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SFS Contest submission: Chapz

The SFS contest showed us just how clever you can be when it comes to documenting and promoting your hard work. We’ll be showcasing our favorites over the next 2 weeks, leading up to the announcement of the winners on Feb. 24th. We’ll kick things off here with this amazing effort from the fellas at Chapz Clobber, contender for the submission with the best name.

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Vanessa starts a social experiment

For her Employee Art Grant, our trusty office manager, Vanessa decided to embark on a social experiment, by leaving letters for strangers and asking them to respond in some way, either by answering questions included in the envelope or sending along whatever they’d like. So far, she’s distributed letters in Utah, Kansas, New York and mailed letters to friends and strangers to help distribute in Pennsylvania, Oregon, Texas, and California.

Read people’s written responses, see where letters have been left and follow along as the project unfolds here and here. And, hey, if you want to get involved, shoot her an email.

Welcome Andy Borsz

The Big Cartel family continues to grow as we’ve just added Andy Borsz to our team of developers. A studious practitioner of agile software development, we’re beyond excited to be adding his expertise to our dev team.

As a bona fide nomad, Andy grew up all over. He called Brooklyn home for eight years and just relocated to Chicago by way of Jacksonville during the Polar Vortex of 2014. An experimental music lover and musician, you can find him destroying the sound of his guitar in the duo Slasher Risk, or revamping and readying his bus conversion for international touring adventures.

Let’s all give Andy the warmest of welcomes, as we couldn’t be happier to have him joining our ranks.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
– Ansel Adams

Paper Cuts by Ryan De La Hoz

We’re always happy to gain a little insight into an artist’s mind, so we had to share this glimpse into SF-based Ryan De La Hoz's studio and creative process. Check out more of his creations »

Book Hive

To celebrate 400 years of public libraries in Bristol, the Bristol Central Library partnered with Rusty Squid to create Book Hive, an animatronic sculpture combining books and robotics. Basically, the coolest collaboration ever.

Follow along on Instagram »

Rails Girls course in Salt Lake City

On March 21st, Rails Girls is coming to SLC by way of Big Cartel with help from some of our favorite friends, Freshly Picked, and CityHome Collective. Getting more women into programming is a big deal to us - and with this free course, we take a big step to make that happen. So ladies, no matter your skill level, you can come to this fun course and leave with your own bonafide web app that YOU built - from the ground up - with your own beautiful brain.

The course is totally free, you just need a laptop and, well, you! Space is limited so apply now to be considered for Rails Girls SLC.

For full information and to apply, visit

UPDATE: SFS contest

We’ve decided to extend our contest deadline until Monday, Feb 3rd at 11:59 PM MST. We’ve received a bunch of amazing submissions we’d LOVE to share with you, but our buds at Vimeo (poor guys) have been having some issues. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in this contest and hope this extension gives you a little more time to polish those videos.

For those of you who haven’t even started, our example video was shot and edited in a day, so there’s still plenty of time. Get out there, scream your name from a rooftop, strap your product to a rocket and launch it into outer space, just make sure you have a friend with a camera rolling.

Enter the contest now »

3 days left in the SFS contest

We’re getting more videos of all styles from all different types of stores. Hopefully this little profile of Phyllis Harris Designs gets you motivated to get your own video entered for the chance to win a cool $2,000 for your store. Only 3 days left, get to it!

Enter here »