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The Radar: July 8, 2015

July 8th, 2015 - by Julie Hale - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Scrumbot is your Agile Assistant

Simply plug into Slack or HipChat and automatically gather up and summarize project status from your dev team on a daily basis.


Spotify’s Taste Rewind

Spotify’s latest new feature is a musical time machine that finds music from the past that you might like based on what music you currently like on Spotify.


The Latest Web Design Tools

A brief review of what’s new in design tools.

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The Dangers of Selfies

Just a friendly reminder from the Russians not to take selfies while on train tracks, with a gun in your hand, or in other dangerous situations.

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Overcome Stress and Anxiety

This article talks about how successful people beat stress. It’s basically a consistent mindset of being in control of your life and empowered rather than a victim. People with this mindset tend to take action rather than getting overwhelmed and giving up.

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SVG Patterns

Textures.js is an svg pattern library to help make your data visualizations look nice.


Free OCR

This is a pretty accurate OCR (optical character recognition) application. When tested to read the text from some design files (which were JPGs) instead of re-typing it into the HTML page—it was perfectly accurate every time.



This is an efficient tool to resize large images for front-end dev, keeping images responsive to various devices.

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6 Photography Trends

Based on image download data and usage trends from around the world, iStock by Getty Images has released its 2015 trends report detailing the biggest image trends designers need to know about.

Photography Trends