Category: PRODUCTIVITY

A Hyper-Local Approach to Social Media

May 1, 2017 | 1 Comments


Author: Gary Anderson, Production Director Social Media? Really? I remember – precisely – my reaction when I saw the email. “Honey…what the heck is this invite you just sent me?” As I peered at my iPhone, trying to comprehend what my wife had just signed me up for, all I could think was, “Great. Another […]
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Digital Spring Cleaning

April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Brenda Talavera, Digital Project Manager Spring…ahhh, that time of year when the birds are singing, the trees are blooming and we feel the need to start cleaning up our accumulated clutter. It’s a time when we finally look around and decide what needs to be tossed and what we can’t live without. Just like […]
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Debugging Vagrant Hosted PHP through Sublime

March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Seth McLean, Back-End Developer It’s no secret – I’m a fan of Sublime Text. It’s my tool of choice for development. It’s lightweight, fast, good at managing projects, and has a host of utilities that make coding and general text manipulation a breeze. Its user interface is clean and uncluttered. Of course, primarily being […]
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E-Health: Tracking Your Health With Technology

November 7, 2016 | 4 Comments


Author: Meredith Ford, Digital Studio Designer Do you strive to become the healthiest version of yourself? With everything around us becoming “smarter,” you have more and more chances to track your health on the most minute level. When the e-fitness revolution started, you had to log everything yourself. With new innovations in technology, it has […]
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Two Traits That Keep Eyeballs on Your Message

November 1, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Joel K. Thomas, Copy Editor Brevity “You cannot bore people into buying your product.” Thus spake the eminent David Ogilvy during the era of print, radio, and three-network television – but it applies to the Internet too, and every other mode of human communication yet to come. “You cannot bore people into enduring your […]
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Let’s Fix It Before Post

October 11, 2016 | 2 Comments


Author: Erin Cole, Motion Graphics Preproduction for Motion Graphics IS Planning Ahead Ever heard the phrase “We’ll fix it in post”? It sounds like an innocuous phrase, said by plenty of carefree and optimistic people in many different production processes. However, it is also one of the most damaging to the cost and time for […]
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Being a Better Developer Is Not About the Framework

September 12, 2016 | 1 Comments


Author: Chad Bull, Interactive Developer Sometimes developers get stuck in a rut. And sometimes we are seen by those in the creative world as dream killers. There’s a way out of both problems: You have to stretch yourself and look for a solution. The rut comes with always doing the same thing the same way, […]
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Less Is More: Anticipatory Design to Simplify User Choice

September 6, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Luke A. Lancaster, User Experience Architect While on a call to the auto shop, the service representative asked me what time I’d like to schedule my appointment. She then replied with my name and my car information without my ever having given it to her. Magic? Clearly, she somehow cross-referenced my caller ID against […]
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My Travel Tool Kit

July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Kelly O’Neill, Project Manager If all goes according to plan, I’ll be on a Greek island when this article is published. Yay, me! And as carefree and breezy as that sounds, I don’t travel anymore without the help of some very essential travel tools. I got the travel bug early in life. And while […]
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Exercises to Keep Your Brain Mentally Fit

July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Kerry Faulkner, Graphic Specialist Remember the days when you needed to get directions from a friend to a place you’d never been or when you actually had to use a map to find your way? I usually memorized the directions given me and never really had a problem finding where I was going. My […]
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Gathering and Organizing Content

July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Vanessa Correa, Multimedia Developer As web designers and developers, we sometimes come across a common problem with our clients when we begin work on a new website for them: “The Content.” You might be wondering what I mean by “The Content.” This is the text, photos, videos and other possible social content that might […]
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14 Simple Ways to Destress at Work

June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Terri Wells, Studio Designer We all feel stress at work from time to time. With that in mind, there are some simple techniques to undo its effects. The following tips will help you feel calm in no time at all. Take a Tea Break Try some chamomile tea, known for its calming properties. Or […]
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Web Development Is a Social Enterprise

June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: James Pierce, Back-End Developer Contrary to popular depiction, professional software development is an inherently social enterprise. The astute developer quickly recognizes that writing code that works is only the beginning of the job, and that to really get cooking, their code needs to communicate effectively with the rest of the team. If I am […]
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The Call for Captions

May 3, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Krissy Lam, Project Manager My mom has always wanted to learn to play the violin. Coming from a family of music lovers, she had played the trumpet and piano growing up, but had no prior experience with a stringed instrument. After a bit of research, she found a violin with good reviews online and […]
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Texting Your Customers Can Send the Wrong Signal

