Tag Archives: webdesign

linkHive For Mar 22nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 22nd

  • httpd, the Apache HTTP server – The Apache HTTP Server is a “heavy duty” network server that Subversion can leverage. Via a custom module, httpd makes Subversion repositories available to clients via the WebDAV/DeltaV protocol, which is an extension to HTTP 1.1 (see http://www.webdav.org/ for more information.) This protocol takes the ubiquitous HTTP protocol that is the core of the World Wide Web, and adds writing—specifically, versioned writing—capabilities. The result is a standardized, robust system that is conveniently packaged as part of the Apache 2.0 software, is supported by numerous operating systems and third-party products, and doesn't require network administrators to open up yet another custom port. [22] While an Apache-Subversion server has more features than svnserve, it's also a bit more difficult to set up. With flexibility often comes more complexity.
  • httpd, the Apache HTTP server – The Apache HTTP Server is a “heavy duty” network server that Subversion can leverage. Via a custom module, httpd makes Subversion repositories available to clients via the WebDAV/DeltaV protocol, which is an extension to HTTP 1.1 (see http://www.webdav.org/ for more information.) This protocol takes the ubiquitous HTTP protocol that is the core of the World Wide Web, and adds writing—specifically, versioned writing—capabilities. The result is a standardized, robust system that is conveniently packaged as part of the Apache 2.0 software, is supported by numerous operating systems and third-party products, and doesn't require network administrators to open up yet another custom port. [22] While an Apache-Subversion server has more features than svnserve, it's also a bit more difficult to set up. With flexibility often comes more complexity.
  • Firebug – The most popular web development tool for Firefox<br />
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    * Inspect HTML and modify style and layout in real-time<br />
    * Use the most advanced JavaScript debugger available for any browser<br />
    * Accurately analyze network usage and performance<br />
    * Extend Firebug and add features to make Firebug even more powerful<br />
    * Get the information you need to get it done with Firebug.
  • Trans-herbe – Four O’ clock – Unique and refined<br />
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    Once reserved for the emperors and the nobles, the prized white tea is only harvested during a short period in the springtime. The young and tender leaves are free from any process. White tea brews to a pale yellow colour, and has a unique bamboo fragrance with a slightly nutty taste.<br />
    Ingredients<br />
    Organic Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) white tea leaves from China's Jiangxi province (Camelia sinensis).

linkHive For Mar 18th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 18th

  • My Secret To Dominating Digg.com (years ago) – Shoemoney – Skills To Pay The Bills – Ok I have a story to share… one I been telling for a while for fun and always meant to post but just never gotten around to it.<br />
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    I used to be addicted to try to make the front page of digg… but I often had trouble hitting the front page. Sure it would happen every other month or so but it took a lot of work. Then in 2007 one month I made it 5 times… including 2 times in the SAME DAY on Feb 21st 2007:
  • 10 tips to improve your about page | David Airey, graphic designer – Almost as important as your website’s home page is the about page. This is your opportunity to build rapport with your guests — a chance to introduce yourself and to explain the aim of your website. Here are 10 tips that’ll have your own page in excellent shape.
  • My Secret To Dominating Digg.com (years ago) – Shoemoney – Skills To Pay The Bills – Ok I have a story to share… one I been telling for a while for fun and always meant to post but just never gotten around to it.<br />
    <br />
    I used to be addicted to try to make the front page of digg… but I often had trouble hitting the front page. Sure it would happen every other month or so but it took a lot of work. Then in 2007 one month I made it 5 times… including 2 times in the SAME DAY on Feb 21st 2007:
  • 10 tips to improve your about page | David Airey, graphic designer – Almost as important as your website’s home page is the about page. This is your opportunity to build rapport with your guests — a chance to introduce yourself and to explain the aim of your website. Here are 10 tips that’ll have your own page in excellent shape.
  • Coupon Codes and Lost Revenue » Checkout Optimization – In this post we’ll be looking at how coupon codes (used synonymously here with promo and discount codes) can cause retailers to lose revenue. I’ll share some (hopefully) interesting trends that I’m seeing with a client I work with, and hopefully start a discussion with how to turn lost revenue into gained revenue.<br />
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    Before getting to things, I am not claiming the following:<br />
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    * That coupon codes decrease revenue<br />
    * That retailers should remove coupon code support from checkout<br />
    * That retailers should stop using coupon codes<br />
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    In fact, the retailer that I reference below recently had their best week ever through offsite marketing channels thanks to a promotional effort that relied on coupon codes. Further, they actually saw their margin increase while discounting products.<br />
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    Now with that out of the way…

linkHive For Mar 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 11th

  • Ethan Hein | Music Teaching | The pentatonic box – This is a cornerstone of lead guitar playing because it falls easily under the fingers, sounds good in a wide variety of musical settings, and forms a nice memorable pattern on the fretboard. But many guitarists get trapped in the pentatonic box, not wanting to venture outside of it because they're rightly daunted by the baffling variety of scales and fingerings they see in books. Fortunately, by adding a couple of notes to the familiar box, you can increase your scale vocabulary enormously, without driving yourself crazy.
  • CSS3-Only Tabbed Area | CSS-Tricks – When you think of “tabs”, your mind might go right to JavaScript. Watch for a click on a tab, hide all the panels, show the one corresponding to tab just clicked on. All major JavaScript libraries tackle tabs in some way. But there is a way to accomplish this same idea with “pure CSS”. Just as we did with the CSS Image Switcher, let’s tackle this traditionally JavaScript project with only CSS.
  • famfamfam.com: Silk Icons – “Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can't say fairer than that.
  • Iconza – Free colored icons for your web site and blog – Customizable icons for your web site. Totally free.
  • About- Simple Desktops – Do you ever feel like the only good desktop wallpapers you can find are the either the basic 15 or 20 Apple provides or solid colors? Do you often find yourself spending time looking for something that isn't a beautiful photograph but also isn't a gradient and drop shadowed mess with a little lens flare and some annoying copyright information in the corner?<br />
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    Do you want less, but not boring? Then you want Simple Desktops.<br />
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    Simple Desktops: a collection of bling, drop shadow, and gradient free desktops to help keep you stay focused but also provide just enough eye candy to not be bored. It's here because finding these around the web is just too hard.<br />
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    Attribution for the creation of these is given to the creator on the site, but it doesn't extend onto your personal desktop. Use of these desktop wallpapers is for personal use only and shouldn't be sold or reposted without the expressed written consent of the desktop wallpaper's creator.

