Thoughts

From announcements to deep-dive blog posts, here’s the pulse of what Blend is thinking.

Why Planning Matters

  • Taylor Lopour
  • Aug. 04 2021

In the 90s sitcom, Friends, each episode follows the six main characters as they face the challenges that come with growing up and finding your way. When Monica Geller asked Phoebe Buffay if she had a plan for the rest of her life, Phoebe responded with, "I don't even have a pla." 

While rolling without a plan may be a normal stage for twenty-somethings figuring out life, it shouldn't be the case for web teams. Web teams need plans.

Coding with Bob: Building an Episerver Site from Scratch - Part 1

  • Bob Davidson
  • Jul. 01 2021

While most new Optimizely + Episerver developers tend to learn on the job through maintenance projects, Blend believes that there's a lot of value in learning how to spin a site up from scratch. Blend's Director of Development Bob Davidson provides some guidance on how to do just that in this Coding with Bob video.

Work From Here: Blend's New Hybrid Work Model

  • Karla Santi
  • Jun. 29 2021

We'll never again be the company we were a year ago, especially as we continue to weather a global pandemic and adapt to a new "work anywhere" mindset. Here's how Blend is navigating the new landscape of remote and in-person work.

Accessibility: the Right Thing to Do — Part 1: First Steps

  • Jenna Lange and Joe Kepley
  • Jun. 28 2021

Our world is surrounded by tools designed to promote accessibility. Every time you see a ramp, an automatic door button, a walk-in shower, an elevator, or a sign written in braille, you’re seeing accessibility in action. So why can't your website be made accessible too?

Designing for Dark Mode

  • Sam Otis and Corey Vilhauer
  • Jun. 25 2021

Dark mode is increasingly becoming a part of modern web design. But is it right for your new site? Blend's lead designer Sam Otis talks through the benefits and potential pitfalls.

Blend's Work Hard, Play Hard Challenge

  • Tori Houwman
  • Jun. 24 2021

Summer’s here, and to promote healthy choices within our company this season, we’ve implemented a Work Hard. Play Hard. challenge. And if that wasn’t reason enough, we’re headed to Mexico!

Coding with Bob: On Page Editing Meta Properties

  • Bob Davidson
  • Jun. 08 2021

While on-page editing within Optimizely + Episerver is a powerful tool, by default it continues to hide some important metadata. Blend's Director of Development Bob Davidson highlights how to programmatically surface meta properties within on-page editing in this Coding with Bob video.

Gaining Traction

  • By Karla Santi
  • Jun. 01 2021

“If you’re truly going to commit to building a great company, a strong leadership team, and getting the right people in the right seats, you must prepare for change on your leadership team.” ― Gino Wickman

Optimizely + Episerver Release Notes — April/May 2021

  • Bob Davidson
  • Jun. 01 2021

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely + Episerver’s products in April and May 2021.

Digital Optimization is for Marketers

  • Taylor Lopour
  • May. 18 2021

The expectations and demands of digital marketing managers have increased dramatically. Account Success Manager Taylor Lopour talks about how digital optimization can help.

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