May 31, 2017

Paradise Gold: A Sara Cannon Art Opening at TrimTab Brewing

Sara Cannon Art is back at Trim Tab brewery! Stop on by and drink good beer, get some food from Tropicalio food pop up, and listen to great tunes curated by theafterparty!
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January 7, 2016

Pushing the Creative Limit

This post, adapted from a lightning talk that Sara Cannon gave at WordCamp US, is about creativity and the ever present push to continually find that spark or that idea. We feel that this doesn't just apply to design, but to other mediums as well.

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May 29, 2014

Product Review: Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner

My house gets really hot in the Alabama heat. I have central AC controlled by a Nest Learning Thermostat. But the upstairs is decidedly hotter in this 1912 house despite new insulation in the attic. For a few months out of the year, the upstairs rooms need an extra boost to keep things comfy without freezing out the downstairs and making the power bill insane.

I had been using a fridgid air for a few years and decided to put that in a different room and "upgrade" to a tech savvy model: the Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner. It's been an interesting change with a lot of pro's and con's. Let me lay it out for you:

Pro's:

  • syncs to your smart phone for easy-anywhere control.
  • the wink app knows when your gone and when your home because of your phone's location and will turn on or off the unit. amazing.
  • the wink app keeps track of your budget for running the unit to save you money and energy
  • the look of the unit is incredibly more beautiful than normal models
  • despite being not functional, the wings on the unit are pretty
  • the UI is simple and easy to use

Con's:

  • the unit came with two detached parts that were not in the instruction assembly manual. put those on first before installing the unit. they hold the wings in place.
  • the wink app keeps logging me out and its a pain to have to enter your password from bed when you want to adjust the unit.
  • the unit blows air up out of the top instead of straight into the room. I have made a modification using a Baseboard Register Air Deflector that works pretty well.
  • they are pretty, but the wings on the unit are flimsy roller shades that do not seal well and let bugs in
  • the unit is louder than my fridgid air
  • the blue lights are very bright but seem to auto shut off after a bit

Annoying log in screen when I just want to turn the unit down

Insane Customer Service

I reached out to Quirky, they have excellent customer service. They are even mailing me more bug-proof wings to install on my machine after telling them about the issue. Quirky even offered to have me speak directly to an app developer/technician because my phone keeps logging out. I don't think I've had such a great same-day response with a product before.

Conclusion

I really think that the model needs some improvements, but this is expected of a first run product. Hopefully they'll improve the unit significantly on the next model. I am not sure if I am happy shelling out the amount of money that I did considering the con's, but I am keeping the unit anyway. Technology makes me happy.

disclosure: this post has amazon affiliate links in it. ;)

May 28, 2014

Here’s to you, Maya Angelou.

Here's to you, Maya Angelou. Thank you for living a beautiful life of encouragement, wisdom, and grace.

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within

- Maya Angelou

August 22, 2013

WordCamp Birmingham 2013 is this weekend!

avatarIt is happening this weekend! Yet another #WPYall WordCamp Birmingham! Brian Krogsgard, Andrew Searles, and I have been working relentlessly to make it the best camp yet! We're so excited for the awesome line of speakers, incredible sponsors, new venue, and more. If you live anywhere in the southeast, please register now! #WPYall

December 7, 2012

10 inspiring 3D design artwork

I've been slightly obsessed with paper and 3D illustration lately. I can't wait to execute a project using this medium!

December 3, 2012

Just Launched Charitable Giving Campaign: NonstopAdvocates.com

// reblogged from ran.ge

We're so thrilled to announce this years launch of NonstopAdvocates.com! We designed and developed the site working with Christian & Small's Julie Ellis. Throughout the years, Christian & Small Attorneys has given back to the community in outstanding ways. This will be the third year that they decided to give donations to charities in lieu of client gifts for the holidays. But not only do they give their money, they also give countless hours of time as well as supplies. Really the involvement can't be measured.

We decided that we needed a site that not only achieves the voting, but also tells their philanthropic story. In terms of medium: we decided to use a parallax scrolling technique to tell what we couldn't say on a static page. Check it out, vote, and consider donating on your own to these great organizations!

// reblogged from ran.ge

Sara Cannon is a Business Owner, UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, & Artist remote working in Birmingham, Alabama. Contact Sara for any of your creative needs.