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Stampede Wallpapers 2013: #WeAreCalgary Edition

Every July since 2009, Armadillo Studios has been crafting a set of humourous wallpapers to celebrate the always endearing “Calgary Exhibition and Stampede”:http://www.calgarystampede.com/. For better or worse, The Calgary Stampede is one of the defining elements of Calgary’s culture and identity. For many of us, it’s a huge aspect of our city’s stereotype and indentity and because of which it is always ripe for some good old fashioned ribbin’. And as I have done for the past few years, early last week I put out a call for sone witty suggestions for this year’s editions of the Wallpapers. We got sone great ideas and we had come up with a few witty ones ourselves.

Then “last week happened”:http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/06/25/calgary-flood-economic-impact.html.

With a province and a city literally decimated by mother nature’s wrath and thousands of people looking to rebuild and regroup from the devistation, making fun of the Stampede just doesn’t seem right this year.

Now many are already debating whether or not the Calgary Stampede should actually take place this year, with less than ten days from the parade kick-off. But like the “Calgary Stampede organizing committee”:http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/calgary-stampede-will-go-ahead-come-hell-or-high-water-president-1.1339295 and “many others”:http://metronews.ca/voices/krause-encounters/717057/why-the-calgary-stampede-must-go-on/, I believe that the city needs the Stampede (in whatever capacity possible) this year more than ever. After times of disaster and crisis, communities need a rallying point. A few months ago, Boston needed the Bruins and a few years ago New Orleans rallied around the Saints. This is why at this time, the city needs the Stampede. Now for most cities, putting on something like the Stampede is a gigantic and daunting task, to do it after the largest disaster to hit the region in over a hundred years would be near impossible for most communities. But this Calgary and it’s a beautiful beast of a city.

If anyone can do this, it’s Calgary and the amazing people of this city.

So in solidarity with the rebuilding of our beloved city and the great spirt of the thousands of volunteers and people all over this province, we’ve created a special Stampede Wallpaper this year.

The Stampede… It’ll take more than an epic flood to stop this party

The Stampede… It'll take more than an epic flood to stop this party

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Old Cowboy Version

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*Now*, If you do decide download the wallpaper *please consider* donating to the “Canadian Red Cross on behalf of Flood victims”:http://www.redcross.ca/Donate/Donate-Online/Donate-to-the-Alberta-Floods or joining the “yycHelps.ca”:http://www.yychelps.ca/ project, spend sometime with your neighbours cleaning out or even pick-up “the Hell or High Water T-shirt”:http://store.calgarystampede.com/products/hell-or-high-water or buy “The Nenshi Bad Portraits Print”:http://badportraitproject.com/floodrelief.cfm. Let’s all band together and make rebuild this city.

*For those looking for the lighter versions* feel free to download the wallpapers from “2011”:https://www.armadillostudios.ca/stampede-wallpapers-2011-carnies-edition/ or “2012”:https://www.armadillostudios.ca/stampede-wallpapers-2012-stampede-centennial-edition/.

Tips For Building a Great Municipal Campaign Site

This post has been re-posted from Armadillo’s President’s personal web site as it touches upon a subject that we’re currently very interested in. We hope you enjoy this post and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at any time.

Where Is The 'Design' in Canadian Political Web Design?

With a slate of “municipal elections scheduled for late October”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_municipal_elections,_2013, upstart candidates and sitting council members across Alberta are gearing up for an intense fall campaign season. With that comes the task of putting together a campaign team, beginning the process of raising funds and also crafting a campaign brand and marketing material. But one of the most critical elements of a strong campaign is establishing an online presence with a fully functional web site. (Read More…)

Where Is The ‘Design’ in Canadian Political Web Design?

This post has been re-posted from Armadillo’s President’s personal web site as it touches upon a subject that we’re currently very interested in. We hope you enjoy this post and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at any time.

