News

We have established a working process that allows us to manage several large scale projects at once. There's always a lot going on here and we use a variety of media to get the word out. Here's our latest news.

Reynolda House Wins Best of the Web Honors

April 2014

We attended the Museums and the Web Conference in Baltimore April 2 - 5 with Sarah Smith, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. We were thrilled when we learned that the Reynolda House website, which we redesigned, won the People's Choice - Best of the Web Award. The site won a one-person / one-vote competition. The majority of voters were among the 700 + conference attendees from the US and around the world. We are honored for this recognition by our peers and delighted for our partners at the Reynolda House. 

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Look for IK at the 2014 Museums and the Web Conference in Baltimore

March 2014

IK will be very busy April 2 – 5 at the 2014 Museums and the Web Conference in Baltimore. Tim, Allison and Eric will be attending. We are presenting a paper, “Building a New Wing: The Digital Engagement Project,” with Reynolda House’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Sarah Smith on April 5 at 1:30PM. Our redesign of the Reynolda House website has been nominated for the Best of the Web awards. We will also be available throughout the conference in our Exhibitor’s Booth. If you are planning to attend, please stop by and say hello.

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IK Partners with Reynolda House for Presentation at Museums and the Web 2014

March 2014

We worked closely with Reynolda House’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Sarah Smith over several months to plan, design and produce a new ReynoldaHouse.org website. On April 5, in Baltimore, we will present a paper with her about this experience titled, “Building a New Wing: The Digital Engagement Project” at the 2014 Museums and the Web conference. You can also checkout our presentation at http://mw2014.ikshare.com/

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Spring has sprung, and so has our new site!

March 2014

We have redesigned several great websites over the past few years. We really enjoy the process of helping our clients focus on the best way to achieve their mission with a well-planned, engaging web presence. The redesign process often means rebranding and updating how our clients present themselves to the world. We have just finished applying this same process to our own website. We are proud to unveil a new logo and a more contemporary look. Our redesigned site includes new case studies, a brief history of our 23 + years in business and plenty of news from our world headquarters in Charlotte.  Have a look!

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New Site Launches For The National Campaign To Prevent Teen And Unplanned Pregnancy

February 2014

We are very excited to announce the launch of the redesigned website for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: thenationalcampaign.org. The National Campaign asked us to help them organize and present an immense volume and depth of information on the new site, and we were excited for the challenge. The result is, in our humble opinion, a combination of beautiful design and intuitive content architecture. The site was built in Drupal 7 and features dynamic display of National and State Data statistics, a searchable Resource database, an elegant responsive design solution for smartphone and tablets and lots more. The previous version of the site received 700,000 visitors in 2013, and we anticipate (and hope) that the redesign garners that many and more this year. Visit The National Campaign’s latest blog entry “New Site, New Look” for more information.

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IK Site Redesign To Launch In March

February 2014

IK will welcome spring with a redesign of its current site...and we are quite excited about this (and the beautiful NC spring weather). We’ll be building our new site using Drupal 7 with the goal of providing a clean design and simple navigation that highlights News, Case Studies, and our expertise – Strategy, Creativity, and Technology. The site will be responsive so you can take us with you for viewing on your smartphones and tablets. Look for another announcement from us soon, after we go live. Until then, thanks for checking in!

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IK To Redesign The Anacostia Community Museum Website

October 2013

The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community.’ The museum is located in the District of Columbia near the eastern shore of the Anacostia River. Established in 1967, the Anacostia Community Museum helps the Smithsonian Institution reach out to the local DC community in many unique ways. We will help the Museum update and redesign its web presence with a launch date set for early 2014. The new site will also feature a responsive version that will be fully compatible with tablets and smartphones.

IK Attends The Communications Network Conference, New Orleans

October 2013

Last week, we attended the Communications Network’s annual conference in New Orleans. The Network’s mission is “to support foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through smart communications,” and it was a great event to be a part of. With a dynamic speaker lineup and 15 informative breakout sessions from which to choose, one of the primary themes this year was storytelling and the power of a well-crafted narrative. This concept is a critical part of our work here at IK -- working closely with our clients to help them effectively craft their content and deliver it online in an elegant and engaging manner. The conference gave us the opportunity to catch up with some clients, meet some new folks, and get the juices flowing on new ideas….and all of that in a beautiful city, with fantastic food, music and people. A pretty good way to spend a few days!

