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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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How Developer Cross-training Helps Projects Succeed

Cross-training developers results in increased productivity, more collaboration, and better results for client projects. 

October 24, 2023

Episode 24: Maintain and Improve (w/ David Hobbs) Off-site link

Corey and Deane discuss the people and rules that help run a website after launch. Then, David Hobbs, author of Website Product Management: Keeping Focused During Change, joins to talk about transferring a site from a project to a product — what that means to keep the site going after launch, where it most often fails, and how to streamline requests and set reasonable expectations for the future of the site.

October 17, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

A Vision for a Pain-Free Migration

Migrations don’t have to be a pain — Blend has a process and vision going forward of how to make the migration process simpler. 

October 12, 2023

Optimizely Release Notes — July-August 2023

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely's products from July and August 2023.

September 15, 2023

Keeping Your Website Fresh: 10 Post-Launch Web Tasks

A website's success doesn't hinge on what happens on launch day — it's an ongoing balance of maintenance and improvement after your site has already launched.

August 21, 2023

Episode 22: Test and Launch the Site (w/ Bob Davidson) Off-site link

Corey and Deane talk about the concept of the “Nails List.” Then, Bob Davidson, Director of Development at Blend Interactive, joins to talk about how to get your site ready for launch, what makes a good QA practitioner, the role of quality assurance and testing in the development process, and how to prep the site so it doesn’t fall over when exposed to the real world. We also spend a lot of time talking up Jenna Bonn, Blend’s QA Practice Manager.

August 16, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

Journaling as a Management Tool

In management, your team depends on you to help follow up on solving pain points and barriers. But, for the mind of an engineer with a spotty memory, managing this workload can be difficult. Blend's Director of Development Bob Davidson explains how he supplements his workflow with a mix of technology, process, and habit through daily journaling.

August 9, 2023

Optimizely Release Notes — May-June 2023

The following release notes highlight major or interesting changes in Optimizely's products from May and June 2023.

July 14, 2023

Umbraco Releases Version 12

An overview of Umbraco's newest release, Umbraco 12, highlighting the anticipated changes it brings to the user experience.

July 13, 2023

Episode 20: Implement the Back-end Functionality (w/ David Knipe) Off-site link

Corey and Deane discuss a high-level philosophy of back-end development. Then, David Knipe, Vice President of Product at Optimizely, joins to discuss back-end development — how developers and project stakeholders work together to make decisions, the difference (and balance) between technical perfection and audience needs, and the reasons why AI will help, but not take over, back-end development. Deane also equates developers to lumberjacks.

June 20, 2023 | The Web Project Guide Podcast

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.