Frame bars are those foreign horizontal top-toolbar stripes superimposed by referring sites (the ones you click out of) onto the site you’re clicking into. The frame bar usage that will come to mind for most of us first is Google Image Search. Websites like Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg all have a symbiotic relationship with their users. They provide interesting and engaging ways of organizing and linking to our content online while we spend time creating the content that justifies their existence and fuels their business. Frame bars, in a variety of ways, are throwing this well-balanced symbiotic relationship out of whack.
Interweb Piracy August 10th, 2009
W3C Release Updated Working Draft for CSSOM View Module August 6th, 2009
The W3C have released an updated working draft of the CSSOM View Module, edited by Anne van Kesteren.
Many of the features defined in the CSSOM View Module have been supported by most browsers for a long period of time, with many tracing their routes back to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The goal of this specification is therefore not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to define these features in such a way that they can be implemented by all browsers in an identical way.
Plugins That Make WordPress Into A Company Intranet August 6th, 2009
WordPress has become a great platform for a wide range of website needs. Originally designed for blogging it is now a common package for full fledged content management systems and even complete web based applications.
Now we even have great opportunities to use WordPress as an internal communication and back office tool. With these assortments of plug-ins we can use our favorite open source software to improve our businesses, efficiency and offer more solutions to our clients.
Pure CSS text gradient (no PNGs) August 6th, 2009
Folks, grab a copy of Safari 4. This is what we’ll be making today:
That’s not an image, it’s HTML text with real fonts provided by Typekit and embedded via CSS @font-face. You can see the actual thing here: Nice Web Type likes Bello and Proxima Nova.
Underware’s Bello Pro sure makes this example look great, but until Typekit is out of technology preview you’ll have to try this technique with a different typeface. (If you do, comment here and link it up!)
Follow along or skip to the final result.
Better Web Forms: Redesigning eBay’s Registration August 6th, 2009
Designing interactive forms is one of the most challenging aspects of web design. Done with the user’s experience in mind, and some finesse, it can be one of the most rewarding, too, resulting in increased visitor satisfaction and conversion. Let’s walk through some of the fundamentals of good web form design by taking an existing form and making some very simple changes to take it to the next level.
Front-End Design Conference ‘09 Wrap-up August 6th, 2009
The Front-End Design Conference was made from a lot of “firsts”. Many of us speakers were speaking in front of an audience of peers for the first time since college Speech. For Dan Denney, it was his first time organizing and promoting an event. For me, it was my first time speaking or even attending a design conference, not to mention my first Gator-meat taco. But the overwhelming response from the attendees was that nothing felt first-time about it. The venue was very nice, everything was nicely organized, and the print materials were nice. A+ work by Dan and his whole crew!
Texturing a 3D Logo August 6th, 2009
This is a well presented video tutorial by a master at work. Elias will show you how to create this beautiful design. You can check out his work http://3rdelement.com/
My Personal Blog – WordPress Themed Template August 6th, 2009
This web 2.0 design is simple to use and code. Designed with wordpress in mind, this design is the perfect template for any personal blogging website
Adobe Updates Camera Raw, Lightroom and DNG August 6th, 2009
Adobe today released the final Photoshop Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4 updates, available for immediate download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. Both updates bring additional raw file support to 31 camera and camera back models including the Canon EOS 500D, Nikon D5000 and 18 Hasselblad models. A full list of the newly supported camera and camera back models is below.
How to Create an Amazing Flood Scene in Photoshop August 6th, 2009
This tutorial is going to teach you to create an amazing flood scene. The tutorial looks very simple, but it is not. To make it realistic, you have to be familiar with the shadow and light direction. Have a go!
New Spray Paint Photoshop Brushes – Psd Plus Pack August 6th, 2009
This is a new pack of Photoshop brushes available exclusively from Psdtuts+ for Psd Plus Members. We have a new set of Spray Paint Brushes for you. They are great for adding an artistic touch to your next project. This set of high quality brushes is available for Psd Plus members to download today!
