Dark Is The New Black

Dark themes are more than a design fad, they’ve become a permanent part of the mobile device user experience and are similarly commonplace for web design. The two most recent client projects I launched have featured dark designs: the Emberlight Festival and City Lights Theater Company. There’s a lot to love about dark designs but there’s even more that goes into making them work. Simply put, it’s not just inverting white …

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Malicious Misinformation In Action And What You Can Do To Stop It

As a follow-up to last Friday’s post about reviewing your cybersecurity plans, I have a real-world example for item #5 from that list: “Keep a very close eye on your websites and email clients to make sure they are not compromised and being used to spread malware or misinformation.” Since the invasion of Ukraine, there’s been a huge uptick in spam misinformation from malicious Russian sources submitting comments that use compromised …

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The Time To Review Cybersecurity and Disruption Plans Is Now

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make sure you’re as prepared as you can for disruptions to digital platforms because of cyberattacks resulting from events unfolding in Ukraine. To a large degree, there’s only so much you can do and while the risk to arts and culture organizations being targeted deliberately is low, the systems and platforms they rely on are much higher priority targets. At the most …

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Not Dead Yet: QR Codes

One of the more intriguing byproducts of the pandemic is its influence in bringing QR codes back into mainstream use. We’ve been examining their potential for more than a decade and while their popularity has ebbed and flowed, they are currently riding a high thanks in large part to mobile operating systems doing a much better job at recognizing and processing code actions. There’s an excellent article at Smashing Magazine by …

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The Scourge of Referrer Spam Is On The Rise Again

If maintaining accurate Google Analytics metrics are important, you should be aware that referrer spam has been on the rise. It will not only make your metrics less reliable but if left unchecked, will damage your rankings and put you on search engine blacklists. I wrote an article about this back in 2016 for ArtsHacker and while there are still some useful points, it should come as no surprise that spammers …

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