est. 2001

Astriata is a creative web development agency serving clients in the association, higher-education, healthcare, nonprofit, and government sectors since 2001. Our focus on website design and development and CMS implementation is enhanced by usability testing on our proprietary platform, UserHappy™. 

Our design is informed by these insights and combined with customized technology to deliver a guided and effective user experience. Astriata balances design, human insights, and data to transform your website into a powerful marketing tool. Astriata is designated as a woman-owned, minority-owned small business.


The name “Astriata” (/ah•stree•ah•ta/) reflects our focus on creating memorable and effective user experiences that help our clients achieve their business goals. 

“Astriata” is inspired by the word “striata.” The striatum is the part of the brain that is associated with decision-making, motivation, cognition, and emotion. These aspects play an important role in the user experience and are areas that we strive to guide through design and strategy based on objective data.

The way we access information has changed significantly over the past 20 years. So much of our information is consumed through the Internet on a daily basis. Ensuring that information is easy to find and easy to understand is what we do…we believe that access to information plays important role in making informed decisions, and is empowering. And if we can make someone’s experience better, then that puts a smile our face too!

Before Astriata was even a twinkle in anyone’s eye, there were two basements. In one basement sat a designer, and in the other sat a developer…both were on the back end of riding the dot-com wave and had their own clear vision of what they would do to take their respective industries to a new level. 

Link Studio became a reality in 2002. This is when Aline Lin and Michael Linkinhoker decided to bring their vision and years of experience together under one roof and one name. What set Link Studio apart from other companies? Aline and Michael have backgrounds in medical and biological illustration, which gave them insight into how to effectively communicate and organize complex information for specific audiences. They found that their ability to combine engaging visual communication (by balancing form and function through user-centric website design, usability testing, interactive modules, illustration, and animation) inspired people to delve into a wealth of information and broaden their understanding of the subject matter.

In 2001, Matt Hodgson established hodgsonConsulting, a company that was tech-savvy and customer-focused. He recognized that clients needed short-term services, but they also needed long-term website maintenance and expertise. Clients wanted a partner, familiar with their online presence and able to assist with myriad web development services. Hodgson focused on web design and development, offering customized websites for clients across many industries.

Fast forward to 2019, when Aline and Matt’s good ideas morphed into one thriving company while still remaining loyal to their original visions. Astriata gives their clients the best of both worlds: award-winning design with a strong foundation implementing customized technological solutions. Astriata is excited about continuing this commitment to excellent customer service, and growing the list of ways in which clients can benefit from the expanded capabilities. These include web design and development, CMS implementation and maintenance, usability testing with UserHappy™, user experience design, digital marketing strategy, branding, print and digital design, infographics, illustration, animation and video. We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring!


clients

  • American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators (AAMVA)
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM)
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD)
  • Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA)
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
  • Government Employee Benefits Association (GEBA)
  • Greater Capital Area Association for Realtors (GCAAR)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
  • National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
  • National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR)
  • National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA)
  • North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS)
  • Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists (NVCP)
  • Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
  • Tobacco Control Network (TCN)
  • Abelson Taylor, Inc
  • AVF Consulting
  • BridalBabe
  • ChargeLogic
  • ClearAlignment
  • Contexture
  • Currotto Design
  • Growth Solutions Team
  • Hodson Trust
  • John Basmajian Insurance
  • Lenkin
  • Navicor Group
  • National Cooperative Bank
  • Oceus Networks
  • Office Prodigy
  • Prometric
  • Sidekick Solutions
  • Treble
  • Treverce
  • Up Design, LLC
  • Vital Economy
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Maryland Department of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Amgen
  • Aptalis Pharma
  • Artifact Health
  • Biocompatibles/Bioploymerix
  • Cancer Research Institute
  • Datamonitor, Inc
  • Health Tech Associates, Inc
  • Health Advanta
  • Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
  • Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Pediatric Neurology
  • M3 Global
  • MD/DC Collaborative for Healthcare Information Technology
  • Medical Science & Computing
  • Ortho-McNeil, Inc.
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Precision Antibody
  • Research To Practice, Inc
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • University Physicians, Inc.
  • Zimmer, Inc.
  • Zoetis, Inc.
  • Zoll Medical Corporation
  • Berkeley College
  • Clarke University
  • Cornell University
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Front Range Community College
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • K12 Enterprise
  • Otterbein University
  • Prometric
  • Presbyterian College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • University of South Florida
  • Yale University

