When we launched our new site back in January 2008, we were excited to launch it with our very own blog, where we could showcase the happenings of Hornall Anderson that weren’t necessarily client related. A place to talk about anything from our softball championship, to our exceptional water-jet carving skills, or our infamous holiday parties.
From the outset, we had in mind a blog that was integrated with the foundation of our site, the tagging and live search feature. To us this meant a blog that felt like it was built on the same platform as the portfolio side of our site, as opposed to off-the-shelf solutions like Blogger or Wordpress.
However the first iteration of our blog, mirrored typical HTML blog design solutions, thus we weren’t fully taking advantage of Flash’s inherent benefits. We also wanted to add the ability for anybody to make comments or ask questions about our posts. Therefore, we decided to revisit the design of our blog to take advantage of the things Flash affords us, and add those features that we didn’t have time to get to the first time around. Features such as animation and asynchronous data loading, as well as present our blog posts in a way that felt consistent with the way the rest of the site works.
We also rebuilt the admin tool so that the process of authoring a blog is a little easier than before. It’s a Flash based blog authoring tool that features a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor with the ability to upload images, embed YouTube videos, and make links just like regular blog software.
As is usually the case with such things, we’re always thinking about ways to improve our website, so have a look around our blog, and if there are things that you like or dislike, leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say.