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by Kizaan Knapp Balance Interactive, Opinions/Reviews, Tips and Tricks

Our next interviewee for this series is with Director Service Delivery, Beth Morgan. Beth has been with Balance for over 6 months now and I have noticed she makes MANY lists!. She has a very quirky sense of humor, writes very fun blog posts and always finds a way to stay calm, even in the most frustrating situations!

  1. What’s on your desk right now?
    2 monitors, 1 laptop, 1 iPad, 1 Droid, notebook, pencils, hot hands, bottle of water, my scientific calculator from 7th grade and a paper pointer that a phenomenal client gave me when I left to come to...
by Krystee Dryer

We have discussed Susy and Gulp in our three part process of our approach to Responsive Design. In this last part of the series, we will talk about using Breakpoint to handle media queries.

Media Queries

Media queries in simple terms are statements that test the type of media and evaluate it against some criteria (usually properties such as width, height or color). We use media queries to limit a style sheet’s scope so we are applying certain styles only to certain conditions. This concept is very useful in Responsive Design since we can call on the width...

by Krystee Dryer Associations, Balance Interactive, CMS, Drupal

In the previous blog post in this series, we talked about why we use Susy to handle our flexible grid layout. Part 2 discusses using Gulp for Image Optimization.

Image Optimizing

You can have a flexible grid system, but if your media assets are not optimized for screen size, your design isn’t completely responsive. Optimization include:

  • minimizing components such as css/javascript
  • compressing images
  • compiling source code such as SASS
  • reloading browsers instead of having to refresh manually

Gulp is a build...

by Krystee Dryer Associations, Balance Interactive, CMS, Drupal

How your website looks on different devices has become a high priority topic of any organization especially now that Google has made the “mobile-friendliness” of a site part of a sites ranking and has used traditional desktop size elements such as Adobe Flash content or horizontal scrolling actually hurt ranking.

Five years ago, organizations would be looking at mobile versions of sites to solve this problem, but more recently Responsive Design has answered many of these issues by having flexible layouts that can resize to the width of viewing screens. The best part of using...

by Beth Morgan Balance Interactive, Opinions/Reviews, Tips and Tricks

A few of us at Balance were having our daily stand up meeting on a Thursday morning. One of us remarked. “Wow, it’s Thursday and I’ve already got a “birch” beer in my hand.” This naturally initiated a debate surrounding what is a “breakfast” food really? There are, of course, the staples: eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, toast. We also can’t forget bagels, donuts, orange juice and scrapple (guilty - nee’ Pennsylvania). We all recognize these options because we have been feasting on these things since we were kids. There is the bar movement as well… granola bars, protein...

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