Luminus Media’s Epic 2014 Recap!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It was an AMAZING year at Luminus Media in 2014! We worked on some stellar projects like the Crown Energy Services website & commercial videos and the Gintzler International family of websites (4 in total) for their rebranding effort. We did some new killer animations for one of the Montante websites for Montante Solar’s “How Solar Works” page.

Along the way we also doubled our staff welcoming Josh, Katie, and John to the team. We doubled our completed projects in all areas of design and marketing that we produce. We also expanded our service offerings to become more of a complete solution for businesses in need of initial branding, re-branding, or design specific support for all of their visual assets.

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Google shows Mobile-Friendly tag in Search Results

Recently we posted a link on Twitter and Facebook to the Google press release regarding their rollout of the new “Mobile-Friendy” tag in their search results. This not only improves the user experience on Google directing them to the most mobile friendly websites available in the search, but also benefits those that have taken steps to redevelop their current or new websites to respond to a variety of device sizes to benefit their visitors’ experience.

There are a lot of websites designed & built between 2010-2012 that while not appearing out dated in terms of looks are out dated in terms of structure. Namely, being able to respond to the visitors devices screen size and collapse vertically as needed. Even sites in our portfolio from that time period follow into this category.

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Luminus Media adds PHP Developer John Connelly to the Team!

Luminus media is excited to announce the addition of our newest php developer John Connelly!

John will take over the integral programming step of our website production process where we take the custom wireframe and bring it to life.

John has a background in coding as well and adds a bit of a “jack of all trades” skill set to our arsenal.

John will also be making his mark by evaluating and developing new features for our websites to improve user experience.

Microsoft to end legacy Internet Explorer support in 2016

Introducing the end of legacy Microsoft Internet Explorer Support

I know I’m late on this news but web developers everywhere rejoice! Microsoft has finally decided to act like every other browser organization in the world and start requiring non-enterprise users to use the most recent version of their browser and no longer offer support or patches for older versions.

It’s a well known fact Microsoft has lacked in the progression of browser standards for the last decade. IE6 was a great browser, in 2001, but once the open-source movement and Google got involved Microsoft became the dud of the bunch.

This year Microsoft announced that in January 2016 they will end security support for IE9 and lower giving into the reality that the browsers just aren’t secure or capable of running modern websites properly.

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Buffalo’s Worst Website Winner: Buffalo Research!

Buffalo’s Worst Website contest has come to an end and the people of Buffalo have spoken. Out of multiple entries and five finalists, the winner of the 2014 Buffalo’s Worst Website contest is, Cynthia Van Ness from Buffalo Research!
Cynthia Van Ness runs the website, Buffalo Research and lives and breathes the Buffalo spirit. Cynthia entered the contest looking for a solution to make her site a little more user friendly and easy to navigate. Currently, the site holds massive amounts of data collected to provide to the public about the history of Buffalo.

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Illustration Time Lapse

Ever wonder how our Illustration process works? Our Creative Director, Michael LaDuca creates a time-lapse video of an illustration in progress!

Check it out!

Responsive Logo Design. Wait, WHAT !?!

Responsive  [re·spon·sive] adjective:  Reacting in a desired or positive way / quick to react or respond.

When we hear “responsive” we think web, right? It’s 2014 after all, responsive now means that a website will adapt to all devices and browser sizes.

As designers, we love this concept. It allows us to create one design which will be pushed to multiple mediums and will fluidly adjust and therefore have more staying power than traditional web design.

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Rustbelt Refresh Refreshed: The Programming Angle

So June 6th the Luminus Media team traveled to good old Cleveland, OH in search of some inspiration, motivation, and insight into the outside world. It truly is “refreshing” to hear about what other people are doing outside of the project bubble of your own studio.

So I just wanted to summarize and note what I took away from a few of the speakers. How I see it helping us grow and better the services and interactions we have with our clients in our workflow.

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Princess Cupcake Jones Takes 3rd Place at IRDA

We are pleased to announce that a valued client of ours, Ylleya Fields, author of Princess Cupcake Jones, was awarded 3rd place at the 2014 IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA). We are proud to have our Creative Director and Co-Owner of Luminus Media, LLC, Mike LaDuca play a part in this award by designing and illustrating the children’s book.

Princess Cupcake Jones teaches a lesson to children that isn’t always taught in young children’s books. When Princess Cupcake Jones’ tutu goes missing, she’s taken on an adventure to figure out where it could be through tidying up and organizing. Along the way she finds her once-favorite treasures in different places as she looks for her tutu.

In 2013, Fields had also received the Family Choice Award, the Gelett Burgess Award, and the Mom’s Choice Award for Princess Cupcake Jones. If you’re looking for a great book with amazing illustrations, get your copy of Princess Cupcake Jones today at http://princesscupcakejones.com/.

Thinking about taking your writing career to the next level? Let Luminus Media, LLC help! Contact us today to add some beautiful, unique illustrations to your next book!

Luminus Media adds Internet Marketing Specialist Katie McGinnis

Luminus media is happy to announce a new addition to our studio team. Katie McGInnis will be joining the team as our internal Internet Marketing Specialist.

Those of you familiar with / enrolled in Illumination services (i.e. SEO, PPC, Email Marketing, & Social Media) will get to know Katie very well in the near & distance future!

Katie brings a stellar background in account management and customer engagement through various forms of internet outreach.

We look forward to her abilities helping our clients go beyond just having a brand & website, but executing and getting results with those tools!