10 Reasons to Use Drupal

Posted on Fri, July 25, 2014 in Web Design, Web Development by Santiago Bendavid

Drupal is a web development framework / platform. With a background focused on generating online communities and user-generated content, Drupal is a versatile platform that allows efficient website development.

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Three Ways to Sell An Expensive Product Online

Posted on Mon, June 16, 2014 in Web Design, eCommerce 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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Making a Comeback:  The Vertical Menu

Posted on Tue, June 03, 2014 in Web Design by Jon Haarstad

As responsive design has become more and more the norm in web development we can conclude that vertical navigation will never surpass its horizontal counterpart, right? Well, before we jump to that conclusion, let’s explore the benefits of vertical navigation.

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Internet Explorer Select Dropdown Arrow Solution: ChosenJS

Posted on Fri, May 23, 2014 in Web Design, Web Development, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

Browser testing can be one of the most daunting tasks for a web designer or developer especially when that scope includes IE8 and IE9. Besides the usual background-size and image fixes, the most difficult task to regulate is the dreaded select dropdown element.

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5 jQuery Snippets Every Developer Should Have Handy

Posted on Fri, January 31, 2014 in Web Design, Web Development, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

By changing the scrollTop value we can change where we want the scrollbar to land, in my case I used a value of 0 because I want it to go to the very top of our page, but if I wanted an offset of 100px I could just type 100px in the function. So all we are really doing is animating the body of our document throughout the course of 800ms until it scrolls all the way to the top of the document.

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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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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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