Category Archives: Interactive

Our Favorite Hidden Features in iOS 7

The long-awaited iOS 7 update has come. And gone. It’s been a week, and the new design has been the talk of the town: thin type, blurred overlays, and a home screen with depth. But what about the function? The details? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite aspects of the latest and greatest Apple update.

Swipe to Close Safari Tabs


Safari has a new 3D interface to scroll through your tabs, as you’ve probably noticed, with “X”s on the upper left for closing a tab. It’s straightforward, but if you’re deep in the internet rabbit hole and have lots of tabs to close, save some time by swiping that tab away to the left.

See Timestamps!


No more vague idea of what time a message was sent or received. Touch a speech bubble in any conversation and swipe to the left, revealing those handy little timestamps.

Fix that Shortened Battery Life


An added convenience in iOS 7 is that by default, apps can download new content in the background using WiFi or cellular. It’s nice, but if you’re stretching your batter life as-is, you might want to dive into the Background Refresh section of your general settings.

Customize Your Vibration


Inside Ringtone options, Create New Vibration allows you to set your own buzzin’. Not necessary or particularly useful? Also it isn’t new, but we didn’t know about it until now.

Train Siri


You have to appreciate her attempts, but how often has Siri majorly missed the mark when it comes to pronouncing any words that aren’t in the dictionary? Just say “that’s not how you pronounce that,” and run through a quick exercise with her. Problem solved.

Any hidden features you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments below.

image credits: Tech Crunch and The Verge

Sitting in a Window Not Your Thing?…


Looking for a great new interactive gig? No problem, we’ve got you covered!  And you won’t have to go to crazy extremes to get noticed.

Simply check out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Be sure to have your resume and portfolio ready, and connect with us  to learn more.  Simple!

Sunny Outlook…


If your career is a little cloudy lately, we can give your job search a sunny outlook with this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Sunny days are ahead, so connect with us to learn more about these and other creative career opportunities for both temporary and long-term placement!

Talent Spotlight! – Lindsay, Junior Graphic Designer

Lindsay headshotLindsay, the CM Access April 2013 Talent Spotlight, told us she’s been drawn to art and design practically since birth, painting and drawing anything she could get her toddler hands on. I know, we were skeptical too (that’s a long time!), but after checking out her portfolio we recognized her natural knack for design. Lindsay’s graphic design work has an agency look and feel, and we’re told she’s been known to hit the ball out of the park.

A recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lindsay is an Adobe Creative Suite pro with solid grasp of design concepts. She has strong attention to detail and loves getting her designs just right, which makes Photoshop her favorite tool. She’s adept at crafting logos, packaging, advertisements, identity and  branding. She values patience and knows it’s an attribute just as important as design skills. Before diving into any project, Lindsay takes time to fully understands key brand messaging, client expectations and the audience. She enjoys each step of the creative process, and feels getting to the final product is a great accomplishment, but the research, process, experiences and practice are just as rewarding.

In her last two positions, Lindsay quickly worked her way up to leadership roles. She credits stellar organizational skills and a strong work ethic, and is eager to make positive contributions to each client she works with.

Ready for a go-getter like Lindsay to add major value to your team? Let us know – we’d love for you to meet her so you can see for yourself!

Check out a few of Lindsay’s portfolio samples:




Like what you see? Dying to check out more? Absolutely need Lindsay on your team? Get in touch with Lindsay’s Career Advocate Ryan today: 800-330-4110

The Freelancing Act

tightropeFreelancing and contract work is gaining momentum in the US workforce, as a recent survey indicates 65 million people will choose to freelance by 2020, a significant increase from the estimated 16 million workers currently freelancing.  Great news for creatives:  According to a recent Forbes article, The Best Freelance Careers, the top 10 best freelance positions include web design, marketing, graphic design, social media, and writing.

Contract employment provides the opportunity to gain experience with a variety of clients and projects, enabling professionals to broaden and develop their skill sets.  These positions typically allow greater flexibility than a traditional 9-5, many offering telecommuting options. Becoming a contract or temporary hire can be a long-term career lifestyle, a great way to gain experience, enhance work/life balance or explore a job before being taken on as a permanent hire.

Feel like freelancing is like working without the “safety net” of a structured permanent position? Remember that you don’t have to go it alone – have a plan, do  your research, and be sure to discuss your options with our Career Advocates here at CM Access who work with creative freelancers and the companies who hire them every day!

Talent Spotlight! – Joan, Interactive Designer

Who is at home with all things digital, leads the web department of a freelance studio and rocks out with bands in Germany, the US and Costa Rica? Joan, the latest professional in the CM Access spotlight.

Joan, Interactive Designer

Joan is passionate about everything digital. He’s experienced helping clients’ discover their online identity, enhancing their presence and coding websites and emails. Joan is currently on assignment with CM Access as an HTML Email Coder at Constant Contact. He loves to put his creative skills to the test, starting projects from scratch, carefully creating branding for his clients. From the logo through the full range of marketing collateral – brochures, business cards, website design, coding and programming, and finally the launch of the website – he enjoys the entire process and utilizing all the talents in his creative tool box.

When Joan isn’t producing winning projects, he’s touring with his band in Europe and visiting his native home of Costa Rica. He’s made a home for himself based in Boston recently, wowing clients across the country with his creative designs. He enjoys dividing his time between design and music, and is grateful for the flexibility that contract work offers.

Joan’s ideal project would integrate WordPress and custom design. Joan believes in providing clients a simple solution for website development: a user-friendly WordPress platform paired with original custom artwork, connected to social media and mobile devices so clients can take control of their website content.

