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Eat Well Be Well Launches New Website

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on November 1st, 2008 at 10:02 am

Eat Well Be Well

Bobby B. Well and friends have been given a fresh a new look. The recently launched Eat Well Be Well website sports a new design and operational enhancements.


Clipboard Access in Internet Explorer 7

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on October 21st, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Many people copy and paste text into their content management systems. I know I do. Thanks to security features in IE7, I receive the following prompt every time I paste content into editors like FCKeditor or TinyMCE:

"Do you want to allow this webpage to access your Clipboard?"

Luckily, this security feature can be disabled. Here's how:

  1. Go to Tools > Internet Options
  2. Click on the "Security" tab
  3. Click on the "Custom level…” button
  4. Scroll down to the "Scripting" section and locate the "Allow Programmatic clipboard access" sub section
  5. Click on the radio button next to "Enable" and you will no longer be prompted.

That's all there is to it.


Myriad Interactive Helps Local Charity Raise Over $50,000 to Help Refugees in Phoenix, AZ

| Posted by Nate Allen on October 5th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Welcome to America Project - Prom 2009 FlyerOctober 5, 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ: Myriad Interactive, a Scottsdale-based creative firm specializing in graphic design, multimedia presentations, web development, and online marketing, has donated its time and talent for a third straight year to help well known homegrown non-profit The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) attract sponsors and guests to its annual fundraising event, The Prom.  Since late 2006, Myriad’s Creative Director Nate Allen has donated his team’s services to produce a brand identity, logo and printed collateral for the event which attracts over 200 party-goers to Scottsdale each spring, for a retro night of  dressing up and dancing to 70s and 80s music to raise money for refugees living in Arizona.

“Prom is a light-hearted event for a serious cause.  We needed an eye-catching logo with a retro feel, and invitations and promotional flyers that would stop people in their tracks – online and off,” says Sue Michalowski, Development Director for WTAP.  “I’d worked with Myriad before and knew they had that special combination of technical know-how and sheer hipness that would deliver just what we needed.”

Myriad’s invites for WTAP’s Prom have circulated throughout Phoenix both on paper and via the internet.  For the over 1,000 WTAP supporters and volunteers, the Prom logo has become a recognizable icon for an original, musically charged and emotionally moving night.  Since its launch in 2007, The WTAP Prom has raised over $50,000 to pay for furnishing the homes of refugeees newly arrived in Phoenix from war-torn countries worldwide. “For about $200 WTAP can cover our costs to furnish one apartment for a refugee family of four,” says Michalowski.  “Thanks in part to Myriad’s pro bono creative help, we’ve covered those costs for over 200 refugee families in the last few years!”

“We are happy to help, especially an original local cause doing hands-on work right here in Phoenix,” says Nate Allen, founder and Creative Director of Myriad. “We specialize in web and multimedia projects, so this gives us a great chance to let loose and get back to our roots – designing brand identity and designing for print.  Knowing that we’ve contributed to the comfort of refugee families starting new lives in Phoenix is the bonus on top.”

About Myriad Interactive
Myriad Interactive is a new media agency specializing in integrated marketing solutions. The firm offers a complete suite of creative services including graphic design, animation, 3D, copy-writing, custom audio and digital video.  Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Myriad focuses on providing its services to the business communities of Arizona and the Southwest.  With a successful blend of marketing strategy, creative talent and technical expertise Myriad has served clients in the region for over five years.

About The Welcome to America Project
The Welcome to America Project, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 2001, helps newly resettled refugees transform their bare apartments in Phoenix into comfortable, warm homes.  This volunteer group collects high quality furniture and household items from donors throughout the Phoenix area, and delivers them free of charge, every Saturday to refugee families arriving from Africa, the Middle East, and other war-torn regions.  Since November of 2001, WTAP has delivered home furnishings and necessities to over 500 refugee families, raised over $550,000 of in-kind donations, and logged thousands of volunteer hours.  The organization has won numerous awards and accolades for its grassroots, volunteer organization and work.

For more information, please contact: Sue Michalowski, or visit


Maracay Homes Launches Updated Website

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on September 27th, 2008 at 08:40 am

Maracay Homes

We're pleased to announce that Maracay Homes launched it's new website today. This is the second website that Myriad has created for Maracay Homes, and while are still proud of our first effort, we feel that this site trumps it in many ways.

The new site is wider than the first, catering to a lowest common denominator of 1024 x 768. This increase in screen real estate has made it easier for us to present content.

We also worked closely with Moses Anshell to ensure that the website and print collateral share a similar look and feel to reinforce the company's brand.

2008 Takes Flight

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on September 10th, 2008 at 05:14 am

For the past three months we've been working closely with former executives to create a new online lending website. launched on September 1st and promises to be the leader in both cost and transparency for a variety of mortgage-related products.

Design impact and the overall customer experience was very important. offers numerous resources to their customers (inlcuding mortgage calculators and a custom "Lendability" scoring system) so it was a challenge for us to design a site that was fully featured, but not intimidating.

In addition to the website, Myriad also launched and produced 3 banner ad concepts which have run on major websites such ad Yahoo! and

Take a look at the site and leave us your comments!


Don't Show the Cursor on a Flash Button

| Posted by Nate Allen on September 7th, 2008 at 11:03 am

Do you ever want to use a button to trigger an action in flash but avoid get the mouse hand since it doesn't actually click through to anything? No problem, just a simple line of code and you're all set.

From the Main Timeline:
(button or mc name).useHandCursor=false;

Within a Button or MovieClip:


Bestop Introduces Bestop UTV

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on September 1st, 2008 at 03:32 pm

Bestop UTV

Bestop® is a premier manufacturer of soft tops, hard tops and accessories for the enthusiast Jeep and truck owner. They recently expended their product line to tap into the growing UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) market and asked us to help them create their consumer website at

Users can browse the website for the latest applications, product additions, installation guides, updates and tips for the ever-growing line-up of Bestop® UTV accessories. The site is well-designed and extremely easy to use...we encourage you to take a look.


Magento E-Commerce

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on August 1st, 2008 at 08:39 am

We're very excited about the relatively new, open-source e-commerce project called Magento. The project was created by Varien and is built upon the Zend Framework. Looks promising.



| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on April 2nd, 2008 at 01:42 pm

I discovered a great flash application the other day called SimpleViewer by Air Tight Interactive. SimpleViewer is a flash-based photo gallery that features intelligent image pre-loading, simple customization and outstanding functionality (including keyboard and mousewheel support).

I really enjoy working with SimpleViewer because all image information (including captions) are provided by an XML document whose path is read in from a flash variable. In my application, I wrote a PHP script to generate the XML output from a database query, using SimpleViewer as the front end of a photo gallery.

If you haven't already heard of SimpleViewer, I highly recommend that you take a look. For more information and download instructions, please visit:


Lunarpages Web Hosting

| Posted by Peter Schultheiss on January 1st, 2008 at 09:15 am

Ever since we opened our doors in 2003, Myriad Interactive has been recommending Lunarpages Web Hosting for our clients' shared and dedicated hosting needs.  Lunarpages hosting has proven to be very reliable and their customer support is among the best we've experienced.

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