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Christie Gunden


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You're Invited to World Usability Day 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2016 9:06:55 AM / by Christie Gunden posted in UX, Announcements, Design

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"No one should have to suffer through products and services that get in their way. People should not be made to feel stupid by technology." - WorldUsabilityDay.org


World Usability Day is single day of events occurring around the world to educate the masses about how usability impacts our daily lives. Brightfind is participating by hosting our first ever World Usability Day event. Join us.

This (free) half-day summit is designed to help you provide constituents visiting your website with an incredible user experience. Education will focus on web usability and accessibility. You’ll leave with actionable ideas for improving your site and your web strategy. Plus, you’ll have the chance to network with you peers, participate in a card sort, and sip fabulous Spanish wines.

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Why NACAC Printed Life-Sized Personas

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 2:00:00 PM / by Christie Gunden posted in UX, Design

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

Brightfind and NACAC are in the midst of a website redesign for http://www.nacacnet.org/. Part of this project entailed creating personas, or fictional characters representative of NACAC’s target audiences, based on user research conducted by Brightfind.

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Redesign Pitfalls and Triumphs at Web Content Mavens

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 17, 2016 9:20:37 AM / by Christie Gunden posted in Conference, Web Strategy, Brightfind on the Road

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Emily Witt, Brightfind’s VP of Professional Services, recently spoke about Redesign Pitfalls and Triumphs on a panel at Web Content Mavens, a MeetUp Group in Washington, DC. The session was part of a larger mini-conference called Website Revamp – Options, Plans, and Roadmaps.

Moderating the panel was Digital Strategist Avi Kaplan, and co-presenting were Josh Korr, Senior Project Manager at Viget and Scott John Anderson, Director of Web Communications at Georgetown University.

Whether you would like to keep the conversation going or simply missed it, never fear, this blog post highlights the main topics of discussion to keep you updated on the latest and greatest industry conversations.

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Brightfind Certified As Episerver Premium Partner

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2016 2:28:55 PM / by Christie Gunden posted in Announcements, Episerver

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Brightfind today announced it has been certified as a Premium Partner of Episerver, a leading provider of digital marketing and digital commerce solutions.

Brightfind completed a thorough certification process to earn the Premium Partner status in Episerver’s Partner Success Program and to join as a qualified, value-add seller of Episerver Digital Experience Cloud™ solution. 

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Team Member Spotlight: James Stout

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2016 3:03:17 PM / by Christie Gunden posted in Ektron CMS, Team Member Spotlight, Episerver

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Meet James Stout, the newest hire at Brightfind. He comes with nearly 11 years’ experience with Ektron/Episerver, four as an Ektron customer and six and a half years as a Senior Manager of Technology and Developer Evangelism. Safe to say, James is the leading expert in Ektron to Episerver conversions.

James is a new hire for Brightfind, but he's been partnering with our team for a long time. Now that he's our Executive Director of Technology and Research, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.


Probably like you, I had a few questions for James. Without further ado, here's the scoop on Brightfind's newest in-house expert:

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Only You Can Defend Brightfind as DC's Coolest Company

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 26, 2016 8:54:18 AM / by Christie Gunden posted in Announcements

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Last year Brightfind won DC’s Top 10 Coolest Companies contest by DC Inno. This year we are finalists in the competition again, and we need your help to win! Cast your vote for us by typing “Brightfind.”

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Episerver and Sitecore Content Personalization

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2016 9:29:05 AM / by Christie Gunden posted in Episerver, Sitecore

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Enterprise content management systems continue to break through with new personalization features. The platforms are always updating, of course, so I recently sat down with two of our senior developers to learn more about what is possible with each platform. I assembled the following post to share what I learned. 

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Corporate Giving Committee Seeks New Opportunities

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2016 4:19:38 PM / by Christie Gunden

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Three characteristics define Brightfind’s team: honest, creative, and skillful. One aspect of being honest is embracing our humanity and caring deeply care about causes near and dear to the hearts of our staff, partners, and clients. Charity is an essential part of our corporate culture, and we’re taking big steps to foster this in 2016.  

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Team Member Spotlight: Jay Lu

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2016 6:50:45 AM / by Christie Gunden posted in Team Member Spotlight

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Jay Lu doesn’t tolerate boredom: not in his professional life, and certainly not in his personal life. He’s a man of mystery at Brightfind, typically offering only a few necessary words. But when Jay does speak? He knows what he’s talking about, and he’s got something important to say.

That’s because Jay isn’t new to being a developer. He’s worked at Brightfind for seven years, which only comprises 1/3 of his 21 year career as a developer. Prior to that, he lived, studied, and worked in China as an interior designer.

“Interior design and computer programming are not that different; both fields involve solving a set of problems with requests coming from different sides. Sometimes those requests are conflicting.

There’s a saying that coding should be good, fast, and cheap, but that you can never have all three. You can always get closer, and that’s been my goal for both developing and interior design.” – Jay Lu

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Live: Ask Your Questions about Ektron and Episerver

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2016 9:22:23 AM / by Christie Gunden

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Save the date for April 28th at 10am EST for Episerver DevChat, the upcoming Google Hangout with Episerver. Register here to participate.

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