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Campaigning With WordPress & WordCamp Calgary 2017

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of giving a talk at WordCamp Calgary 2017 called Campaigning With WordPress: Design and Story Telling Lessons From The World of Political Web Design. At the request of many attendees I’ve attached my slides for download and viewing via Slide Share below.

Thank you once again to the entire team that put on WordCamp Calgary 2017. They did a fantastic job and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to chat about the intersection of WordPress and the Political technology world. I hope everyone had a great time at the talk.

Co-organizing and Sponsoring WordCamp 2016

For the third straight year, Armadillo Studios Inc., was a not only a sponsor of Calgary WordCamp 2016, but one of the co-organizers. This year’s edition of Calgary WordCamp built off the tremendous success of the last two years and was a two-day WordPress extravaganza for a sold out crowd of 150 attendees.

It was an honour to be apart of WordCamp 2016 and to see the WordPress community continue to grow in this amazing city. The entire organizing committee is ecstatic at the reception we received from the community once again and are incredibly thankful to all our sponsors, volunteers and speakers who made WordCamp Calgary 2016 the best one yet.

A Showcase of Our Non-Profit Portfolio

Earlier this week, Armadillo Studios had the pleasure of launching the redesign of the Alpha House Society web site. The Alpha House Society is a critical organization within the fabric of Calgary’s non-profit ecosystem, which provides safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies. The team at Alpha House does amazing work within the community and as a company it was an absolute pleasure to work them on this great project. And while I’m excited to announce the launching of their new online identity, what I’m really looking forward to is to seeing them bolster their online presence over the coming months.

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With the launch of Alpha House’s new web site, I started thinking about all the non-profit and charitable organizations that Armadillo has had the pleasure to work with over the past few years. Given that non-profits and local charities are one of Armadillo Studio’s favourite clientele, I figured it would be a great time to showcase some of the great project’s that Armadillo has had the pleasure of on working over the past little while.

So with out further delay, please find below a list of the projects we’ve worked on over the past few years.

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Working with local non-profits and charities to help them improve their online presence and social media clout is an absolute pleasure. For many organizations the biggest issues in regards to their communication plan revolves around creating a unique and professional online presence with a limited set of resources to help tell their story. So given the economic uncertainty in the city at the moment, if you are a non-profit or local charity looking to create a unique online identity get in touch today.

Celebrating 9 Years of Business

9 years of web design goodness

August 31st, 2015 is the nine year anniversary of Armadillo Studios Inc., so it’s time for a little reflection and celebration. Over the past nine years the Web Design world and Social Media landscape has evolved at a dramatic pace.

Here are some interesting tid-bits about when Armadillo Studios first launched:

  • Facebook was still only available for College Students and didn’t have Fan Pages, Business Pages, etc.,
  • Twitter wasn’t in existence.
  • Other tools such as Foursquare/Swarm, Groupon, Instagram, Snapchat hadn’t launched and wouldn’t launch for a couple more years.
  • WordPress was a still in version 1.5 and was considered solely a blogging platform.
  • Mailchimp wasn’t available to the public for E-mail newsletter creation.
  • Obama was still a state senator and the upcoming social media revolution in politics was barely an afterthought. Nationbuiler wouldn’t appear as an online tool for another 5 years.
  • Flash was one of the dominant methods of developing web sites.
  • The Web 2.0 phase was just kicking off and the concept of Mobile Responsive web sites wasn’t even on the communities radar.
  • … and most importantly, nobody knew who the Kadashians were at the time.

A lot has changed since Armadillo Studios was incorporated in the summer of 2007, but the commitment to quality web services and customer relations still stands. It has been a pleasure to work on a variety of exciting projects and to collaborate with a fantastic roster of great clients.

So here’s to another 9 wonderful years of web design goodness.

Co-organizing and Sponsoring WordCamp 2015

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For the second straight year, Armadillo Studios Inc., was a not only a sponsor of Calgary WordCamp 2015, but one of the co-organizers. This year’s edition of Calgary WordCamp set a new standard for the WordCamp community, with a sold out crowd of 150 attendees, a packed after party and three solid streams of in depth WordPress content for users of all background.

