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…

Readability: Who Are You Writing For?

Readability: Who Are You Writing For?

Readability is how well your text can be understood on first reading and is an important factor in how well your site will be received. As a skill within copywriting, creating or editing content to be easier to read will give your designs a competitive edge.

All About Steve: The Amazing Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

All About Steve: The Amazing Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

If you aren’t aware that Steve Jobs died on Wednesday 5th October, you must have been living under a stone – it has been on worldwide news broadcasts, it has flooded Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the sheer amount of private conversations that must have taken place about the great loss and massive hole…

From Design to Live: 15 Must-Do Steps after Installing Drupal

From Design to Live: 15 Must-Do Steps after Installing Drupal

I’ve used Drupal for a lot of different sites, each using different layouts and different features. Some sites needed multi-user blogs while others were being built for ecommerce. Portfolio sites, business directory sites, social networking sites, personal blog sites. Some with light colors, some with dark colors… one, two or three columns, videos playing and…

Why a Freelance Designer should know SEO

Why a Freelance Designer should know SEO

Before starting as a freelance web designer I worked for 8 years at a couple of web agencies. My “only” job, as a web designer, was to make the design and from time to time convert them to HTML. I had an SEO department, a marketing one, development department as has every (or at least…