Category: TRENDS

The Trends Justify the Means

September 11, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayr Sotelo, Motion Graphics Director In this day and age of smartphones, scrolling, and “stories,” not just brands but normal people are in need of generating and consuming “content.” As a brand, having “actionable,” “engaging,” and “relevant” content can get your brand millions of followers and your product moving off the shelves. As a […]
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Trying to Keep Up…

June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Gary Willmann, Studio Designer So here I am, 52 years old, a veteran of the old days, i.e., the predigital world… I grew up in a cellphone-free world; our signal to be home was sunset after being gone all day without any communication whatsoever from anyone other than the one or two best buds […]
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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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The Future of Wearable Technology

April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Jason Mallott, Front-End Developer Look around today, and you’ll see a continuous parade of wearable technology. Devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and VR headsets are everywhere. These devices offer a wide range of functionality, from checking your health to keeping in constant communication at the touch of a button. With all the innovations […]
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Making Animated Characters for a Brand

April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: James Duerr, Motion Guy Animation is a fantastic way to present a brand. It gives total creative control over a subject, making it easier and quicker to convey the brand’s values and goals through interesting visuals and characters. So why, then, do people create such insipid characters for animations? It seems so simple: just […]
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The Tasty Addiction

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Nicole Spiros, Motion Graphics Project Manager Many of us have experienced the phenomena before. You open up Facebook to get a quick palate cleanser from your daily life. As you aimlessly scroll through a sea of baby announcements, political rants and travel pictures, something catches your eye. Sixty seconds later, you realize you’ve been […]
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Bluetooth 5 Is Finally Here

January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Joseph Perkins, Quality Control Analyst First, we need some backstory on what Bluetooth is. In essence, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that allows devices to connect to each other. This form of wireless connection isn’t the same as the normal Wi-Fi that devices use to connect to the Internet. The wireless connection […]
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Qualia and Strong AI

November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: James Michals, Multimedia Developer Consciousness. What is it? Does it require a body to exist, a metabolism, neurons and synapses? Truly, consciousness is the only thing we can be sure of. Everything else is an inference. We are talking about the inner experience; is the red I see the red you see? The process […]
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Do You Still Read Blogs?

November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Eric Anderson, Digital Project Manager You probably don’t read blogs. Don’t worry…I have a TL;DR at the bottom of this, so you don’t have to read the whole thing…High five! I actually used to be an avid reader of the most popular technology, gadget, sports and video game blogs. Nowadays, I find myself scanning […]
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In the Dash of an Eye

October 25, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Shayna Fung, Digital Project Manager The concept behind the Amazon Dash Button is to help people get one step closer to living in a world where everything is connected and where users’ needs and wants can be met without the use of a computer. The Amazon Dash Button allows shoppers to order their favorite […]
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The Genius of LIKEtoKNOW.it

August 16, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Kari Berdelle, Digital Project Manager Last month was monumental for Instagram. It surpassed 500 million monthly users and gained more than 100 million users in the past nine months alone. And there is no social media platform as essential to a fashion blogger as Instagram. It’s perfect for sharing the classic “outfit of the […]
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I Can Do That Myself

June 27, 2016 | 1 Comments


  Author: Cooper Crowell, Business Analyst About two years ago, I decided I wanted to get into woodworking. I grew up in a family of woodworkers and craftspeople. My parents are both incredibly handy. My dad is a former professional carpenter who built beds for his kids, finished out my childhood house and built himself […]
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Technology in the 2016 Rio Olympics

June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Brenda Talavera, Project Manager The 2016 Rio Olympics are just around the corner and for us sports-crazed fans, it will be a great time to get our geek on! The times have changed since we had to stay up all night waiting for our favorite sport to come on network TV. In addition to […]
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Bots Are Back

May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Eloy Tavera, Quality Control Analyst Chatbots are nothing new; they have been around since the time of AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM). But modern chatbots can be interfaced with verbally rather than through text like their predecessors. Siri is an example of a bot that got people used to asking their phones questions in natural […]
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Treehouse Meets Digital Tools

May 18, 2016 | 1 Comments


Author: Betsy Perkins, Studio Designer When I was a kid, I wanted to live in a tree. To be exact, I wanted to live in the Swiss Family Robinson tree. Since moving to Texas, my home has been a small two-story house sitting on a large lot full of trees. All the main living areas […]
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Internet of Things

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Steven Morvay, Digital Developer In the digital world, “things” come and go. But the “Internet of Things” is here to stay. The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects – devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and […]
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Digital Marketing and E-Commerce

April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Drake Williams, Motion Graphics Even though digital marketing and e-commerce are on the rise, some businesses are still finding it difficult to convert website visits into actual sales. There are several things a brand can do to help this, but understanding mobile commerce and how it works is one large step toward perfecting your […]
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Back in the Saddle Again

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Amy Butscher, Presentation Designer Now that I am single again, I wondered how the digital world would impact my life. Dating sites, of course. Here are the top five dating sites according to Consumer-Rankings.com. Zoosk.com Recommended Age: 18-50+ Rating: 9.8/10 People often ask which dating site is right for them, because most dating sites […]
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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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The Force Is Strong With This One

January 26, 2016 | 1 Comments


Author: Alan Morkovsky, Project Manager In mid-November 2015, Google let its geek flag fly as it asked users to “Awaken the Force Within” with their Google Star Wars Experience tool. With the tool, users can transform familiar Google apps with a fresh coat of Imperial or Rebel paint. Along with the “Jakku Spy” Google Cardboard […]
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Raising Awareness Through Social Media

