The Red Olive Blog

News, Strategies, & Humble Brags

July 28, 2007

The Utah Symphony and Opera retains the web design and print creative services of Red Olive on thier new project

Red Olive Design, a web site design services company in Utah jumped at the chance to propose a three website project for the Utah Symphony & Opera. And we were ecstatic when we heard we were selected to have the opportunity to work for such a client. It’s clients like the Utah Symphony & Opera […]

July 20, 2007

Red Olive Creative | The Red Olive Group

Red Olive Creative, a Creative firm based in Utah.  Has established a reputation for high end design.  We specialize in media creative, print creative, web creative. Red Olive Creative  has been around since 1999. Red Olive has designed hundreds of print pieces and web creative for clients world-wide. Even International Cients such as Volvo, Shapepoint and Flying J […]

June 4, 2007

Utah Company, Clark Outdoor Products revamps brand

Spencer Clark with Clark Outdoor Products came to Red Olive, a Utah branding firm, looking to creatively update their look to appeal to a more high end audience that would reposition them to be able to compete with brands such as North Face, Black Diamond, and Kelty. We started out by redesigning their logo to […]

April 21, 2007

Do not use papyrus, please for the love of all that is holy!

With the inception of Windows XP on October 25, 2001 Microsoft offered a beautiful new font named Papyrus.  It was different, exciting, and new.   It wasn’t well suited to copy since it was damn hard to read when small, so it made its mark in the world of logos and headlines. It was the day everyone with enough money […]

April 3, 2007

Adobe Dreamweaver Find and Replace code with different values tip

Say you need to find and replace text that differs but the term is similar like <span class=1> <a href=differs.htm> Something</a> the href differs but you need the <span class> moved inside the tag… <span class=”link1″><span class=”link2″><a href=anything.html> use: <span class=”link1″><span class=”link2″><a href=(w*).html> replace with: <span class=”link1″><span class=”link2″><a href=$1.html> $1, $2 etc. will replace things […]

February 13, 2007

Red Olive to Host Utah Advertising Federation UAF web site

Our resident design guru Vince Stinson, who just so happens to be on the board of the UAF informed us that we will be donating the hosting for the Utah Advertising Federation website. (  It is an honor and a privilege to work with Deanne Budge who heads up the organization. The hunt is on […]

January 12, 2007

Old school asp trick to track referrer and use it in your contact forms

Ever wanted to know how a visitor found your site but are too lazy to go look up the stats?  Collect the referrer information on the homepage and store it in a session.  When they fill out a contact form collect that info and there you go.  The below code assumes you have a windows […]

November 3, 2006

Search Engine Optimization Tips

Back in the early years of the Internet, you could do very little Search Engine Optimization and be ranked on the first page, or even #1.  And with little or no maintenance you would stay in that position for a long time.  But times have changed, therefore, a different approach must be taken in order […]

September 9, 2006

Search engine optimization with WordPress and IIS6, how to get permalinks to work without Apache

We are big fans of wordpress and would like to share some of our own research to help others with similar issues.  It really sucks that WordPress by default doesn’t work with php/IIS installs.  One would ask why not just switch to Apache?  Because it can’t run ASP.NET, that’s why.  Rather than dedicate an apache box […]

May 23, 2006

Netscape 6.x doesn’t display CSS repeating backgrounds properly, how to fix

You may run across a fairly undocumented bug while developing web sites in CSS.  The background you’ve defined in your CSS doesn’t want to repeat.  Typically you could just use the “clear:both” attributes but it fails too.  A simple fix is to put a regular HTML 4.0 tag like <BR> in your code and apply […]

March 14, 2005

Red Olive Design Inc. a Utah Web Design and Creative Firm

Finally, we decided to put together a much talked about utah web design blog. We initially only wanted to post common bugs or issues we faced while developing websites as an inhouse/public resource. Hopefully once picked up by the search engines it would help others facing similar conundrums. It was only after marketing heard we […]