Delightful Reveal #18

A weekly update on all things Flagrant

Jack Permenter
By Jack Permenter
May 15, 2023

“My brain is full of vintage Fruit by the Foot advertisements.”

What we did:

  • Met with our client’s CMO to coordinate changes to the client’s brand with the visual design needs of two new applications we’re developing.
  • Held a demo to review high level user flows with clients to align on what we’re going to build and how we’re going to build it.
  • Upcoming big release for the client (~1 yr of work).
  • Stress-tested gray and green color palettes for accessibility and display of tabular data until our eyes went out of focus (and made lots of jokes about how tables are our job and how we pay for our house).
  • Compared and contrasted typefaces to replace a rounded, geometric sans with a more condensed typeface that has tabular figures .
  • Wrestled with namespaced models and got Rails to not forcibly add the namespace whenever trying to generate urls.
  • Fixed a race condition in accidentally double-submitting orders.
  • Participated in the Doyenne Mentor Swarm wherein we met with four entrepreneurs to help problem-solve and provide insights.
  • Met with JNJ Gifts & More to help a local Madison business. We addressed questions about how to market to corporations and get in front of the right audience that makes company gifting decisions. This turned into Kelly and Glynnis collaborating on designing a quick mockup of potential designs
  • Designing a receipt for people to review all choices made when creating an audience and email contents.
  • Mentored Maya Shternshus, former student intern at Flagrant, on grid systems, general type size for websites, white space and color. 
  • Packed and prepped to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Code for America Summit 2023!
  • Went to Madison College Portfolio show and spoke with students about their work and celebrated former Flagrant Weirdo, Casey Brant

What we’re reading:

  • Will AI Become the new McKinsey? by Ted Chiang (NewYorker)
  • Responsive Nav Patterns by Brad Frost (BradFrost
  • HyperMedia Systems by Carson Gross, Adam Stepinski, and Deniz Akşimşek (Hyper Media Systems)
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa with Stephen Snyder (Translator) (StoryGraph)

What we’re watching:

What we’re listening to:

What we’re interested in:

What we’re struggling with:

  • finish Skyward Sword or start Tears of the Kingdom?
  • Finding recipes that are easy enough, so even I can’t mess it up.
  • Getting sunburn on cloudy day and other skin issues.
  • Finn had a birthday and is now 8 (he needs to stop aging).
  • is too hot.
  • Parents. Parenting the parents. Stubborn Parents. 
  • Actually unsubscribing from marketing emails.

What we’re buying:

  • Cold brew. Because it’s cold brew season.
  • Tickets to see a screening of Dr. Caligari live scored by local musicians.
  • A replacement toilet lid assembly.
  • Mangonadas.
  • A lamp for Amy.
  • PLANTS. For the yard. Cuz there is no more room for houseplants. In particular Native Wisconsin species for pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Purchasing ceramics from my favorite ceramic artist, Karolina Romanska.

What we’re celebrating:

  • Moving into a new house (slowly).
  • Eating lunch on a patio in 80ºF weather +2.
  • Thinking you’re going to see a jazz performance and discovering it’s actually jazz musicians playing multiple analog synthesizers.
  • Jim’s new volunteer role as a Director at Ruby Central.
  • Glynnis dropping off a ceramic piece to be part of a silent auction at one of her fav museums, Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  • Inviting enough friends over that I can make an absurd quantity of homemade banana pudding for a Southern food-themed potluck.

If you’re looking for a team to help you discover the right thing to build and help you build it, get in touch.