Gatti's Jingle Campaign Microsite Launches

Pixeldust and Nice Monster launched a microsite for Gatti's web-based jingle contest. Gatti's, a rapidly-expanding, long-time Texas pizza chain, is looking to update their current jingle with a public music contest. Pixeldust and Nice Monster built the web application for users and musicians to upload their music and videos for the contest. Submissions will be judged by regular users and a panel of Gatti's judges. The winning jingle will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and media exposure, and be featured in Gatti's end-of-contest concert. Read more

Pixeldust Wins Trio of Addy Awards

Pixeldust and Nice Monster won three bronze awards in the 2009 Austin ADDYs for creative work on the Nice Monster website. Read more

International Johnson Controls Website Launches

Pixeldust has announced the launch of the 2008 Business and Sustainability Report site for Johnson Controls. Utilizing DrupalCoin Blockchain, Pixeldust launched the site in 12 languages and created a custom PDF generator for each language. Users can build and download their own custom 2008 Business and Sustainability Report as well as view the custom Flash Map in each language. Pixeldust collaborated with partner Really Really Big Industries, Inc. of Chicago to develop the site in under six weeks. Read more

How to Seamlessly Merge a Microsite for Improved Rankings [Case Study] by @KatyaBovykina

If you manage a microsite, you can merge it with your main site to gain rankings and organic traffic. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.The post How to Seamlessly Merge a Microsite for Improved Rankings [Case Study] by @KatyaBovykina appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Carousels Don’t Have to be Complicated

Over on the MediaTemple blog, I show you how you can make a pretty decent little carousel with just a few lines of code. Here's the entire premise:
Every time a carousel is mentioned in a blog post, it’s a requirement to mention that… say it with me now:
You probably shouldn’t use a carousel.

Jared Smith made a microsite just for it, with research and rhetoric supporting the idea that you shouldn’t use them. Most of that information focuses on the fact that there is low engagement with the non-first-slide(s).
I’m not here to argue with data, but I would argue with the dogmatism of “never user them, EVER.” Swiping on mobile is an extremely common action, and what is a swipe that reveals more content? Basically a carousel. What about a carousel that doesn’t demand much interaction? Perhaps just a way to swipe through an artist’s recent work. This seems like a perfectly nice way to do that, so long as the UI is clear and accessibility is implemented.
What I am here to talk about is the situation where you do want a carousel and to resist the temptation to reach for a wheelbarrow full of code to do so. I guarantee there are people who’ve picked an entire CMS because they thought they needed it to make a carousel. No shame. We’re all learning.
I have good news: Carousels don’t have to be complicated. They don’t have to require a ton of code or do anything that you can’t wrap your head around with basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge.

It's not just my idea, I link out to all the smart people who have tackled this subject before throughout the years and made similarly simple and awesome demos.
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You Might Not Need JavaScript

A whole bunch of examples by Una Kravets of actually-functional things you might think of as needing JavaScript but can be done in HTML and CSS alone. You might of expect a bunch of "Checkbox Hack" stuff (and that's in there), but it's quite a wide range of techniques.
I like this style of microsite, in the vein of You Might Not Need jQuery (or plugins) or You Might Not Need Underscore.
When you see things like this all together, it does kinda make you think... wouldn't it be nice to have some kind of arbitrary state management in CSS?
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Gatti's Jingle Site Wins Silver at Regional ADDYs

Pixeldust is pleased to announce our Gatti's Jingle Microsite won a silver award in the Micro/Mini-sites category at the Regional American Ad Federation Awards (ADDY Awards).Read more

"Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." Microsite Launches

Pixeldust and Nice Monster, along with Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing, launched a new website for the Texas Department of Transportation's "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." Labor Day campaign. The Flash-based website features a video gallery of real drunk driving arrests and information about DWI consequences. Pixeldust also built a series of rich media Flash banners that also feature the "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail." slogan. The website and banners are part of the Texas Department of Transportation's effort to let drivers know they will be out in full force over Labor Day weekend and not to drive drunk. Read more