Spruce interactive


You and Them

Custom theme development for a media & creative recruiting agency

Project Type: Web Development

Launched: January 2013

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We’ve known Dana Siomkos and her designer Amy Martino since we collaborated together on Goddess of the Hunt┬áin 2011, so when Dana came back to us to develop her new agency site, we jumped at the chance. This is a truly novel site, straight from the minds of Amy and Dana. We can’t lay claim to the concepts, but we can say that it was a whole lot of fun to code up. The homepage features a huge automated slideshow, with left and right controls anchored on the sides of the screen. The navigation menu floats above these images, inverting color as needed depending on the image sliding into place. The “Sign Up For Job Alerts” link is omnipresent, and triggers a hidden area that slides down from the top of the screen, so users can sign up for You & Them job alerts in a flash. The job listings themselves are pulled from a database that populates both the homepage and a dedicated jobs page. Visitors can click any job to jump right to the full description. The Featured Candidate section below is pulled from a specific category of the You & Them blog, satisfying our philosophy that content should be entered once and only once, regardless of how, where, and when it’s displayed.

We’re particularly proud of the social integration on this site, pulling in Twitter Feeds and rotating Instagram images with the hash tag #YOUANDTHEMNYC. This was a great one to build, and came together in about two weeks. It’s an example of a business that understands its audience, articulates its brand with confidence, and presents content in a completely unique but simultaneously intuitive way.



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Wise men have said, "All good things must come to an end", and so it was with Spruce. We began our first project in 2006, and completed our last in Fall 2013. It's been a wonderful experience, but now it's time to begin the next adventure.

Though...we wouldn't want to leave you hanging, now would we? Here are our top recommendations for world-class branding, design, and web development:

  • Kristina (KJ) Parish and Beam Collective:
    KJ provided the artistic vision that allowed Spruce to succeed, and we still think she's the greatest designer in the entire world. She's started a new collective with some talented developers, and is covering much the same territory as Spruce--design and development all under one roof, with a caliber of service and professionalism seldom seen in this business or any other. If you like what you see on the Spruce site, then definitely get in touch with KJ at kj@beamcollective.com
  • Permanent Art & Design
    Permanent is a nationally recognized design & branding firm out of Minneapolis, MN. They've been a long term collaborator and strategic partner over the past couple years, and we'd recommend them for medium to large sized businesses/organizations who are serious about putting their best foot forward. In addition to design, Permanent offers strategy and marketing services, plus in-house and networked developers. For more information contact Joseph Belk joseph@permanentadg.com
  • Nate Thompson
    A freelancer, Nate reminds us of ourselves back in the day. Smart, communicative, and skilled, Nate is our recommendation for small to medium sized businesses/organizations who have sites built on Wordpress or other open source content management solutions. With a background in both design and development, he's a one-stop shop for most web-related tasks. You can get in touch at nate.a.thompson@gmail.com
  • Kevin DeBernardi
    Designer turned developer, Kevin is embarking on a freelance web career after working as the in-house designer at the Museum of the City of New York. He's adept at translating his design ideas into custom PHP code, and is constantly expanding his technical palette. Kevin's a good choice for projects that don't quite fit into the Wordpress mold, and that would benefit from a consistency of presence and vision from design through execution. Kevin can be reached at kevin@analoglifestyle.com