Wonderbikes for Wonderhub

We love working with our clients, and when it’s something as fun as the Children’s Discovery Museum – recently rebranded as Wonderhub – we love to do everything we can to support them. Last week they held their annual “What’s for Dinner” gala and we were happy to sign on as a Curiosity Sponsor. In addition to the sponsorship, we had the opportunity to donate an item for the silent auction, which we saw as the perfect opportunity to have some creative fun.

Andrew Scott   |   June 10, 2019

Unplugging from Social Media

At Island, we like to do things differently. So although we preach the value of social media in the work that we do, we also recognize the impact it has on one’s mental health. Since today kicks off Canadian Mental Health Week we thought we would look a little closer at social media.

There are a ton of benefits of social media:

  • it allows us to stay connected with friends and family all over the world
  • Business can connect directly with customers and expand their reach in a cost-effective way
  • It’s a great way to find a support network for like-minded people

But there are just as many drawbacks:

  • Focusing on “likes” can lower one’s self-esteem when likes aren’t received
  • Only seeing other people’s social highlights can make people feel depressed that they are missing out or not living their own life so spectacularly
  • Social media is designed to be addictive, which can lead to less time spent on things that matter, like work, school, sleep, relationships, etc.

It’s that last point that has motivated us to get creative and design a series we like to call #socialdifferent. Island has partnered with artist Matthew Chrones Scott (@bleedingheartproductions) to create illustrations showing how we at Island intend to “unplug” over the weekend. For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed the first illustration last week.

And for those of you not following us, what are you waiting for: https://www.instagram.com/weareisland/

We’ll be posting a new illustration at the end of the day every Friday. This post wraps up our week in the office and kicks us into weekend mode. Our hope is that they can serve as a reminder to put your phone away and connect with people, pets, nature, awesome local events happening in Saskatoon, or just some good old fashioned ME time. Plugging back in on Monday morning will be a whole lot easier when you have a weekend off doing all of the other things you like to do.

Andrew Scott   |   May 7, 2019

Website Developer Wanted

Deadline: April 12, 2019

Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a competitive pay, truly flexible hours, and a work environment like you’ve never experienced.

Andrew Scott   |   March 28, 2019

Newest addition to Island, Caitlin.

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Hey, I’m Caitlin, I am the newest addition to team Island! I don’t really have a title, because we sort of do a bit of everything, but I guess you could say, developer, designer, photographer?! Or you know, “Floater”.

I grew up playing Steel Tip Darts, but after years of practice and tournaments, I got 3rd in provincials. It wasn’t a high enough placement to go to Nationals, so I decided I better choose a new career path. I started getting an interest for design and photography in 2008 and was hooked! I went to SBC but decided I needed to learn more. I then moved to San Francisco, California with my Aunt and that’s where my interest in development started! There I spent 4 years studying and working as a designer and developer.

I recently moved back to Saskatoon, just in time for this awful winter! To force myself to socialize and step away from my computer, I spend my spare time playing dodgeball and slo-pitch. I am a huge sports fan which includes Hockey, Baseball, and Football but I haven’t cracked the roster on any of those sports yet.

I am excited to be on the Island team and can’t wait to put my skills to use! Hope to create for you soon!

Caitlin McRae   |   March 1, 2019

ISLAND is on the Move

After five years as a part of Saskatoon’s co-working community we’re going back to where it all started…sort of.

Let us set the scene. It’s 2011, Facebook is still cool and used by more than just your mom and alt-right uncle. The fifth, and far from final, instalment of the Fast and Furious series is packing the house down at the Galaxy, and LMFAO isn’t just a faint memory…but a staple on Wired 96.3. Around the same time a small web design company called Island is getting their start in a live/work unit on the fourth floor of the 2nd Avenue Lofts.

We’ve come a long way, and done our share of moving around since then…but we’re super excited to announce that we’ve come full-circle and will be moving back into the 2nd Avenue Lofts building! This stay is a little different though – and the commute is a little further than one flight of stairs. We’ve found our dream space on the ground floor with plenty of windows to fill with crazy ideas. The best part of this new spot is going to be its ability to help us even better serve our current and prospective clients, and to continue to grow and maintain our working culture.

We can’t say enough great things about our time at the Two Twenty, and have made a ton of close connections and friends in the past few years at Ideas Inc. Both these places allowed us to grow and shift our business on a few occasions and we honestly can’t say enough good things about them if you’re looking for a place to grow your business. Rumour has it our space in Ideas Inc. is already available…just treat it right for us would ya?

Starting March 1st, our new address will officially be 118 23rd Street East. We’ll be spending the next couple months getting it setup, but feel free to stop by to say ‘hello’ or stay tuned for a banger of an office warming party. Thank you so much to everyone from clients, friends, mentors, and everyone in between who’ve helped Island evolve and continue to deliver top notch creative over the past 8 years.

See you soon…

Andrew Scott   |   February 13, 2019

Entrepreneur Insights – Blue Moose media – Mar. 7

Join the Saskatoon Chamber for “Chamber on Tap” – outstanding businesspeople in Saskatoon share their stories in a candid, casual event. This time our Ideas Inc neighbours and owners of Blue Moose Media – Ricky Forbes & Travis Low – will be talking about their social media business.

Attendance is free at LB Distillers, from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight!

Jill Ferron   |   March 7, 2018

Entrepreneur Networking – March 2

If it’s a bit of a slow week, why not wrap things up with a networking event. Come meet some fellow entrepreneurs at Sype’s March First Friday event tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 at Drift Vista Lounge.

Major perk: there’s a door prize for attendees… You might win a pair of tickets to Michelle Obama’s talk on March 22nd!

See you there!

Jill Ferron   |   March 1, 2018

Win a ticket for tonight’s Prairie Investment Forum!

We’re all going to the 1st Annual Prairie Investment Forum hosted by Co.Labs, and we want you to come!

Just comment on our Instagram post for a chance to win a free ticket, and we’ll message the lucky winner this afternoon.

The Prairie investment forum will showcase startups from each Prairie Province, investors from North America, and Sask expats working in tech.

See you at 7pm at the Delta Bessborough!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 21, 2018

Maker Meet-up – Feb. 21

The Saskatoon mini maker faire is happening this year on May 26th, and calls for makers are open! If you’re not exactly sure what Maker Faire is, are unsure about your application, or simply want to get a glimpse of what makers in Saskatoon are doing, then head out to the Mana Bar this Wednesday, Feb. 21st from 6pm to 10:30pm for a chance to fight remote-controlled robots and meet the producer team for this event.

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 20, 2018

Island Treasures – February 20th

Welcome back to work, school, or whatever you find yourself doing after the long weekend! Hopefully you were able to enjoy some time off, and if not maybe it’s time to tell your boss where to go and how to get there! We’re super happy you decided to spend your first slack off of the short week with us and we hopefully the following does not disappoint!

Cody Schumacher   |