Things I’m excited about

There’s been so much going on behind the scenes at Owltastic that I’ve predictably dropped the ball on writing over the last month. But May is upon us! Here’s a few things I’ve been up to these last few weeks:

My website totally shrinks on phones

I made a new shirt for United Pixel Workers (today’s the last day to buy it!). Loyal readers (or Twitter followers) may have noticed this comment on my blog awhile back. While it was trollish, I couldn’t help but crack up at the mocking “my website totally shrinks on phones remark.” After tweeting this hilarity, Anna Debenham and a few others suggested I put this phrase on a shirt, so everyone who makes responsive sites can wear it proudly. United Pixel Workers was on board with the idea, so I cranked out a design, and here we are. This is the last day to get your order in, if you’re interested. Also, my thanks to the anonymous snarky commenter for the inspiration and roundabout contribution to my coffee fund.

Glow in the dark night owl division

There’s a re-release of my original United Pixel Workers shirt, in glow in the freakin’ dark! (Note! Today’s the last day to buy it!) Remember those glow in the dark stars you’d put on your ceiling as a kid? This is like a wearable version!

Techniques for using novelty fonts

I wrote a blog post for Typekit! It’s about the best ways to use novelty fonts, and while it may not be a game-changer, my hope is that it offers some new techniques to try, and perhaps occasionally makes you smile. I based the article around a side-project I’m working on called bbballer.

The idea behind this site is that it will be a place to write about the amazing people in the dribbble community. I’ve discovered so many favorite designers on the site, and I wanted a place to write about them. I’m very excited about launching the site, and plan to do so in the next few weeks. You can watch my progress by following me on dribbble.

Also of note from the Typekit post: I’ve created a collection of the notable ampersands of Typekit. Could come in handy the next time you need a good ampersand; it’s also a fun way to browse fonts.

Talking process on The East Wing

I recently had a lovely chat with Tim Smith for his fantastic podcast, The East Wing. Here’s Tim’s (too kind) description of the episode:

“Meagan Fisher is one of the nicest people you’ll ever talk to. She’s a smart gal and her willingness to share shines in this episode as she joins to talk about the importance of getting to know people offline, what she’s learned from the amazing companies she’s worked with, the design process and answering the ever controversial question: Should designers code?”

If you’re interested, you might give it a listen. At the very least, check out all the other great interviews on the site.

I’ve joined the Chartcorps

In the proud tradition of saving the best for last, I’m so excited to announce that I’ve joined Chartbeat as their Art Director. I’ve been working with Chartbeat on a contract basis for the last 4 months, and it’s been a blast.

I never thought I would be this excited about real-time data, but the work we’re doing, and where we’re headed, is pretty amazing. Plus, I can’t imagine how a nicer, more talented group of people could be assembled in one place. The best part is, they’re hiring front end developers, back end developers, designers, and more! So come work with us, and we’ll make good stuff.

If you’re curious why Chartbeat matters, watch this talk by our CEO, Tony Haile. If you can listen to Tony’s ridiculous puns, British accent, and compelling presentation without falling in love with Chartbeat, there might be something wrong with you.

5 Responses

  1. Aisling says:

    “Remember those glow in the dark stars you’d put on your ceiling as a kid?” As a kid? I have them on my wall now! (They’re pastel coloured and have glitter on them so they look nice in the day, as well. ;) ) I also ordered this shirt! It’s so cute! Now me and my star-covered walls can match, I guess.

  2. Sara White says:

    Congratulations on joining Chartbeat! It sounds like a great opportunity with a really cool company. Can’t wait to see the work you’ll do with them – the design for the Chartbeat site is completely 100% awesome. Love it!

  3. That shirt is incredible. I had not seen that comment before.

    If only my site shrunk on phones. :-)

  4. Josh Long says:

    Congrats Meagan! Loving all the projects. The one constant is that you always do amazing work wherever you are. Keep at it girlie:)

  5. Henri says:

    Really love the “My website totally shrinks on phones”. It’s really geeky :-)

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