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How Executive Leaders can be #ChangeAgents

Posted on October 24, 2016|by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

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ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference Government and industry leaders have joined together in Williamsburg, VA to talk about “game-changing executive collaboration, focus, and training around transformational leadership, agile government, and disruptive technology.” We’re tracking the trends on social media (in partnership with Zoomph), check out some of the insights we have gathered below. Lead Influencers It’s […]

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Are You Password Protected?

Posted on October 18, 2016|by: Joseph Kinder| 1 Comment

Are you password protected

Passwords: A Cheap Way to Improve Your Security Posture As a recently retired Naval Cyber Warrior, I come from a long line of salty and forward leaning communications and network security sea dog. My favorite sea dog was a Submarine Skipper who took over as the Battle Group N6 (meaning he owned all long haul […]

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Design Thinking [Video]

Posted on September 6, 2016|by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

Design Thinking

What is Design Thinking A designer’s work is often perceived as the final object or deliverable of a project but the reality is that great, user-friendly design is a process. Understand the Why If you haven’t seen Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” TedTalk, it’s a great look into the bigger picture surrounding the importance of […]

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Curating Content for All Generations

Posted on August 31, 2016|by: Brittany Harrell| No Comments

Curating Content For All Generations

In our fast-paced digital world, we’re exposed to hundreds of pieces of content every day. Take a moment and think about how many blog posts, news articles, social media posts, and even pesky ads you’re exposed to on a daily basis. Due to this fact, and the fact that overall we are all immensely overstimulated, […]

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15 Essential Tools for Designers

Posted on August 29, 2016|by: Amy Higgins| No Comments

15 Essential Tools for Designers

15 Essential Tools for Designers As designers, we continually rely on tools and resources to help produce great work. There are hundreds of design tools out there and sometimes it is hard to find the right one. Whether you are a UX Designer, Visual Designer, or Front-end Developer, these tools may help make your design/development […]

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The Traveler’s Technology Toolbox

Posted on August 24, 2016|by: Jake Quartuccio| No Comments

The Traveler's Technology Toolbox

The Traveler’s Technology Toolbox When I traveled to Japan, Project Fi connected me to the internet, Google Maps told me where to go, Google Translate filled in the gaps of my Japanese. Not only did tech change the way I traveled, it changed the digital landscape as I traveled. Technology Makes it Easier to Travel […]

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Making Applications Accessible for Everyone

Posted on August 22, 2016|by: Debbie Peterson| No Comments

Making Applications Accessible for Everyone

This blog was drafted by our UX Summer Intern, Chris Caulfield. The growing digital population Today the internet has an estimated 3.4 billion users, this is 46% of world’s population. Within America, usage of mobile technology is only growing – 68% have smartphones and 45% have tablets. People are constantly engaging with applications on these […]

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The UX of Error Messages

Posted on August 19, 2016|by: Li Lu| No Comments

The UX of Error Messages

So you made a mistake. Or wait, did the website you were using make a mistake? via GIPHY Either way, errors can cause great frustration for users–users don’t like them and they will bounce away from their intended path. To err is human, To err is also the computer. A poorly designed error message will […]

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Dynamic SharePoint Graphical Inventory using Visio Viewer

Posted on August 17, 2016|by: Ricardo Palhano| No Comments


Dynamic SharePoint Graphical Inventory using Visio Viewer In this post we will create a Visio diagram with data shapes linked to multiple SharePoint lists.  We will then display the Visio floorplan diagram in a SharePoint inventory dashboard. 1. We start with multiple lists containing various different inventories. In this example we have different lists to manage […]

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Powering Collaboration & Crossing the Divide

Posted on August 16, 2016|by: Lizzie McCreary| No Comments

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I Have an Identity Crisis Really, I do. I’ve struggled with my job title since my love of design has merged into my exploration of markup and coding languages. Most days I split my time between sitting with the designers and sitting with the developers. And I could not be happier. via GIPHY As a […]

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