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linkHive For Mar 7th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 7th

  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
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    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
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    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Design View / Andy Rutledge – Design Questions – You may be surprised, but I never ask design-related questions in design project discovery meetings. Some might wonder at this, as it may seem counterintuitive. The reason I don’t ask design questions of the client is the same reason an architect doesn’t ask the client what PSI the building’s load-bearing foundational structures will need to endure.<br />
    <br />
    In either case, such issues are for the design/architect pros, not the client. The result had better serve the client’s needs and it just better damn-well work. That’s what the client and his customers care abou
  • I wish I would have known: Answers from 11 top freelancers | Guerrilla Freelancing – Today we’ve got an awesome article for any first time freelancers. I’ve rounded up a few of the top freelancers out there and had them answer the question “What do you wish you would have known starting out as a freelancer?”. Needless to say, this article is full of over 2 thousand words of wisdom. I hope you find use for this article and if you know someone who might benefit from it, I’d love if you shared it with your twitter followers and facebook friends. Thank you :)
  • The Future of Wireframes – Articles – MIX Online – As we move into the next decade of web design, it's time for us to reevaluate our understanding of wireframes—a tried and tested user experience staple.
  • Book: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig – The untold secrets of the elite JavaScript programmers distilled for intermediate JavaScript programmers, bringing them completely up to speed with the challenges of modern JavaScript development. Explores specific techniques, strategies, and solutions to developing robust, cross-browser, JavaScript code.
  • jQuery: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine and Craig Sharkie – jQuery: Novice to Ninja will show you how to unleash the amazing power of jQuery. In this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll master all the major tricks and techniques that jQuery offers—within hours.<br />
    <br />
    jQuery has quickly become the JavaScript library of choice, and it’s easy to see why. This JavaScript framework dramatically improves how you add interactivity and animation to your website.
  • ‘Good’ Beats ‘Innovative’ Nearly Every Time – BusinessWeek – An obsession with innovation leads executives down the wrong path. Just trying to be good would be a smarter focus
  • Skyrocket Labs | Web site design, development, blogging, social media, XHTML/CSS templates, jQuery, PHP | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – CSS3 tricks have been pretty popular in the last while on various design blogs and with good reason. Like many of you, I've caught the CSS3 bug and this afternoon I took a stab at this nifty little method of adding hints to your form fields (as well as some fancy style enhancements) using CSS3. The cool part is you don't require Javascript for the form field hints. Here's a demo and run down of the code used.
  • How To Design a Clean and Professional Resume / CV Website | Voosh Themes – Earlier in the week I released a new HTML template called Jamba which is a single page resume and CV template. In this post I’d like to show you how I designed the template in Photoshop (check out the Jamba features page and the live demo).
  • Pure CSS speech bubbles – Nicolas Gallagher – The demo page for Progressive enhancement: pure CSS speech bubbles.<br />
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    For a detailed explanation view the CSS file. It is heavily commented.<br />
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    All examples use simple, semantic HTML. No empty elements, no unnecessary extra elements, no JavaScript, no images (apart from that Twitter logo). Have a look at the source code.

linkHive For Mar 5th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 5th

  • cforms II » delicious:days – cforms is a powerful and feature rich form plugin for WordPress, offering convenient deployment of multiple Ajax driven contact forms throughout your blog or even on the same page.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.
  • 10 Free Beautiful Calligraphic Fonts – Noupe – StumbleUpon – The word “calligraphy” is derived from two Greek words, denoting “beautiful writing”. Calligraphy or the art of writing has thousands of years in its history and development, and indeed calligraphy fonts, which we often use these days on our PCs to create a postcard or a wedding invitation card, are absolutely about aesthetics, refinement, creativity, and pure beauty.

Bookmarks for Mar 2nd through Mar 3rd

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linkHive For Mar 1st

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 1st

  • 140 Characters » How Twitter Was Born – Twitter was born about four years ago, when @Jack, @Biz, @Noah, @Crystal, @Jeremy, @Adam, @TonyStubblebine, @Ev, me (@Dom), @Rabble, @RayReadyRay, @Florian, @TimRoberts, and @Blaine worked at a podcasting company called Odeo, Inc. in South Park, San Francisco. The company had just contributed a major chunk of code to Rails 1.0 and had just shipped Odeo Studio, but we were facing tremendous competition from Apple and other heavyweights. Our board was not feeling optimistic, and we were forced to reinvent ourselves.

linkHive For Feb 25th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 25th

  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • WordPress Site Maintenance « WordPress Codex – To keep WordPress working like a the finely honed machine that it is, there is some site maintenance we recommend you do frequently. Consider it the lube job you need once every 1000 miles.

    Begin by creating a calendar of WordPress Maintenance procedures to remind yourself to get a lube job on your WordPress site on a regular basis.

