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Logo Design and Branding – Our Approach

By Aaron Ortega on April 10, 2010

Final Logo Design for Free CIty MoveI’d like to give an inside look at how our logo design process works. This is a quick run down of course, but you should be able to pull some good info. For the sake of this blog, we are going to use our client, Free City Move.

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A boy and his iPad – a Review

By Aaron Ortega on April 9, 2010

I told myself I was going to hold out for generation 2 of the iPad. Last Saturday I went into the Apple Store to see what all the fuss was about. I wanted to hold the mighty iPad, see how it worked compared to my iPhone. I knew better when I did this, but I asked one of the Apple reps if they had any left. He said “Yes, which do you want?” “The big one!” 5 minutes later I had a new toy.

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Clear Internet in Austin Texas

By Aaron Ortega on April 5, 2010

Though their website advertises a professional plan, Clear is not a viable solution for a business. That should do it. You can stop reading now.

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Logo Design for Austin Twestival 2010

By Michelle McGonagle on March 24, 2010

Umbrella Media had the honor of providing Austin’s own Twestival (@austintwestival) team a logo for the 2010 Twestival Event. Under short notice (one night to be exact), we made contact with the coordinator of the event, Austin Twestival’s Michael Pearsun (@michaelpearsun), and put our minds together to provide the logo that will be used for the event, which is only a day away!

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

By Michelle McGonagle on

Hello Friends of Umbrella Media! Mark your calendars!

The official Ribbon Cutting of Umbrella Media is set for March 26th at 10:00am hosted by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate all of our fans support and hope to see you guys there for the first official opening of doors to Umbrella Media!

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Quick Javascript Jump Menu

By Aaron Ortega on February 5, 2010

When creating a user interface, using familiar objects is important. We aren’t trying to recreate the wheel after all. In your creations, you might find yourself in a position to use a <select> menu form element to allow your user to “jump” to different areas of an application, or to securely send them to a page with a different query executed without having to directly pass the variables through the form.

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The Survey for People Who Make Websites

By Aaron Ortega on January 6, 2010

If you make websites, or do anything creative on the web, you should take the 2009 survey for people who make websites (sounds like the school for kids who don’t read good) over at A List Apart.

The survey is a collective effort to see where our profession is going and is done yearly. It takes five minutes, do it instead of playing on facebook. [Take the Survey]

1st Annual McNabb-Shy Toy Drive

By Aaron Ortega on December 9, 2009

McNabb Shy Toy DriveMcNabb & Co Realty is helping to bring a few smiles to the faces of San Marcos children this holiday. This holiday season you can donate a new, unwrapped toy to place under the tree in Harper’s Public House (directions). The toy drive is going on until the 18th of December, so you still have plenty of time to donate. What’s in it for you? If helping under privileged children wasn’t enough for you, you’ll also get a cocktail on the house when you donate. Everyone wins!

The McNabb-Shy Toy drive is sponsored by Harpers Public House, Billy McNabb, Attorney at Law, J’s Bistro, McNabb & Co Realty, and of course, J Ortega Group (our previous company name) and is featured on

For more information, e-mail

Helping Honduras

By Aaron Ortega on December 2, 2009

itec-drywall-helping-hondurasOur good friends over at ITEC Drywall are throwing a fund raiser to help benefit the people of Honduras. This is the second fundraiser they have thrown to help out. Last year, they were able to raise enough money to help two La Ceiba area rest homes and to donate several baskets of food and staples to help keep their homes clean and sanitary.

This year they are hoping to raise the bar and not only help a larger number of families and rest homes, but to donate money, food and supplies to area orphanages.

To give you all perspective on how much your donation will mean, $90 will feed a family of 6 for a month. As you can see, every little bit can mean a lot.

If you should feel inclined to donate to the Helping Honduras cause, you can do so via Paypal or by mail:

Paul Isaacks
C/O ITEC Drywall
6001 E Hwy 84
Gatesville, TX 76528

You can also call in your pledge for a later date at (254) 865-0152 or email it directly to Feel free to pass on the official flyer for the cause via email or social networks. [Helping Honduras via ITEC Drywall]

McNabb & Co. Realty Website

By Aaron Ortega on November 21, 2009

Screen shot 2009-11-21 at 3.24.09 PMWe are happy to announce the launch of McNabb and Co. realty website. The website integrates with the local area IDX system to give the latest MLS listings daily. The system is completely automated, letting the McNabb & Company office to deal with more important issues rather than worry about their website.

The realty system was build using Perl, PHP and MySQL. Through a secure area, McNabb & Co. can log in to their website and manually add and edit listings with robust features like upload file info, images, and tours. Listings can be set as featured to really help drive clients to the best of the best.

McNabb & Company is a San Marcos Texas based real estate company focusing o the Hill country area. The company is owned by San Marcos, Texas resident Monica McNabb. [McNabb & Co.]

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