awards

  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for Health Website – Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for Association Website – Society for American Archaeology
  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for Charitable Organization Website – Philanthropy Roundtable
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Corporate Identity Logo – Artifact Health
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Non-Profit Website – Philanthropy Roundtable
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Association Website – Society for American Archaeology
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Excellence for Government Website – National Library of Medicine – Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Government Website – National Library of Medicine – History of Medicine=
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Excellence for Corporate Identity: Print Collateral for Corporate Communications – John Basmajian Insurance
  • January 2018 Washington Business Journal: Top 25 – Top Visual Art and Design Firms
  • January 2017 Washington Business Journal: Top 25 – Top Visual Art and Design Firms
  • January 2016 Washington Business Journal: Top 25 – Top Visual Art and Design Firms
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Corporate Identity / Logo – Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists (NVCP)
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Government Websites – DailyMed
  • The Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Government Websites – National Library of Medicine – Pictures of Nursing
  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for Government Websites – National Library of Medicine – From DNA to Beer
  • Best of the Scout Report: 2015 Website – National Library of Medicine – Pick Your Poison
  • Web Marketing Association’s (WMA) Web Award: University Standard of Excellence Web Development – The University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
  • Telerik Sitefinity Education Site of the Year: Front Range Community College
  • Web Health Awards: Silver Award for Consumer Mini Website – Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Motor Stereotypies & You
  • Washington Business Journal: Top 25 – Top Visual Art and Design Firms
  • Fast Company: Infographic of the Week Infographic – American Institute of Architect
  • Washington Business Journal: Top Interactive Design and Design Agency
  • Web Health Awards: Award of Merit for Health Professionals Website – DailyMed
  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for School / University Website – Intersession Programs at Johns Hopkins
  • Web Health Awards: Award of Merit for Interactive Content “National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)”, Health Topics Website – Interactive Medical Animations
  • W3 Awards: Best in Show for School / University Website – Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins
  • W3 Awards: Gold Winner for School / University Website – Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for School / University Website – Summer Programs at Johns Hopkins
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Poster – 2008 Hopkins Summer Outdoor Films
  • Washington Business Journal: Book of Lists
  • Washington Business Journal: Top 10 Corporate Philanthropists
  • Washington Business Journal: Top 25 Graphic Design Companies as ranked by 2008 metro-area revenue
  • CIO and CTO Live Awards: Semi-finalist – Most influential CTOs, CIOs and senior IT leaders in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • WWW Health Awards: Silver Award for Patient Education Information Website – Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Davey Awards: Silver Award for Website – Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution
  • W3 Awards: Gold Award for Cultural Institutions Website – Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution
  • Association of Medical Illustrator’s Salon: Certificate of Merit Reference / Clinical Text Healthwise for Life
  • NY Festivals Global Awards: Finalist for Consumer Internet Website – Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • W3 Awards: Silver Award for Health Care Services Website – Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Design & Overall Website – Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • NY Festivals Global Awards: Finalist for Educational / Instructional CD-ROM – Integrative Metabolism, Nutritional Biochemistry Learning Module,  University of New Hampshire
  • Horizon Interactive Awards: Silver Award for Education / Training CD-ROM – Integrative Metabolism, Nutritional Biochemistry Learning Module,  University of New Hampshire
  • Communicator Awards: Honorable Mention for Website & Online Training – Ortho-McNeil Scientific Liaison Training System – Pain
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Website Design – Yale Peabody Museum Online Store
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Logo Design – Maryland / D.C. Collaborative
  • Washington Business Journal: One of the region’s largest interactive designers
  • Washington Business Journal: Metro area’s largest interactive designers
  • Washington Business Journal: One of the region’s largest interactive designers
  • Washington Business Journal: One of the region’s best places to work
  • CBN–MC: Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County (CBN–MC) Business School Partner (BSP) of the Year
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Website – Design – Maryland T.R.A.S.H. (Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits)
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Website – Overall – Maryland T.R.A.S.H. (Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits)
  • Communicator Awards: Honorable Mention for Self-Promotion – Happy Holidays from Link Studio 2004, Interactive Flash Animation
  • Communicator Awards: Award of Distinction for Website – Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • Consumer Directed Healthcare Awards: (CDHCC) Second Place, E-Healthbeat Outstanding Website Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • Communicator Awards: Honorable Mention for Website Design – Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
  • MD Net Guide Nettie Awards: Best Overall Site & Best Site Design Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • Communication Arts: Site of the Week – Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • NY Festivals: Global Awards Finalist – Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • WWW Health Awards: Silver Award for Patient Education – Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology & Hepatology Resource Center
  • NY Festivals: Finalist Certificate for Website – Sylvan Learning Center
  • Web Marketing’s Web Awards: Standard of Excellence Sylvan Learning Center’s EnglishOne website
  • Golden Quill Award: GlaxoWellcome R & D website
  • USA Today Hot Site of the Day Award: John Glenn Alliance for Aging Research website
  • The Illustrator’s Club of Washington Maryland Virginia: Certificate of Merit Human Papilloma Virus Invasion of the Cervical Epithelium
  • Association of Medical Illustrator’s Salon: Certificate of Merit Medical Color Human Papilloma Virus Invasion of the Cervical Epithelium
  • Association of Medical Illustrator’s Salon: Award of Excellence Medical Tone 3rd Digit Superficial Manual Musculature of Dasypus novemcinctus
  • Association of Medical Illustrator’s Salon: Award of Excellence Medical Line Revision of the Metacarpo-phalangeal Joint Arthroplasty

digits

NAICS Codes: 541511, 541430, 541519, 541613, 541890, 519130, 541810
Maryland MBE/DBE/SBE Certified