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New Theme: Discovery

Discover something beautiful—this is a Theme that was built with its name in mind. Welcome our newest theme Discovery. View the demo site to get an idea of how it handles your content.

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Discovery’s clear and beautifully proportioned architecture allows visitors to easily discover and explore content. Its polished details show a level of care equal to your own. This theme shows content with restraint and refinement.

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer, or shop owner, Discovery gives your pages a polished structure so your work can shine.

This theme is also accented by a bold header image, which provides a compelling visual space to represent your brand or art.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful new theme. Give it a try today by logging in and selecting it from the Theme page. (Remember you can preview themes on your site as well as revert back to your older designs using your Theme History.)

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Set Slideshows to Auto-play

Photographers rejoice—one of the most requested features for Virb Galleries is live. You can now set your favorite photos to play automatically, and choose the transition timing that’s right for you.

Let your site’s visitors see the best of your work without lifting (or clicking) a finger. And a big thanks to everyone who requested this feature along the way—we love the customer feedback. If you’d like to see where we’re headed next just check out our handy roadmap.

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Featured Site: CARE for Sandy

It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Sandy swept through New York, destroying homes, businesses, and countless possessions. At Virb, we joined the widespread recovery effort by offering up free Virb sites to any organizations devoted to Sandy relief. One of the individuals who came to us then was Lee Kelly, with her idea for CARE for Sandy (CARE stands for Cherished Albums Restoration Effort).

CARE for Sandy is a volunteer-backed group that sets out to revive storm-damaged photographs through free digital photo restoration. Why focus on restoring photos? “Because whereas cars, homes and jobs are replaceable, images of mom & dad’s honeymoon, baby’s first steps and great great grandpa’s sole surviving portrait are priceless,” says the group’s website. “Photos contain deep-rooted significance. Photos preserve stories! Photos foster soul and spirit.”

Since its inception, the group has restored nearly 700 individual photos, gathered volunteers in over 30 countries, and has a repository of over 4,000 photos waiting to be restored (yes, they’re seeking photo volunteers plus helpers of all sorts).

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We’re so proud to support this group on Virb. You can keep an eye out for their upcoming coverage from Al Jazeera that’s set to air on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Bravo to Lee and her awesome team of volunteers for inspiring us all to use our talents and spare time for good!

See restored photos, volunteer opportunities, and tons of press coverage at CAREforsandy.org.

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Virb Loves Portland

We just can’t resist sharing our collaborative project from the Design Week Portland opening party (which, by the way, was a total blast). The project really helped us get to know all the awesome attendees and to learn a thing or two about their city. Check out a before-and-after comparison of the project below (click the image to see details).

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Here’s how it went down: We set up an 8x8’ wall—with only minor injuries—and then drew in a title, a prompt (“What do you love about Portland?”), and some faux frames to give participants an interesting constraint.

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Then, we laid out a bundle of markers and watched as the wall slowly filled up throughout the night. It was great to see designers and non-designers alike flex their artistic muscles and tell us what they love about Portland: the food, the music, the trees, the skyline, the hippies.

For a little extra fun, we took some shots of our setup process and created this gif. Two hours captured in eight seconds. Whoa.

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We love fun projects like these, especially ones that let us engage with an awesome, supportive community like the one we discovered in Portland. Thanks to all the organizers and attendees for an incredible week!

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Design Week Portland

This week, a few folks from our team are headed out west to take part in Design Week Portland. Design Week is a gathering of designers from a variety of backgrounds that aims to bring the community together to learn, collaborate, and create awesome things. We’ll be hosting a few events, like Thursday’s bike-powered smoothie station, and attending many more, like a screen printing workshop with Invisible Creature.

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Whether you’ll be joining us out there (hooray!) or just want to get in on the action a little bit, we’ve created a site to document our adventure: Virb Loves PDX. You can view our full agenda of events we’re attending or hosting, follow our Instagrams, and check out the local Portlanders we’ll be high-fiving with throughout the week.

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If you’re attending, be sure to come find us at the official opening party this evening to leave your mark on our collaborative project wall. Watch out, Portland—we’re coming for you! And your donuts.

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