linkHive For Mar 11th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 11th

  • famfamfam.com: Silk Icons – “Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can't say fairer than that.
  • Iconza – Free colored icons for your web site and blog – Customizable icons for your web site. Totally free.
  • About- Simple Desktops – Do you ever feel like the only good desktop wallpapers you can find are the either the basic 15 or 20 Apple provides or solid colors? Do you often find yourself spending time looking for something that isn't a beautiful photograph but also isn't a gradient and drop shadowed mess with a little lens flare and some annoying copyright information in the corner?<br />
    <br />
    Do you want less, but not boring? Then you want Simple Desktops.<br />
    <br />
    Simple Desktops: a collection of bling, drop shadow, and gradient free desktops to help keep you stay focused but also provide just enough eye candy to not be bored. It's here because finding these around the web is just too hard.<br />
    <br />
    Attribution for the creation of these is given to the creator on the site, but it doesn't extend onto your personal desktop. Use of these desktop wallpapers is for personal use only and shouldn't be sold or reposted without the expressed written consent of the desktop wallpaper's creator.
  • 21 Resources Especially for Lovers of Minimalism | Vandelay Design Blog – Minimalism a popular style of design because it keeps things simple and user-friendly. In this post we’ll look at more than 20 websites, blogs and books dedicated to minimalism. Not all of them are related to web design – minimalism can also be applied to other aspects of business and life.

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.

Bookmarks for Mar 2nd through Mar 3rd

These are my links for Mar 2nd through Mar 3rd:

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 22nd

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 22nd

linkHive For Feb 8th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 8th

  • Forget About Photoshop: 5 More Ways to Stop Using Images in Your Designs – Cherrysave – Images increase download time for end-users and workload for web designers, slowing down the time it takes to fully develop a concept for clients. Furthermore, images can add unneeded clutter and increase search-engine blindness, detracting from the principle of simple web design.
  • Knowledge Games – How to apply game thinking to your business challenges
  • Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 « CreativityDen – With the release of CSS3, which is now being used more frequently, I’ve put this little article together for more of a beginner. However you never know, there may be a few tricks you don’t know.

    I’m also going to be giving advice on such things as Padding, Margin, Borders and Background Colors, and how to us them effectively.

  • Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist, Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist : FindMeByIP : what browser am I using, how modern is my web browser, and what’s my IP address? – The table below displays browser support for HTML5 (including Web Forms 2.0) and CSS3 (including CSS3 selectors).

    It relies partly on the excellent Modernizr javascript library and browser testing information is supplied via the ever useful LitmusApp browser testing application.

    Updated every Friday: follow @deepbluetweets.

  • Strategizing Web Content – Writing for the Web | letscounthedays – When it comes to designing a website, content is often overlooked, but why? Very rarely do users browse the web looking for a good design or decent experience. Users come for the content. Not giving them what they want with poorly written content will frustrate users. Not only does it waste their time, but your time as well.
  • 0x1fff: 35 Google open-source projects that you probably don’t know – Google is one of the biggest companies supporting OpenSource movement, they released more than 500 open source projects(most of them are samples showing how to use their API). In this article I will try to write about most interesting and free releases from Google, some of them might be abandoned.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files – Smashing Magazine – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.

    This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.

  • A List Apart: Articles: Unwebbable – It’s time we came to grips with the fact that not every “document” can be a “web page.” Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML—or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML might actually help.

linkHive For Feb 4th

Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 4th

  • The Art And Science Of The Email Signature – Smashing Magazine – Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why are email signatures important? They may be boring and the last item on your list of things to get right, but they affect the tone of every email you write.

    Email signatures contain alternative contact details, pertinent job titles and company names, which help the recipient get in touch when emails are not responded to. Sometimes, they give the recipient an idea of who wrote the email in case it has been a while since they have been in touch. They are also professional: like a letterhead, they show that you run a business (in some countries, you’re required to do so). Here are some tips on how to create a tasteful signature that works.

  • The Art And Science Of The Email Signature – Smashing Magazine – Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why are email signatures important? They may be boring and the last item on your list of things to get right, but they affect the tone of every email you write.

    Email signatures contain alternative contact details, pertinent job titles and company names, which help the recipient get in touch when emails are not responded to. Sometimes, they give the recipient an idea of who wrote the email in case it has been a while since they have been in touch. They are also professional: like a letterhead, they show that you run a business (in some countries, you’re required to do so). Here are some tips on how to create a tasteful signature that works.

  • Free Hand-Draw Sketched Website / Blog Icons Collection – Web Design Tools Blog for Webmasters – I have just sketched up some icons for your websites and blogs with a hand-drawn / sketched out ‘look’. These icons are free to use, so download them if you like them.