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