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Creative Days 2014 Recap
August 30, 2014

Creative Days 2014 Recap

Our 3rd annual internal hackathon was a blast. Take a look at what our teams created over 2 days.

By Leslie Ye
5 Blind Spots to Consider When Designing Web Apps
July 31, 2014

5 Blind Spots to Consider When Designing Web Apps

Web apps require designers to think through numerous details. Sometimes, a few very important areas get overlooked.

By Yvonne Weng
Five Content Ingredients for Designing Successful Marketing Websites
June 26, 2014

Five Content Ingredients for Designing Successful Marketing Websites

Content is critical to a successful user experience. Learn about the five content ingredients and how they help.

By Peter Kang
8 Years In, Knowing What We Want
June 01, 2014

8 Years In, Knowing What We Want

As we celebrate 8 years of being in business, we know what's important to us and what we want for Barrel.

By Peter Kang
From Zero to Backbone in 48 Hours
May 22, 2014

From Zero to Backbone in 48 Hours

A guide to building a Backbone.js web app from scratch by leveraging the power of CodeIgniter and Grunt.

By Kevin Kneifel
Engineering Modular Systems
March 18, 2014

Engineering Modular Systems

Designing modular systems for our projects may require a significant change in approach, but the benefits can be great.

By Patrick Kunka
On Creating Sustainable Websites
March 11, 2014

On Creating Sustainable Websites

In our pursuit to create longer lasting websites, we’ve embraced a modular approach to web design because it prioritizes long-term consistency and scalability.

By Angel Ng
A Better Project On-Boarding Experience for the Team
February 24, 2014

A Better Project On-Boarding Experience for the Team

A Producer's thoughts on the importance of the internal on-boarding process for the team on the project.

By Aretha Choi
How We Use Template Tables to Effectively Communicate UX Designs
February 11, 2014

How We Use Template Tables to Effectively Communicate UX Designs

We've created an effective "cheat sheet" that plays a key role in our website design process with clients and team members.

By Yvonne Weng
Members-Only for WordPress, Part 3: Creating the Paywall
January 24, 2014

Members-Only for WordPress, Part 3: Creating the Paywall

This final part of our three-part series on WordPress membership functionality dives into the making of a paywall for your website.

By Wes Turner
Members-Only for WordPress, Part 2: User Registration
January 24, 2014

Members-Only for WordPress, Part 2: User Registration

This second of a three-part series on WordPress membership functionality walks you through the ins and outs of the user registration.

By Wes Turner
Members-Only for WordPress, Part 1: User Roles
January 15, 2014

Members-Only for WordPress, Part 1: User Roles

The first of a three-part tutorial series on mastering membership functionality in WordPress.

By Wes Turner
Five Tips for Clients Looking to Do a Web Project
December 31, 2013

Five Tips for Clients Looking to Do a Web Project

Five helpful tips geared towards clients looking to successfully manage a web project.

By Peter Kang
Meaningful Visual Design: A Look at Some of Barrel’s Internal Design Work
October 17, 2013

Meaningful Visual Design: A Look at Some of Barrel’s Internal Design Work

Meaningful visual design begins before any sketch or file is created. Learn how we define our practice at Barrel along with principles to guide your own.

By Andrea Horne
Maintaining Ongoing Communication with Our Team
October 08, 2013

Maintaining Ongoing Communication with Our Team

A playbook of communication methods that have helped us to foster a more open culture.

By Sei-Wook Kim
Present Your Animation Ideas
September 06, 2013

Present Your Animation Ideas

Find a place for animation in your workflow. Learn about the new tools that allow us to quickly communicate our animation ideas.

By Matthew Ortega
ProjectFlow and the Hard-Learned Lessons from Building a Product
September 04, 2013

ProjectFlow and the Hard-Learned Lessons from Building a Product

The hard (and sometimes painful) lessons we learned from building our own SaaS product.

