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Mike and Sandy at the Holiday Party.

This blog was posted by Kyle on December 13, 2012.
Kyle Lamble

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Kyle Lamble

Kyle is your stereotypical bluehat hacker, by day, who wants you to upgrade your browser to support his love for cutting edge web development techniques. By night, he is a curator and publisher of art. Co-founder of Loosey Goosey Art, Kyle spends much of his off time helping artists find their inner potential.

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Sandstorm Launches New Internship Program

One of Sandstorm's cornerstones has always been to learn and share at every possible opportunity. After being named a Top Gen Y employer for the third year in a row, we are building upon that cornerstone once more. Sandstorm Design is proud to announce the birth of our brand new Sandstorm Internship Program!

We are always looking for new ideas and a fresh voice. This program will bring together our strong, well-respected workforce with a new drive to learn and share. While the internship program is still in its infancy, we are already seeing progress. We have recently hired our first Social Media and Copywriting Intern, and boy is he handsome. Full disclosure, he is writing this blog post. My name is Matt Chiaramonte and I am looking forward to contributing to not only this blog, but also to many future creative and informative discussions regarding strategic marketing in an ever-evolving environment. Say that five times fast.

Internship Program Details

We plan to continue to grow this program and have begun working with local Chicago recruiting channels including Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University and Internships.com. In the near future, we will be looking for individuals to help us out in the fields of:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Social Media & Copywriting

This internship program serves as a tool that provides professional experience in the interactive world to creative and intelligent individuals. We look forward to finding and working with interns to help achieve our mission.

While proud of every accomplishment and accolade we are lucky enough to receive, Sandstorm will never stop moving forward. We believe that hard work, innovation, and positivity make us more than just a great company; they make us a great family. We look forward to adding a few new members.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your resume to interns@sandstormdesign.com and include 140 characters as to why you want to intern at Sandstorm. In the subject line, include what type of work you're interested in (sales/marketing, social media, copywriting).

This blog was posted by Matt on December 12, 2012.
Matt Chiaromonte

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Matt Chiaromonte

Matt is a copywriter and social media guru in Sandstorm’s Internship Program. With a background in marketing, journalism, and improv comedy, Matt brings equal parts knowledge and entertainment to our little corner of the Internet. When he isn’t generating social media content, Matt can be found enjoying pizza, podcasts, and many other things that begin with the letter “p”.

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Karen

We're excited to welcome Carley Marcelle as Sandstorm's very first intern. She is working hands-on with sales and marketing to implement and manage critical duties that support Sandstorm’s aggressive business development strategy. These tasks include: marketing research, media channel strategy, media planning and negotiating, presentation development, and proposal writing/proofing. Carley already feels like part of the family. “Sandstorm has been a blessing. Not only is the industry and learning experience incredible, but it embodies a work philosophy and environment that most organizations today can only dream of.”

She'll also be helping develop a full-fledged internship program (details to come!). Fun fact: Carley is also an actor with video producing chops – and has a contagious enthusiasm that fills a room.

Welcome to Sandstorm, Carley!

This blog was posted by Karen on November 28, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Our Chicago Web Design Firm

Nathan Haas joins Sandstorm as our newest User Interface Designer. Nathan last worked with a web design firm based in Washington, D.C. where he worked on both print and interactive web design projects with associations, healthcare and government.

When he's not at Sandstorm creating impactful user interfaces, he's traveling, cooking, playing lacrosse or spending time at the beach (he was a life-guard for 5 years). Nathan and his girlfriend Lauren, who met at the University of Tennessee, started a blog together that focuses on cooking high-end meals for two on a low-end budget. And as a true designer, Nathan puts his design touch on all of his projects—he designed the logo for the cooking blog and does apparel design for a few lacrosse teams.

Welcome to Sandstorm, Nathan!

This blog was posted by Karen on September 25, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Sandstorm moves to the new Basecamp

That's right, we're moving to the new Basecamp! The new version of our project management and collaboration tool was released this past spring. After spending some time reviewing the new features, we decided it was finally time to make the move. As of September 4, the day after Labor Day, all of our projects will be migrated to the new Basecamp.

So, for our current clients, that means you'll be seeing a fresh new interface when you log in. But not to worry. Change is good! Catching up on updates, collaborating and sharing will all be faster and simpler.

Check out the images below. The project page compiles all parts of the project in one place, and the calendar allows easier at-a-glance understanding of the project timeline. We're excited to see how everyone likes it!

PROJECT PAGE:

The project page includes all the pieces of a project – messages, to-dos, files and more. However you'll notice messages are now called discussions. And the writeboards have been changed to text documents that will allow text formatting.

CALENDAR: 

To-do items are now listed on the calendar along with the larger milestones.

For more information, read the new Basecamp launch post.

