Ben Fjare

Ben is the digital director for Prime Incorporated. He spends his days art directing, writing code, and telling people about the one time he saved a baby at Sea World. Ben takes work pretty seriously but not much else.
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Project Profile: Bozeman Real Estate Group Branding and Website

Posted by Ben Fjare on May 31, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Finding the home of your dreams is a big decision and having great tools to use is very important. When Bozeman Real Estate Group came to us looking for a sharp brand and an amazing website we got excited.  Sure a property search is cool and a blog is nice but how can we make that experience engaging and fun?  Here is what we came up with.

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Topics: Web Design, Branding

From Design School To Code School

Posted by Ben Fjare on Aug 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I continued my education after high school at Montana State University. The degree of choice was a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design.  If you're not familiar with what you study with a graphic design degree, it's basically a four year trade school degree with emphasis in art (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, etc.) and then a study in how to create logos, print media, concept art, website design and the like.  When I was enrolled in my classes, there was one design student that was an excellent developer as well as an artist, and when we created websites in one course his skill set allowed his website to be far far better then anyone else in the class.

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Topics: Prime Culture

3 Lessons I've Learned Starting a Business Right Out Of College

Posted by Ben Fjare on Aug 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I have been asked to speak a handful of times by young professional groups about how I started my business.  My anwser is almost always the same.  The wrong way.

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Topics: Prime Culture

Cowboys Need Design Too

Posted by Ben Fjare on Jul 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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Topics: Branding

5 ExpressionEngine Plugins You Need As A Content Manager!

Posted by Ben Fjare on Jun 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There is nothing I love more than the perfect tool for the job.  ExpressionEngine has been the backbone of our web development for years and it has a great plugin community.  Over the years we have fallen in love with a few plugins and I wanted to share them with people who may not be familiar with how much easier they can make publishing your content.  Two things to note.  We are right in the middle of the transition from EE2 - EE3 and some of these are plugins have not been ported to EE3 yet. This is very much an EE2 based list. Also, there are a ton of great plugins that are amazing for development (low, stache, ce cache, etc.) however I wanted to focus on plugins that are used by content managers.  

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Topics: Web Design

My First Peers Conference

Posted by Ben Fjare on Apr 17, 2016 5:34:53 AM

I'm sitting at Tampa International Airport. The time is 6:25am (4:25am at home) and I haven't had a good nights sleep since I was back at home in Montana. I'm tired, overloaded, and can't wait to get home.

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Topics: Web Design, Prime Culture

Taking Bozeman Web Design & Development to a New Level

Posted by Ben Fjare on Mar 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

We've changed a lot here at Prime in the last few months.  New staff, new systems, new awesome clients, new energy and new ideas.  The only thing that hasn't changed is my desire to become better in everything we do with our web team; being more efficient, creating even more engaging web interfaces, giving clients a pert near perfect content management experience and having a hell of a time doing it are all goals of mine for 2016.

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Topics: Web Design

5 Website Mistakes That Are Killing Your Brand

Posted by Ben Fjare on Mar 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Everyone makes mistakes and websites are no different.  However, there are some obvious pitfalls you can avoid.  Below are some simple tips to keep you on track.

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Topics: Branding, Web Design

Craft, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress - A CMS Comparison

Posted by Ben Fjare on Mar 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Here at Prime we have experience with three open source Content Management Systems.  These systems  allow the maximum level of customization for your front and backend management.  This article will be a simple CMS comparison.

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Topics: Web Design

Utilize Open Graph For Better Social Media Integration

Posted by Ben Fjare on Feb 22, 2016 2:09:00 PM

Making your content look great on your site is one thing but it is just as important to make sure it looks right on social media.  If your code is even just a bit off, every time a post is shared Facebook might pull your logo as the image, or a dumb looking twitter icon over and over again.

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Topics: Social Media Management

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