We Love PDX

Posted on Mon, January 20, 2014 in GRAYBOX News by Jason Bennett

Just over ten years ago, I moved to Portland from Garden City, Kansas. At the time, I didn’t know much about Portland. I just knew I wanted an opportunity to do something new with my life. Southwestern Kansas didn’t provide much for a young, creative kid looking to leave his mark on the world. It didn’t take long for me to recognize that Portland was the best place for a guy like me.

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Weird Tip: Using localhost to merge folders on OS X

Posted on Mon, January 06, 2014 in Web Development by Alum

Every now and then, a developer might find themselves needing to merge two folders on their local file system - like when updating several modules for EE without wanting to traipse up and down the file tree.

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Magento Module Development Tutorial

Posted on Sun, December 29, 2013 in Web Development, eCommerce by Mark Middleton

Magento is a massive, complex and highly flexible e-commerce platform able to run some of the best shopping sites on the internet. However, customizing Magento from scratch can make you want to abandon your high-tech career and take up painting for a living.

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GRAYBOX is proud to be sponsoring the first-ever 18 Lessons conference in January

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in GRAYBOX News by Paul Weinert

As Principal at GRAYBOX, it’s my role and privilege to be our liaison to the local marketing and design community — it’s a tall order, but it’s a critical function to help us become known in the Portland market and to show off our skills.

This is why I’m proud to announce that GRAYBOX has partnered with a few other great Portland marketers to form the 18 Lessons conference.  It’s an all-day event — we’ll have six sessions, each by an expert in their fields.  We’ll have sessions on video production, branding, story boarding, web development, account management and...

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Working at GRAYBOX

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Design by Alum

Working at GRAYBOX the last month has been a great adventure—and it’s only just getting started.

I used to be a classical musician—Now I’m a junior web developer

Before I started working at GrayBox, I worked as a classical musician teaching private lessons and playing gigs, as well as having other various jobs. I began learning about web development in early 2013, soaking up all I could. I took advantage of the internet and reading as many books as I could.

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Pure CSS Loading Spinner

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

How often do you see the same loading graphic, using the same animated .gif file? I know I see it multiple times every day, but why use such a common poorly rendered graphic when we could create one more visually pleasing just as easily in pure css? If you do not know which loading graphic I am specifically referring to, let me refresh your memory: Now we could directly recreate this graphic (I have included the code at the bottom of the post) but for this brief example let's rework this graphic a bit.

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Dev Toolkit: Code Snippet Storage

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Development by Alum

The saying goes that good developers write code and great developers steal code*. The best developers however are those who are able to steal from themselves. The great thing about working with digital tools is the ability to apply previous solutions to new work with copy/paste. Reusing code in this manner can save development time is a standard practice, especially for veterans of the industry who get both smarter and lazier as time goes on. What's hard though is keeping all of your stolen code handy, ready to pop it into the template or script or whathaveyou. Back in the day™ we kept this...

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jQuery: Combining Effects to Make Your Site Sizzle

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Design by Mark Middleton

jQuery, the popular framework for short-handing complex actions in JavaScript, has been extended by many developers around the world to do create some pretty slick in-browser effects.

Today, let's combine a couple of those together (along with some CSS effects) and make your page content a little more interesting.

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Wordpress .htaccess Broken Down

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

As of WordPress 3.0, to create permalinks you will need to use the following .htaccess file: # BEGIN WordPress RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule . /index.php [L] # END WordPress The goal of this post is to examine what the .htaccess rules are doing, and why they’re doing it. With this information you will be able to customize your own .htaccess file to suit the needs of your web application.

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Great Advice for Understanding most Users

Posted on Fri, December 20, 2013 in Web Design, User Experience by Alum

Do you ever have a hard time explaining UI and UX to clients or coworkers? We came across this video the other day and found it humorous and helpful in explaining the sometimes counter intuitive design decisions that get made to make our sites user friendly.

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