This blog was posted by Karen on August 27, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Sandstorm Staff celebrating Top Inner City Company Award

Some of the staff at Sandstorm, literally showing upward growth!

2012 is proving to be yet another award-winning year for Sandstorm Design! In March we were named as a Top B2B Interactive Agency by Crain's BtoB Magazine. And this week, our Principal Sandy Marsico traveled to Boston to attend the awards ceremony for the Top 100 Fastest Growing Inner City Companies in America. We are so honored and humbled to have landed at the #43 spot, with a 33% 5-year annual growth.

With our Chicago marketing firm's move to a larger space last year and hiring a number of new employees, we've been steadily and strategically growing. We couldn't be more excited about this achievement, and we thank Fortune, Harvard, ICIC and all of our amazing partners who've worked with us to create impactful work!

This blog was posted by Karen on May 11, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Kyle Lamble at Sandstorm Design

Kyle Lamble is the latest addition to Sandstorm Design, adding to our stellar Drupal developers. He'll be supporting our Drupal development team with both front-end and back-end database development. He's experienced in javascript, PHP, MySQL, ASP.NET, C++ and has even done video game programming. Kyle uses his professional skills in his personal life too, and in his spare time built and maintains the website for the Loosey Goosey Art Zine that he and his friends created. In addition to loving life in front of the computer screen, Kyle is also quite comfortable on the big screen and has acted in several films. Welcome, Kyle. We're excited to be working with you!

This blog was posted by Karen on March 20, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Sandstorm celebrates making Brill Street's Top Gen-Y Employers List with sliders!

We are so excited to announce that not only is our web design firm one of Brill Street’s Top Chicago Gen-Y Employers for 2011, we’ve also moved up the list of 50 since last year—to the top 20! With freedoms to define our own culture, opportunities to give each other praise and recognition, and traditions around holidays and events, we’ve got a workplace fit for any Gen-Yer.

Sandstorm staff jump for joy after making Brill Street

And it’s not just the fun (although, yes, we know how to have a good time), it’s the collaboration, teamwork and team-building activities that allow us to grow together and work better together so that at the end of the day we can kick our feet up and appreciate every aspect of our jobs—the people, the work, the environment, the culture... oh, and of course the food!

Truth is, Sandstorm is a great place to work no matter who you are. Read more about our Chicago web design company on Brill Street’s Top 50 Chicago Generation Y Employers List.

This blog was posted by Karen on February 8, 2012.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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Sandstorm takes home silver in the prestigious 13th annual Web Health Awards℠

Sandstorm takes home silver in the prestigious 13th annual Web Health Awards℠. (WOO HOO!) This competition recognizes the nation’s best digital health resources and top interactive agencies. A panel of 32 experts in digital health media served as judges and selected gold, silver, bronze, and merit winners.

Our work creating an interactive Medicare conversation received a coveted Silver Award for the Web Based Resource Category. This interactive web application helps users understand Medicare health care coverage options from a large insurance company.  With closed captioning as well as the ability to increase the type size, this application was designed to educate people around 65 years old on the benefits available through Medicare.

We launched this highly interactive and accessible application in August 2010.  To offer this helpful tool to an even broader audience, the application was also launched in Spanish in April 2011.

We’re really excited about this accomplishment and look forward to developing more award-winning web applications, Drupal websites, and interactive user experiences in 2012.

This blog was posted by Will on December 22, 2011.
Will Biby

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Will Biby

Will wears many hats at Sandstorm. From writing web content to executing social media strategies, he is quick to act and insistent on a job done right. Will enjoys writing, so expect to hear from him often on the blog.

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Lisa and Janna at the Sandstorm holiday party

Who doesn't love a good tradition? For Sandstorm, one of our favorite traditions is gathering at Café Ba Ba Reeba for the holiday party. Way back in the early days of our Chicago marketing firm, the holiday party was just a table of four out in the dining room. Now we pack 25 people into a private room where we get to laugh as loud as we want. And believe me...we laugh loud.

After passing our favorite tapas plates around the table, we exchanged dirty santa gifts. Among the many gifts there was a vintage fondue pot, a pop culture history book, a mustache cookie tray, fancy salt and pepper shakers and a book of Elvis paper cut-outs. And as if the holiday party itself weren't amazing enough, we didn't come into the office until 1:00 PM the next day. AND it was pajama day. Do you see why we love the holidays?

Check out the pictures of the holiday party below, and see more on our Facebook!

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Chicago marketing firm Sandstorm Design

Chicago marketing firm Sandstorm Design

View all of Sandstorm's holiday party photos on Facebook. Learn more about our Chicago web design, interactive and marketing firm.

This blog was posted by Karen on December 20, 2011.
Karen Boehl

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Karen Boehl

Karen does a little bit of everything – webmaster, social media manager and search engine optimizer. She can most often be found on Twitter, in the Usability Lab, or happily buried in the Drupal admin menu.

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