Branding Design Illustration

The Water Cycle Book on Amazon

We recently applied our skillset towards publishing a paper-back book called the Water Cycle. Sumera Yacoob, our lead designer and illustrator, adeptly merged her skills and experience as a Water Resources Engineer, illustrator extraordinaire and storyteller, helping navigate young readers through a detailed, illustrative look at our most vital element: Water!

Privacy Security

Configuring a Secure WordPress LEMP Stack with chroot Jails

With WordPress as widespread as it is, it’s a wonder the lack of up-to-date resources on how to configure a secure environment for hosting WordPress websites.

This is our attempt at compiling the most recent best-practices based on the latest software packages as of this writing.

  • Ubuntu 22.0.4 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
  • NGINX 1.22.0
  • MySQL 8
  • PHP 8.1

The WordPress Twenty Twenty Two Theme — Accessible & Customizable

WordPress has been fairly accessible out-of-the-box for a number of years now. For most users however, an out-of-the-box theme is not a great way to allow your brand to stand out.


Beware of False Web Accessibility Compliance

Accessibility legislation around the world is leading to the rise of plugins for accessibility widgets that claim something like:

Just one line of code achieves compliance

How? “Automagically”

Google Lighthouse and AODA Compliance

Most public websites are required—as of January 1st, 2021—to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

This applies to public sector organizations and private or non-profit organizations with at least 50 employees.


Accept cookies? Does the DCIA mean nagging for Canadians?

The proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act (DCIA) in Canada borrows some key elements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Guardian's cookie banner

As such you may wonder if Canadians are soon about to see it everywhere. That “Accept Cookies” banner you see when you happen upon a European or British website.

Moreover if you manage a website, are you going to have to implement the consent request as well?


Out with the new-old, in with the old-new

As we bid farewell to a much maligned 2020 and welcome a more hopeful 2021, we noticed a lot of companies are updating their brands in the new year. Two prominent rebrands are Burger King and General Motors.

Burger King sign
(Image credit: Burger King Corporation)
General Motors rebrand
(Image credit: General Motors)