January 10, 2014

Another fun project for The Nature Conservancy

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 2:28 pm

This ended up being one of the funnest projects ever! For this email announcement for The Nature Conservancy 2013 Digital Photo Contest we came up with something that was different to what they’ve sent historically to their audience. Something more playful, engaging, unique… and it paid off! Says Amy Hawthorne Morris, Email Strategist at The Nature Conservancy:

“Within just an hour of sending, I have received a dozen emails from subscribers sharing how much they loved this graphic including one who said, “This is my most favorite email graphic ever. And I don’t like birds.” Thanks again!”

By the way, the Photo Contest winner will be announced in January. Stay tuned for the updates!


Photo: Lilac-breasted Roller, Kenya © Joe Austin.

December 17, 2013

Here is to a memorable 10!

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 6:30 pm

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since it all begun. RB has helped hundreds individuals and companies grow their businesses over the last decade. We are proud of our past achievements and can’t wait to see what future has in store for us. Thank you all for making this happen. Happy Birthday!


October 26, 2013

Today is Make A Difference Day!

Filed under: Events,Green,Latest From RB @ 12:35 pm

Just finished working on one of the projects for The Nature Conservancy. This was a fun yet important one: social meme images for Make A Difference Day, October 26. How did you make a difference on this day? Share at #MakeADifferenceDay.




October 6, 2013

Good to know

Filed under: Useful Stuff @ 12:56 pm

Do you think your designer charges you too much? Here is a snippet from a really good article on wiki answers.

Freelance or registered business-owning designers need to pay income taxes on their income. They also need to cover business costs like electricity/equipment costs, paper, ink, insurance, etc. Freelance designers usually charge between $40 and $140 per hour, depending on experience, and quality of work. It also depends on location, type of work, type of client, and convenience of the project.

For example, a typical calculation for a freelancer with 3-4 years of experience
working from home might include:

$50,000 expected annual design salary, single employee
+$40,000 annual operating costs (rent/equipment/utils/travel/insurance)
=$90,000 business costs

/1,750 (BILLABLE annual hours {36hrs/week x 49 weeks/yr})
=$51.43/hr break-even rate only
=$66.86/hr — break-even plus taxes

Visit wiki answers to browse through other interesting articles like this one.

July 17, 2013


Filed under: Latest From RB @ 10:45 am

About a month ago we were asked to submit one of our designs to be a part of the 2013 BCT Design Competition. Today we learned it has been selected! Our design is one of only ten designs competing! The competition is happening till July 26 — like our work (Mercado stationery, design number 8 on the page) and help us be the top winner!

June 5, 2013


Filed under: Absurdities @ 6:30 pm

Dang! Another not-so-fortunate product name to add to our collection! Enjoy :)

P.S. If you think you found any similarities to you, your business, product or project, or anything else that seems relative, please don’t take it personally. We don’t mean any offense whatsoever.

May 30, 2013

rb-d.com, 5.0

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 3:58 pm

In anticipation of our 10-year anniversary (in just 7 months!), our website got an amazing makeover. Welcome to version 5.0! Easier to navigate, more appealing visually, but the most important update is under our portfolio section. Separated by client versus by job, each entry shows multiple projects and a more thorough description including overview, feedback, publications, awards, etc. Only selected works will be shown, but an archives section will be posted soon where old projects could be viewed as well. And you can always browse through our blog to view some of the older stuff, under the Latest From RB section. Enjoy!

April 16, 2013

Guru, ninja, rockstar…

Filed under: Code @ 1:24 pm

So sick of seeing these from hiring managers. No longer content with junior, mid level, and senior as requirements for coding positions, HR staffs feel the need to add these ridiculous monikers as requirements for potential candidates. We don’t do that when we look for people, because we care about the people that work for us.

For one, it’s totally generic, those titles are sooo 2005. It was a fade, it’s over. Putting them in your postings makes your company look stale and unoriginal. But more than that they’re very aggressive and inflexible, as in “we only hire people who THINK they’re awesome”; it makes your company sound like it’s full of jerks who’ve got nothing left to learn from anyone. Why would anyone want to work there?

Real requirements programmers understand. They either know how to do something, or they don’t and code samples will tell you much more about them, than self professed titles, or even a university degree. The fact that many of the absolute best programmers in world would flat out refuse to be called a ‘Guru’, and that several are also self taught should tell you something.

Which reminds me, this also applies to companies putting “top-tier university” as a requirement. What does that mean? Only American Ivy League grads need apply? Does SF State count? No? Then I guess you can’t hire Douglas Crockford to do your JS job. Haven’t heard of the University of Tsukuba? Then you can cross off Yukihiro Matsumoto for that Ruby project.

All said, if your company’s doing this, realize that you are cutting out whole swaths of people on totally meaningless requirements. Perhaps worse though, is that the people you do attract, are more likely to lack any humility.

I realize that HR puts these silly things in their posts to weed out lesser candidates quickly. But seriously, it’s just plain lazy, there are better ways to do that and still show you’re ‘hip’ without sounding elitist. You’re trying to establish what will end up being a long term relationship with someone, at least give candidates the impression that you have a positive work environment.

Besides, someone who graduated Summa Cum Laude from MIT, with a PhD in comp. sci., doesn’t automatically gravitate towards positions like these. I’m sure, just like anyone else, they’de rather be recognized for their personal accomplishments, than just for the school they attended or some arbitrary title. In short, they’re just as likely to have the same negative impression of companies “Seeking Javascript Ninja from Top-Tier University” as we do.

April 8, 2013

Find us on Béhance

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 3:41 pm

Our work in now on Béhance! Check it out at http://www.behance.net/rb-d and give us a couple of likes!

March 27, 2013

Trouble with OSX Lion Server and PHP mail function?

Filed under: Code @ 11:42 am

All of a sudden PHP mail stopped working for me. At first I thought it was a problem with postfix, and after a bit of Googling, I was knee deep in making all kinds of config mods. Turns out it’s much simpler (for me anyway). Port 25 is blocked by my ISP now, and even though everything else I send is over port 587 or 465, SMTP for scripts isn’t.

All you have to do is launch the ‘Server’ from applications. Click on Mail in the left nav, switch on ‘Mail Server’ (if it isn’t already), enable ‘Relay  outgoing mail through ISP’ and for the ‘Outgoing Mail Relay:’  change it to whatever you use for mail making sure to add 587 for your port like so (and yes, [] required) , then ‘OK’:


February 5, 2013

Website for Go Max Go Foods

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 8:50 pm

Website for Go Max Go Foods LLC, makers of delicious vegan candy bars. Go Max Go Foods is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


January 5, 2013

Volunteering at the park

Filed under: Green,Latest From RB @ 3:34 pm

Had a great day volunteering at the Buena Vista park in San Francisco. For more opportunities to volunteer, check out San Francisco Recreation and Parks website.

November 30, 2012

Logo for Mercado

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 4:38 pm

Logo design for Mercado, financial company located in San Francisco, California.


November 1, 2012

Our photograph in use.

Filed under: Latest From RB @ 3:43 pm

Always fun reading Google news and seeing one of our stock images come up. In this case, at VentureBeat.com:


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