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Insight Designs launches

Posted by    |   February 19th, 2010   |   No responses

Earlier this month, we launched a cool new website for the Outdoor Industry Association, aka OIA.  This is the third time in seven years that we've redesigned OIA's site - and it just keeps getting better (or so we think). The new site includes nearly a dozen database-driven content management tools that allow OIA staff to add, edit and delete content from almost every part of the site as well as create email newsletters on-the-fly. The site is integrated with OIA's massive member database, allowing members to post news releases and calendar items, update their member profiles, register for events and more. To see previous versions of the OIA site, please check out the alphabetical listing of websites we've created.
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What does Insight Designs have to do with the Winter Olympics?

Posted by    |   January 29th, 2010   |   No responses

We got the opportunity to do some really cool designs for the Jamaica Ski Team. That's right, Jamaica has a ski team! It consists of one guy - Errol Kerr, who will be going for gold in ski cross, the Olympic's newest sport. One of Kerr's sponsors is Spyder Active Sports, a long-time client of ours. The marketing team at Spyder entrusted us with the job of designing the Jamaica Ski Team web page, as well as banner ads, email designs and several pieces of print collateral, including this cool poster. Be sure to mark your calendars to see Errol in action. Men's Ski Cross qualifiers start at 9:15 am PST on Sunday, Feb. 21. Check your local listings for TV coverage. Or see details on the web at Vancouver 2010. Go Errol. Go! Oh, and you can enter to Jamaica travel deals (brought to you by Spyder, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa. Don't miss out!
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2009 Holiday Party: A Recap

Posted by    |   December 9th, 2009   |   No responses

Insight Designs hosted our 10th annual holiday party this last Friday.  We had a great turnout, so thanks to all of our clients, families and friends for coming!  And for those of you that weren't able to make it, we hope to see you there next year.  Until then, here's a taste of the things you missed:
  • There was a ton of great food and chocolate treats scattered throughout the office.  The drinks, however, could be found outside of the office - on the roof.  It was fun seeing our clients dangle out the window to grab a diet Pepsi (it really wasn't as treacherous as it sounds).  At least the drinks stayed frosty in Boulder's single-digit temperatures.
  • We had a raffle for numerous gifts including Eldora ski passes, gift certificates to The Med and Brasserie Ten Ten restaurants, and even some awesome Insight Designs t-shirts.
  • Java, the office dog, had a small camera mounted to his back that took a photo every minute and wirelessly uploaded it to Flickr.  Java got a ton of pets from people just looking for a little camera time.  Also, there were a suspicious amount of photos of trash cans.
  • As usual, Nico set up a portrait photography studio down the hall, and people had a blast with it.  Most photos contained at least one Santa hat or a set of reindeer antlers.  All of these photos, along with the ones taken by Java, can be seen here on Insight Designs' Flickr page.
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Live photos from our 2009 Holiday Open House

Posted by    |   December 4th, 2009   |   No responses

We do this every year and each time we try to come up with a new twist on automated photo uploading technology to deliver images in real time. We are shooting these images with a Canon 5D, which is transmitting images over FTP to my laptop in my office with a Canon WFT-E1 wireless transmitter. The files are stored in a folder on my HD, and this nifty little Python app called checks the folder every minute and uploads files to our Flickr account. This year we've also found a nifty site called Flickr Slide Show that will take images from your Flickr account and turn them into a Flash photo gallery. [iframe 600 500] And I give this a 50/50 chance of working, but here's out live Java cam... It uses a GoPro HD Helmet Hero camera and an Eye-Fi card: [iframe 600 500] Or if you'd prefer you can view these images directly on Flickr here. Enjoy!
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Take the Time to Protect Your Computer – NOW

Posted by    |   November 12th, 2009   |   No responses

I spend a lot time on the internet, and according to a recent study, you do too.  We all know that surfing the web presents security risks, but we do it anyway - and do it a lot.  There's no getting around it; the web is just so darn useful.  I've never actively done much when it comes to taking security measures, and somehow I got away with it for a long time.  But after a recent brush with a virus on my home PC, I decided to educate myself on how to better protect myself. Now, these steps won't turn your computer into the Chuck Norris of virus protection, but they certainly won't hurt to follow.  They're just a few simple tips I found helpful when safeguarding my own computer. 1.  Install Antivirus Software This seems like an obvious one, but believe it or not, I didn't have any when I got the virus.  You know that warning Norton gives you every 30 days saying your antivirus needs to be activated?  There's a reason they're so insistent.  Just because you don't  often see the program actively doing anything, it doesn't mean that it's not working hard in the background.  Many browsers these days constantly have conversations with your antivirus software.  Any time a download is queued up - with or without your knowledge - the browser double-checks with the antivirus that it doesn't contain any harmful files. Don't think you have to pay a yearly subscription fee to get good protection, either; there are plenty of free antiviruses out there.  Granted, some might excel over others at one aspect of protection but not another, so doubling-up is not a bad idea (they're free, after all).  Most of the programs should include a feature that schedules automatic weekly or monthly system checks that crawl through your entire hard drive ("set it, and forget it!" as Ron would say), so be sure to set that up. Check out this site for reviews of some of the better free antivirus programs. 2.  Use a Secure Browser By that, I really mean that you should use Firefox, and always the latest version.  It's already the most commonly used browser today, but if you still need a reason to make the switch, the security benefits it offers should do the trick. Firefox is one of those browsers I mentioned that talks to your antivirus.  Its built-in malware protection is the same technology developed and used by Google.  It keeps an eye on your plug-ins and disables them if they install or update insecurely.  The list goes on. 3.  Update Keep your computer and all of its software current with the latest patches and updates.  Viruses often slip in through vulnerable areas of your software or operating system, and developers try to stay one step ahead by finding these holes and patching them before they're exploited. 4.  Keep an Eye Our for Anything Fishy In the past, I've been pretty haphazard when it comes to clicking on links and downloading files, but that's certainly not a model to follow.  Our antivirus programs should have our back while we're surfing insecure sites, but the risk is never worth it.  The best antivirus is truly your own intuition. Stick to reputable sites, especially when entering sensitive info such as credit card and Social Security numbers. (Firefox can help you with this, too.  Just click on the favicon next to the address bar to get info on the site you're visiting.)  Stay away from downloading music and software illegally.  Hackers love planting bugs in torrents because people willingly and blindly download them onto their computers, and the sites distributing them can't be counted on to keep you safe. Also, beware of emails from people you don't know.  Email is one of the most common ways for viruses to be spread, so always use your antivirus to scan any attachments before downloading them.  Phishing scams also proliferate through email, so if your bank or anybody else asks you to enter sensitive info after clicking a link, make sure that link goes to wher
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