Interested in an interactive whiz like Joan? Give CM Access a call today: 800-330-4110.

Joan’s portfolio samples:

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Talent Spotlight! – Kelly, Integrated Project Manager

Kelly_bwMotivated by challenge and highly ambitious, Kelly W. is an Integrated Project Manager who finds both strategic and tactical work satisfying. She discovered her love of digital and interactive while researching a website relaunch in her first job, and has looked forward to being a part of that evolving space ever since. In various Integrated Project Manager roles, Kelly has had a hand in everything from Print, Out-of-Home, Television, Radio, Non-Traditional (POP, R&D, Station Domination), In-Branch Merchandise & Internal Branding, Branded Campaigns and Conceptual Projects. She thrives in a team that is enthusiastic and driven towards success.

Jeanine Chandler, Lead Career Advocate, knows she can rely on Kelly to get the job done and recommends her to all of CM Access’s clients. Kelly recently completed a CMA assignment as an Interactive Project Manager for a travel and lifestyle marketing agency that works with premier brands. Detail oriented and personable, she managed web banners, helped with digital resourcing, kept the team on track with deadlines and priority changes, garnered client feedback and conceived, developed and delivered a dynamic status Filemaker database for resource tracking. Jeanine received excellent feedback on Kelly’s work.

Kelly finds freelance and project based work very satisfying, as it allows opportunities to grow her skill set while providing flexibility. She’s looking to make a contribution to an assignment that is both strategic and tactical. Are you ready to benefit from Kelly’s project management skills? Give CM Access a call today: 800-330-4110.

Meet the Team – Kristen Ritter

With six years of experience in the marketing industry, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and MBA in Marketing, Kristen is an industry savvy professional. While new to staffing and recruitment, the transition has been seamless thanks to Kristen’s passion for problem solving, client satisfaction and networking. Her zeal for marketing doesn’t stop when she leaves the office, she works on building her personal brand through a number of social channels and is  on top of the latest trends and technologies. Kristen is eager to put her experience and expertise to use, and help lead the Interactive business at CM Access.

Kristen loves running, getting together with friends and family, as well as traveling and exploring new cultures. She’s been to 13 countries and is planning on crossing off three more in 2013!

Connect with Kristen on LinkedIn now….and follow her on Twitter!

We hope you enjoyed meeting the entire CM Access team. Did you miss someone? Check them out now- Kristin M., Ryan, Diana, Jason, Lisa, Amie, Jeanine and Adrienne.

Talent Spotlight – Kip, Creative Strategist

With almost 20 years in graphic design, marketing and advertising under his belt, Kip is an accomplished Creative Director and Strategist. Not only is he a pro at delivering compelling content to target markets using the hottest channels and dead-on tone, he’s also worked with the full spectrum of clients, from design firms to internal corporate departments. His skills range from the ability to follow a company’s style guideline to the expertise to create a strategic marketing program from a blank slate.

Currently on assignment as a Packaging Production Artist, Kip’s creative vision has made a real contribution to each CM Access client he’s worked with. Career advocate Jason DeVito calls out Kip’s deep understanding of the creative and post-production process, enabling him to quickly jump right into solutions to creative and technical challenges.

Kip is especially eager to work on projects that involve innovative products or services that are in need of full marketing programs. He enjoys having a hand in each step of the process: evaluating the market, creating an image and launching a multi-platform campaign, giving him the opportunity to use “all the crayons in the box.” From strategy to typography, design and layout, he finds working with decision makers and sharing the satisfaction of partnership rewarding.

Kip has a strong sense of responsibility to meet clients’ objectives while keeping it fun and exciting. He never loses sight of the fact that creative plays a major role in the success of a company. Working with Kip, you know his eyes are “on the prize.” He drives profit and controls expenses by budgeting resources to align with revenue opportunity, influencing internal stakeholders and selecting the right resources to deliver cost effective solutions. Quite simply, he’s a creative who delivers results.

Could your business benefit from a creative strategist like Kip? Contact CM Access today!

Check out a few samples from Kip’s portfolio:

So You Want to Be a UX Designer?

Demand for UX Designers continues to heat up (kind of like our steamy weather here in the Northeast.) So considering a career in this hot market is certainly relevant.

If you’re wondering how to get a job in UX and what it’s like, Stewart McCoy provides an insightful look into the life of a UX Designer, with first-hand experience of what it’s like to get a UX Design job.

Navigating your career (as his article points out) is complicated. Taking stock of your skills, reviewing your experience and considering current and future trends in the job market can be a mind-boggling process (even more so when you’re considering a skills or job change, going back to school or just graduating.)

Adding to the complexity, the roles in different areas of UI/UX are often blurred. Do you know the difference between a UX Designer, Product Designer and a Web Designer?  It’s important to do your homework and to ensure you’re speaking the same language as potential hiring managers.

 “Working with our clients and interactive candidates, we play a crucial role in understanding the current market and ensuring that expectations, skills, and day-to-day job requirements are aligned — and that can vary from company to company,” says Kristin Zwickau, Director of CM Access.

UX Design requires technical skills for sure… but  thinking like a UX Designer as well as soft skills to communicate effectively and pitch your work in a persuasive and professional manner is crucial. You’ll interact with a variety of colleagues, from computer engineers to your left-brained client, who may not even fully understand the need for your UX expertise. Tailor your communication based on your audience, much like you develop design by putting yourself in your audience’s shoes.

From the hiring manager’s perspective – cultural fit and the needs of the project and team should be keys to the choice of a candidate. Smaller companies often look for hybrid candidates, comfortable switching gears and wearing multiple hats, while larger companies may have more specialized positions with strong role-specific skills and little variety in their work.