Posted on Jul 20, 2015 by Nick Rivers
As a programmer, there is so much to learn and many open source tools designed to make our applications better. Recently, I learned how to use a new PHP framework called Laravel. Laravel is a modern framework that models itself around clean, and readable code. With that said, it introduces a templating engine called “Blade.” This system includes its own file naming convention along with code syntax that’s eloquent, expressive and easy to learn for programmers of all levels. If you’ve used AngularJs, you may be familiar with the double or triple curly brackets used in Laravel.
Posted on Jun 25, 2015 by Cameron Cook
Here at Blueprint we pride ourselves on crafting websites that aren't just pleasing to the eyes, but also easy for our clients to manage after we hand them the keys. From what we've heard, that latter point is increasingly rare.
In some cases, clients come to us and share that they can't even change the feature images on their homepage without getting the original vendor involved. That's always seemed crazy to us -- because as much as we love working with our partners, we never want to force them to get in touch because of trivial edits or updates.
Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by Nick Kessler
Could an app make you fat? A poorly designed one could, albeit indirectly. Reducing cognitive friction for your users is crucial for the success of your product, service, or campaign and can result in happier users/supporters and more word-of-mouth.
Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by Geoff Mackler
Over the last couple months we’ve seen several different and methods and tactics candidates used to announce their intention to run for President:
- Ted Cruz’s speech at Liberty
- Marco Rubio’s announcement speech in Miami
- Bernie Sanders’ announcement in Vermont
- Hillary Clinton’s soft campaign launch
These launches all had something in common – a well composed digital launch with clear goals in mind. These campaigns all covered the basics – campaign website, social media, and small dollar fundraising push. However, beyond that, we can point to noteworthy innovations for building their lists and generating buzz. Here are a few examples:
Posted on Jun 2, 2015 by Darin Senneff
Posted on May 29, 2015 by Stu Dotson
Learn more about Firebase, an API service that can store and sync data in real-time without any need to set up a server or database. It's been used to create chat rooms, collaboration tools, and feeds. You can also set it up to have authenticated users and a whole host of other neat features.
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Nick Rivers
Over the past year or so, I've been tinkering with open source micro controllers which are tiny processors that allow engineers to write commands that can interface with other devices. Some popular ones are Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone Black, and Galileo. These boards have serial ports varying from input/output to analog and some include battery or AC compatible power sources. They are primarily for prototyping and can be combined with extension boards (shields) to extend their capabilities.