it a simple web site or large complex application.

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Tutorials: Petitions with ExpressionEngine and Freeform

30 Mar 2009

A recent project had a lot of requirements. Most were straightforward, and things we come across in our daily lives as web developers... blog, news, about us, contact form, etc. As with all clients, they also had a few requirements that were not quite "out of the box".

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