Armadillo Studios Inc.

One Year Anniversary

That’s right! Armadillo Studios is officially one year old!

And on Wednesday, we are celebrating this achievement with a little appreciation night at the “Art Gallery of Calgary”:http://www.artgallerycalgary.org/.

We’ve got our friends at “Steam Whistle”:http://www.steamwhistle.ca/ to supply the beverages. “Darryl Bennett and Chef for Hire”:http://www.chefforhire.ca/ will be providing some divine appetizers. Heck, we’ve even gone out and picked up a few cases of lovely “Jones Soda”:http://www.jonessoda.com/ for all of our friends who are just children at heart.

Plus we’ve even cooked up a small little surprise that you’ve probably never seen before.

All of this just to thank you – the clients and people who have supported “Armadillo Studios”:https://www.armadillostudios.ca over the past year.

_If for some reason you haven’t received an invite and would love to come. (BTW that’s probably our fault as we probably didn’t update our email addresses) Just send us an email at info@armadillostudios.ca and we’ll add you to the guest list._

The Power of Sub-Domains

Very few people realize that once they register a domain name, they aren’t just relegated to one specific url address, but rather an entire spectrum of potential web addresses. Many people don’t fully understand the “power of sub-domains”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subdomain.

When a user registers a domain at any registration web site (we recommend “domainsatcost.ca”:http://www.domainsatcost.ca) they are granted full rights to the domain name of their choice. For example _www.armadillostudios.ca_ or _www.yourcompanyinc.ca_.

While most users and clients will develop their site using only the main web site address, you can actually create numerous web sites by altering the initial sub domain. A good example is this corproate web blog.

As you can see in the url, this web log is run under *blog.armadillostudios.ca* and is actually a completely separate entity from the main “www.armadillostudios.ca”:https://www.armadillostudios.ca web site. At Armadillo Studios we use sub domains to host our test web sites. At last count we had 13 individual test sites running under the main domain of armadillostudios.ca. (Most “web hosting providers”:http://www.dreamhost.com/rewards.cgi?conturner will provide an unlimited number of sub domains for each registered domain)

Now you maybe asking _how could this possibly benefit my company_? That’s quite simple. For example if you wanted to create a completely different web site to showcase a new product or even to create a separate web blog, you could set this up under a unique sub domain.

If you are looking for a great example of the power of sub domains look no further than your local University or College. The “University of Calgary”:http://www.ucalgary.ca, uses sub domains to create separate urls for all of it’s “different”:http://library.ucalgary.ca/ “departments”:http://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/.

If this is something that interests your business feel free to contact us and we’d gladly discuss how you can benefit from the power of sub domains.

Music-Critic.ca

Armadillo Studios is pleased to release “the fourth version”:http://www.music-critic.ca/wp/ of the *Music-critic.ca web site*.

Building on the growing popularity of *Music-critic.ca*, this new layout incorporates many of the latest trends in the Web 2.0 market. Including:

*A Tag Cloud* – For easier category navigation.
*Social Book Marking* – To allow users to save their favorite reviews or share them with their friends.
*A stronger WordPress integration* – For simpler publishing and control over the various elements of the site.
*AJAX* – A stronger AJAX based contest system to provide greater security.

Here at the studio we are extremely proud of the newest redesign and the exciting elements that are embedded in this latest update. We look forward to taking the lessons learned from this large undertaking and incorporating them into our latest services.

If you like to learn more about the newest features to the Music-critic site, feel free to contact us at info@armadillostudios.ca and we’d be happy to share our experiences.

The University of Calgary’s SESAH Lab

Armadillo Studios and the University of Calgary’s SESAH (Spatial Analysis of Environment, Society and Healthcare Lab) are “proud to launch their newest web site.”:http://webapps2.ucalgary.ca/~sesah/

“The SESAH Lab”:http://webapps2.ucalgary.ca/~sesah/ (formerly the SPARCS Lab) contacted Armadillo to help develop a brand new site; which would be easy to update and would allow the graduate students the ability to collaborate on collected data information.

Collaborating with the SESAH Lab, we constructed a new site which integrated a new Content Management System for easy updating. In addition, we developed a separate student login area. This area allows students and professors the ability to collaborate and comment on collected data sets. They can store files and discuss the changes to the data.

Additionally, this new site gives the SESAH Lab a unique and sophisticated presence on the University of Calgary’s web site. A web site which showcases the progressive nature of the lab and its work within the world of Spatial Analysis.

Vector Illustrations in Web Site Design

Web Designer Wall recently posted a great little article illustrating the beauty of “Vector Graphics in Web Site Designs.”:http://www.webdesignerwall.com/trends/vector-illustration-trend/ In the post you’ll find 30 fantastic examples of Vector Illustrations enhancing the look and feel of numerous corporate web sites.

Vector Graphics (images created through Adobe Illustrator or other vector based programs) are a fresh new alternative to Stock Photography in web site design. One of the most fantastic examples from the _webdesignerwall_ article is “Joyent.com”:http://joyent.com/, a hosting and application developer based in California.

As you can see the vector image brings a fresh and unique vibrancy to the overall feel of the site. It instantly draws the views attention and invokes a warm and pleasant feeling for the site despite the fact it’s designed to promote a complex product such as web site hosting and application development.

One of the major benefits of vector images is that they leave a more substantial impression in comparison to your typical Stock Photography. Imagine if you will, the Joyent site cluttered with “stock photos of servers or the overused proto-consultant.”:http://www.acriley.com/web-content/pivot/entry.php?id=173 It is safe to say the current vector illustrations gives the Joyent site a more memorable impression.

We here at Armadillo Studios are big fans of vector illustrations and encourage our clients to utilized this emerging trend. It may cost a little more than the average stock photo, but we believe they leave a longer initial impression with potential clients.

The Launch

And with one simple click of a button, Armadillo Studios Inc. is very pleased to launch our very own Corporate Web Log.

As we get closer to the one-year anniversary of our company, we here at Armadillo thought it was about time to launch something new for the company.

Our goals is to create a running web log where we could start sharing some of our expertise in the areas of web design and business blogging, while showcasing some of our recent projects. It’s also a place where we hope to discuss the social and cultural implications of these trends, not only on our own personal lives, but on the little area we call home. (Southern Alberta)

So please have a look around. Check out some of our images on Flickr or maybe even leave a comment or two. Just make sure you grab the RSS feed and comeback often as we begin to add to our list of articles. We’re already busy preparing a couple of articles on Vector Illustrations, ViRB, Twitter, and on a couple of our latest projects.

Thanks for your time.

The Armadillo Team.