CSS Hacks for Different Versions of Firefox August 6th, 2009
In a perfect world, I don’t use CSS hacks, and certainly don’t recommend them. In the unpredictable, chaos of the real world, however, there are many situations where applying styles to particular browsers is indeed the optimal solution. Most of the time, I am targeting or filtering Internet Explorer (because it is so incredibly awesome), but occasionally I need to tweak something in a modern browser like Firefox, Safari, or Opera. In this article, we’ll look at CSS hacks targeting different versions of Firefox.
Find a Diamond in the Rough August 6th, 2009
Getting the best possible web hosting is for obvious reasons something that all website owners aim to do. However, you might know what type of web hosting you are looking to get but still do not know what provider to partner up with. Many of the web hosting top lists you find on the web today look the same as they all take the same things into account. These guides usually take into account similar factors and cost usually is weighted highly. While many people do simply look for the cheapest host with decent reviews, there are others who seek slightly more from their provider. Below are some of the most sought after hosting types (dedicated, shared, vps, green) and some of the providers within those categories who may be overlooked by users but provide some excellent service.
HTAccess Password-Protection Tricks August 6th, 2009
Recently a reader asked about how to password-protect a directory for every specified IP while allowing open access to everyone else. In my article, Stupid htaccess Tricks, I show how to password-protect a directory for every IP except the one specified, but not for the reverse case. In this article, I will demonstrate this technique along with a wide variety of other useful password-protection tricks, including a few from my Stupid htaccess Tricks article. Before getting into the juicy stuff, we’ll review a few basics of HTAccess password protection.
The Power of HTML 5 and CSS 3 August 6th, 2009
Web designers can do some pretty cool stuff with HTML 4 and CSS 2.1. We can structure our documents logically and create information-rich sites without relying on archaic, table-based layouts. We can style our web pages with beauty and detail without resorting to inline and
tags. Indeed, our current design methods have taken us far beyond the hellish era of browser wars, proprietary protocols, and those hideous flashing, scrolling, and blinking web pages.
The 5-Minute CSS Mobile Makeover August 6th, 2009
More people are surfing the Web via mobile device than ever before. It’s just so convenient to have that mobile access to anything you need. Sadly, most websites have not yet considered their mobile visitors, who probably move on to the next site before trying to make sense of a jumbled mess. Those of you who surf the Mobile Web know exactly what I’m talking about here: sites that “get it” are a joy to visit, but those that don’t are a total pain. What’s to get? Well, for one, if you do nothing else for your mobile visitors, take five minutes and implement a basic stylesheet to make your site readable via mobile device. This tutorial will show you how to retain visitors and reduce bounce rate with a super-easy 5-minute mobile makeover.
Embed Flash or Die Trying August 6th, 2009
Web designers and developers looking to embed Flash content into a web page currently enjoy a wide variety of methods from which to choose. The most common methods vary along several key dimensions, including standards-compliance, user-friendliness, and universal support. Some methods make it easy to provide alternative content, others enable auto-activation of Flash content, while others feature plugin-detection functionality. In an attempt to round-up the myriad techniques, this article presents nine of the most useful, practical, and popular methods for embedding Flash content.
Display Random Posts from Specific Tags or Categories August 6th, 2009
When developing the colorful Quintessential Theme (opens in new tab), I initially planned on displaying five random posts from each of my most popular tags and categories in the super-slick sliding-panel sidebar. Because I am running an older version of WordPress, however, this task proved to be quite the educational experience.
Top Floor – iPhone Highrise Client August 6th, 2009
Top Floor is a mobile client for Highrise in your iPhone that enables you to:
Manage your business contacts
– Synchronize your business contacts and receive a new ones in your iPhone with no computer around after your colleague puts it into contact list of Highrise.
– Perform a quick search for your business contacts according tags.
– Get map references of your business contacts.
– Navigate to your business contact place using your iPhone 3G.