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An Early Career Story for Women’s History Month

As a successful woman in business I wanted to share a little story about my early career here in Sacramento for Women’s History Month. In 1968 I was the first female postal carrier at Sacramento’s Metro Station. That Post Office is now closed, but in 1968 it was the main hub. I started with the Post …

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Using Observations to Find Solutions

The teenager behind the counter smiled at me as I stood in the corner waiting for my food order. Is there anything I can do to assist you? Asked another teen as he walked by with a cloth to clean the tables. I'm good. Thanks.  I looked around.  The restaurant was packed -- not a ...

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Design Thinking – Making Connections Where Previously There Were None

Last week I found myself inside in a 10’X20’ windowless room. The walls were covered in post-it notes — each containing a thought, quote, or idea more intriguing than the next. We were looking for themes. Design Thinking – Making connections where previously there were none. We had just completed over 120 hours of ethnographic …

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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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Challenge Yourself – Read Something New

How often do you read a recently published business journal article? Or the summary document of some new research? How often do you buy a magazine that isn’t part of your normal reading selection? How many of you have an agreement with your friends or colleagues to share interesting factoids/articles/stories with you? And you with them? Reading …

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Get the Website Security Blanket

At Uptown Studios, we love building websites on WordPress, with all of it’s flexibility and ability to grow and scale to any size – WordPress can handle almost anything you throw at it. Websites powered by WordPress only become insecure if they are allowed to be so, which means it’s critical to make sure you …

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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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Use Design Thinking to Find the Solution

Work-a-round (noun) is defined by Webster as: “a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system”.  It is further defined in Wikipedia as: …”a bypass of a recognized problem in a system”.  A workaround is typically a temporary fix that implies that a genuine solution to the problem is needed.  But workarounds …

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