IK Picked To Make Smithsonian Mobile And Responsive

September 2013

In 2010, we completed a redesign of the Smithsonian Institution’s main website, SI.edu. This project won a Webby Award in the Cultural Institutions category in 2011 and has been a very popular online destination. Since this website launched, the Smithsonian has committed to deliver more of its digital content to mobile devices. Smithsonian Visitor Services has tracked the percentage of website visitors who are using their smartphone to view SI.edu. Recently, they noted that over 40% of traffic to the Visit section of the website came from mobile devices. We were hired to make key sections of the current site responsive to smartphones and mobile devices. The same content available on laptops and computers will be redesigned and scaled appropriately for viewing on small screens. This project will be completed and available before the end of 2013.

NACCHO Releases New Video To Promote Roots Of Health Inequity Website

September 2013

We partnered with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2011 to release the “Roots of Health Inequity” online curriculum. This extensive project includes a custom online community and has well over one thousand participants. NACCHO wants to build on this success. They recently published a promotional video on YouTube and will be sharing it with public health professionals around the country. The video features images from many of the online interactive activities we produced as part of this project.

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Building Trust Website Launches

July 2013

The University of Maryland’s School of Public Health has released the “Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers” website. We partnered with the University’s Center for Health Equity to design and produce this exciting project. The website is designed for health professionals who are involved in medical research. Minorities are underrepresented in much of the medical research taking place in the US. Even worse, there is a well-documented history of mistreatment and abuse of minorities in health and medical research over the past century. Distrust is a natural consequence of past abuses.

“Building Trust” addresses past issues and describes the controls currently in place, such as informed consent and community advisory boards. This website includes a variety of online tools to help researchers better connect with minority communities. We designed several interactive activities and produced an animated overview that resides on the website’s home page. This engaging introduction can be distributed to interested users through social media. The project was funded with an NIH grant and will be promoted across the country by the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative.

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The Max M. Fisher Online Archives Are Now Open

July 2013

Max M. Fisher was an incredible man who found success in many aspects of his life including business, fund-raising, international diplomacy and philanthropy. We worked closely with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation to create an expansive, interactive presentation of Max Fisher’s life. The complete collection of Max Fisher’s papers, photographs, correspondence, etc. are being archived at the Reuther Library at Wayne State University. The Online Archives include a fraction of the total collection but are designed to tell a compelling story.

The website includes four original videos that each focus on one of Max Fisher’s outstanding character traits – Wisdom, Leadership, Service and Generosity. We’ve created an interactive timeline of his life with over 150 events and a searchable database with over 600 items including 107 video clips. This educational website is designed to introduce people who do not know Max Fisher to his legacy and preserve his memory for the thousands of people who were touched by his generosity and commitment.

Our Newest Client – The National Campaign For The Prevention Of Teen And Unplanned Pregnancy

May 2013

We are excited to partner with The National Campaign to help them redesign their main website. They have national expertise in their field and their website is an important source of research data and practical information that is used by a wide variety of audiences. The redesign project will give us an opportunity to reorganize their content and develop new, dynamic ways to display data. The final product will be built in Drupal 7 and include a well-designed back end to allow The National Campaign's staff a simple process for updating and adding new research data and other compelling content.

Time And Navigation Exhibition Reviewed In The National Press

April 2013

The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post have written great reviews of the Time and Navigation exhibition. This is the newest permanent exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum. The scope of the content is impressive since the exhibition covers over five hundred years of progress as humans try to find their way around the world.

Time And Navigation Exhibition Opens At The National Air And Space Museum

April 2013

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum partnered with the National Museum of American History to create a new permanent exhibition titled Time and Navigation – The Untold Story of Getting From Here to There. Interactive Knowledge worked closely with the Time and Navigation team to design and produce a large-scale educational website, three computer interactives and four 3D animations. The interactives and animations, produced in partnership with Terra Incognita and Pixeldust Studios, are installed as part of the exhibition and are also included in the website.

The educational website was built using Drupal 7 framework. It includes a mobile version that was built using responsive design techniques. As the Time and Navigation team continues to update and add content to the website, these revisions will flow automatically to the mobile version that’s viewable on smartphone screens.

