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When your work and life excite you, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. Our blog is just part of a larger discussion we’re having on Twitter, Facebook, and in communities all over the web.

Melinda Miller

Last week at Pixo’s last staff meeting of the year, we took time out from the goofy (favorite Slack of the year) and serious (our most memorable client moments) to recognize eight team members for upholding our values throughout the year. We call these our Core Value Awards, and every year various teams at Pixo select one of their peers to recognize. Top row: Lindsey Gates-Markel, Joanna Troutman, Matt Fotzler, Emilee Noh.

Melinda Miller

Melinda Miller and Jason Berg became the new owners of Pixo in July after buying out founder Lori Gold Patterson. Before the buyout, Melinda and Jason had been effectively running the company since January 2019 and have been part of Pixo’s leadership team since 2013 and 2015, respectively. Melinda serves as the company’s General Manager, where she focuses on managing and organizing Pixo’s consulting team.

Jason Berg

The protests that have erupted following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor are an extraordinary show of support for a completely ordinary desire: that every person be treated with respect and dignity, free to live without the fear of being killed or having their lives suffocated by an oppressive system designed to maintain the status quo. This global outcry is a hopeful sign of change and a vital step forward on the long road toward racial justice.   At Pixo, we recognize that we can and must do more to take a stand against racism.

Tyler Edwards

For web designers, the chasm between static mockups and the final website has always been vast. It’s a lot like the path from concept art to a completed film; the artist creates a painted vision for what they hope a particular scene will look like, but it’s impossible to account for the actual motion that will eventually define it. Websites are living, moving, and ever-evolving entities, while design mockups are momentary, simple, static paintings.

Melinda Miller

It’s become a Pixo tradition to reflect on our values at the end of every year by honoring eight Pixonauts who embody those values. Which means every December, there is a mad rush to collect the awards from the last year’s winners, organize small groups of Pixonauts to choose among their colleagues for a category, and prep for the ceremony. In our last meeting of the year, we share reflections about the year — both funny and serious — and cap it off with the Core Value awards.

Melinda Miller

In what is now an annual tradition, Pixonauts gathered for our last staff meeting of the year and celebrated 2018. In addition to a slideshow recapping our year with both laughter (oh, the GIFs and Slack spoofs!) and serious reflections (Kleenex, anyone?), we recognized members of the Pixo team who exemplify our values. .

Lindsey Gates-Markel

How we replaced our print holiday card with a website, 1,400 LED lights, and support for an invaluable community resource The holidays and New Year inevitably get everyone reflecting on what went well, what didn’t, and how we can improve. So it’s no surprise that when a few Pixo colleagues went out to lunch in early December, the conversation turned not only to ways we can improve Pixo, but to ways we can send big love to our community as well. They decided to focus on the traditional holiday card — something we’ve sent out as a signal of goodwill for years — and turn it on its head.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Online election guide — We Choose Our Future — won for best UX The second annual PygHack — a 24-hour hackathon at Research Park — took place in September. Just like last year, Pixo had a few hands in the hack. We staffed a table with consultants (and candy!) while the hack took place, and afterward, we judged the final hacks and awarded a Pixo Prize for best user experience (UX).

Lindsey Gates-Markel

And maybe, IDK, transform your entire organization! No problems whatsoever and no missing pieces at all Recently, visual designer Tyler and I sat down with our CEO, Lori. She’d asked for an update on a web redesign project he and I had been blissfully working on. I had done weeks of discovery full of interviews and visits and had filled a wireframe with content design.

Brian Walters

Symfony moved into version 4 last November. One of the best patterns embraced by the newest major version of this venerable framework is Autowiring — basically a term for Dependency Injection that uses PHP type-hinting. What is Dependency Injection? A fine place to start! To summarize Dependency Injection as simply as possible: When a class needs another class, the framework should provide it.

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