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HTML and CSS From Scratch. 10:1 Design Principals

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

So now you know how to create a web site using HTML and CSS, but how do you make it beautiful and useful? This is an important aspect of web design. In other posts I have described how bad design causes stress and makes users more likely to leave your website, and the colour associations […]

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HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This tiny book almost makes you want to scream “it’s not a book, it’s a pamphlet” – and thank goodness for that! Sick and tired of long boring tomes full of waffle that you need a PhD in geekery to understand? Then HTML5 For Web Designers was written with you in mind, and not a […]

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Software Review: Sothink SWF Easy 6

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Sothink SWF Easy 6 is a great little application that allows people like me – who know nothing about flash – to create professional-looking animated banners and ads with no effort at all. Advanced users will find that all the features they need are included to be able to create complex, custom animations with interactivity. […]

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Are your web forms legal?

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Don’t get blacklisted, sued or worse … a simplified guide to staying legal when designing web forms, email campaigns and handling customer data on your website. The CAN-SPAM Act (USA), British Internet Privacy Laws and ISP Policies.

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Make Internet Explorer Behave Like Webkit: Chrome Frame

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Now that CSS3 and HTML5 are well and truly here, fixing websites for Internet Explorer has become a more arduous task than most designers are prepared to undertake. Why do I say this? Well, taking a look at the web today it seems that the majority of web designers have simply given up on adding […]

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Styling the Tweet Feed Widget Part 2: inline CSS styles

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

If you’ve been paying any attention to my blog you will have seen that I never finished styling the tweet feed widget. The issue was this: there are some inline styles which the widget inserts dynamically. I didn’t quite realise this until I went back to finish off my stying. In case you don’t know […]

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Colour Schemes with Honeysuckle: Pantone Colour of 2011

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2011 is Honeysuckle: rgb(203,101, 134) or #cb6586. But why? Pantone say “Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that […]

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Neuromarketing, Relaxation and Web Design

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Research shows that the experience that a consumer has on a website can drastically affect their perception of the brand or product. Bad design really does result in more stress – and fewer sales. This is not simply a question of aesthetics, but also usability, and of understanding the purpose with which a customer has […]

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CSS3 Transition and Transform: Spinning Flower

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

This tutorial gives instructions for Safari (Webkit), and the demonstration files include styles for Safari and FireFox4. OK so in the last tutorial I showed you how to make an equilateral triangle with css3. Now you can use this basic triangle to make a flower, or another symmetrical shape, using the css3 attributes transform and […]

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Save The Pixel: the art of simple web design, by Ben Hunt

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

This is a must-read eBook for web designers everywhere. I keep hearing Ben’s voice in my head as I code: if in doubt, take it out. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Don’t waste space on unnecessary details! I had already noticed how quickly borders and other fancy tricks eat up valuable screen real estate. Ben Hunt takes […]

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