We write the code & engineer the databases powering our clients' dynamic web applications.

We usually develop for LAMP environments. LAMP is a collection of free, open-source software, consisting of:

Linux Apache HTTP Server MySQL PHP

LAMP isn't right for every project. We also have experience working with alternative server set-ups which feature:

nginx MariaDB

Open-source technologies enable faster, cheaper, and more secure web applications. Long live open-source!

We are fully fluent in:

HTML CSS JavaScript

As well as the idiosyncrasies of the platforms which render them. This means we can construct sites that maintain strict standards compliance (for maximum compatibility), or sites that bark and scream from the cutting-edge of emerging standards (for maximum sexiness), or sites compromising somewhere between the two.

Here are some of the technologies we use, the platforms we develop for, and the services we interface with:

We love servers so much that we help make sure they're healthy & safe.

We always make sure to code websites that are as secure as possible, but a good server configuration can make a world of difference. Because of this, we also offer system administration services for small-to-medium Linux-based servers.

We help keep your server safe from exploits. We apply security patches as soon as they're available and monitor system logs for suspicious activity. We also backup frequently and redundantly so you can sleep easier knowing your data is easily recoverable in a worst-case scenario.

We are Blobfolio, a small web development firm with big talent & plenty of experience.
Meet the dynamic duo.

Josh Stoik
Left Desk

I broke the first computer I was given access to. Then, naturally enough, I proceeded to break it repeatedly. It was all part of my brilliantly evil plan to figure out how it worked. And I did. I was able to gradually move toward more constructive avenues and began writing small programs to perform useful or entertaining tasks.

The programming languages I started with have, of course, long since been retired to the history books, but others, better, have taken their place. I now develop complex and custom web applications with my wife, Tiffany, and our three domesticated dingoes, Dagon, Deilos, and Dactyl.

Tiffany Stoik
Right Desk

I entered the wide world of Web development as a teenager, making Diaryland templates for other teenage girls. From then on I was committed to helping people communicate and connect with others on the Web. I moved on from Diaryland to an open-source blogging software called Greymatter, which was popular in the early 2000s.

Now I focus on helping individuals and companies define themselves on the Web with free and open-source technologies like WordPress and Drupal.

We work with designers to create
the foundation & functionality of a website.

AvantCredit
AvantCredit is an online personal lender based in Chicago.

We coded the fully responsive, form-heavy front-end of their side based on designs by Collision Labs. They wanted to be sure all their content, including a complex application form, was completely accessible on the myriad of devices their clients use.

We delivered front-end assets that met these standards and were easily usable with the Ruby back-end they developed in-house.
Uncle Goose
Uncle Goose handcrafts an array of exquisite wooden block toys in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We coded a brand new iteration of their site, a fully responsive custom e-commerce system built on WordPress. It includes a shipping calculator, coupons, two different payment gateways, a Create-a-Name block generator, and much more.

Designs were provided by Bright Bright Great.
The Secret Handshake
The Secret Handshake is an online resource for student designers and young creatives, with tips and insider insight on portfolios, resumes, and the application process.

We coded a WordPress theme for The Secret Handshake using designs by Bright Bright Great.

The Secret Handshake is a highly interactive site that uses cutting-edge techniques like flex-box and the history API, as well as fallbacks to ensure the experience is enjoyable across a variety of browsers.
InVision Communications
InVision Communications is a communications consultancy firm with an emphasis on powerful content and audience engagement.

We built InVision a WordPress theme using designs by Collision Labs.

We also did a security assessment of their server after an exploit on a secondary website left them vulnerable. We then helped them implement our suggestions to get their server back to a healthy & safe state.
Chicago Charity Challenge
Chicago Charity Challenge (aka Chicago ChaCha) is a donation competition that pits Chicago businesses against each other to see who can be the most charitable.

We built them a WordPress theme based on designs by Collision Labs. We also coded a donation tracking system.

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The Pullman Foundation
The Pullman Foundation is an educational foundation providing awards and scholarships to qualified individuals.

We developed a WordPress theme for them based on designs by Collision Labs, as well as an easy-to-use scholar directory so they can easily keep track of the bright students they've helped.

