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Digital Innovation

Reimagining how our clients can do business in the digital world.

Thinking Small

University Website Design

Mobile & Responsive

A responsive design approach engages users wherever they are. Web. Tablets. Mobile.

User Experience

Left Brain

PFC Energy

Critical Thinking

User-centered digital strategies help our clients surpass their competition.

Right Brain

National Aquarium

Immersive Design

Exciting and memorable visual experiences guide users through digital channels.




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NavArts is one of only 7 Sitecore partners in the USA with 4 or more certifications.


Drupal 7 Content Management


NavArts brings proven process and UX skills to the popular open-source platform.

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State Department

A new site for the State Department guides journeys across the globe.




Cutting-edge design to revolutionize the world of user experience.



Nicole Dingess

What is UX?

UX should be in your digital vocabulary, but do you fully understand its significance?



April 24th, 2014

Message Your Relaunch Right

by: Caroline Mullen

You’ve spent lots of time and effort creating a new website, portal, or mobile app.  But your work isn’t done.  One of the biggest make-or-break moments for any system is the initial rate of user adoption.  The launch of your new site is a great opportunity to take some time and focus on messaging to improve adoption and user satisfaction.

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April 22nd, 2014

The Full Impact of Drupal 8

by: Seth Gregory

Drupal 8

As Drupal 8 edges ever-nearer to release, excitement continues to grow among site owners and developers alike about many of the new features it will bring.  The improvements to user experience alone – including in-place editing and many of the other sleek interface enhancements pioneered in Spark – warrant real enthusiasm as they will go a long way toward rectifying some long-standing frustrations and inconsistencies with the content authoring experience in Drupal.  As compelling as these and other related enhancements are, the advances made on the back end are where things really begin to get interesting.

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April 10th, 2014

Programming: Fluency Through Experience, Not Mastery

by: John Golden

As a front-end developer, I cut my teeth on jQuery long before I knew much about native javascript. But how really should people go about “cutting their teeth” on programming? As a beginner, is it better to learn by focusing on the fundamentals of programming? Or is it ok to coast on something like jQuery for a while? I’m not suggesting jQuery is easy to master, but rather that jQuery, and its kind, can act as important learning tools on our way to becoming good front-end developers. Libraries like jQuery can offer a beginner the “quick wins” that make coding enjoyable long enough for the difficult concepts to sink in.

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April 8th, 2014

Adobe Experience Manager: How to Integrate a Web Service in a Custom Component

by: Mike Brocco

The Adobe Experience Manager (“AEM,” previously called “CQ5”) group here at NavArts recently did a project for a client that required us to render content from Alfresco‘s Document Management system in a custom AEM component.  We considered several options, ranging from installing a connector that would allow us to access the Alfresco content directly from AEM as a JCR node, importing the content from Alfresco into the AEM DAM and then accessing it directly using the Adobe’s API, and ultimately decided on a RESTful call to a client-provided web service (which the client made available for our use after the previous considerations). 

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April 3rd, 2014

Responsive Design Influences Desktop Navigation

by: Cindy Vazquez

Ever since our flirtation with smart phones and tablets blossomed into a full blown love affair, responsive design has also become a go-to in terms of designing and building sites that can be used across all devices. But a fascinating and refreshing thing has happened as responsive has become a standard solution: the collapsible navigation we know on our phones and tablets is now making its way to a desktop near you.

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April 1st, 2014


by: Sam Azab

Identity theft is one of the biggest problems faced by Internet users all over the world, particularly with hackers and pirates whose skills are constantly refined by the discoveries of new and highly developed deceptive methods.

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March 27th, 2014

Tips to Ensure Your Site is Tablet Friendly

by: Matthew White

The rapid adoption of tablet and similar touch screen devices means that we can no longer merely focus on desktop monitors as the sole means for website display. Towards this end, I suggest taking a “tablet first” approach to website design. This is the idea that websites should function and display accurately on a tablet device as well as on a traditional desktop monitor. This approach includes the following:

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March 25th, 2014

Data Driven Content Maintenance

by: Ignatius Hsu

You probably spend countless hours feeding fresh and relevant content to your site, but how often are you using data to gain feedback on what you post? Most people don’t use the data right under their noses to direct themselves to the content that most needs their attention. Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics and most other leading digital analytics packages come with pre-canned and configurable reports that will help you do your job more effectively. Your organization probably tracks your site through one of these packages already; here are some ways to leverage your analytics and keep a pulse on your content.

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March 20th, 2014

What’s in a Name?

by: Kara Van Roten

A corporate identity crisis is nothing new to us or any other agency.  But what if a company, brand, or product doesn’t even have a name yet?  Determining a name can be a lengthy and arduous process, but along the course of a recent branding project I did for one our clients, I helped to establish a methodology to guide people painlessly through the creative decision.

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March 18th, 2014

3 Reasons to Choose a Best-of-Breed CMS

by: David Mead

If your organization’s web content constantly changes, you need a Web Content Management System (CMS) of some kind to manage it.  But what does a Best-of-Breed Web CMS have that another CMS doesn’t?  Below are three brief and important answers from my real-world insight I’ve gained from CMS implementations and scenarios for a variety of organizations.  These answers can help you choose between the many CMS vendors available.

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March 13th, 2014

Piloting Your Career

by: Sara Lacombe

All of us fall victim to the fact that we are so consumed with our everyday work lives that our default career path is to set the cruise control to auto pilot.  You think, “I kind of have an idea of where I want to go; everything will fall into place and good things will come if I keep my head down and work hard.”  Included in this thinking may be the assumption that the “right” career path is vertical and that the view of success will be the one you have when you hit the top rung of the “corporate ladder.” 

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March 11th, 2014

Adopting Lean Startup Principles and Methodology

by: John Sutton

Far too often, we see good projects fail because a business demands feature-rich perfection out of their initial product launches, and at the same time demands the product be released on some arbitrary launch date. More often than we would like, the features required by users do not align to what the business perceives as features users actually want. If the customer doesn’t want it, then why build it? To support a marketing manager’s notion that they intrinsically know what their customers want? Organizations manifest this type of behavior quite often, if only subconsciously.

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