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Lance Wain Recognized by SmartCEO

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We are proud to share that Lance Wain has been announced as a finalist for the 2015 Washington Cornerstone Awards!

Press Release

“It’s no secret that Greater Washington is home to some of the region’s most impactful companies. Moreover, they have become part of the fabric of the communities in which they reside,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “These companies are economic drivers, innovators and exemplary community stewards—they are true cornerstones of their communities. For that, we honor them.”

The finalists will be celebrated at the Washington Cornerstone Awards ceremony on August 17, 2015, at the Bethesda Marriott. An expected sell-out event, more than 200 local C-level executives and guests will attend to celebrate their achievements. The event will kick off with a networking reception followed by the awards ceremony and a final toast to the local business leaders of Greater Washington.
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Keeping Score on ESPN's Website Upgrades

Keeping Score on ESPN’s Website Upgrades

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Redesigning one of the most trafficked sites on the web is a daunting task. In 2014, ESPN.com had 22 million daily visitors, making it a traffic juggernaut. So when I saw the new design for ESPN.com last month, I have to say I was a little underwhelmed.

While visitors hoping for a unique or innovative experience will be sadly disappointed, everything doesn’t have to be revolutionary to be great. I’ve spent some time evaluating the new site and here are a few of my takeaways: Read More

JK Moving Radio Driving Leads Before Moving Season

JK Moving Services Radio Spots Driving Leads Even Before The Busy Moving Season

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JK Moving Services is back on the airwaves this spring with radio spots and banner ads designed to differentiate the company and underscore its brand mantra, What Matters Most. Over the past few years, all of us at Grafik have seen firsthand how JK goes above and beyond its competitors to deliver a worry-free move. Some of the features that separate the area’s largest independent mover from the rest of the pack are included in the new campaign. Read More

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Reading Movies: Type that Advances the Plot

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As digital communication becomes central to our lives, Hollywood has had to be increasingly more creative incorporating this passive form of communication into live action. How do you use design and motion graphics to present text messages in film? For many years, the standard approach was to treat text messages the way hand-written letters had been treated, either cutting to a close-up of the phone’s screen so the audience can read the frequently enlarged text, or having the actor unrealistically read the text out loud. But increasingly, filmmakers have been showing the disembodied text onscreen and alongside the actors. Read More

Grafik Wins Awards from HOW International and the ADDYs

It’s nice to be recognized.

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Hats off to Carrie, Efrat, George, Gregg, James, Judy, Johnny, and Raksa for having five winning entries published in the How International Design Annual: our Grafik signage, Global Automakers invitation, Erase Hate skateboard, Honda HIA brochure, and Advice Period collateral.

Raksa, James, and Gregg were also recognized with a Silver ADDY® Award for their skateboard to promote the “Erase Hate” fundraiser for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

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Content Marketing is Only as Strong as You Make It

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My friend called me up one day, telling me about a magical land of trendy fitness classes, eucalyptus towels, and a whole lot of sweat. This magical land was a new gym called Equinox.

How can someone speak so highly of a gym? Upon setting foot in the building, I instantly figured it out. When I got home I pulled up their website to find one closer to my house, and I proceeded to get lost on their blog and social media platforms for an hour.

Equinox is a gym…. yet I now go to them to get ideas for healthy recipes, stretches to try, and inspirational messages to get my butt up and moving to the gym. Equinox is no longer just a “gym” to me. Now they are a resource I go to for useful, relevant, and trusted information. They are selling an Equinox lifestyle, not just a membership.
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An image from Denny's Tumblr of a one of their restaurants floating in the sky on a plot of land.

A Beginners Guide to Denny’s Tumblr

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Let’s just be real with each other for a second. If you haven’t heard about Denny’s social media campaign, then you’re old (sorry to have to be the one to tell you this).

For the past two years, everyone and their dog has been talking about how Denny’s successfully hit the quirky, lovable, social media gold mine, and quickly became the cut-throat leader of teen “likes” and “reblogs”. And yes, I’m talking about Denny’s the Restaurant. The place you probably brought your kids last weekend for pancakes; or, in early years, where you dragged yourself at 3am after a five hour punk rock battle of the bands to nurse your rapidly approaching hangover with a Grand Slam. Much like delectable breakfast foods, Denny’s just seems to get it. Read More

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Let Yourself Be a Beginner

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In recent years, medical schools began accepting more candidates who hadn’t followed the usual path to becoming a doctor, those who’d taken a few years off to travel or pursued a PhD in dance before discovering their calling was medicine. What they bring to top medical schools and residencies are ways of thinking that can’t be taught in a classroom. Their interdisciplinary studies aren’t holding them back from being professionally competitive—they communicate effectively, are excellent with patients, and report high levels of satisfaction in their work. Read More

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Eye Candy that’s Nutritious: Infographics!

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Infographics have gained a lot of traction as visually stunning and engaging ways to share and communicate information online and in print. Examples of data visualization date as early as 1858, with Florence Nightingale’s “Diagram of the Causes of Mortality” and the works of William Playfair, who are considered the fathers of charts and diagrams. Read More

Blog post on 5 Trends that Will Shape Interactive Design in 2015

5 Trends That Will Shape Interactive Design in 2015

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As an interactive designer at Grafik, best practices for the web are always on my mind. Previously, David Collins posted the “Top five best practices for web design in 2015“; I’m going to expand on #4 on his list, “Make it engaging.” While content and information architecture are extremely important, design plays just as big a role in engagement. Here are the top trends to look for in web design for 2015. Read More