Education Pioneers’ New Website, and the Collaborative Process That Made It Possible.

by: Karine Bailly, Senior Strategist | October 9, 2014

Education Pioneers Website on computer screen

If you’re at all interested in the hot topic of education reform, then you’ve perhaps heard of Education Pioneers (EP). Founded in 2003, EP seeks to strengthen education for students across the country by identifying and recruiting top talent from the business sector and connecting them to innovative leadership roles in the education sector. It’s no easy task, but it’s one that Rock Creek was honored to support, insofar as a strong brand identity and a fluid and functional website would help drive the organization’s continued success.

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User Experience and Accessibility: Building Better Websites for Everyone

by: Tiara Kennedy, Accessibility Analyst | September 29, 2014

Tiara Kennedy and Mackenzie Black present accessibility tips to the Rock Creek Staff

Websites often present obstacles that prevent them from being accessed by users with disabilities. To help break down these barriers, Rock Creek’s User Experience (UX) and Accessibility Teams recently developed four personas to illustrate to the Rock Creek staff some common accessibility impediments. The presentation lifted a few key misconceptions about developing websites that are accessible for everyone, including users with disabilities.

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Smart Technology Is Making Smart Cities Possible

by: Karine Bailly, Senior Strategist | September 26, 2014

EcoDistricts Summit Banner Ad

At the forefront of my “why I like my job” list is the ability to think about and participate in the conversations and technologies that affect our everyday lives as local residents and global citizens. A beautiful and usable website can connect the dots between a government service and the person that needs that very service.  A social media outreach campaign can drum up civic engagement around an important cause. Needless to say, there are so so many ways that communication and technology can drive positive change, and at this year’s EcoDistricts Summit, I got to hear about a few new (and super cool!) technologies that are being used to build more equitable and sustainable places—otherwise referred to as Smart Cities.

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