Category Archives: What’s New

We are proud to announce that our very own Keith Deaven has been appointed Board President of Uplifting Athletes. Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization that aligns college football and rare diseases in order to raise them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments. However, over 7,000 rare diseases collectively affect more than 30 million Americans, making rare diseases a far-reaching issue. Keith’s involvement with Uplifting Athletes began when he was introduced to Founder Scott … Continue reading

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Mediabarn Earthquake Reenactment

Mediabarn’s Lab and office in Arlington, VA survived the earthquake with just a single sprinkler head baffle dropping to the floor.  However, being on the 12th floor here we did rock quite a bit.  So much that when Jason came out of the conference room he saw Larisa and Heather holding on to one of our beautiful concrete columns, having no other plan he also joined in. Below we captured a reenactment of that moment while it was still fresh in our minds.

#SXSW Wrapping Up

SXSW 2011 wraps up, as expected we had a great time hooking up with some of our vendors, partners and talent. We attended a wide array of discussions and panels ranging from design to leadership to games and entertainment. As in past years, most of the sessions were insightful and passionately presented. We are looking forward to incorporating some of the design methodologies being batted around at the conference. Our experience is that many of these “new” processes are just repackaged traditional approaches. However, we love that so many people are energized around making product development and design process streamlined … Continue reading

RESTON, Va., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mediabarn, Inc., an interactive agency providing user research, design and technology, is proud to announce the redesign of the Uplifting Athletes website located at Uplifting Athletes, a charity that works with college football teams to raise money and awareness for rare disease research, relied on Mediabarn to create a new site that helped better illustrate its vision. To achieve this, Mediabarn created an improved look and feel with a consistently branded site that enables each university chapter to have their own identity within the site. The information architecture was also redesigned to … Continue reading


Are you ready for UPA International Conference 2011? Recently, Sara Mastro, our Director of Creative Services was chosen to be on the UPA 2011 Conference Reviewers Committee.  While on the committee she has been working with the other Committee Members and Co-Chairs on the review process and has already of reviewed several great submissions for the June conference. The theme for UPA 2011 is Designing for Social Change.  The theme will be refined through everyone’s contributions to the conference, but for now it is a design process that intentionally sparks change in how people behave, communicate, and do things in … Continue reading

We here at Mediabarn are excited to announce that Heather Nam, our Director of Usability Research, has published an article in UPA’s User Experience Magazine. The article, called “Usability Script and Moderator’s Guide: 2 Tools or 1? Communicating with Study Respondents,” focuses on how a usability script can be used as a key communication tool that guides both moderator and respondent through the conversation that takes place during a usability test. Included is a discussion of situations in which using scripted language isn’t feasible, along with the importance of maintaining a balance between being rigid and being flexible. UPA members … Continue reading

Mediabarn Delivers at USPTO!

United States Patent and Trademark Office taps Mediabarn’s User Experience Group for its usability and user interface design expertise.  Read more in the press release here:

Another successful launch! The Software & Information Industry Association launched its redesigned web site last week ( Mediabarn was privileged to have partnered with SIIA to help with the user experience, design and development of the site. The project was definitely a team effort, with Mediabarn joining forces with not only SIIA, but Metisc as well, a Joomla! shop in Australia. Loved the early morning status calls! The new is not only more organized with a cleaner design, but also has a dynamic site structure that can easily be expanded on. Just about all of the site is driven … Continue reading

Mediabarn is so excited to announce that our client was chosen as a finalist at the SXSW Interactive Awards! We’re really proud to have partnered with them on this redesign. Winners announced March 15th. Crossing fingers!!