Developing with Bower

Posted on Tue, February 03, 2015 in Web Development by Alum

Bower is the self proclaimed Package Manager for the Web. Let’s say you’re building your web application and you need jQuery and Bootstrap. What do you do to get those packages?

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The Value of the Right Project Management Tools

Posted on Tue, January 27, 2015 in Business Operations by Alyshia Keenan

​Is there such a thing as a perfect project management tool? It seems with the numerous options available, there is still a need to create additional tracking documents, spreadsheets, or other client-friendly reports. It begs the question of whether valuable time is lost searching for the right tool versus managing the project.

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2014 Was a Very Exciting Year at GRAYBOX!

Posted on Tue, January 20, 2015 in GRAYBOX News by Paul Weinert

2014 was a very exciting year at GRAYBOX! It was a huge thrill to be able to serve and work with so many of our amazing clients. We were able to offer many high-quality sites and modernize many companies web experiences. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. All told, we launched over 25 websites, completed over 40 projects and worked with over 75 great companies!

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Gestalt Principles Applied To Design

Posted on Mon, January 19, 2015 in Web Development, User Experience by Tiffany Tay

The Gestalt theory can spark new light when it comes to design. It helps us to think about our compositions in ways that we have not imagined them before. In fact, many principles that come from the Gestalt theory can be applied to all forms of art and design, from painting to photography, digital design to architecture, and good old fashioned print design.

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Dynamic Categories On Subpages in ExpressionEngine

Posted on Mon, January 05, 2015 in Web Development by Kevin Carpenter

​During a recent project, one of ExpressionEngine’s downfalls quickly forced me to think outside of EE’s built-in template syntax. The task was to allow the user to set ANY page to 1) A channel listing page (of any channel) 2) To START from any selected category and 3) Allow users to drill down into any category below the selected parent category. On the surface, this seems like it should be an easy task, particularly if you are not accustomed to ExpressionEngine’s syntax and limitations. Luckily, this downfall allows us to tackle this obstacle from many different approaches.

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A Digital New Year’s Resolution

Posted on Wed, December 31, 2014 in Web Development by Alum

It’s that time of year where many of us reflect on the past and consider the future. As a ​developer, I find myself tackling projects using the same tools and programming languages I always use because I am comfortable with them. But this is no way to stay abreast of all the changes happening in technology around me.

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Compass with SASS for Team Development

Posted on Mon, December 29, 2014 in Web Design, Web Development by Jon Haarstad

As a front-end developer, there are many go-to applications and workflows that have become common in our digital tool chests. Easily my favorite and most valuable tool is SASS. This post will be diving into a setup of SASS for a team of developers so I'll do a quick overview on what SASS is before I get into the more advanced setup of the SASS solution for teams that we here at GRAYBOX are incorporating into our workflows.

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e-Signature Tools Comparison

Posted on Tue, December 23, 2014 in Business Operations by Jon Love

In the web application and subscription software world, sometimes a simple "check this box to agree to terms" becomes insufficient. With the move toward more online offerings being delivered as an ongoing service, SaaS companies begin to bump up against legal principles that require more thoughtful solutions. When this is necessary, an Electronic Signature ("e-Signature") tool is a great way to help automate the transaction process while still meeting the legal requirements of agreement to terms.

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Adding a Custom Payment Method to Expresso Store in ExpressionEngine

Posted on Thu, December 04, 2014 in Web Development by Mark Middleton

During the discovery phase of a recent website project, we learned the client used "Sage" for their merchant account and payment processing. Planning on using ExpressionEngine, I looked up which Payment Gateways Expresso Store supported...

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Design Trends of the New Web Landscape

Posted on Mon, October 27, 2014 in Web Design, User Experience by Tiffany Tay

As a Web Designer, I come across a myriad of sites every day. I see great, good, and bad web design practices, and even trends that spring up every now and then. Below is a small list of web trends I've encountered frequently that benefit the web community as a whole.

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