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Keeping up with new technologies is sometimes daunting, even for those who work in technology day in and day out. Fortunately, conferences and camps like Design4Drupal are ideal resources for new information, inspiration and networking. This past weekend in Boston, Nick Blanchard, Alex Vallejo, and I had the opportunity to attend D4D at the Stata Center on the MIT campus. This two-day camp offered sessions geared toward developers and designers—and even a few geared toward business owners and project managers.
Oomph’s in-house DJ’s Ian Del Giudice, pictured here, and Alex Vallejo played the party.
We had a great night on Long Wharf last night and we hope you did, too! Thank you to all who traveled from near and far to join us at the Oomph Open House and grand opening of our Boston office. Let this be the first of many times we share. If you missed the fun, check out photos from the event on Flickr.
With the official opening of our new Boston office on Long Wharf, which we are excited to celebrate tonight, this is a time of gratitude at Oomph. We want to take this opportunity to thank our clients who have trusted us to help build new experiences for their customers—each of the projects we’ve had the pleasure of working on has made us who we are, and each has been an incredible experience for us. We also want to thank our partners and friends who have stood in our corner and seen the future of Oomph along with us. This milestone belongs to all of us.
So, tonight we celebrate each of you, we celebrate our team, and we celebrate what’s next. Cheers to the grand opening of Oomph Boston and to all that we have accomplished together.
Hope to see you tonight!
It’s time for some Drupal design, Boston-style. Hundreds of designers, developers and site builders will converge on MIT’s Stata Center this weekend, June 22 and 23, for Design4Drupal Camp, Boston. This annual event, now in its fourth year, is a chance for Greater Boston’s Drupal community to network, share ideas and help power the momentum of this ever-evolving, popular open-source platform.
Oomph will be represented at Design4Drupal Camp by Rob Aubin and Nick Blanchard who are both looking forward to the experience.
“What makes it special is that the tracks aren’t laid out to be too developer-heavy,” says Rob. “There’s a real focus at Design4Drupal on UX and front-end strategy, which is a lot more palatable for front-end developers, UX specialists and those new to the platform.”
Education never stops for those who are passionate about what they do, and this is a guiding philosophy for the Oomph team. We like to think of it as Oomph University, and we’re fortunate to have so many valuable events like Design4Drupal Camp happening all the time, right here in Boston–an influential digital design and development community and ideal classroom.
While Nick says he is interested in learning more about how industry leaders incorporate UI and UX design into the Drupal platform, Rob expects to pick up new tips and ideas for the creative team at Design4Drupal, especially regarding the interactive side of creating content. Look for more on their D4D experience this weekend as they tweet live from the event @oomphinc and #D4DBoston. Next week, Rob will share his D4D #OomphU insight with you here on the blog.
We’re excited to announce the latest and gnarliest addition to Oomph: Nick Blanchard. The Rhode Island native has spent the last three months proving his talents as a web intern. Now he will be a permanent member of the site operations team. Rob Aubin, who worked closely with Nick during his internship, says Nick will be a valuable contributor.
“Nick’s communication style and work ethic make him a great addition to the team,” Rob says. “He’s proven himself to be the type of person who will take on a hard problem, solve it, and get all the details right.”
A recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Nick studied graphic design and digital media with a concentration in web technologies. He’s drawn to the web industry because of its ever-evolving nature. He explains, “The format of print media always looks the same, but online media changes all the time. It’s fun to keep up.” Nick enjoys the creative challenges that are presented by this constant change, such as formatting a website to appear on different size screens.
You might think developers sit inside on their computers all day, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, Nick has an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure. You name it, he does it: snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, hiking. Two years ago he even hiked Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast known for its extreme weather conditions—just because he enjoys the peaceful side of exploring nature. In his free time, Nick has found a way to combine his passion for the outdoors with his talent for web design by beginning work on a social network specifically for hikers to share tips and trail reviews.
We are thrilled to welcome Nick to Boston and happy to be a part of his adventure here at Oomph.
Oomph is proud to announce Oomph Open House: Evening by the Sea, a night of networking and celebration honoring the grand opening of our Boston office on Long Wharf, overlooking Boston Harbor. Our remodeled historic space inside Custom House Block—just across from the New England Aquarium—is now complete with all new furniture and our signature Oomph style. When the summer sun adds its own ambiance from the deck windows, it’s a sight just begging to be shared. Please join us along with other special guests from the digital world for this casual cool mixer marking an Oomph milestone.
The Oomph Open House is a free event featuring music, cocktails, appetizers and a chance to hobnob with the Hub’s finest. Doors and decks open at 5 p.m. Please RSVP at oomphopenhouse.eventbrite.com. Follow the party #oomphopenhouse on Twitter and Facebook.
As you can see from this stunning tourist photo, summer has finally arrived at Oomph Wharf—and so has our new summer marketing intern, Mary Kennedy. Mary is entering her senior year as a communications studies major at Emerson College and has come to Oomph’s Boston office to apply her writing talents in a variety of ways, including penning posts for the Oomph blog, monitoring and managing our social media campaigns, and contributing to Oomph’s internal marketing communications.
Mary, who was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, says her first love is music. At Emerson, she is heavily involved with the college’s radio station, WERS 88.9, where she has the opportunity to interview and write about visiting bands and artists. Check out her latest piece about Hey Marseilles. Mary has also interned with Clear Channel Communications’ KISS 108 and JAMN 94.5 (Boston). “I love to be involved in making music happen,” she says.
Mary is also skilled at making music happen with words, which is why we’re excited to have her on board for the summer. Contrary to Codzilla here, we promise to not eat her alive. Please join us in welcoming Mary Kennedy to the Boston office for summer 2013! Be sure to let her know what other summer hot spots she needs to hit up while she’s here.