Redesigned Duke Endowment Website Released

April 2013

The Duke Endowment originally hired Interactive Knowledge in 2008 to help them build a new website and reimagine their approach to digital communications. Last year we partnered with the Williams Group to update the Duke Endowment website and introduce a more story-centered approach. The new site is built in Drupal 7 and includes a responsive-design mobile version for use on smartphones. The new look is very engaging and the content focuses on sharing their grantees' stories of progress and success. The new site adds many new videos, an interactive timeline of James B. Duke's life and new ways to search through the vast amount of content included on this site.

Huffington Post Features Living Maya Time

December 2012

The Living Maya Time website has received some great reviews since its launch on October. The most recent recognition came from the Huffington Post. Jose Barreiro, Assistant Director at the National Museum for the American Indian (NMAI), wrote an article titled, "Recognizing Maya: A World That Doesn't End." The article describes the Maya calendar and the work that NMAI has initiated to help recognize the Maya people. Images from the Living Maya Time website appear in a slide show that accompanies the article. Barreiro describes the website as, "a clear source of of information by Maya and other educators and a project vetted by Maya day keepers..."

Maya Calendar Mystery Is Solved!!!

November 2012

Our clients at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian knew there was no Maya Calendar mystery. Maya scholars agree that the ancient Maya astronomers did not predict the world would end in December, 2012. The Maya have many calendars that count the days and reset for each new cycle. The Maya Long Count calendar records 13 periods of 144,000 days each. This December marks the end of the 13th period but there was never a suggestion that this was the end of the world. Like all of the calendars, this one resets and begins a new period. The Maya are tremendous mathematicians and astronomers and an important component of their creation myth is that they were created by their gods to correctly count the days. Living Maya Time is an interactive, educational website designed and produced by Interactive Knowledge for NMAI. The site has a great collection of photos and video. It's an amazing look at current Maya traditions and how they have been adapted from ancient times. There's a Maya math interactive and several sections that focus on how the calendar was incorporated into the stelas and all of the Maya art. This bilingual site is NMAI's response to all the misinformation about the Maya predicting world cataclysm at this year's winter solstice. We predict it's going to be a very popular and high traffic site for many years to come.

Fetzer Institute Launches Redesigned Website

October 2012

Interactive Knowledge has worked with the Fetzer Institute for over five years, beginning with a series of interactive websites for films and campaigns the Fetzer Institute sponsored. In 2009 we designed a new website at Fetzer.org that offered access to a robust, multimedia database with hundreds of publications, resources and video clips. In 2012, we redesigned Fetzer.org using Drupal 7. The redesigned site features new sections that support Fetzer's Global Gathering in Assisi, Italy. The Global Gathering, which took place in September 2012, introduced dozens of new projects and initiatives that support Fetzer's mission to "Foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community." The site has specific information, including video and audio clips on many of the new projects Fetzer in sponsoring. Fetzer staff will be able to use the robust content management system to update current projects and add new projects as they come online. The site uses responsive design theming and several interactive search tools including an animated filter that displays specific types of content based on the user's preference.

The Center For Digital Information Launches Retirement Expectations Vs. Reality Website

May 2012

In 2011, the Harvard School for Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR conducted a poll among pre-retirees to determine their expectations about life in retirement. The poll also asked reitrees the same set of questions. The comparison of the pre-retirees' expectations and the retirees' reality lead to some very interesting results. IK was hired by the Center for Digital Information (CDI) to design and produce an interactive mini-site that displayed the results of this study. Expectations vs. Reality uses interactive charts and narrated inforgraphics to explain this important study.

Our Mother Tongues Site Launches

November 2011

Makepeace Productions chose Interactive Knowledge to design and produce an educational website that highlights twelve Native American language recovery programs from around the country. The website, titled Our Mother Tongues, is funded by ITVS (Independent Television Service) as part of Project 360, a production initiative dedicated to innovative multi-platform work. The website supports the Makepeace Productions' film titled, We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean, a documentary that features the work of the Wampanoag Tribe of southeastern Massachusetts as they reclaim their mother tongue and create a new generation of native speakers. The film will air on PBS in November 2011. The website includes dozens of video clips from members of the twelve tribes who describe their goals for reclaiming their language. Other interactive features include an e-Postcard with Native language audio greetings, forty audio files with people speaking in their mother tongue, detailed descriptions of the twelve language reclamation programs including videos and photos and a blog which will be updated with current news from Cultural Survival's Endangered Language's program.

