Applying Defensive Design for the Web

Applying Defensive Design for the Web

You’ve probably encountered a time when you were eagerly shopping on the web – getting that great last-minute deal – only to encounter a dead end because you mistyped one character. Nothing is more frustrating that having to abandon the process because of a simple mistake. As someone who works on websites, you probably anticipate…

50 Handy CSS Tools And Generators for Developers

50 Handy CSS Tools And Generators for Developers

Web designers and developers are constantly looking for ways to decrease the time required to design or to develop a website. This is how they can improve their productivity and get the most out of their work. Here we are showcasing a collection of some useful and excellent CSS tools and generators that will help…

East Asian Cultural Perception in UX / Interface Design

East Asian Cultural Perception in UX / Interface Design

Considering that my website is in English, I never cease to be amazed when I look at my analytics and note that a fair chunk of my web traffic is from non-English-speaking countries. Many of those hits are from East Asia, and I suppose that’s par for the course. There are 1.3 billion people in…

Usability Testing: Win Website Usability Prize Packs from Usertesting.com

Usability Testing: Win Website Usability Prize Packs from Usertesting.com

Ever wonder what your website users really think? Are your designs easy to use and intuitive? Usertesting.com’s remote usability testing answers these questions and more as everyday people visit your sites, perform tasks and record their thoughts and screens. Today, we are glad to team up with Usertesting.com to provide free website usability prize packs…

Animating Colors: Using CSS3 Transitions with jQuery Fallback

Animating Colors: Using CSS3 Transitions with jQuery Fallback

Have you ever wanted to animate the color of an element (e.g. font color) on mouse hover? You might think that it can be easily done with jQuery, but jQuery doesn’t support animating color changes at all unless a plugin or jQuery UI is used. What you need is a quick and easy way to…

Why Designers and Developers Shouldn’t Hate Each Other

Why Designers and Developers Shouldn’t Hate Each Other

I always find it odd when I see a job listing under “Graphic Designer” and the job description includes Flash, Dreamweaver, PHP, CSS, Java, coding, modern jazz dance and the ability to remember the entire periodic chart. Illustration by Big Red Ape

33 Beautiful Uses of Icons in Web Design

33 Beautiful Uses of Icons in Web Design

Besides textures and patterns, icons, are one of the most important small elements that can make big changes to the over-all look of any site. While they are really small, and are not always very noticeable they are really used a lot on any kind of website. In Navigation bars, in sidebars, in footers, near…

Build Your Own QR Code Generator with Google Chart API

Build Your Own QR Code Generator with Google Chart API

QR code has become more and more popular since it enables us to grab information instantly using a smart phone. It saves us time from typing a long reluctant URL to a small phone browser; Smart phones will auto dial a number by scanning a QR code using a QR code scanner. As a developer,…

Future of Web Design (FOWD) NYC 2011 is Back

Future of Web Design (FOWD) NYC 2011 is Back

Are you familiar with FOWD? Have you ever attended one of their events before? If you have not, you should really consider doing it once in your lifetime. Why not start attending it this year? The Future of Web Design known as FOWD is a popular yearly conference held by the renowned Carsonified. This year…