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January 31, 2011 | Nick Green: The Best Interactive Music Videos..so far

Last year’s “The Wilderness Downtown” music video/Google mash-up from Arcade Fire changed conceptions about what music videos could be. “Wilderness” wasn’t just a one-off. Arcade Fire has already come back with a new way to make their musical experiences interactive, and they’re not the only ones.

December 27, 2010 | Nick Green: Preloaders and Preloader Psychology: A few ways to make them wait for your Flash site

Don’t compromise the beauty or functionality of your site so your consumer get in there quicker.  They think they don’t have time to wait for your site.  But they do.  They’ve got 30 more seconds.  Because your website is that awesome.  Right?

November 16, 2010 | Nick Green: Chrome use keeps growing, IE6 still more popular than Safari/Opera

As we end out the 10th year of the millennia (arguably) I wish we could finally put IE6 to bed.  Alas, the browser is still the fifth-most popular, and the Internet Explorer trifecta of web dev pain still accounts for a third of browser usage. Internet Explorer’s popularity wains, Firefox reigns supreme, and if Chrome continues its growth, it could overtake Internet Explorer for second place.  image

November 10, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: jQuery Mobile: Hitting more platforms in a single shot

On October 16th, jQuery released their newest in their line of amazing js projects, jQuery Mobile.  What does this mean for us?  A single js library to program web apps for mobile phones without having to code for a specific phone.

October 29, 2010 | Greg Ness: The Marketing Committee Just Got Bigger – Much Bigger

For some people in advertising, graphic design, web design or many other creative endeavors related to marketing, the “idea gauntlet” represents a lengthy approval process that ideas or concepts have to traverse – internally and externally – on their way to acceptance and implementation. The idea gauntlet can take the form of a creative director, a client, a marketing committee, attorneys, the compliance department or all of these combined. Those who feel this way, complain this group process is the fastest way to kill a good idea and probably supported the quote: “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”

August 31, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Moving Mobile Apps to the Web

As the demand rises for mobile apps, more and more developers are biting the bullet, so to speak, and trying their hand at developing in yet another environment.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the job of the web developer or software engineer is constantly changing and thus we need to change with it or become obsolete.  But what if we did not have to change this time?

August 16, 2010 | Paul Bourdeaux: Mobile Devices To Outnumber PCs By Q4 2010?

Why is the marketing community making such a big deal out of the mobile web? Maybe because some models are predicting that mobile devices, such as smart phones, iPods, and iPads, will outnumber PCs as soon as Q4 2010!

July 30, 2010 | Paul Bourdeaux: Design For The Mobile Web FIRST!

The prevailing belief regarding mobile web sites has always been they are a brand’s second site, usually built after the PC version.  Luke Wroblewski, the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo! Inc, disagrees.  At the recent An Event Apart conference in Minneapolis, MN, he presented three reasons why he feels that we change our design procedure to be Mobile First.

July 29, 2010 | Nick Green: Conquer Adaptive HTTP Streaming with OSMF

Steve Jobs’ decision to stiff arm Flash has given us in the online video delivery world a bit without an answer.  But the OSMF Framework has left us with an answer that will work inside and outside the iProduct realm.

July 28, 2010 | Sarah Longfors: Who is Responsible for Bad Data?

In a recent project, I was tasked with cataloging data we currently had for an email marketing list. I found duplicates, incorrect addresses and information that was inaccurate or not applicable. What I didn’t expect to find was how many members had bad data in their account.

May 28, 2010 | Alyssa Greve: What can the Facebook “Like” button do for your business?

The past April, Facebook launched the Open Graph Application Programming Interface to replace Facebook Connect on websites during the F8 Conference. One of these changes during the F8 Conference and Open Graph features the new “like” button which can be placed on any website. Below are some guidelines of what implementing the “like” button on your site can do for you and the positive impact it can have on your business.

April 21, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Chrome Extensions Web Dev Friendly

Google Extensions provide us with a way to enhance our chrome browsers with additional functions, much the same way that Firefox Add-ons do.  Like Add-ons, the possibilities of apps that we can build are endless.  You might think that with that flexibility, there will be strict rules for how to develop these apps.  That would be an incorrect assumption.