15 Apr 2014It’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.
18 Mar 2014Last 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.
13 Mar 2014Thirst Studios recently hosted a Geek Night with a difference - taking centre-stage for the Web session at Australia's celebration of digital culture, PauseFest.
06 Feb 2014We’re excited to be involved in this year’s Pause Festival, which runs for four days between Feb 13th - 16th.
13 Dec 2013We made a fun little Christmas game controlled by your webcam.
19 Nov 2013Earlier 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.
14 Nov 2013Today marks World Usability Day (WUD2013) and this year’s theme is one that is close to our heart here at Thirst – Healthcare.
17 May 2013Ben and Andrew were on RRR this week, talking about Melbourne Geek Night.
12 Apr 2013Great piece from the Oatmeal. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
25 Feb 2013Tonight I signed up for a new calendar app called Sunrise. I'll tell you about it in the morning.
03 Feb 2013We'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.
03 Dec 2012This week we've launched UXmas.com - a digital advent calendar for user experience designers.
22 Nov 2012Another week, another Thirst Quenchers. Issue 23.
12 Sep 2012We've been meaning to start publishing our weekly Thirst Quenchers here on the blog. So here we go with issue #13.
30 Aug 2012We’ve released Thirst EE Intro, an Expression Engine plugin to add FAQ and documentation into the control panel.
06 Aug 2012I 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.
22 Jul 2012We've recently launched "Thirst Quenchers", a weekly email that we're compiling, with our favourite links on all things Web, Technology, UX, UI & Design. And then some.
17 Jul 2012When 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.
03 Jul 2012Our studio director Kerry recently published a post on her blog which sheds some light on how to select the most appropriate project management tool and which tools stacked up against the requirements of a small-medium studio like Thirst Studios.
29 Jun 2012"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky... you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go."
27 Jun 2012At 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.
09 May 2012We are really (really, really) excited to announce that Rob Hawkes, Technical Evangelist at Mozilla, will be giving a special presentation at the May 2012 Melbourne Geek Night.
03 May 2012Over 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.
13 Apr 2012It's always exciting when a new staff member starts, and this is no exception! We are all pleased to welcome our latest nerdy super-star Daniel Nitsikopoulos.
01 Mar 2010In 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.
10 Feb 2010The great folks over at devot:ee have put together a new "Spotlight" article on our very own dev guru Andrew. The article has Andrew talking about how he used ExpressionEngine on our recently released site for Eastern Ranges GP Association.
28 May 2009Despite being someone who uses the web daily (and a regular reader of The Age) I find myself getting caught-out by the design of their site search every time. Here's how I'd tweak the design to improve it's usability in 5 minutes.
30 Mar 2009I was recently asked to write a review of the Campaign Monitor email marketing software for popular industry magazine, Think Vitamin.
30 Mar 2009A 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".