Updates: October '18

November 7, 2018

October 2018 DesignHammer Updates!

From Halloween, to winning awards, to conferences, and meeting with new clients, October has certainly been a rewarding month for DesignHammer! Keep up our movement in this round of updates, and don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter below!

Anything Else | Recent Projects | Featured Client | Awards and Recognition | Conferences | Community Involvement

Halloween at DesignHammer

And the costume contest winner is...

Our Lead Developer Jay! Dressed as our Lead Designer Frank, the entire team has unanimously deemed his outfit to be the most tastefully hilarious double entendre.

Recent Projects

US News Deserts

Michael Nicholson

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM), a project of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, publishes reports on the current state of local media. DesignHammer has helped them launch their new site with their new report, The Expanding News Desert.

The report contains information on the continuing reduction in local newspapers across the country as well as the consolidation of newspapers under a small number of owners. There are recent stories regarding the change in newspapers and ownership, the report itself, and maps of each state showing numbers of newspaper per county, who owns your local newspaper, where newspapers have disappeared, and what online resources are trying to fill the void, all specific to any given state.

The site has a tremendous amount of information and is a fascinating, if disturbing, investigation of what our sources of local news are in these changing times.


Michael Nicholson

WildTrack is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to non-invasive, cost-effective methods to study wildlife populations. Their ConservationFIT project is intended to help spread a specific non-invasive technique, namely footprint tracking. Using digital image analysis and complex statistical analyses, WildTrack leverages ConservationFIT to analyze footprint images submitted by field researchers and everyday citizens (‘citizen scientists’) to determine age, sex, species, and age-class of animals. By doing so they are able to model populations all over the world and track these populations without interfering with their lives.

DesignHammer has just started a new project to combine their two sites into one. Later stages of the project will look at enhanced engagement models, new functionality, and new navigation.

Awards and Recognition

Highland Composites Wins 2018 Davey Award

David Minton

We are proud to announce DesignHammer as a winner in the 14th Annual Davey Awards. Three of DesignHammer’s recent projects were recognized from among 3,000 entries from across the US and around the globe. The Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms, and companies worldwide. The Highland Composites website won a gold award for Websites-Manufacturing. Silver award winners included Duke Health Referring Physicians website in Websites-Health & Health Services, while North Carolina Center for Nonprofits was recognized in both and Websites-Non-Profit and Websites-Associations categories. These accolades bring DesignHammer’s total wins in the Davey Awards to six. The Davey is judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an invitation-only member-based organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts.


AENC Fall Conference

Stephen Pashby

DesignHammer was pleased to continue our support of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) by exhibiting at the AENC Fall Conference 2018 in Durham, NC. The AENC provides its members with high-quality professional development and networking opportunities while fostering recognition and respect for the association management profession. With several association clients, DesignHammer sees supporting association sector as good corporate citizenship and good business. We are looking forward to participating in the AENC 37th Annual Showcase and Exhibits in December.

Community Involvement

2018 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication

Hunter Kenny

Tuesday, October 23rd, Stephen and I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the 2018 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication hosted by the Raleigh Public Relations Society. The event took place at Sitti, a popular Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of downtown Raleigh and featured a cocktail hour reserved for networking, and a delicious banquet paired with a keynote speaker. French/West/Vaughan (FWV) one of the nation’s largest independently-owned public relations, advertising, and digital marketing agencies, was the top overall winner at the awards ceremony. The agency was recognized in the Platinum category for outstanding achievements on behalf of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau (Bang for the Buck), Wrangler (Social Media and Word of Mouth) and Steinberg Sports (Sports Program), in addition to taking home six Gold and four Silver awards. The banquet ended with Rick French (FWV CEO) being awarded the Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement, crediting the meaningful contributions to the field of public relations that French has made throughout his professional life. In addition to providing the fantastic opportunity to network with other local agencies, the banquet also served to be a useful learning opportunity for the DesignHammer team as we now know exactly what kind of content and campaigns the PR Society holds in high regard. The information we gathered at the ceremony will certainly provide useful for DesignHammer as a company, as we do intend on submitting our own campaigns up for judging by next year’s banquet.

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