The Refinery - Cleveland Web Design Firm

How To Pick A Topic For Your Blog Post

Julie Symonds

Many organizations have the best intentions in mind when it comes to the company blog but it can be difficult to fulfill on the expectations. How can you select topics that will interest your audience? We explore some tactics to help decide what to share. 

What I Learned from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Dave Goerlich

I recently participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses program. What I learned offered valuable insight into our business and how we can advance. I wanted to take a moment to share my experience.

What is opinionated software?

Josh Walsh

What is opinionated software and how do you decide what's right for your company?

What's the Difference Between a Sitemap and a Wireframe?

Suzie F. Zack

In this post, we'll give an overview of the difference between a sitemap and a wireframe. We won't make you a UX designer by reading it, but you could probably win Who Wants to be a Millionaire or Jeopardy! with this info. 

How long does a social media post last?

Julie Symonds

Knowing the lifespan of your social posts can help you better plan your marketing strategy. We explore what those lifespans are and how they effect your content plans. 

The Refinery Takes 1st Place in Case Weatherhead 100

Josh Walsh

Each year The Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management recognizes the fastest growing customers in the Greater Cleveland Area.  The Refinery was awarded first place in the Upstart category for 2016.

The Refinery Recognized with Case Weatherhead Upstart Award

Josh Walsh

We're proud to be included in a list of so many great entrepreneurial companies in Cleveland, and we look forward to collaborating in the future.

Semantics and UX of Pure CSS3 Accordions

Jason Dielman

There are many examples online of pure CSS3 accordions. Many of these accordions use a combination of anchor elements with the :target pseudo-class while others use a combination of labels and checkboxes with the :checked pseudo-class. Either approach is certainly functional, but which is the right way? Perhaps the better question would be is there a right way? I believe the answer can be found in the underlying semantics and UX.

Ruby on Rails Sparkpost RubyGem

Dave Goerlich

If you have a Ruby on Rails app sending email through Mandrill, you may be feeling a bit squeezed right now. Mandrill’s recent announcement, to combine the service with paid monthly MailChimp plans, caused us some problems with our low volume services.

As a result, we’ve moved several of our applications over to SparkPost.