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“The material and the craftsman’s thoughts change together in a progression of smooth, even changes until the mind is at rest at the exact instant the material is right”  ›  Robert PirsigZen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

DESIGN  ›  Through our “discovery” process, we will come to fully understand your organization, your content, your goals and your users. We filter all of that first-hand knowledge through independent site-use and user studies to arrive at the most efficient, most effective information architecture for serving content to your key audiences. All of that deliberate user-experience research (UX) informs our visual user-interface design (UI), from conceptualization to finished prototype. We are iterative and inclusive in our approach, vetting ideas for UX, UI and technical proficiency—and relying, as we go, on our clients: the subject-matter experts.

BUILD  ›  We set you up within the intuitive WordPress (WP) content-management system. Utilizing open-source libraries, templates and scratch-built code, we build platforms that serve an all-responsive UI and utilize the contemporary style of HTML5/CSS3. Translation: your new site will look great on every mobile device, tablet or desktop. But we know hip-technique follows requirement. We build each UI around the core concept of your site as an efficient tool for users seeking content. Leveraging an array of function-specific plug-ins (for media, calendars, ecommerce, blogging, etc.), we engineer just what you need — with room to grow.

MAINTAIN  ›  We are not only building your new site, we are building a long-term working relationship with your organization. We offer a complete suite of ongoing maintenance services. We are on-call for all of your UI, engineering and content edit needs—including regular WP software upgrades. We employ site performance analytics to aid search-engine optimization. We provide e-marketing services, from template-design to campaign administration; and can aid or manage your social media strategies. We even provide managed LINUX hosting services, with 24/7 monitoring and support.

Let us design, build and maintain your next great site!

DROP US A LINE, or call: 404.374.9395

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Staff

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DAVE BUCKHOUT

Designer | Producer | Writer

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Dave received a BFA in Art & Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has over 20 years experience working in the interactive and online media industry. His early years were devoted to art direction, content production and graphic / technical production for commercial cd-rom projects, kiosk productions, and early website development. Clients included: Discovery, Smithsonian, PGA Tour, MCI, Weather Channel and Emory University. Dave worked on three award winning cd-rom titles in the mid-1990s, including “Normandy, the Great Crusade.”

Dave co-founded InHeritage with wife Kerri in 1999. Since then he has specialized in all areas of site-development, site-production and ongoing operational maintenance for historical & preservation-based organizations, including: White House Historical Association, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Oak Grove Restoration Company, DeKalb County (Georgia) History Center, California Supreme Court Historical Society, Supreme Court Historical Society, National History Day, Maryland Historical Society and FDR’s Little White House.

Dave has been the chief contributor to InHeritage’s online journal: The Almanack, writing and producing long-form articles and presentations on James Agee, Fenway Park, The Populist Movement, Modernist Architecture of Columbus (Indiana), The Battle of Atlanta, Federal Writer’s Project and The Christmas Truce of 1914. His photographic / narrative documentary: “The Battles for Chattanooga,” was published in Civil War on the Web: The Very Best Sites. Dave also maintains The Outpost, publishing short-form history, reviews and musings on travel, the arts and more.

KERRI MCINTIRE

Researcher | Editor | Artist

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Kerri received a degree in English from Indiana University. She also nurtured her interest in fine art working as a figure model, and in painting and illustration. Kerri worked for over a decade in the animation field, starting with Atlanta’s J. Dyer, Inc., where she helped produce commercials for McDonalds and Georgia Power. She moved on to Nicholas Frank where she wrote scripts for a series of children’s cd-roms based on the vision of Arthur creator Marc Brown and finished up the 1990s producing both scripts and animation for Primal Screen, a studio that produced promotional pieces for Cartoon Network.

Kerri co-founded InHeritage with husband Dave in 1999. Since then she has been the InHeritage manager of content production, a researcher and lead editor. She has researched and written narratives for a dozen documentary presentations, including: “FDR & The Court Packing Controversy” and “Five Justices & the Grand Commission (The 1876 Election)” for the Supreme Court Historical Society, and historical tours of “The White House,” “Presidents Park” and “The West Wing” for the White House Historical Association. Kerri’s script for WHHA’s animated children’s tour: “The Birdwatching Expedition,” won a MUSE Award.

Aside from maintaining @inheritagehstry and contributing to The Almanack and The Outpost—including one of our most popular articles of all-time: “Mother Goose Migrates to America”—Kerri’s fine art concern WITCH HAZEL PRESS continues to create art and published works based around the lore of the Ouija and Tarot. View her new tarot deck: The CemeTarot

History

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InHeritage was born in the summer of 1999 while touring the rugged island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine. It was there that we decided to launch a primary document digitization service for local / regional historical organizations. A turn-key operation, our plan was to create digital-archives and push that history online; our aim: preserve-and-present content as a public trust. Kerri suggested an appropriate name that would stick “in heritage”. On August 14, 1999, we purchased our first URL, giving InHeritage a spiritual birthplace and actual birthdate … We also had created a product years ahead of its time (back when hosting plans were still measured in MBs) and out-of-reach for the limited budgets of most local / regional organizations.

Luckily, our initial marketing drive uncovered an even greater need: general web development services. The call for these services was at a fever-pitch in the late ’90s, a fact no less true within the historical and preservation community, and niche non-profits. We came in with a unique advantage: we placed the presentation of content at the core of our productions. We found organizations, societies and documentarians that wanted solutions geared towards depth, not surface-thin “brochure-ware” templates that could just as easily be used for a hotel chain or car dealer. In addition, the mentioned budgetary limitations had these operations searching for solid site-solutions without the design agency price-tag. We put aside our scanners and copy-stands, and trained our focus on “web design and development services for the historical community.”

From the beginning, our clients have come in all sizes … In step, our initial offerings were a range of custom-development plans tied to budget-ranges: the entry-level “Shaker,” mid-road “Craftsman” and “Mission,” and our enterprise plan: “Empire.” (Yes, we are architecture fans!) These were flexible plans / site-platforms that could match any budget to a custom development. That is how we separated ourselves: a commitment to custom-development and a unique presence for our clients. Key to our wide-ranging budget-matching ability was—and still is—a talent-rich pool of professionals eager to fill production roles we could not … Combining our own skill-sets with “network associates” has always allowed us to mix-and-match teams across the arc of funding possibilities.

We have seen technologies come-and-go. HTML 2, 3 and 4 leading up to our first attempts at proprietary content-managed systems and a big bear-hug embrace of presentation applications: Flash, Web 2.0 and the dynamic use of XML, generally. But the advent of non-proprietary custom-developed CMS was more than an incremental step. It redefined our entire approach, pushing us beyond project-range plans and transforming our relationships with our clients. Add to this an emphasis placed on the implementation of online operational systems (from host-design to DNS to site-optimization) and we had made the jump to “online operations for historical organizations.”

Open-source CMS, the dynamic sophistication of javascript, responsive-user-interface, HTML5/CSS3 and a renewed focus on small- to mid-sized operations brings us to the present state of InHeritage, our goal: “design, build and maintain online sites and systems.” And though technology and standards are in continual motion and our approach continues to evolve, our central inspiration—custom development built around the presentation of content—has remained the hook on which we have proudly hung our hats since August 14, 1999.

Let us design, build and maintain your next great site!

DROP US A LINE, or call: 404.374.9395

Contact

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How can we help you? To get things rolling, drop us a line below; just a little background about your organization, content, goals and anything you might feel useful will do. Inside a quick conversation we can provide you with an estimate and outline-of-a-plan enough for you and your organization to kick things off. Let’s start that conversation …