Thoughts

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

Spinning Pixels into Websites: Design Thinking from Three Angles

  • Sam Otis
  • Dec. 12 2013

The design process is often shrouded in mystery. But while legends prop up the mystical “creative” and its magical design abilities, web design thrives on a much more grounded approach.

Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design

  • Corey Vilhauer
  • Nov. 26 2013

User Experience Strategist Corey Vilhauer is featured in a new book from Smashing Magazine: Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design.

“An Introduction to Django” — South Dakota Code Camp 2013

  • Nov. 10 2013

Django is a Python MVC web framework "that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design." In this presentation, we'll explore how Django makes application development easy and fast by re-building the South Dakota Code Camp website. Python experience is not required.

“Charting a New Course — Why the CEO Matters More Than the Developer”

  • Deane Barker
  • Oct. 26 2013

Knowing how to management content on your site is essential for online success, but duplicating the creation of a CMS is often a waste of time. Learn how to choose and properly manage content in this keynote address.

What Makes Developers Really Great?

  • Deane Barker
  • Sep. 17 2013

How to stay attractive — and relevant — when on the open development market.

Scratching the Surface of Silex

  • Derek Fernholz
  • Sep. 05 2013

In the web development world, we often default to “let’s just use what we’ve always used.” However, often these solutions aren’t simple - they’re just familiar. Enter Silex.

Preventing Upgrade Headaches with Selenium WebDriver

  • Jackson Murtha
  • Sep. 05 2013

Upgrading software can be an exercise in rising pulses, clenching teeth, and immense stress. That’s where we can turn to an unexpected testing friend: Selenium.

Five Practices of the Well-Rounded Content Management Developer

  • Deane Barker
  • Jul. 12 2013

Content management is a practice. And Deane Barker has outlined the five things that can make you a well-rounded content management developer.

Searching With Solr

  • Seth Larson
  • Jun. 21 2013

Chances are, you’ve found yourself in the sticky situation of adapting a default search engine. At Blend, we’ve gone in a new direction, looking toward an open source solution called Apache Solr.

An Introduction to Mobile First Design

  • Ryan Velgersdyk
  • Jun. 21 2013

People should always have access to all content on all devices, all the time. The trick is showing that content in an intuitive and user-friendly way. This is the story of how Iterate was born using mobile first design.

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