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WordPress – Search Engine Optimized!

WordPress – Search Engine Optimized!

Illustration by Justin Rodriguez WordPress is possibly the cheapest and best optimized Content Management System out there today.  WordPress and search engine optimization (SEO) guru,  Joost de Valk of yoast.com. says, “Out of the box, WordPress is a pretty well optimized system, and does a far better job at allowing every single page to be […]

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Burger King serves Adult Content?

Burger King serves Adult Content?

Is Burger King’s new ad for their “Super seven incher” a  risky business decision or just another step down from their creepy “king” mascot ads? While linking sex with food is not exactly a ground-breaking  technique in the advertising industry these days, this is no subtle sexual innuendo.   Albeit Quiznos has their “toasty torpedo” […]

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Our F Shape Reading Behavior Online

Our F Shape Reading Behavior Online

Co-written and image by Justin Rodriguez People read websites in an F shaped pattern. Why is this important to know? The more aware you are of how people will be reading or scanning your website the more effectively you can layout the information on your pages. This knowledge can help you place important information and […]

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What’s the Plan? A Guide to Effective Website Navigation

What’s the Plan? A Guide to Effective Website Navigation

Co-author, Rebecca Dirkse Are you the type of person who likes to skip brainstorming and outlining and simply jump into your project or writing? That process of working can be a real headache if there is a lot of content to discuss and organize. The same is true for designing websites.  The best way to […]

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Tutorial: How to add forms to Store-Locator plugin in WordPress

Tutorial: How to add forms to Store-Locator plugin in WordPress

Yesterday I had to add some custom forms to a WordPress plugin called Google Maps Store Locator for WordPress (version 1.2.28) and found it’s not as straight-forward as one might expect. After about forty-five minutes of digging through all of the plugin’s files, I located four that were of use to me: /store-locator/view-locations.php /store-locator/add-locations.php /store-locator/generate-xml.php […]

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Blueprint Design listed on Chicago Area Startups

Blueprint Design listed on Chicago Area Startups

Recently we were featured on Chicago Area Startups ranked as #34 for overall traffic in the Chicagoland area. We have been in business for over 3 years and the growth that we have seen has been amazing. and we are very greatful to our clients for giving us the oppertunity to assist them with their […]

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Friday Designer Resource Links

Friday Designer Resource Links

Build a Content Slider with jQuery A cool Jquery content slider to add to your site. View the Demo Get the Source Code           Design a Unique Grungy Website Layout The web is filled with grunge web tutorials well here’s one. We like this not so much for the overall result […]

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In Memoriam: Philip Ryan

In Memoriam: Philip Ryan

Words cannot express our loss from this last weekend of coworker and great friend, Phil Ryan. An energetic presence and a positive individual who not only gave his all but cared about doing things as well as anyone possibly could. As part of our Blueprint family, his desire, dedication, and passion for enjoying the moment […]

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Photoshop Brushes Worth Checking Out

Photoshop Brushes Worth Checking Out

Below is a list of some of our recently used photoshop brushes. We’ve filtered through hundreds of photoshop brushes for multi purpose use. Typically these brushes are just a starting point for us. When working with them we modify shapes, sizes, colors and sometimes the brush it self. The brushes work great for web design but some […]

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