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A. Bright Idea recently received recognition from the 2013 Communicator Awards, receiving Award of Distinction honors in three different categories.CommSilver1
Earning two Awards of Distinction, for a Cultural Institution and a Government website, the Battle of Bladensburg website was a project for the Maryland State Highway Administration in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of The War of 1812. The site features interactive maps, timelines, paintings and an interactive video recount of the battle. Check it out here:
Additionally, a wedding menu designed for Grapevine Catering also earned an Award of Distinction in the Marketing/Promotion category.
View the menu here:
We are certainly proud of our talented team, as well as the results for our clients.
Thanks to our clients for giving us the opportunity to work on these exciting projects!

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  • The experts at Courtland Hearth and Hardware warm homes in the Baltimore Metro with an advertising campaign, complete with a custom illustrated campaign mark and in-house production. Look for Courtland’s Fireside Chats on TV and on the radio this fall and winter.
  • Smith & Co Dental showcases its modern approach to dentistry with a sleek and state-of-the-art website design, also featuring an “About us” video produced and edited by the in-house talent of A. Bright Idea.
  • A. Bright Idea embraces Patriot Pride for The John Carroll School with marketing, design and interactive support for the2012 Viewbook, 2nd Annual Alumni Weekend, 25th Annual Ullmann Golf Tournament, special edition Connections Magazine and Annual Report, and the Capital Campaign container piece and collateral materials.
  • Madison Bank launched another great mortgage loan promotion, offering customers a competitive rate and a different take on the terms for new mortgage loans, promoted through a regional advertising campaign and microsite, changing the lives of banking customers with three little numbers – 10, 12 and 15!
  • A. Bright Idea was thrilled to work on the website redesign project for the Public Relations Society of America, Maryland Chapter (an organization near and dear to our hearts!) The new website includes interactive features and custom content management capabilities to keep the organization on the cutting edge and the go-to resource for PR pros like us. Access the website on your mobile device to see a responsive design layout as the site detects the size of your screen and formats the hierarchy of information accordingly (yes, that is cool!).
  • The Red Grape entices your taste buds virtually with a newly redesigned website with custom design, photography and interactive features. Warning – Viewers of this website are prone experience a serious case of hunger.
  • A. Bright Idea recently provided advertising and on-site support of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Experience the cork flying frenzy for yourself with our recap video!
  • Pairings Bistro connects with customers virtually through a strategic social media plan developed and set up by A. Bright Idea, including a presence on social media’s most popular platforms, Facebook and Twitter.

Courtland Hearth and Hardware Fireside Chat

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Get inspired with a new way to view our creative
As a creative shop, staying cutting edge when it comes to technology gives us just another excuse to retreat to our “creative playground.” Our newest creation? A dynamic website user experience built on with the latest web technologies, HTML 5 and CSS 3. The new website showcases our extensive portfolio while also sharing helpful resources through our blog and detailed information about our staff and full service capabilities.
For those who don’t speak code, HTML is a language used for structuring and programming websites behind the scenes so they can be easily read and used by viewers on the World Wide Web. CSS is the code that controls the graphics and colors displayed to website visitors. Since these languages are so widely used around the Internet, updating them with new features is a long and slow process.  Fortunately many of these new features are available now on modern web browsers.
The previous version of HTML, HTML 4.01, was last updated in 2000! And yes, that means website design was confined to technology over a decade old, which is nearly a lifetime in the technology world. It’s more important than ever to use an updated web browser to take full advantage of what HTML 5 can offer! By exploring the depths of HTML 5, our creative minds can truly think outside the box to create custom solutions based on the ideal user experience.
The latest version, HTML 5 includes features that will change the way we experience websites, including:

  • Reducing the need for external plugins (like Flash that doesn’t load on mobile platforms)
  • Less frustration with errors and better error handling
  • Advanced form fields that include validation without requiring extra programming
  • Ability to build charts, graphs and interactive graphics with the new Canvas element
  • Streamlined code for faster page loads and improved semantic structuring to help search engines with indexing content.
  • Standardized support for video using the <video> tag

CSS is also getting an update with the march toward CSS 3. The new features will be more noticeable to the visitors than the update to HTML 5. Some of the new features include:

  • Transparency
  • Animation
  • Rounded corners
  • Drop shadows
  • Media queries (used to change layouts and styles based on mobile vs. desktop platforms)

The enhanced capabilities and features of HTML 5 and CSS 3 allowed us to present our creative and unmatched capabilities in a refreshing way, the perfect combination of sharing content the way our creative minds intended and organizing it in a way that makes the most sense to our visitors.
Just a few of’s newest features and interactive capabilities:

  • Responsive site design perfect for any screen size or tablet device
  • Live social media feeds, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Online portfolio with intricate search capabilities
  • Interactive office tours


A. Bright Idea Homepage

Shawn Nesaw

Managing a website can be time consuming and overwhelming, especially when it comes to technical problems most business owners just can’t fix on their own.  For example, how many times have you visited your own website only to forget exactly what’s available or to encounter broken links? Or your list of small updates you want to make continues to grow?
As a small business, we recognize all of the demands that can take your focus off your website – your primary interface with customers and potential customers. We created the Digital Marketing Manager as the perfect solution for website hosting and maintenance, designed for organizations and small business owners looking for a hassle-free Internet marketing experience. This maintenance schedule, includes 1-2 hours of support per month for the client to use over the course of a year, and ensures accurate and updated content to keep your website is relevant. This includes:

  • Monthly hosting of your website
  • Monthly review of your links and images, to ensure all are working and linking properly
  • Monthly updates and posting of new content provided by client, including monitoring content and photos that can become outdated
  • Minor updates such as posting documents, updating announcements or event calendars

Further looking out for your best interest, as part of the Digital Marketing Manager, A. Bright Idea also compiles quarterly website analytic reports so you can analyze how your site is working, including number of visitors, page traffic, keywords, traffic sources, top content and more. With the web analytics report, clients also receive quarterly site recommendations and suggestions for updates and improvements.

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The creative team at A. Bright Idea finished and launched a new website for Susquehanna OB/GYN. Susquehanna Obstetrics, Gynecology & Nurse Midwifery offers knowledgeable and personalized reproductive healthcare to the women of northeastern Maryland – and have been doing so for four generations! Susquehanna OB/GYN takes great pride in their full time local offices and exclusive use of area hospitals. Providing copywriting, graphic design, interactive services and more, A. Bright Idea has enjoyed working with this local Maryland company and looks forward to continuing working with them.
Visit the website here:

Susquehanna OB/GYN Homepage