January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Danny Griffis, Studio Designer Recently, #BringBackMST3K raised $5,764,229 and surpassed The Veronica Mars Movie Project ($5,702,153) to become Kickstarter’s most funded film and video project. In doing this, Mystery Science Theater 3000, a cult television show from 1988 to 1999, was able to bring back a full season of the show to new and […]
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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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eSports, a New Era in Advertising

October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Eric Anderson, Project Manager   An Introduction to eSports eSports is just a bunch of nerdy kids who are playing simpleminded games in their parents’ basement, right? Not so much. So, what exactly is eSports? It’s essentially organized competition between teams or players who are playing against each other in a computer or video […]
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3-D Print Prototyping

August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Brian Edgin, User Experience Architect Whether it is for your brand, your clients or to earn new business, we are constantly looking for ways to step outside the box. Making two-dimensional prototypes has always been part of what a branding agency does. Now, with the advent of low-cost 3-D printing, we have the ability […]
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Meaningful Microinteractions

June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Wanda Lipscomb, User Experience Architect If you love a product – your phone, a new wearable, that great app – chances are, it’s because of the microinteractions designed into the product user experience. Every time you unlock your smartphone, pull down to refresh, glance at the typing indicator while chatting, swipe to delete an […]
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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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The Death of Internet Explorer

March 30, 2015 | 2 Comments


Author: Chris Kobler, Front-End Developer There was a time when Internet Explorer was synonymous with the word “browser.” In the days before the mobile Internet, the resurgence in popularity of Apple computers and the introduction of WebKit-enabled browsers, there was only one browser that really mattered: Internet Explorer. In fact, in the fourth quarter of […]
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Your Workouts Just Got Smarter

March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments


Author: Shayna Fawcett, Fitness Fanatic  Words to Live By In the words of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” And it looks like there are A LOT of happy [and fit] people in 2015. The digital fitness craze is on, and has been for some time. The health […]
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More Than a Mommy Blog

November 4, 2014 | 1 Comments


Author: Kari Berdelle, Project Manager Blogging. What do you think of: Mommy bloggers? Cat pictures? People who rant? Duck-faced, 20-something “selfies”? Although these kinds of blogs and bloggers do exist, blogging as an industry is making a big splash in the world of marketing. Full disclosure: I love reading blogs. I have been following a […]
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A Digital Intervention: How Apple Passbook & Google Wallet Can Help

August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Stefanie Thompson, Project Manager Extreme couponers, put the scissors down and the fanny packs away, this is a digital intervention. Say good-bye to the ubiquitous dashed lines, bulging pocketbooks and embarrassing purse prospecting for small snippets of savings gold. The mobile wallet is here to save the day, and the best part is it’s […]
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Beacons: Part 2 – Application

June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Brian Edgin, User Experience Architect In Part 1 of this post, we covered the technology behind and limitations of beacons. As discussed in Part 1, beacons have some limitations. One of the most important to understand is their lack of accuracy over distance. Because of this limitation, most implementations involve tagging each location of […]
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Beacons: Part 1 – Technology

June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Brian Edgin, User Experience Architect Just over a year ago, Apple introduced iOS7 and, for those who paid very close attention, iBeacons. It wasn’t mentioned at all in the keynote, but only appeared inconspicuously on a single slide shown that day. To be clear, “iBeacons” is Apple’s own name for the technology, and, as […]
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Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality

May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Eric Anderson, Project Manager Technology is growing and improving at an exponential speed. Consumers are presented with so many different and new forms of technology. A couple of these items are virtual reality and augmented reality. Does the average consumer really know the difference between virtual and augmented reality, though? Virtual reality (VR) totally immerses […]
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The Future Is Here: 3-D Printing Brand Experiences

February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Wanda Lipscomb, User Experience Architect This past week, New York City staged a runway fashion show entirely of 3-D-printed high-fashion wearable technology. The incredible technology of 3-D printing is being used everywhere to create ready-to-wear fashion, useful household items, tools, toys and games. Medical professionals are using 3-D printing to create customized hearing aids […]
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TV Viewing How You Want It

February 19, 2014 | 1 Comments


Author: Anthony Young, Studio Designer For years, many customers have been “cutting the cord” with their cable providers, but one hurdle has been getting access to premium content they would like to watch. Shows such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” on basic cable plans or HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” […]
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Facebook’s Paper: Your News Feed Beyond Your Friends

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


Author: Tali Swann-Sternberg, User Experience Architect This week Facebook released Paper, a stand-alone iPhone app that reimagines the mobile Facebook experience. At its core, Paper is your Facebook news feed, repackaged. This is not to undervalue the new package. With Apple alum Mike Matas leading its design, Paper offers a beautiful, minimalist interface that eschews chrome […]
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Real-World Analytics

December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments


Personalization, Visitor Tracking, Visitor Profile, Traffic Source, Visit Duration, Bounce Rate, Targeted Ad, Funnel Tracking, Impressions, Clickthrough, Conversion, A/B Test… If you were told that this article directly relates to the terms above, you would be forgiven for thinking it was about the Internet. It’s not. It’s about going to the mall, a restaurant or […]
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Welcome to the Post-Mobile World

December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments


Information has undergone massive shifts with each sea change in technology. Humans started with the spoken word. Then the written word transformed our view of the world; information no longer had to be memorized. Next came printing, electronic media, digital media and mobile. And now we’re on the verge of something profoundly exciting – the […]
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