NACCHO And IK Launch Roots Of Health Inequity Online Curriculum And Community Site

November 2011

A year-long project has successfully launched. The Roots of Health Inequity is a combination of several online properties including a public website, a community site and an extensive online curriculum for NACCHO members. NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) received funding from NIH to design and build an interactive educational program that addresses critical issues around health in equity and social justice. Richard Hofrichter, PhD served as NACCHO Project Director and Mikhaila Richards, MS served as the Senior Program Analyst throughout the project. Interactive Knowledge provided content strategy, visual design, interactive design and all programming and testing activities. The online curriculum and community sites were both built in Drupal and will be hosted and maintained by IK.

American Sabor Is The Communication Arts Webpick Of The Week!

August 2011

Communication Arts has chosen our American Sabor website as its Webpick of the Week. We designed and produced American Sabor for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to support the American Sabor exhibition. This bilingual site uses music, video and great design to show the pervasive influence of Latino music on American culture. Earlier this summer, Freedom Riders, a Webby-nominated site we designed and produced for WGBH and American Experience was also named Webpick of the Week.

Communication Arts Chooses Freedom Riders As Webpick Of The Week!

July 2011

The Editors at Communication Arts honored our Freedom Riders website as the Webpick of the Week. This educational website was nominated for a Webby Award in the Education Category earlier this year. Freedom Riders is a documentary, directed by Stanley Nelson for WGBH and American Experience. The website was designed and produced by Interactive Knowledge. We also wrote much of the original content. The film tells the true story of over 400 men and women who organized and participated in a peaceful protest that ended the segregation in the Deep South of travelers on buses, trains and airplanes in 1961.

Smithsonian Wins People's Voice Webby!

July 2011

We are happy to announce that our Smithsonian "Refresh" project is the winner of the Webby People’s Voice Award in the Cultural Institutions category for the 15th Annual Webby Awards! Our President, Tim Songer, will be in New York City with our Smithsonian partners to attend the ceremony and enjoy the festivities June 12th - 13th.

My Source Completed For Corporation For Public Broadcasting

November 2008

My Source, a year-long public awareness campaign initiated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), includes an online tool for PBS and NPR supporters to submit testimonials about their passion for public broadcasting. IK worked closely with CPB and Powell Tate, a DC-based PR firm, to create this tool and make it available for all PBS and NPR stations. The stations can copy code from the My Source site to include the testimonial collection tool on their website. Testimonials can include video, audio, photos and text. The testimonials are collected in a central database and are available for the stations and CPB to be shared in a variety of innovative ways.

Florentine Films And WETA Choose IK For The National Parks Preview Site

November 2008

"National Parks: America's Best Idea" is Ken Burns' latest film. It will air on PBS in September 2009. Following our success creating an interactive website for "THE WAR," IK is working closely with WETA and Florentine Films again in creating the preview site for "The National Parks" on PBS.org. The film's producer, Dayton Duncan said this about working with IK, "We have a track record with them, feel confident that they understand what we're about and prefer. They've already shown in the previous project that ability to... keep the 'spirit, tone and voice' of our film/book in the website."

UNNATURAL CAUSES Raises Health Equity Issues For PBS’ Audience

April 2008

California Newsreel, a San Francisco based filmmaker produced an acclaimed four-part series on health equity titled, UNNATURAL CAUSES. They chose IK to design and produce two interactive web sites to support the film project’s outreach and educational goals. One web site, hosted on PBS.org, focuses on the film’s content and features exclusive online clips. A second, much larger site is hosted by Interactive Knowledge. This site expands the health equity discussion by supporting the film’s extensive outreach campaign with extensive actions plans, event suggestions with a calendar of film-related events and a database of resources.

PBS Uses "Story Share" To Gather Stories On WWII

October 2007

While developing "THE WAR" web site for PBS, IK was contracted by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's National Center for Outreach to produce a tool for gathering stories from the public on World War II. This tool, called "Story Share," is currently in use by 80 PBS stations across the country. IK designed "Story Share" to function as a user-generated content tool for any future PBS broadcast.

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