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Welcome to the NJI Media blog, where we’ll reveal the magic behind everything from development to design to strategy to a duck parade outside of our office’s windows. You read that right.


Snapchat Lunch and Learn

Thanks to our friends at FamousDC and Bryant Row, we had the honor of hosting a very special event last week. Rob Saliterman, Snapchat’s director of political ad sales, paid us a visit and told us all about how the app is embedding advertisements into Snapchat stories, how businesses should approach this opportunity, and what this means for political influence.      Rob, who currently lives in New York, has a history with DC. He worked in the White House as a member of the communications team under George W. Bush; and until recently, he was the director of Google’s political ad sales. Why leave […]

July 28, 2015 No Comments

NextMatch.Us Brought to You by NJI’s Shultz Division

As part of NJI Media’s development team, I hear this question all the time: “How hard would it be to [do ridiculously hard thing]?” Usually, though, that question isn’t “How hard would it be to build a countdown to the next US Women’s Soccer Team game in the World Cup by tomorrow?” However, that is what happened last Wednesday when NJI designer Andrew Greeson asked me that question. Being Megan Rapinoe’s biggest fan (I am wearing her jersey as I write this during my lunch break) I answered, “Andrew, you design this and I will stay up all night building it and so […]

June 22, 2015 No Comments

So You Want to Set Up a Vagrant Environment

The problem with developing on local environments happens when everyone's environment is different. The same problem may not necessarily have the exact same solution in all the environments. So, setting up the exact same website on my local environment and on the environment of the person to my left might output no errors for me, but it could give her a blank screen. This slows us down.

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On Process, Practice and Learning

Back in late March, I attended the ModevUX Conference. I spent the day listening to inspiring user experience thoughts and musings from a variety of exceptionally talented folks, but one in particular resonated with me. Wren Lanier, who leads design and UX at Highrise, spoke about the ways in which designers fail and the necessity of learning from every project. Working in a fast-paced environment, finding time to reflect on our practice as creative professionals can be a challenge. With lots of irons in the fire and ever-approaching deliverable deadlines, evaluating processes as they relate to specific projects can be […]

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