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Intern with Oak

We are looking for a talented intern to join our New York studio.

At Oak we create products including Dropmark and Siteleaf, and work with clients like CreativeMornings, Working Not Working, and the School of Visual Arts to design websites, apps, and brands.

Recently we’ve been busy reimagining Siteleaf for a 2.0 release, working to bring Dropmark to iOS, and a few other upcoming projects.

As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to experience working in a multidisciplinary studio with a small, tight-knit team. We are designers who think in code, and makers who wear many hats. Your passion and interest in coding, communication, typography, design, writing, animation, illustration, or pizza are all welcomed and encouraged here.

You will continue to learn, hone your skills, and contribute valuable work to real projects (and fun side-projects) for the web and mobile devices.

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Shipped in 2015

In 2015 we…

Introduced the world to the all-new Dropmark v2, with a newly redesigned dashboard, more customizations, improved thumbnails, cover images, and our biggest addition: Teams.

Worked with our friends at Collins and helped them launch a new website built on Siteleaf.

Moved our studio from DUMBO in Brooklyn (where we’ve been since 2010) to Union Square in Manhattan. After many years, Studiomates was closed after our building was sadly reconstructed into condos.

Added another new Symbolset, SS Community designed by our friends at Hyperakt.

Once again worked with the School of Visual Arts to release a new version of their iOS app, which we originally developed in 2013.

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Shipped in 2014

In 2014 we…

Introduced 2 new Symbolsets: SS Glyphish by Joseph Wain (which comes two complementary styles, Outlined and Filled) and SS Elements by Jory Raphael. Designed a new website for Collaborative Fund, along with a refined logo and branding.

Worked with one of our favorite type designers, Tobias Frere-Jones to create his first website and blog for Frere-Jones Type.

Worked with Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, to spread their message with a new website designed and built on Siteleaf.

Worked with the School of Visual Arts to release a new version of their iOS app, which we originally developed in 2013.

Continued working with Creative Mornings to expand the platform, improve the ticketing system, and make it easier to bring new chapters on board.

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Seconds Since Tupac

Introducing Seconds Since Tupac (Tupac Time), now available on GitHub.

Tupac Time (not to be confused with Epoch Time or Unix Time) is a system for describing instants in time, defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since the death of rap legend Tupac Shakur.

Tupac, also known by his stage name 2Pac, was pronounced dead on Friday, September 13, 1996 at 4:03 pm PDT (23:03 UTC). Today would’ve been his 43rd birthday.

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CreativeMornings is nominated for a Webby

We’re excited to find out CreativeMornings has been nominated for a Webby Award!

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community in nearly 80 cities around the world. Last year Oak worked with CreativeMornings to design and launch the website which serves up hundreds of hours of video in a dozen languages. We continue to work with the CM team to expand the site and introduce exciting new features like visual user profiles.

Show your support and for for CreativeMornings for the People’s Voice award.

Shipped in 2013

In 2013 we…

Launched a marketing site for Monotype’s SkyFonts service.

Shipped (literally) 1000 Symbolset specimen books to our favorite customers.

Introduced Dashboard view on Dropmark with new privacy settings, quick upload, and collection merging.

Created and shipped our first iOS app Blue during Oakweek in Los Angeles.

Designed our first piece of furniture, a 16-foot worktable made of reclaimed oak (a collaboration with Lorimer Workshop), completing our new studio space at Studiomates.

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Animated SVGs: Custom easing and timing

The chart above is an animated SVG featured on Sprout.

This chart, and one other animation on Sprout, were initially GIFs. By using animated SVGs instead of GIFs we were able to reduce our page size from 1.6 mb to 389 kb, and reduce our page load time from 8.75 s to 412 ms. That’s a huge difference.

Below, I’ll break down the animation of one of the circles seen in the chart. The technique applies to all of the elements in the graphic. With this you can create your own lightweight animated graphic.

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