Category Archives: design

Keeping Up With a Speeding Train

It’s hard enough to keep up with the latest buzzwords, fashion and nutrition trends in your personal life. Add to that keeping your professional online presence and brand fresh and it becomes a full time job. It’s important for your business’s success to stay up to date with new technologies and innovation; but how do you keep your website or mobile app consistently relevant when trends come and go faster than a speeding bullet? There is no magic trick to this, and frankly, it’s almost impossible to stay ahead of the curve on ALL things technology and design. However, there … Continue reading

What is Wrong with Sandwiches?!!

The above title is what my 10 year old son yelled out of frustration as he watched his hamburger smothered in ketchup fall out of his hands, quickly landing on EVERYTHING. His blaming the burger, but not the hands that held it, made me chuckle. Obviously if the burger was designed differently this would not have happened, right? Or would he have dropped any kind of sandwich at that exact moment because his hands were not holding it correctly? A usability or user issue? I describe this incident as a very loose parallel to UX issues that we often see … Continue reading

Time for a Redesign?

How many years should you wait before redesigning your website? I get asked this question a lot. Truthfully, there’s no specific time period or magical formula that determine whether it’s a good time to freshen up your web presence, redesign from scratch or simply leave it as is. Certain factors play a big role in making that decision though, such as budget, time, and resources available. While it’s not an exact science, you can consider a few questions to help determine what might be the logical next step for your site. 1)     Do you have a lot of new content … Continue reading

Keep the Creativity Flowing

  We have all seen beautifully designed websites, cool looking apps and slick ads. When I look at these, I often admire how creative they are and how talented the designer(s) were that did the work. It got me wondering – what do designers do now to constantly maintain a level of enthusiasm, creativity and just sustain an overall energy that allows them to come up with great ideas and fantastic art? Waaaay back, and I do mean a really long time ago, when I was a graphic designer, I would occasionally feel “stuck” while working on a project – … Continue reading

Design with Kids in Mind

School’s almost out for the summer! For most kids, this means more free time. Hopefully much of that time will be spent outside, but it’s likely that a majority of it will be inside, and online, as well. They’ll be downloading new games, playing old favorites, and checking out new sites – whether it’s for fun or education. The best online experiences will be the ones that stick and the ones they tell their friends about. Most kids seem to be on computers and tablets almost as soon as they can sit up and move a mouse or tap a … Continue reading

As many of you may already know from some of my prior posts and tweets, I am fortunate enough this year to serve as co-chair for the UXPA 2014 International Conference taking place in London. Aside from practicing my British accent, it has been a whirlwind of planning, meeting and working with some of the most talented people in the UX industry. Have you ever been to a conference focused on your industry or field of work? Before I started volunteering with the UXPA conference committee years ago, I always assumed there were “people” who just made these events happen. … Continue reading

Getting Hired II: Online Portfolios

Consider this: Researchers from NYU found that we make major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting.* Aside from your resume, your online portfolio could play just as an important role in those initial seconds. Branding, let alone branding yourself, is vital element in today’s UX market. Whether you’re on the job hunt, selling your services, trying to gain a better name for yourself, or simply networking, building an online portfolio proves to be a great way for others to get to know you and for you to get hired. Here’s a quick list of points … Continue reading

One Trend May Not Fit All

For those of you who enjoy shopping for clothes (or those of you who are forced to by others), you have probably come across the occasional wardrobe item that would be defined as “trendy” or “current.” Sometimes, when you try on this certain piece, it’s clear it was designed for someone with the exact opposite body type, personality or age demographic. Web trends can be just like that at times. When you read about them or see them in action, they look neat, but may not necessarily fit with your user type or business personality. Web design and technology are … Continue reading

A Timeline of Mediabarn’s Holiday Cards

In honor of looking forward to Mediabarn’s upcoming 10 year anniversary, we’re taking a look back at the previous decade of holiday cards that we’ve created. Each winter season, Mediabarn enjoys getting into the festive spirit by sending our clients, friends, and family warm wishes through fun and creative cards. Some we spent more time on, while some fell victim to holiday mayhem and were left ’till the eleventh hour. Our snowman earned the title as the Mediabarn holiday mascot, although he took a year off (due to working overtime)! We put together a timeline of the good, the bad, and the … Continue reading

Mediabarn has led the design, development, and collaboration of online educational products and websites since we opened our doors almost 10 years ago. So, naturally when Educational Media Creations Company (founders of the awesome children’s musical group, Silly Bus) decided it was time to bring their music and educational knowledge to the world of educational apps, it was a great fit. We were very excited to kick off a mobile project with Silly Bus! There was so much to consider, such as what age group to target and what games would be educationally compelling. In addition, we wanted to showcase the fun, educational … Continue reading