We write about code, design, user experience, new work, studio life and other stuff.

What we're reading

Sam Judson, 3 August 2015

The first edition of a semi-regular series about what we’ve been reading and sharing around the office. It’ll usually be tech, design or business based and will cover anything we find interesting — from disruptive business, best practises, web standards and design thinking, through to environmental concerns.

New Springload studio fitout

Zak Brown, 10 July 2015

After Hope Gibbons building underwent earthquake strengthening it gave us an opportunity to create an interior that not only reflected award-winning web design but also enhanced the way we do it.

Wagtail is NZ Government security compliant

Jordi J. Tablada, Alan Doak, 7 July 2015

Government web sites are one of the most common targets for hackers and malicious software. When we work for a New Zealand government agency we must comply with a given set of standards and best practices around web authentication and security. We’ve compiled a set of reusable tools that allow us to quickly meet these guidelines.

Keeping tradition

Alan Doak, 22 May 2015

We’ve had an ongoing relationship with the New Zealand Festival since we did our first festival website back in 2006. As part of that involvement each year we also work with the Wellington Jazz Festival. This time around, as well as doing the website, we updated the offline brand.

Size matters: why businesses should care about responsive design

Sam Judson, Richard Allardice, 30 April 2015

Recently Google blogged that it would be changing its search algorithms to give mobile-friendliness more importance in search rankings. Check out which major New Zealand sites failed the mobile friendliness test.

Made with Wagtail - a hackathon

Jordi J. Tablada, 23 April 2015

The idea of building a website to showcase projects built with Wagtail has been an idea I’ve had ever since Springload started using it as their preferred CMS. We knew the Torchbox guys had a long list of published sites using Wagtail but this great CMS deserved something better.

OS/OS Conference - On the Fence

Alan Doak, 21 April 2015

We've had a lot of good news about On the Fence lately. We're an honoree in the 2015 Webbys, and we're hoping to win some funding via the Knight Foundation to make it part of the 2016 USA elections.

We're a nominee in the 2015 Webby Awards!

Alan Doak, 9 April 2015

Springload has been selected as one of only five nominees in the Interactive Political Blogs and Websites category of the 2015 Webby Awards

Introducing Wagtail

Jordi J. Tablada, Richard McMillan, 26 February 2015

During the last few months we have spent a good amount of time working with Wagtail, a really cool CMS built on top of the well-known Django framework. The fact we chose Wagtail to build some of our latest projects has been anything but accidental.

Finding decent project management software

Carl Steward, 12 January 2015

I embarked on a year-long mission to find better project management software for Springload. Here are a few notes from the journey.

Home Hunter's successful swoop

Brent Neave & Richard Allardice, 19 December 2014

Home Hunter is essentially a property search tool on steroids, bringing together the various threads of home buying – from looking at open homes to applying for pre-approval on a bank loan – into an app that makes the whole lot experience less angsty. Enjoyable, even.

Branding in the digital age

Adam Cansino, 18 October 2014

Brand Lead Adam Cansino shares his thoughts on the shift in traditional brand engagement as it relates to ‘digital first’.

We’re the BEST!

Alan Doak, 17 October 2014

Springload wins big at the 2014 Best Awards.

Useful products vs. pretty campaigns:

Josh Barr and Ben Glazewski, 18 September 2014

How digital design thinking can help fight against banner blindness.

Getting young voters off the fence

Josh, 16 September 2014

We've been working with Massey University to change attitudes towards politics.

We’re finalists!

Brent, 8 September 2014

Four of our favourite recent projects are finalists in the 2014 Best Awards — the annual awards of the Designers Institute where we collectively celebrate the best of New Zealand design.

Handsome Stats

Bron, 5 August 2014

A whoppingly large number of websites use Google Analytics and it’s a great analytics package. However, pulling understandable information out of the dense depths of it is hard. You need to know exactly where to look and you need a bunch of time.

Team Gold

Clare, 25 June 2014

Springload recently won Team Gold at the Wellington Gold Awards and we’re still buzzing. Feeling pretty golden right now!

Automated event tracking

Richie, 19 June 2014

Springload is a company with a strong focus on usability, so we spend a lot of time examining online user behaviour. One of the tools we use in this effort is Google Analytics Event Tracking.

The ideal API: What we look for in a web service

James, 17 June 2014

We sometimes get asked by clients to provide advice on what makes a good web service. Recently one of our clients decided they’d like to move to a new service provider in order to give their customers access to richer and more relevant data via their website.

OnMediaQuery: Responsive JavaScript

Josh, 10 January 2014

Chances are you're going to want to execute some code based on media queries in your snazzy responsive layout. At Springload we started by doing this with the window.matchMedia() function. It worked pretty well, but it always felt a bit, well... inelegant.