We also provide Pullman with system administration services, making sure their server is always safe and their data easily recoverable.
Lisa Bun
Lisa Bun is a graphic and web designer based in Chicago. She is the creative force behind Collision Labs.

We developed a responsive WordPress theme based on the designs Lisa provided. It has a work page that can be filtered by category, many different options for featuring Lisa's gorgeous content, and it looks beautiful on any device.
ViaForensics
viaForensics is a mobile security company. They make apps that enable consumers to take greater control of their data's security, as well as toolkits to help devlopers make safe mobile apps.

We developed a WordPress theme for them based on designs by Bright Bright Great. The site is responsive, retina-ready, and uses cutting-edge features like looping video backgrounds.

We worked in close collaboration with the technical team at viaForensics to make sure this WordPress theme lived up to all their security standards.
Fringe Focus
Fringe Focus is an online shop for creative and unique household goods created by artist Rob Lokoutka.

We developed a custom shop system based on Wordpress and Stripe, tailored to Rob's exact specifications to make selling his projects as painless as possible.

By building something custom, we avoided the overhead of "do-everything" solutions, keeping the site snappy and the back-end uncluttered. We were also able to integrate features for Rob that were hard to find in any pre-built solutions.

Collision Labs

Collision Labs is a creative design studio based out of Chicago with whom we collaborate on a regular basis. We provide programming and other technical services as necessary for their clients.

We've worked on everything from large, custom-built, database-intensive infrastructures to simple WordPress themes with this wonderful firm. Thanks to them, all of it was beautiful.

(Pssst! They designed this site!)

Call One Essential
Call One is one of the nation's largest providers of voice, data, and internet services and systems.

We developed their new Call One Essential Dashboard based on designs by Collision Labs. The dashboard allows staff and clients to comprehensively manage enterprise infrastructure through one easy-to-use system we built from the ground up.

We also provide Call One with system administration services for their Essential Dashboard, making sure their server is always safe and their data easily recoverable.
Avondale Type Co.

Avondale Type Co. is a type foundry based in Chicago.

We developed a WordPress theme for Avondale Type Co. based on designs by Bright Bright Great.

The theme is fully responsive and retina-ready, and has a pay-what-you-want download system.

We collaborate with designers to build lasting partnerships.

Lisa Bun
designer, owner
Collision Labs

You honestly can't go wrong with this team. We have collaborated with Blobfolio countless times, as they have developed almost all of our client sites - from basic Wordpress sites to complex web applications.

If that's not saying enough, well let me say some more. Quality, efficiency, great communication, knowledge and expertise – it all goes such a long way, and they have time and again improved the work delivered to my clients.

I can't stress enough how damn good they are at their jobs. We all know how difficult it is to find a good developer. Well here's two of them, and bonus: they are SO fun to work with!

Jason Schwartz
creative director, owner
Bright Bright Great

As someone who has been designing for interactive for the past 15 years, it's exciting and extremely valuable for me to find a partner that not only can understand and translate my vision from creative through interactive, but also has the ability and high-level skills to troubleshoot issues that come up along the way.

Tiffany is extremely intelligent regarding development and interactive problem solving, so much so that sometimes I email her to help talk me through thoughts in my head to help me plan from top down.

Besides skills, I can't say enough good things about how Tiffany works. She's responsive, she's pleasant and she's accountable. All important needs when under tight deadlines and tough planning decisions.

We use our knowledge to create & share
useful resources with the community.

wordpress plugin
Apocalypse Meow

VERSION 1.6.0

A simple, light-weight collection of tools to help protect wp-admin, including password strength requirements and brute-force log-in prevention.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Last Updated: April 11, 2014

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wordpress plugin
Look-See Security Scanner

VERSION 14.04

Verify the integrity of a WP installation by scanning for unexpected or modified files.

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Last Updated: April 08, 2014

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wordpress plugin
Sock'Em SPAMbots

VERSION 0.8.0

A more seamless approach to deflecting the vast majority of SPAM comments.

Requires: 3.6 or higher
Last Updated: December 1, 2013

view full description >> free!
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