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Growing a Business with Integrity and Fairness

Growing a business with integrity and fairness is something you have to plan for from the beginning, whether you own a start-up or a decades-old business like ours.  It’s good to establish a company mission and vision that includes the community you serve. Your mission is a key to creating a brand that endures and …

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Our Bold Business Model has Power and Magic

Uptown Studios has moved our business model to a TEAL model and it is based on “self-management.” It is a bold shift from the standard work environment – where everyone has a boss – to no one having a boss. What does that mean and how is it different from a standard business model? Each person …

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Finding Inspiration at AdobeMAX

“Find yourself by losing yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandi I was fortunate enough to attend the Adobe MAX creative conference this month in Las Vegas. This was most memorable quote from one of the many conference break out sessions was shared by Rule29’s, Justin Aherns. His firm believes that good creative …

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Fuel Your Team’s Creativity

Creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised on a regular basis since amazing ideas rarely just happen. What better opportunity to spark creative thinking and team building than during your next staff meeting? Several weeks ago, we began to open our staff meetings with a short 5-10 min creativity exercise to get our …

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What Makes Good Design? – (Infographic)

What makes good design? Evaluating design has never been easy. To help with this, we have created a small infographic that will guide through this process and highlight important aspects that should be taken into consideration when judging a design. Enjoy!

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5 Things to Do When You are Crazy Busy

1. Smile When you are crazy busy it is the easiest time to snap at the people around you. STOP, think of what you sound like. Someone can ask if they can help when I am crazy busy and I feel like snapping at them – NO just leave me alone. But Don’t – Smile …

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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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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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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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