Boom Shakalaka

On September 5, 2014, in Technology, by Shane Barnhill

My office whiteboard

Earlier this year, in the spring, I used the whiteboard in my office to start sketching out concepts for a redesigned website for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. The image above shows an early sketch of what eventually became the Foundation’s new Shop section (at left), its homepage (center), and also a diagram of some strategy principles for not only our web presence, but also all of our online initiatives (at right). These drawings followed months of scrutiny of our website analytics, which provided deep insights into how constituents were using our site, what they cared about, and which information they were missing. The analytics data was used to develop a strategy for a new site that would better suit the Foundation’s goals, and the whiteboard drawings became the basis for wireframes and mock-ups that our design & development partner used in producing the new site. Read more on The Snap Download

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Banishing The Tiny Red Circles

On September 4, 2014, in Technology, by Shane Barnhill

Mail icon on iPhone

Email is notorious for causing stress and distracting us from more important tasks. But it’s hard to get away from email. It’s at work. It’s at home. It’s on our smartphones, desktops computers, and tablets. According to one report, “over 182 billion emails are exchanged” each day, and the load is poised to get even heavier. So what can be done, if anything, to break free from the distraction of email to become more focused and less stressed? Well, I have both good and bad news for you. Read more on The Snap Download

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Snapchat Just Pulled A Rope-A-Dope On Twitter

On August 29, 2014, in Social Media, by Shane Barnhill

Muhammad Ali

Snapchat has pushed an important new app update today — one that frames it as a more direct competitor to Twitter. The update expands the reach of the company’s Our Story feature, according to a post on Snapchat’s blog: “Today we’re expanding our favorite new product – Our Story – to cover more live events!” In the post, the company goes on to explain that Shapchatters will now be “able to experience Stories contributed by the Snapchat community at all sorts of events. It’s a great way to check out what’s happening around the world” (emphasis mine). Read more on The Snap Download

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Political Signs Are Awesome

On August 27, 2014, in Politics, by Shane Barnhill

Political Sign

On Tuesday, voters in Arizona went to the polls to vote in primary elections for a variety of offices. According to AZ Central, Arizona voters “said improving education and the state’s economy were the top concerns bringing them to the polls, but they said that when it came to individual candidates, their trustworthiness and qualifications mattered as much as their positions on the issues” (my emphasis added). Read more on The Snap Download

 

How To Train Your Facebook Dragon?

On August 2, 2014, in Social Media, by Shane Barnhill

Andy Rooney

I love signing into Facebook to see pictures of my friends’ vacations, watch their kids grow, see their lives evolve, and read about life events that help me to stay connected with them. However, that’s rarely what I see anymore when I check Facebook. Read more on The Snap Download

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Why I’m Rooting For Snapchat

On July 31, 2014, in Social Media, Technology, by Shane Barnhill

Evan Spiegel of Snapchat

Snapchat has always been the one app that I’ve loved to hate. Take your average Facebook hater’s disdain for The Social Network, multiply it times a thousand, and the result is (or was) my general feeling about Snapchat. But my feelings have changed. Read more on The Snap Download

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Facebook Fires Its Slingshot At The Deadpool

On July 15, 2014, in Social Media, Technology, by Shane Barnhill

Facebook’s Slingshot app was supposed to challenge Snapchat. But instead, it died weeks ago, according to app store data from App Annie that I break down. Read more on The Snap Download

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Mo Standing, Mo Problems?

On June 24, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Shane Barnhill

About two months ago, I installed a standing desk in my office, and gave up on sitting down at work. Overall, I feel more energetic, productive and focused. But there have been a few minor issues. Read more on The Snap Download

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My Week With A Standing Desk

On April 18, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Shane Barnhill

My, at my standing desk

By now, you’ve probably heard the news: Sitting is the new smoking, and it’s killing us all by increasing our risks for multiple health hazards, such as obesity, cancer, physical disablement and more. So I got a standing desk. Read more on The Snap Download

 

Why You Should Pick Up A New Sport In Middle Age

On April 14, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Shane Barnhill

Hockey Player

About six months ago, I started playing hockey. I’m wouldn’t call myself a “good” hockey player just yet, but I’m contributing to my team and having fun. I continue to learn more about hockey with every game, but my most important lessons learned so far are applicable both on and off the ice. Read more on The Snap Download

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