Halloween is arguably one of the few holidays within the year to scare up the creative juices and embrace your inner scaredy-cat. Halloween 2011 here at Tecture was no exception. From having a majority of the office arriving to work in full Halloween garb (including a client meeting or two) to murdering some delicious pizzas and imbibing some “spirits” in record time, October 31st proved to be a bona fide dead man's party.
Leading the devoted pack in their waltz in black were Tecture's fearless leaders, Ben Rowland and Tony Moy, invoking the spirits of The Green Hornet and Kato. Lucky for the rest of Tecture, Ben's firing aim was severely hampered by his having to shelve his eye glasses for the day. They were, however, able to subdue the lazy (and slightly underdressed) project manager Jay Simon who rolled out of bed, threw on a bathrobe and slippers, and shuffled to work. Everyone thanked him for at least remembering underwear. Developer Ricky Ruggles represented the greater monster mash and trudged in as a walking dead zombie...in piggy slippers. Opting against the ghost busters, fellow developer Avner Shanan instead arrived with a freshly-shaven head as Myth Buster Jamie Hyneman.
If you haven't heard, Tecture also likes to scream down the highway to hell of web design and development, so one of our scary-talented interns, James Morvay, spooked up the Tecture website with a frightful jQuery animation. Inspired by Ben recounting reading a pop-up book to his daughter, James thought to bring an interactive pop-up element to Tecture's very own website. By utilizing jQuery animation, and with some assistance from fellow designer, Mike Mroz, James was able to spend more time on design and less effort on the development side. Visitors to Tecture's website had to force open the dungeon doors of the abyss to get in.
We also know that Halloween is just as much for the kids as it is for us adults. Tecture's partner Tony Moy, project manager Jay Simon, and developer Ricky Ruggles brought out their inner-undead and, with a number of other friends, offered candy to the parade of trick-or-treaters in the Edgewater neighborhood at the end of the work day. Eye-witness accounts, however, would better describe it as daring the kids to claim their candy by facing looking zombies in their undead eyes. Not all of them did.
Happy Halloween from Tecture, and we're looking forward to the coming fall days and, of course, the next Halloween!