An Introduction to Visual Thinking

Posted on Tue, August 18, 2015 in Business Strategy, Development Tips, Identity Design by Jason Bennett

At GRAYBOX, we work with clients, coders, designers, and thinkers of all shapes and sizes. Each of them has a unique method of thinking and communicating. The information locked in each team member's brain is extremely valuable, and it's our job to somehow extract that information and gather it into a clear, actionable project plan. So, how do we communicate complex information in a clear, coherent and efficient manner? We use a tool called 'Visual Thinking' to help facilitate the process.

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Getting Things Done When There’s Too Much To Do

Posted on Tue, June 02, 2015 in Business Strategy by Jason Bennett

I'm learning every day that managing projects and my work habits is a necessity as our workload increases. Here are some things I've learned about producing quality while balancing multiple projects.

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Practical Web Design

Posted on Thu, September 25, 2014 in User Interface, Web Design by Jason Bennett

Web design is often described as an "artistic" or "creative" job. Many think a web designer simply makes a design look "cool" or "pretty". However, sometimes a pretty design just isn't practical.

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Three Ways to Sell An Expensive Product Online

Posted on Mon, June 16, 2014 in eCommerce Tips, Web Design by Jason Bennett

Commerce is moving online (and has been for years) but most people still have some concern about making purchases on a website, especially when what you're planning on buying costs a lot of money. So, how do you sell an expensive product online? Here are three ways to improve your sales.

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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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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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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 designweekportland.com 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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3 Ways to Design Better Responsive Sites

Posted on Tue, September 03, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Web Design by Jason Bennett

Here at GRAYBOX, virtually every new site we design includes responsive features. Designing for multiple devices can be tricky. We refine our responsive design process constantly to identify and fix issues we come across with each site we build. Here are three important things we’ve learned.

1. Side-by-side design

Every device is different. What’s good for one viewport isn’t necessarily good for the other. It’s important to think critically from the very beginning about how users will interact with your site on a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Designing the desktop view and...

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Tell Your Web Designer Everything

Posted on Wed, August 21, 2013 in Business Strategy, Web Design by Jason Bennett

Have you been planning on rolling out a new website for your company? Have you hired a web designer to help make it happen? Yes? Great! Now what?
The most important thing to remember when working with a web designer is that they don't know you. They probably don't know how your product is made or why people love it. They probably don't know how you handle sales calls, or how you're really popular in that one area of the world. They probably don't know who you're biggest competitors are. This is why you need to tell your designer everything you can about your business.

Talk about yourself. A...

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