by Kizaan Knapp Associations, Balance Interactive, Mobile, Responsive

It’s official: Responsive design is old news and in the world of web design, there’s always something new out there that’s going to add a couple of wrinkles of pain to your life. 

Enter Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Platform) technology… Here are the 3 things you need to know about AMP

1) What is it?

It’s a Google-supported framework for fast-loading mobile websites. Basically, the company is pushing for a very specific set of best practices in your HTML and Javascript that define the way your pages are designed, coded, organized, and optimized. In a...

by Kizaan Knapp Balance Interactive, Drupal, Web Development

Every 2 years, the world gathers & watches the best of the best of the best compete. Millions of viewers watched on TV, and many more watched the coverage online. And Drupal was right there to make sure everything was served properly, and all went smoothly.

Over the course of the Olympic games, the Drupal-powered site served over one billion minutes of sports coverage. That is a staggering amount of data served: that's over 1,900 years of sports coverage.

This site really showcases the flexibility and endless possibilities of Drupal, which is why we love building web...

by Kizaan Knapp Balance Interactive, Design, User Experience, Web Content, Web Strategy
  1. They are simply not effective.
    In many studies, multiple banners with different slides and calls-to-action (CTA) have been proven to be pointless. Users rarely ever see past the first slide, especially when the first slide has a strong CTA itself. If you truly want the user to see more than the first slide, then the first slide needs to sell, or at least, guide the user into the subsequent slides.
  2. They often have poor / no accessibility.
    99% of the time slideshows are setup for the most ideal scenario: fast internet connection,...
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...