Good Read: Hiring for Potential

Posted on Wed, October 23, 2013 in Business Strategy by Paul Weinert

As the owner and sole principal of GRAYBOX, I handle all of the hiring and HR for both our awesome in-house staff and our network of talented subcontractors. I read a lot via RSS to stay on top of the industry, and I love this article by Jason Fried at 37 Signals from this morning.

In it, he postures that in hiring decisions it’s rare to find the perfect person at the right time.

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4 Trends of The Adapting Web

Posted on Mon, October 21, 2013 in User Interface, Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

As 2013 draws to an end, the web design and development world has changed a lot. Here are some trends that I predict will continue to become more and more popular in the year 2014.<br>

Responsive Design for Every Display

Responsive web design has been around for several years now, but it really came alive in the last year. We’ve seen more widespread adoption of adaptive, fluid approached websites.

Every major site  has converted to a fully responsive design which looks good on all devices, not just mobile phones and desktop computers.

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4 Reasons to Design Simply

Posted on Mon, October 21, 2013 in eCommerce Tips, Web Design by Jason Bennett

Over the past few years there has been a shift in web design trends from the gradients and bevels of “Web 2.0” to a simplified, flat look. Apple, Google, and Microsoft have made flat design ubiquitous with the release of their latest operating systems and software. The explosion of smartphone and tablet usage is the key driver of this return to simple design. Here’s a few reasons to take advantage of this design trend.

Reduce Noise

We use our phones for a countless number of reasons every day

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Three tools every Sales Director should have

Posted on Thu, October 17, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Business Strategy by Alum


AffinityLive is our CRM of choice here at GRAYBOX. They are constantly rolling out new features and functionality on the project management side of the CRM, and always willing to hear our ideas on how they can simplify their system, especially on the sales end to make life easier for a person who is always on the go (we are especially excited for the new mobile app when the time comes).

AffinityLive does a great job of centralizing the bulk of tasks you will perform as a Sales Director, from follow ups, to-do lists, composing email from the CRM (both individual and campaigns),...

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ExpressionEngine Conference Wrap-up

Posted on Wed, October 16, 2013 in GRAYBOX News, Web Design by Paul Weinert

The best part of being an ExpressionEngine developer (well, aside from working with the best CMS on the market) is being part of the EE community, and putting face to twitter handle was the highlight of this years ExpressionEngine conference. We had a chance to meet developers behind some of our favorite and most used add-ons, like Low (creator of Low Variables which we’re using on nearly every site), Adrian (of Exp-resso Store fame, or infamy on some of our off days) and many others. We were also happy to meet the EllisLabs team.

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It's Portland Design Week!

Posted on Tue, October 08, 2013 in GRAYBOX News by Jason Bennett

All this week Portland is celebrating all things design. Independently organized events across the city aim to engage individuals, agencies, studios, museums, businesses, universities, and policy-makers. Including lectures, parties, panels, films, exhibits and workshops, there should be something for everyone.

Last year was a lot of fun, and we're expecting this year to be even better. Jump over to to see the schedule of events, and let us know which events you plan on attending. We'll see you out there!

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List of Awesome Bootstrap Plugins

Posted on Tue, October 08, 2013 in User Interface, Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

It seems like everyday that i stumble across a new useful plugin that enhances the web project that i am currently working on. However, what use are plugins if they are difficult to work with or do not directly fit into to your existing websites' templates or framework? To ease the pain, i have put together a few plugins that all play nicely with Twitter's Bootstrap foundation for seamless transition into your website.


A combobox plugin that works with twitter bootstrap. Transforms a select box into a autoselecting combobox, pretty neat. Link: ...

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Which Graphics File Format Do I Save As?

Posted on Tue, September 24, 2013 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

The difference in image types is the result of the need for compression. By default, most images have a fairly large file size, which is not conducive to web use. The most commonly compressed image file types are .jpg, .gif and .png. This quick tip article will supply you with a basic rundown of the various image types while avoiding the massive amount of details regarding the technical processes of compression.

For most readers, you are here for a quick answer as to what format you should save your image as, here is a quick rundown before we go into a little more depth:

  • If the images...

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Setting up a Magento site on your Local Machine

Posted on Tue, September 24, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Web Design by Mark Middleton

Setting up Magento (Community or Enterprise) for local development can be a little tricky, but with these tips you can be up and running in no time.

Here’s what we will cover:

Installation of MAMP MAMP (not MAMP Pro) is a free one-click installation of Apache, MySQL and PHP for Mac OS X Configuring your Computer’s Hosts File Configuring Apache Setting up your MySQL Database Importing and updating Magento

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ExpressionEngine 2.7: The new Grid fieldtype

Posted on Fri, September 13, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Web Design by Alum

EllisLabs recently released the latest major point update to their ExpressionEngine CMS, which is great news for GRAYBOX and many of it’s clientele as the ExpressionEngine CMS powers a majority of our projects and the latest update will bring some new opportunities for existing EE sites and open up a number of possibilities for how we can use and manipulate content on an EE powered site.

Some backstory: If you’re a seasoned EE developer you’re probably aware of the hullabaloo surrounding Pixel & Tonic, probably one of the most well known EE add-on providers. If you’re not aware of...

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