By Peter Kang
Thoughts on Physical Space, One Year Later
August 14, 2013

Thoughts on Physical Space, One Year Later

After a year in our current office, it's a good opportunity to reflect on things we've learned from planning, building, and working in our space.

By Sei-Wook Kim
Why We’re Slimming Down Our Client Roster
August 01, 2013

Why We’re Slimming Down Our Client Roster

It's time we truly define our expertise and stop trying to cater to a wide range of clients.

By Peter Kang
Taking Control of Image Loading
July 29, 2013

Taking Control of Image Loading

Four simple but deadly image loading techniques that will make your site look great and perform at its best.

By Patrick Kunka
Relationship Status with FQL: It’s Complicated
July 29, 2013

Relationship Status with FQL: It’s Complicated

The Facebook API may have a terrible reputation but there is something admirable about the familiarity of FQL.

By Jessica Frazelle
Find Your Strength: An Argument for “Specializing”
July 24, 2013

Find Your Strength: An Argument for “Specializing”

Web development demands a broad set of skills. Through specialization, developers at Barrel increase their value by focusing on what they do best.

By Kevin Kneifel
Wireframes the Barrel Way
July 03, 2013

Wireframes the Barrel Way

Wireframes are an important part of the Barrel UX toolkit. We share our process and some insights we've discovered along the way.

By Yvonne Weng
Everyday Speaking Skills
June 20, 2013

Everyday Speaking Skills

About a month ago, I borrowed Speak like Yourself: No, Really! by Jezra Kayes from the Barrel bookshelf. I wasn’t preparing for a big presentation, but I...

By Aretha Choi
Seven Years in Business, Seven Lessons Learned
June 09, 2013

Seven Years in Business, Seven Lessons Learned

We recently passed the 7-year mark of being in business at Barrel. Our two Principals share 7 key lessons they've learned over the years.

By Peter Kang
Launched: Postable Thank You Card Platform
May 30, 2013

Launched: Postable Thank You Card Platform

Starting in 2011, we worked with Postable co-founders Scott Potash and Jesse Blockton to design and develop an easy-to-use custom web app that simplifies the task of...

By Lee Khleang
Launched: Penguin Speakers Bureau
May 14, 2013

Launched: Penguin Speakers Bureau

The Penguin Speakers Bureau (PSB) connects Penguin Group’s award-winning authors to audiences through speaking events. From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists...

By Aretha Choi
Beatboxing Workshop
April 25, 2013

Beatboxing Workshop

Our team learned how to beatbox from master beatboxers Beats Myth and Chesney Snow. We even witnessed an intense intra-team battle.

By Molly Sugar
National Grilled Cheese Day!
April 17, 2013

National Grilled Cheese Day!

Last Friday, we celebrated one of our favorite unofficial holidays of the year, National Grilled Cheese Day.

By Molly Sugar
Welcome to Our New Site!
April 09, 2013

Welcome to Our New Site!

It’s finally here! After four years with our last website, we decided to set aside some time late last year to begin rethinking our website. Though we did want...

By Diane Wang
Sweet Board: Sketch to Prototype in 5 Hours
April 09, 2013

Sweet Board: Sketch to Prototype in 5 Hours

What started as an instant message chat quickly turned into a fully working prototype that's become an office fixture ever since.

By Peter Kang
Swoop, swoop, swoop!
April 09, 2013

Swoop, swoop, swoop!

Back when it was still snowy and cold, we took our annual ski trip up at Windham Mountain. Although the sun didn't peek out, we still had a great time shredding up...

By Diane Wang
Launched: Hirondelle USA
April 05, 2013

Launched: Hirondelle USA

For the past fifteen years, Fondation Hirondelle, a Swiss NGO founded by journalists has created vital media operations in some of the world’s most isolated,...

By Diane Wang
Text-align: Justify and RWD
March 12, 2013

Text-align: Justify and RWD

Did you know that one of the most powerful tools for fluid, responsive layout has been a native feature of every browser since HTML 4?

By Patrick Kunka

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