Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by Erin Malick Thompson
With the 2014 election season upon us, we at Blueprint are gearing up for a busy spring, summer, and fall. Lots of creative ideas are waiting to be born!
So in the past few months, we've hired a new developer and new designer to help deliver your visions. Let me introduce them!
Posted on Apr 8, 2014 by Cameron Cook
For many people, Google is the internet. Instead of going to Facebook.com, they search "Facebook" and then click on the result.
Because of users like that, making sure your site is optimized for Google's search engine crawlers is incredibly important.
There's a lot to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but today let's talk about one of the easiest things you can do to help Google help you: webmaster tools.
Posted on Apr 1, 2014 by Nick Kessler
So your new site, designed and developed by Blueprint, just launched. Yet when you go to your URL in your favorite browser, it still looks like the old clunky monstrosity you used to have - even after clearing your browser cache! You've just encountered DNS propagation delay. Learn what it is and how to deal with it.
Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by Darin Senneff
Remember way, way, way back to the good old days where in order to animate objects on a web page, all you needed to do was to open up Flash, spend time creating and tweaking a timeline of objects, export all of that into a self-contained .SWF file, and embed it into your HTML so that the browser's Flash plugin could display it? Looking back, that seems excessive, but it was probably the most viable and acceptable way to include animations in your web designs. And that was just as recent as a handful of years ago.
Fortunately, the web has been transitioning away from proprietary plugins and non-standardized practices for awhile now. But the focus on web standards and compliancy has left animation and motion graphics in somewhat murky water. Technology and compatibility are improving every day, but as of right now, there's no one correct way to deal with animation in your browser, which leaves the designer/developer with a variety of options to choose from and weigh the pros and cons in order to decide which is best for that particular project.
Posted on Mar 6, 2014 by Stu Dotson
Have you ever thrown caution to the wind and reached for the stars?
Today I'll show you how to reach the stars in a very figurative and not real way. Once you know the jQuery methods behind scrolling effects, you'll feel like a whole new world has opened up for you. A dazzling place you never knew. You might even feel like a princess on a magic carpet ride.
Posted on Mar 4, 2014 by Nick Rivers
If you’ve ever built an application, or website that relies on Ajax for its content, you’ve run into issues with search engines. Ajax is great and can really give your project that native app feeling. However, modern search engines can’t index your content because you’ve abandoned the most important part of web development, URLs. Typically, methods of fragmenting URLS or passing GET variables are used by developers to allow users to access parts of the page but search engines won’t recognize these URLs so there goes your SEO plan. Read more to learn about best practices for SEO friendly Ajax projects.
Posted on Feb 11, 2014 by Erin Malick Thompson
I was out on maternity leave from late July to early December, and while I certainly wasn't sleeping (!), I did experience an awakening of sorts when I jumped back into design, thanks to a few new developments from Adobe: Typekit Sync, the Live Shape Properties panel, and Place Linked / Place Embedded options.
Posted on Feb 5, 2014 by Cameron Cook
Facebook isn't sitting there twiddling their thumbs, though. In recent months, they've come out with (or purchased) several apps that focus on particular parts of the Facebook platform.
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