Joe Schwab

Partner / Interactive Director

Joe Schwab

Joe Schwab

Joe’s early passion for art and music led him to study fine art at the Laguna College of Art & Design. With this background in art and design, he pursued work as a graphic designer. While working with website hosting companies and marketing firms in southern california, he gained invaluable technical knowledge and experience that would shape his career. Working within the challenging limitations of the early days of the web, Joe leveraged his problem solving skills to become the rare web developer who could bridge the gap between the disciplines of design and programming.

Over the past 15 years, Joe has excelled in various areas of interactive development, and as a result has worked with world-class agencies such as the Truth Agency, The Designory, Ignited Minds, Deutsch LA and TBWA/Chiat/Day.

Joe also serves as the Chief Technical Officer for Center for Innovative Public Health Research, a non-profit research firm at the forefront of public health research centered on technology. Joe has enjoyed international collaboration and travel while developing text message based smoking cessation programs in both Turkey and the US. Other noteworthy projects include an internet based game that educates Ugandan adolescents about HIV prevention and a CESD-R depression scale for the web and mobile devices.

With over a decade of technological expertise and creative experience, Joe continues to pursue challenging projects that incorporate emerging technologies and marketing techniques. This dedication is one of the greatest values Joe brings to the clients of Open Interactive.

Joe’s Blog Posts:

Our Servers Recently Upgraded with Solid State Drives (SSD) for MySQL

Our servers have been upgraded with the worlds best Solid State Hard Drives (SSD) to deliver mysql performance up to 56% faster than standard Hard Drives. What is SSD? A solid-state drive is a data storage device using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output hard disk drives, thus permitting simple replacement in common applications. - Our Solid State Drives (SSD) offer I/O Rates and access times that are impossible to achieve with a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

We have been hearing a lot of late about wordpress websites and blogs being hacked. Hacking has been increasing at a rapid rate over the few years, with 170,000 sites hit in 2012 alone. Over 64 million websites use WordPress as the content management system for their sites. This gives plenty of targets for malicious attackers and hackers to prey on. Security in WordPress is taken very seriously, but as with any other system there are potential security issues that may arise if some basic security precautions aren't taken. Whether you are a customer of ours or not, we strongly recommended … [Read more...]

DIY guitar amp footswitch for Epiphone Triggerman 60 (2 button)

I few months ago, I had been eying  a used Epiphone Triggerman 60 Guitar Amp at Morelock Music in downtown Knoxville. I had decided I had to get it, and had started planning to go pick it up. But before I could, my lovely and thoughtful girlfriend surprised me by bringing it home as a gift. You can't beat that! Unfortunately the original footswitch was not included with the amp. I had been searching the web for a replacement but I couldn't find much information about the amp's footswitch itself. I have very little experience with electronics, but the concept seemed simple enough, so I … [Read more...]

Middle Class Rut Website

Last month we launched a new website for the alternative rock band Middle Class Rut.   Our friends at Relentless Artist Management asked us for help when it came time to put together a modern, useful Content Management System based web site so that they can easily manage their band's web presence in an efficient way. The site is based on art from their latest album. If you're into bizarre music videos then check out their latest called "Aunt Betty", its a doozy. … [Read more...]

Launched: Daptone Records’ Super Soul Superstore Website

We are excited to announce the much anticipated redesign of the new Daptone Records Super Soul Super Store. The website completion comes just in time for the Charles Bradley pre-order of his new album "Victim of Love", which is officially released April 2. In addition to recording artist information, news and tour dates the Daptone Records website offers Digital Music Downloads, CD's, Vinyl LPs, T-shirts directly from Daptone. Website features: Custom Full featured e-commerce using opencart Mobile Responsive layout Highly customized Wordpress Theme Check out the Daptone … [Read more...]

Holiday Playlist – A hipster holiday alternative

In case you are just plain tired of the barrage of traditional holiday music that is played everywhere this time of year, I thought it would be great to have a playlist of holiday music that doesn't suck. This list is a sampling of interesting covers of holiday classics, and some are just great songs with holiday or just winter themes by great punk, indie, alternative or just plain rock bands. … [Read more...]

iFrankenDock: The Frankenstein’s Monster Of Car iPhone Docks. A DIY love story.

Most of us havent touched a cassette tape since the 1990's, and personally I havent really even used CD's much for music in a very long time. For the past 8 or 9 years my music format of choice has been MP3. I really love listening to music in my car because it's the best place to crank it loud. Music makes driving (or sitting in traffic) a much more enjoyable (or tolerable) experience. But, I have longed for a reasonable way to enjoy music from my iPhone in the car. There are of course a wide array of products and devices that attempt to solve the problem, short of buying a new car stereo … [Read more...]

Google, Yahoo & Bing announce support for new markup SEOs should keep an eye on

Google, Bing and Yahoo have all announced support for, a semantic markup protocol that could provide websites with valuable search exposure. attempts to enhance the information transfer from website data to SERPs. All the current SEO standards will still be supported for a long time to come, but with potential for abuse not everyone is overly concerned. Still, the big 3 Search engines are on board, so it's definately something to keep an eye on. Mashable just posted a good writeup about this here. … [Read more...]

Critical Components of Website Success

Abraham Maslow theorized that people have an inherent hierarchy of needs which must be met to fully develop. Just like the hierarchy of people's needs, a website has basic and fundamental needs too. No, the image to the left is not the latest get-rich quick pyramid scheme. The pyramid to the left, shows the fundamental important needs at the base of the pyramid. Each higher tier represents needs that cannot be realized until all needs below are satisfied. Level 1: Content & Keywords Content is king. It is what people AND search engines are looking for in a website. By developing … [Read more...]

Mobile app days are numbered.

As the commercial says, there's an app for that. But, the app gold rush days are numbered. Amidst all the Apple, Android and Blackberry apps, mobile development is starting to look back to its roots. Web-based applications are becoming more popular for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, Portability, Market Size, Ease of upgrading application and the elimination of Revenue sharing. Market Size –Device specific applications are limited to the current users of the device platform, whereas mobile web applications will work on any phone. We can develop one application that works on all … [Read more...]