It was a great pleasure to be apart of WordCamp 2015 and to see the WordPress community continue to foster in our energetic city. The entire organizing committee is ecstatic at the reception we received from the community this year and are incredibly thankful to all our sponsors, volunteers and speakers who made WordCamp Calgary 2015 the best one yet.

We’re all planning to take a few weeks off to reenergize, but we’re looking forward to make WordCamp 2016 even better. Stay tuned.

Eating S’Mores At Calgary’s CAMP Festival

Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend the inaugural “CAMP Festival”:http://campfestival.ca/ at Theatre Junction GRAND in my home town of Calgary. In conjunction with “FITC”:http://fitc.ca/, this conference was an intense two-day sprint session revolving around the fusion of art, technology, creativity and new media.

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Throughout the two days, attendees were bombarded with traditional sessions and intimate studios conversations revolving around the emergence of art within the technology and creative sectors. Talks touched upon topics such as _Design and Happiness_, _Big Redesigns, Tough Clients and a Lot of Work!_, _Designing the Future of Augmented Reality_, _Rich Web Experiences and the Future of the Web_.

It was a mind melting two days of uplifting discussion and idea generating conversations about the direction of Web Design and the Internet. Artists such as _GMUNK_, _James White_, and _Sarah Blake_ delved in to their own personal style influences and how they create unique work for clients and their own personal pet projects that have driven their artistic voice. While creative agency veterans such as _Anton Repponen_, _Irene Pereyena_, and _Kim Alpert_ shared their collective experiences dealing with the business side of the creative industry; discussion such topics as client relations, project budgeting, the art of the pitch and team planning and resource management.

CAMP Festival was a fantastic two days and a breath of fresh air into an otherwise stagnant local conference scene. The fusion of internationally renowned speakers and industry shakers with some of Calgary’s own local success stories, really created a unique experience. As an event it was fantastic opportunity to catch-up with every single one of our local friends from the the Calgary design community, meet some new friends and to hang out and discuss the topics that were shown throughout the day.

If CAMP Festival’s goals were to challenge and inspire the growing Calgary tech and creative industry, then mission accomplished. It goes without saying that pretty much all of the 330 people who attended this conference left with something inspiring or challenging to incorporate into their own business models or creative endeavours. For a first run conference of this magnitude, it was a pleasant and energizing surprise. So a massive thank you to all who was involved in the planning and organizing of CAMP Fest.

Plus they had S’Mores. Nothing beats a conference with Beer and S’Mores.

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Armadillo Studios is Officially NationBuilder Architect Approved

It is with great pleasure I get announce that after a year long courtship, Armadillo Studios Inc., is an approved member of the NationBuilder Architect program.

NationBuilder Architect Approved

For those unfamiliar, NationBuilder is one of the fastest growing and most popular Content Management Systems to hit the market in the past few years. Developed off the backs of members of Obama’s highly touted technical team, NationBuilder is an incredibly powerful web site platform for political and non-profits looking to raise money, connect with volunteers and actively engage with their user base.

NationBuilder is a software platform that combines your people database, website, and communication tools like email, text messaging, and social media—all in one. Accessible and affordable, NationBuilder helps people all over the world create more meaningful relationships. Whether you’re an author, activist, small business owner, or politician, we provide the tools to build a community around whatever it is you were meant to do.

As you can imagine the NaitonBuilder platform is a powerful tool to help candidates and organizations connect beyond the typical methods found on a normal CMS. As one can see from the work with did with Alberta MLA Steve Young, our first NationBuilder web site, the system is a powerful way to transform your site into something other than a one-way broadcasting tool.

I’m excited to add NationBuilder to the growing list of services that Armadillo Studios provides for our Business, Not-For-Profit and Political customers. If you feel that NationBuilder is a tool that might interest, send me a note at cturner@armadillostudios.ca and I’d love to chat with you about the pros and cons.

Also, I would like to give a shout out to Brendan Mulvihill of EDAHelp for his guidance with working with the NationBuilder System.