    In the Codex article on WordPress Housekeeping, tips and resources are given to clean house in WordPress. These include cleaning out old plugins, cleaning template files and the theme's style sheet, upgrading WordPress, and other helpful tips for cleaning up and optimizing your WordPress Site.

    To ensure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date and working in prime condition, consider adding these Housekeeping steps to your calendar, typically every three to six months.

  • AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services — AIGA | the professional association for design – This agreement allows you to create customized terms and conditions for different types of design engagements. Updated in May 2007, it is now modular to meet the needs of a growing design community involved in various disciplines.

    It does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, and it is not an extensive pre-printed document where you simply fill in the blanks. Instead, this agreement acknowledges that most design firms develop their own custom proposal document for each project and are looking for an appropriate set of terms and conditions to attach to it. When put together and signed, the custom proposal document and its attached terms and conditions comprise the binding agreement with the client. With this in mind, the new focus of the AIGA Standard Form of Agreement is on those terms and conditions.

  • Sample Web Design Contract, Budget, Timeline & Proposal – Nerdburn – Web application & graphic user interface design blog by Shawn Adrian – In my previous article I offered my thoughts on how to make it as a freelance web designer. One of the things I mentioned was the need for a solid contract and proposal so here I offer my contract and proposal templates, free for your use.
  • Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts – Smashing Magazine – In this post, we’ll help you identify the information that should be included in your contract and make sure you have a concrete agreement that leaves little chance of things getting out of hand… as can sometimes happen to those of us in the freelancing crowd.
  • 24 ways: Contract Killer – If you are writing a contract between you and your customers it doesn’t have to conform to the seemingly standard format of jargon and complicated legalese. You can be creative. A killer contract will clarify what is expected of both sides and it can also help you to communicate your approach to doing business. It will back-up your brand values and help you to build a great relationship between you and your customers. In other words, a creative contract can be a killer contract.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Jon Combe | Code | HTML clocks using JavaScript and CSS rotation – The two clocks below are pure HTML. There are no Adobe Flash files or my beloved <canvas> going on, just regular <div> and <img> tags. The way it works is by taking those images in an { overflow: hidden } <div> and rotating them, via JavaScript, using the proposed CSS transform property.
  • Home :: IPInfoDB – Are you looking for the geographical location of an IP address? You are at the right place.

    We offer a wide range of free services based on our IP address geolocation database :

    * Web based IP geolocation lookup
    * IP geolocation API (XML, JSON and CSV format)
    * API that generate IP CIDR by country for iptables or htaccess blocklist
    * E-commerce fraud detection API
    * Free version of our SQL database updated monthly!

linkHive For Feb 24th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 24th

  • WordPress › Atahualpa « Free WordPress Themes – Build your own unique, professional and browser-safe WordPress Theme: 1-5 columns, fluid or fixed width, rotating header images and 2 dozen option pages. Support and tutorials at our forum.
  • WordPress › Atahualpa « Free WordPress Themes – Build your own unique, professional and browser-safe WordPress Theme: 1-5 columns, fluid or fixed width, rotating header images and 2 dozen option pages. Support and tutorials at our forum.
  • WordPress › Constructor « Free WordPress Themes – WordPress Constructor Theme, it's many-in-one theme (six layouts, configured colors, fonts and slideshow, widget ready). Build your own theme on settings page. For WordPress version 2.7+ (include 2.9)
  • The importance of controling feedback and critique » – Web Design Marketing Podcast & Blog – Any designer who has produced work for anyone other than themselves knows how tricky the design feedback process can be. As designers we have very specific reasons for designing a site the way we do. We have expertise in rhythm, proportion, sizing, whitespace, grids and other graphic design concepts. Many times hours are spent trying different combinations, layout positions, usage of colors, etc… by the end of the work we know what didn’t work and what did.

linkHive For Feb 23rd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 23rd

  • Organic Groups | Do It With Drupal – Organic Groups is Drupal's answer to Yahoo Groups or Google Groups. Part private/public message board, part mailing list, part MySpace, Organic Groups can be used in many ways to solve many different types of problems. Come learn what can be done and how you add Organic Groups to your site from the module's author and creator, Moshe Weitzman.
  • HOW TO: Build a Facebook Landing Page for Your Business – Facebook (Facebook) is known for its uniformity. You can post all sorts of content, but the actual design and layout of your profile is the same as everyone else’s.

    But with Facebook Fan Pages and the array of apps you can plug into them, there are a few ways you can customize what people see when they land on your Page.

    You’ve probably seen custom Fan Pages like those of Best Buy and Victoria’s Secret. When you land there, you start on what is essentially a mini website within Facebook, instead of the Page’s wall or feed.

    These are often used to promote deals, call attention to new products, or simply welcome visitors with an attractive branded splash page. Anyone with a Fan Page can create one, but it takes a little effort. Here’s how.

linkHive For Feb 22nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 22nd