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Little Pork Chop: A Twitter Tool for When 140 Characters are Not Enough

Little Pork Chop A neat little tool that will take your verbose thoughts, break them up into 140 character sections and post them to twitter with a specified delay time between tweets. Becauses hardly anyone wants to click through to a thrid party site and you reduce friction by putting your content right in front […]

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Internet Explorer Bug Could Expose Your Computer

Over the weekend, Microsoft released an alert concerning a bug in Internet Explorer versions 6 – 11 that could expose your computer by simply visiting a specially built webpage. They’re currently investigating and have some instructions for you here under “suggested actions”. Also, hey, bad luck for you if you’re running Windows XP since support […]

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Unamused with our conduct, Facebook cracks down

Facebook made an announcement last week that made me pretty happy. I’ve got a really big pet peeve about Facebook business pages that try tricks and manipulations to boost their reach. It bothers me a lot when I see posts ending with things like: “Like this post to show your support for this fallen soldier.” “Comment […]

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Restaurant Websites

Today I’m working on a website for a nice Italian restaurant in San Diego. I love working on menu pages for restaurant websites because it’s a good example of well organized content that is easy to format. I come across a lot of restaurants that use PDF’s or even straight images ( ack!) to display […]

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Heartbleed

Heartbleed is a bug in OpenSSL that could potentially expose your information to people that would do very bad things with your information. Servers are currently being patched, but it can’t hurt to change those passwords too. Mashable has a list of websites and services that have been hit and advice on what you should […]

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Welcoming a New Member of the Family

We’re welcoming a new member of the Akira Media family to the wonderful online world of the Internet… or as George W. would say, “The Internets”. Dr. H. L. Keith III, DDS is a third generation dentist in the Wilmington area and we’re proud to give you this site that presents information about his practice […]

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The Three Components That Make Your Website

While working with clients, I find that there can be some confusion on what is required for a website, so I want to take a little time to spell out what the different components of are and how they work together. Today I’m going to cast some broad strokes and talk about the three main […]

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Three Reasons to Buy Your Own Domain Name

It may feel like it’s something you can’t do, but you can & should purchase your own domain name. Here are three quick, compelling reasons why. You will save money Granted, it’ll only be a few dollars per year, but the rich don’t stay rich by just giving their hard-earned cash away, right? Might as […]

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ADT Allegedly Caught Buying Endorsements

ADT has reached an agreement with the FTC after they were allegedly caught paying bloggers for endorsements of their products on TV without disclosing the relationship. Aside from it just being plain creepy and obviously wrong, the laws are very clear on this matter. If there is any sort of payment made, it must be disclosed. […]

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Attention vs. Connecting

I frequently bemoan the state of online marketing today. We have such a great opportunity as small businesses to really connect with our customers to make them more than just anonymous one time consumers of our wares and make them part of our families. Unfortunately the way most social media streams are managed, we seem […]

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Facebook Contest Rules

We all know that more “likes” on Facebook means better value for our Facebook business pages. In the never ending quest for more likes, it’s tempting to run a contest, but before you do, you need to know that Facebook has a few rules for such things. Some are obvious (“you are responsible for the […]

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Long Hours Can Be Deadly

In Japan they even have a word for it; Karōshi (過労死) which means “death from overwork”, but now research is showing that working long hours can mean a shorter life. So, go home on time today, alright? link: Fast Co. Design – Working Long Hours Could Kill You Photo Credit: Flickr Commons – National Media Museum

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New Web Site Launched: I Love NY Pizza – Wilmington, NC

You can really have no idea how excited I am to announce this one. We have launched the web site for a place I have loved for *years*; I Love NY Pizza in Downtown Wilmington. We played off the old and new designs for their iconic menu and came up with a web design that’s A) […]

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Andy Warhol’s Jazz Album Covers

When I think Andy Warhol album covers, I think the Rolling Stones & Lou Reed. However, before he was famous, Andy Warhol made his living as a graphic artist and produced quite a few Jazz album covers. Submitted for your inspiration is a small galley of them over at Dangerous Minds. link: Dangerous Minds | The […]

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Web Design News Flash: Consumers Prefer Simple Sites

Wow. Consumers prefer simple web sites that are easy to navigate around through. Who knew? We did, that’s who! I’ve been blowing this horn for a few years now: Simple is better. Even though the article linked to below is aimed at beginning web designers, the information can help you as a business owner. This […]

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Lobby Card Design

We saw this great lobby advertisement for the new Muppets Most Wanted movie. I thought it was a genius idea. Lots of people take photos of themselves goofing around with these posters, so Disney took advantage and designed this one so you could walk in and actually join the characters in the picture. Pretty cool […]

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Icepocalypse2014

Duke Energy Outage Map   Just under forty THOUSAND of us are without power here in Southeastern North Carolina with the bulk of that here in New Hanover County. It’s 2013. We can buy shoes in our underwear from the comfort of our own homes, but a day or two of ice will still bring […]

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Super Bowl Ads – 2014

Well, pulling for Denver was a mistake. I’d swear I heard Yakety Sax playing whenever the Broncos got anywhere near the ball. Ah well. We all watch for the ads anyway, right? First: Let’s get this out of the way: The local O’Brien Heating and Air spot by etcmedia.co blew most of the national stuff out of […]

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QR Code Guerrilla Marketing Downtown Wilmington

Ran downtown this morning to take some photos for a client and spotted this little gem stuck to some magazine dispensers. Feeling bold? Scan and see where it goes. I did.

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Sometimes, Design is Weird

An artifact from the Reagan administration. The 80’s were an odd time.

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