February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Ryan Bates, Studio Designer According to a study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 73% of U.S. adults text and 83% of U.S. adults are mobile phone owners. So it’s understandable that in this day and age, a large segment of that population prefers to be reached by text message […]
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Ad-Driven

January 12, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: David Lacy, Business Analyst We’ve all been there. Browsing our favorite site on the Internet, when a seizure-inducing, flashing ad pops up on the screen. Most of us simply close the offending ad and continue on our way. Others will exit out of the page completely. And then there are those who are so […]
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To CMS or Not to CMS. That Is the Question.

January 4, 2016 | 1 Comments


Author: David Woods, Development Technical Lead No one enjoys driving on roads under construction. Building a brand-new highway with four exits and no traffic is a lot easier than adding three exits to an existing – already crowded – one-exit highway. In this analogy, cars are your site’s features and the highway is your content management […]
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It’s Time for Standardization

December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Jason Mallott, Front-End Developer Lately, I’ve noticed a glaring need for standardization in the world of front-end development. With the changes in technology and the overwhelming number of frameworks and libraries out there, front-end development has become quite chaotic. Long gone are the days when we could grab a PSD, a simple IDE and […]
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Making Git Workflows Work

November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Seth McLean, Back-End Developer I remember the first time I encountered Git version control. I’d like to think I started the same way as many – you hear about this great tool and how important it is, so you get curious and meander over to GitHub. You follow a few steps, start playing with […]
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The Project Manager’s Toolbox

September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Katherine Broyles, Project Manager What do you do? It’s a question with which we’re all too familiar. Unfortunately, after six years, I still haven’t found a concise way to describe my job title. Other agency disciplines can be consolidated into a single action verb: creatives create, strategists strategize, producers produce. Project managers manage projects? […]
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Once Upon A Time…

August 17, 2015 | 1 Comments


Author: Landon Montgomery, Digital Production  When I was seven years old, I wrote a single-page story boldly predicting that I would play professional soccer in Alaska when I grew up. That, or I’d become a writer. Failing either of these (apparently, I was a rather paranoid wee lad), I’d just make video games for a […]
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Mountain Biking and the Art of Project Management

June 8, 2015 | 1 Comments


Author: Joe Wilson, Project Manager Several years ago, I rather naively took up the sport of mountain biking. I’ve always had a casual interest in cycling and would often ride my bike on the many roads and paved trails around my house. It was fun and a good way to get a little exercise. So […]
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Virtual Scrum Boards

May 19, 2015 | 2 Comments


Author: Joe Wilson, Project Manager Digital marketing often requires the undertaking of large, complex projects. Whether it is an enterprise-level website or a complicated native mobile application, the key to executing these projects is breaking them down into smaller, more manageable steps. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Increasingly, agencies are […]
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Development Communication

May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: David Woods, Back-End Developer For most developers, communication is not one of the first things that comes to mind when they self-assess their skill set. However, communication is a key quality in a good developer. To create an efficient workflow from idea inception to product launch, it is key for everyone to be in […]
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Survival Skills in the Office

April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Alex Sanchez, Business Analyst There are few things that are more desperate and frightening than being lost in the wilderness with few supplies and no way of knowing how long you’ll be lost. This is when you have to rely on survival skills to weather the situation until you can be found. Survival is […]
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Rebooting Our Brain

March 23, 2015 | 1 Comments


Author: Nancy Hogan, Studio Manager/Designer For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a high-energy, doesn’t-know-how-to-relax person who could use a vacation – even when I’m on vacation! I don’t know how to turn off my brain. My acupuncturist calls it “Monkey Brain.” You know what I’m talking about…waking up at 2:00 […]
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Be a Purple Squirrel

August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Kelly O’Neill, Project Manager Have you ever thought about being a purple squirrel? Whether because of your calculated genius, or sheer luck, you may already be a “purple squirrel” and not even know it. You’re just doing the best you can with your talents, and BAM! – it happens. In the recruiting world, the […]
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Collaborative Productivity Tools

July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Alex Sanchez, Business Analyst Traditionally, when colleagues needed to collaborate, there was the headache of scheduling a meeting that worked for all the necessary stakeholders, putting together a streamlined agenda and planning an efficient work session. If the meeting went off track, then you would have to repeat the process until you addressed all the […]
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