Armadillo Studios Inc.

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.