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A Love Letter From My City

If your city could talk, what do you think it would say? Here is what I imagine Sacramento would tell us. To my beloved Sacramentans, Do you know what gets me up in the morning? You. You are what makes every day brighter. Sure, we’ve had our rainy days and some somber moments, but you’ve …

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Why are My Google Ads Not Showing?

Google AdWords gives you tons of great ways to market your business on the internet. All you have to do is create a campaign, add some keywords and create some punchy ads. Sounds simple right? Well, sometimes there are some hiccups along the way. Seeing your carefully crafted ads show up on Google is exciting, …

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Website User Experience Lessons from the Smashing Magazine Conference

Last week we got a chance to go to two workshops hosted by Smashing Magazine. I went to a workshop hosted by Dan Mall, a superfriendly creative director and advisor from Philadelphia, who talked about responsive design workflow and Mark was lucky enough to meet Vitaly Friedman, the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine and chat about front-end patterns over …

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The “Force” of Inspiration

Inspiration: a force or influence that inspires someone.  Personally, I have rarely been inspired by a “force”, but the “I” in inspire is relevant. One can be inspired by money, though this is rarely the true case, inspired by love, by family or even by their own will to be successful. People have often been …

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Advertising in America: The 5 Screens of Marketing

A Short History of Advertising in America This story is as American as apple pie, Betsy Ross and baseball. Way before Mad Men, was a thing, there was humble Benjamin Franklin. Known for publishing essays and books about physics, politics and electricity - The First American, was also a key figure in advertising. After spending ...

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Exploring the Web and Website Design

The internet is like a jungle. It’s a fascinating, living ecosystem that never stops growing and creates new lifeforms everyday through website design. Until this point, my background was mostly print design which is a similar environment but it lives by its own different rules. That’s why I’m looking at many of these web lifeforms …

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2016 – Will it be Your Best Year?

We think 2016 will be the best year ever for Uptown Studios. Here are a few of the observations from the Uptown Crew on what 2016 will bring… Small business will need to pay more attention to mobile marketing. If your website is not responsive in design (which means it is easy to view on …

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Gift Giving Guide for the Change Makers

I LOVE giving gifts. All year round, I’m picking up gifts that I think would be great for people and either gifting them right away or saving them up for a birthday or special holiday. So, as you can imagine, December is a pretty exciting time for me. I get caught up in the excitement …

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Good design is Invisible

Good design is challenging to define. Bad design is impossible to ignore. Good design is often invisible. Bad design often stands out. As renowned designer, Dieter Rams said: “Good design is as little design as possible. Less, but better.” I personally believe this is very well said and applies to all disciplines of design including …

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