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By Interactive Strategies
Sep 02, 2011

Dead Technologies: Too Legit to Zip

As a high-schooler of the late 90's, I was fortunate enough to take several rather practical "computer" courses. The courses offered ranged from the utilitarian-- "Word Processing" to the vaguely occupational-- "Data Processing", to the cryptic "Computer Processing."   Classes were held in one of three computer labs in the school's main building.  The state of public school being as it was is, each of the three labs was equipped with...

By Dean Burney
Sep 02, 2011

Searching for a Better Search? Part One.

Part 1 in a 3-Part Series: The Homepage Search Box
Over the years I've had the opportunity to lead the UX and design for a number of content-heavy site redesign projects, including several online newspapers, magazines and scientific journals where search functionality was of particular importance to the user base.  Through my experience I've learned a thing or two about search usability and have developed a list of best practices that I follow, and now would like to share with...

By Interactive Strategies
Sep 02, 2011

Site of Note #5

Drupal Camp Atlanta

Drupalcamp Atlanta is an attendee-driven, completely volunteer initiative modeled after the open, participatory nature of barcamps. The event is catered towards those who have a like-minded interest in Drupal or simply want to find out more about Drupal.


 

Duet

You know plenty of wonderful people. Do more things with them, live your experiences in the real world. Curate, save, and cherish them digitally. Spend more time enjoying your...

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 26, 2011

Pod Cars invade DC

Its Amazing what we see out the window of our conference room sometimes.  On Thursday, August 25th, 2011, we witnessed what seemed like the invasion of the Pod Cars.

Thirty or forty of these little guys came racing down Connecticut at about 11AM with absolutely no warning.  They seemed to be on some mission, possibly to take over the National Mall or even the government of these here United States?  They were intermingling with normal traffic, as can be seen in this picture....

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 23, 2011

Rock You Like an Earthquake

Today we were rattled out of our seats, quite literally. Not by an exciting project launch, or a heart-pounding deadline, but by an earthquake with a 5.9 magnitude, to be precise.  We, along with the rest of the Nation’s Capitol (and DC Metro Area), were shaken to the core.

That got us thinking. What songs best describe this momentous occasion? So we put our heads together to give you this, our Earthquake Playlist 2011.


Carole King: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

AC/DC:...

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 19, 2011

Boost Your Rankings with Social Media

Even though establishing your business' presence on social media channels is more about engaging your customers and building trust in your brand, there’s no harm in reaping the SEO benefits that come along with it.  Below we have listed some best practices on how to leverage each social media outlet to improve your site’s ranking in the search engines.

Blog
Content, content, content. As Cory mentioned earlier, content is king, and keeping your blog up-to-date helps your...

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 19, 2011

Site of Note #4

Ducksboard - http://ducksboard.com/

Ducks Board helps you monitor mulitple platforms, below are a few listed:


Facebook

Foursquare

Twitter

Google Analytics

Feedburner



 

Philip Andrews - http://philipandrews.org/#

Philip Andrews is a freelance interactive developer based in Melbourne, Australia. He specialise in creating digital brand experiences using Flash and HTML5.


 

TDH Creative - http://www.tdhcreative.com/

Tom,...

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 18, 2011

Dribble Challenge

With the middle of summer being here, some of our team members take a walk around the neighborhood. Cory had taken this fantasitc photo of the George Washington Monument, and from that photo I got the inspiration to illustrate and post on dribbble. I invite you to rebound this image and share it on dribbble. We will gather all the rebounds and post the Friday Notes of the week post.



 

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 18, 2011

Site of Note #3

Ikea - Mattress



Mario Kart - Rediscover



Diesel - Denim



Reverenddanger - Digital Agency

By Interactive Strategies
Aug 16, 2011

Teaming Up with the United Way

We like our work. But we love our work when we can combine creativity with a great cause.

So we were really excited when the United Way asked for our help on this year’s Back to Football Friday campaign, an annual partnership with the National Football League to tackle childhood obesity. 

Our challenge? To make this year’s BTF campaign viral.

The result? The Back to Football Superfan Dance that just launched this week.

With this interactive flash app you can...

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