by Melissa Woodsen Balance Interactive, Content Management, Content Strategy, Opinions/Reviews, User Experience

Throughout 2015, we want to give you all the opportunity to get to know the Balance Interactive team and our clients a little better. To that end, we are introducing a monthly feature called “Finding Balance: A broader view with…” and will have either a Balance employee or a client featured "snapshot" of who they are and what inspires them. 

by Melissa Woodsen Balance Interactive, Content Management, Design, Information Architecture, Usability, User Experience

Anytime we begin our UX and design process, our clients are concerned about the dreaded “fold.” You know the part of your site that users see when they come to your site? The part that shows before you scroll? That area is considered “above the fold”—and it used to be a major concern when thinking about usability and accessing content. After all, we wouldn’t want our users to miss out on valuable content because they fail to scroll down, right? 

Guess what? Users scroll.

It’s true. 

by Timea Szell Balance Interactive, Corporate, Opinions/Reviews, Tips and Tricks

In order to understand how these two distinct concepts relate and influence each other, first let’s outline them.

Culture isn’t defined easily; however, as cited in Wikipedia the definition is used most commonly in three ways:

by Melissa Woodsen Balance Interactive, Information Architecture, Tips and Tricks, Usability, User Experience, Web Development, Web Strategy

Traditionally, wireframing has been the go-to activity for specking out web designs, architecting the layout of the site and envisioning user experience. But the fact of the matter is, no matter how detailed the annotations, no matter how intuitive we think we've designed it to be, nothing substitutes for the real thing--a live, working site. In a world with infinite dollars and hours, we could build multiple iterations of sites until our hearts' content. Sadly, projects have budgets and timelines and reality to contend with, and multiple builds just aren't in the cards.

by Jill Handman CMS, Drupal

Have you ever needed to sort a view that included multiple content types with different date fields? If so, you’ll know that this isn’t easily done in Views. For example, let’s say you have an Event content type with a date field called Event Date. Then, let’s say you have a News content type with a date field called News Date. And finally, let’s say you have a third content type called Classes with a date field called Class Date.