I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but when talking about the advancements in campaign technology and design one cannot underestimate how much “Barack Obama’s campaign team has brought to the industry”:http://www.barackobama.com/. Whether it was the revolutionary techniques and concise planning employed by the campaign team in 2008 or the “impressive data-driven objectives set out by the 2012 re-election team”:http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/when-the-nerds-go-marching-in/265325/. Either way the ground work laid out by _The Obama campaign machines_ in both elections has ushered in a new era within the political world and has essentially set the standard for the importance of a candidate’s online presence.

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Getting on The Campaign Trail With TroyWason.ca

Early last week, Team Armadillo was more than happy to launch the official campaign web site for our good friend Troy Wason.

Troy Wason VP For YYC

Troy is seeking the Calgary Vice President position for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta. As a great friend of the company, we were more than willing to help his campaign team create a unique web site that would reflect Troy’s progressive and forward thinking philosophy. Using a combination of web fonts and the campaign’s minimalistic branding, we set about to create a site that would provide a clear and direct message to potential voters. As usual, this WordPress powered web site also showcases the campaign’s social media elements, while also allowing the campaign team to keep potential supports abreast of the latest events through the intuitive Content Management System.

We here at Armadillo Studios want to wish Troy all the best on the campaign trail and are excited to add TroyWason.ca to our growing portfolio of political campaign web sites.

HarmonBand.com Set To Crank It To Eleven

About a week ago, Team Armadillo Studios was approached by Darren Harmon and our friends at “WMS Communications”:http://www.wmscommunications.com to help with a new project. Darren was looking for a fresh new look for his band’s web site (“http://harmonband.com”:http://www.harmonband.com) to coincide with a headlining gig at a local Calgary-based charity. So, armed with a tight timeline and a great new client, the team at Armadillo Studios set about revamping the band’s main site in time for the big show.

HARMONBAND.COM | Press Play. (Read More…)

Two Cities, One Great Company

Armadillo Studios is happy to announce that we are expanding our reach from one end of Canada to the other.

Two Cities, One Great Company

Armadillo Studios is now operating out of two location in this fine country. Our home-base of operations will continue to be our beloved Calgary, but we are now also expanding with a satellite office in the Ottawa market.

With the advances in collaboration tools and video conferencing, the challenges associated with working across time zones and distance have been dramatically minimized. It’s because of these advancments and tools that Team Armadillo will still be able to provide our great web design services in two different locations at the same time. We’ve been able to hone this skill over the past few years through our work and collaboration with companies all across North America – working with companies and teams in Toronto, Chicago, Washington, Austin and even Edmonton.

Team Armadillo is incredibly excited to continue our work as an involved member of the Calgary web design community and we’re also excited to bring our hard working prairie attitude to the Ottawa Tech community.

If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with us for your next project, feel free to contact us at info@armadillostudios.ca or 1.800.974.3814.

Stampede Wallpapers 2012: Stampede Centennial Edition

For the past three years Team Armadillo has been showcasing our undying Calgary pride by putting together a collection of tongue-in-cheek Stampede Themed Desktop and iPhone wallpapers. So with the 100th edition of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede officially kicking off in a few days, we couldn’t help but take another run at our annual tradition.

So Team Armadillo is back with *four brand spanking new designs* (including the always popular Twitter design for the #yyc crowd) and we also have iPhone/iPod Touch compatible designs. Similar to previous year’s editions, the designs leverage “Veer’s amazing Calgary Font”:http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=UMT0000326 and elements of “GoMedia’s Western Vector Pack”:http://gomedia.us/arsenal/#set9.

So for your enjoyment here are The 2012 Armadillo Stampede Wallpapers!

Nashville North… April Babies!

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Can’t Sleep… Rodeo Clowns Will Eat Me!

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Mechanical Bulls… Breaking Bones and Bruising Egos since 1930

Mechanical Bulls... Breaking Bones and Bruising Egos since 1930

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#YAAAHOOOO! #stampede100

yaaahooo!!! Centennial

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*A very special thank you goes to Jamie, Dan, Nathan & Louis for their great suggestions this year. We changed them up a bit, but to thank you we’ll be send you a batch of our brand spanking new stickers!*

Happy Centennial Stampede Everyone