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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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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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PHP and CSS Colour Changer Script

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Using PHP variables in your CSS can add interest and interactivity, and you can even personalise colour schemes for individual visitors: let people choose their own CSS styles when they have logged in, or change the colours and images based on the weather or the time of day! This is a very simple PHP random […]

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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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Posted in neurology, useability, web design | 11 Comments »

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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CSS 3 Star Mandala Tutorial

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

This tutorial is based on an article from css tricks showing how to create triangles with CSS3.   mandala   The basic principal is that you define a div with width: 0 and height:0, and then define three borders: two transparent borders on either side cut the third border into a sharp point (triangle), the […]

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Colour Associations for Web Designers

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I recently found a fascinating article showing research on people’s perceptions, associations and preferences for colours, by Joe Hallock. He outlines research on colour perceptions and associations, focusing on the work of Bradford J. Hall (Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communications 2002). Faber Birren Previously, Faber Birren (1961) had stated that colours were inherently associated […]

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The quality of the prose in this book simply took my breath away. I can imagine rows of schoolkids reading this one in unison for their GCSE English. It is more akin with a long prose poem, an exploration of a myriad nuances of black, than with the blockbusters that we are used to seeing […]

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Turquoise Tempest: Pantone Colour of 2010

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I have been intrigued by the news that Pantone’s colour of the year for 2010 is turquoise. To tell the truth I am intrigued by the idea that Pantone have a colour of the year at all: it seems a crazy notion. Sure, I was aware of fashion gurus declaring what next season’s (or next […]

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