Thoughts from Blend Interactive

One of Blend’s core values is a dedication to advocacy and progress — to expand upon and give back to the community that fuels us. This is where those thoughts live.

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Chapter 15: Determine System Requirements Off-site link

At this stage, you have enough information to draw up requirements for what you need in a content management system (CMS).

December 15, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Blend Earns Episerver CMS Specialization as Developers Earn Additional Certifications

Joshua and Chris continue to embrace the world of Episerver development as certified developers.

November 22, 2019

Chapter 14: Know Your Integrations Off-site link

So, we need a new website? The easy question is, “Now what?” The harder question is, “How did we get here?” Gain buy-in on the reasons behind a new project, define the problem in a way that gains traction, and avoid some early red flags along the way.

November 16, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 13: Develop the Graphic and Interface Design Off-site link

With knowledge of the content and how it’s organized, along with your organization’s marketing assets, you can visually plan the site from wireframes to fully rendered design.

November 15, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

South Dakota Code Camp Preview 2019

Blend Interactive's own UI developer Michael Todd and .NET developer John Pavek will speak at the upcoming Code Camp event in Sioux Falls, SD. Here's a look at what they'll be presenting.

November 1, 2019

Chapter 12: Write for People and Machines Off-site link

So, we need a new website? The easy question is, “Now what?” The harder question is, “How did we get here?” Gain buy-in on the reasons behind a new project, define the problem in a way that gains traction, and avoid some early red flags along the way.

October 16, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 11: Model Your Content Off-site link

Content takes many shapes and connects in many ways. How these shapes and connections manifest – both in how they relate to the editorial and design model and in how they are converted into data that a content management system can manage – has considerable impact on every subsequent stage of the project.

October 15, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 10: Organize Your Content Off-site link

Your site won’t just magically arrange itself. Instead, you must provide organization in a way that speaks to those who visit your site. What labels do they expect? How do they get from one section to another? How do they hone in on an information scent?

September 16, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Chapter 9: Develop a Strategy for Your Content Off-site link

Content drives business goals, which means content drives your site. For content that needs to be changed, content that does not yet exist, and even content that will stay the same, we need a strategic plan that provides both high-level direction and a more detailed review of messaging and function.

September 15, 2019 | The Web Project Guide

Deane Takes Position at Episerver

Deane Barker will be taking on a new role as Senior Director of Content Management Strategy at Episerver.

August 26, 2019

Beyond Blend.

Blend doesn’t just write here: we also write books, create videos, and dive deep into our individual disciplines. Check out some of our external sources of knowledge.

The Web Project Guide

A phase-by-phase look at the web design and development process, providing context to each step.

Coding with Bob

A YouTube series by our director of development, focusing on .NET coding and Optimizely development.

Eating Elephant

A blog about content strategy, information architecture, and understanding user needs.