Creativity

Why Your Web Developers Are Grumpy (And How To Talk To Them)

You may have noticed that your developers are grumpy when you come to discuss a project. Recent research suggests that increased cognitive load leads to difficulty controlling impulses. Developers spend their entire day working complex problems and have to keep a mental model of thousands of lines of code for months or years.
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Creativity

Get An Early Taste of Halloween with The Burning Peppermints

The Burning Peppermints are one of the newest chapters in Birmingham’s flourishing music scene. Many of you saw them at Sloss Fest. A select few might’ve seen them at Saturn, or The Nick. And if you live outside of Birmingham, you might’ve caught them recently on a brief tour. We’re pretty big fans ourselves here at Big. And since we support the local music scene every chance we get, we were excited to partner with the Peppermints for a few poster and t-shirt designs.

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Creativity

Content the World Over: A Conversation with Grace Montgomery of AFAR Magazine

When it comes to blending sponsored content in traditional editorial, brands aren’t the only ones walking the fine line. At AFAR Magazine, this has served up an opportunity rather than an obstacle. The travel magazine is known not only for its beautiful editorial content, but for its highly attended experience events that take attendees off the beaten path in coveted destinations like Sydney, Cairo, and Charleston.

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Creativity, News

15 Years of Birmingham’s Artwalk: A Conversation with Executive Director Joy Myers

It wasn’t that long ago that 2nd Avenue N. was a pretty desolate place.

Before the street that Big calls home became a street that visitors sought out, it was, save for a few businesses, pretty empty.

But back in the day — like the 2001 day — a small group of people saw what this neighborhood could be.

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Creativity, News

Big Creative Director Re-Teams with St. Paul & The Broken Bones for New Album Cover

It’s safe to say that St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a different band than when they first graced national ears in 2014.

Their sophomore album “Sea of Noise,” set for release next Friday, is a celebration of that maturation – the horns are bolder, lead singer Paul Janeway’s vocals are more commanding, and the introspection is even more gripping.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Sidewalk Talks: An Interview With Melodie Sisk

“I would shoot every film in the South if I could. There are untapped landscapes and personal stories around every corner.”

In honor of the 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival on August 26-28, we’re publishing a series of interviews with Birmingham filmmakers that are featured in this year’s festival. This week is an interview with Melodie Sisk, producer of Little Sister, the 2016 Closing Night Film.

Little Sister will be screening Sunday, August 28 at 6:00pm at the Alabama Theatre.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Star Wars Meets Daft Punk In Big Designer’s Music Video Mash-Up

Here at Big, our employees do great things for our clients. But the greatness doesn’t stop there.

Many of them make cool things in their spare time too. Brian Curtin, our Motion Design Director, is one of those people. He’s known on YouTube as “InfectiousDesigner” where his channel has gotten millions of views. He’s even done commissioned work for PlayStation, directing and producing a short film based on one of their games.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Sidewalk Talks: An Interview with Justin Gaar

“I think Southerners see the world differently. Truly aware Southerners see the world with a pretty unique lens.”

In honor of the 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival on August 26-28, we’re publishing a series of interviews with Birmingham filmmakers that are featured in this year’s festival. This week is an interview with Justin Gaar, director of Curse Of The Man Who Sees UFOs, that was originally conducted for a feature in Birmingham Magazine’s August issue.

Curse Of The Man Who Sees UFOs will be screening Sunday, August 28 at 10:30am at the Red Mountain Theatre Company.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Sidewalk Talks: An Interview with Daniel Scheinert (Part 2)

“There’s not many other folks making movies in L.A. from Alabama. As far as stories that I can tell, that folks haven’t heard before, stories about Alabama keep coming up again and again.”

In honor of the 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival on August 26-28, we’re publishing a series of interviews with Birmingham filmmakers that are featured in this year’s festival. This week is Part 2 of an interview with Daniel Scheinert, co-writer/co-director of Swiss Army Man, that was originally conducted for a feature in Birmingham Magazine’s August issue. Catch up with Part 1 here.

Swiss Army Man will be screening Sunday, August 28 at 12:50pm at the Alabama Theatre.

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News

These Are Not the Bots You’re Looking For: A Window Into Digital Advertising Fraud

Legend has it that a lone Greek soldier named Sinon was intentionally left behind during the Trojan War to deliver a message.

That message was to present a gift of a giant battering ram in the shape of a horse to the Trojan Army as an offering of peace to their goddess of war, Athena. The Trojans loved the peace offering so much they marched the wooden horse right inside their gates. And then they quickly learned the lesson of something simply being too good to be true.

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