If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years as both a user and creator of websites, it’s that performance matters.
Most of the time when a web designer talks to a client about code, the clients eyes glaze over. This is understandable. Code can be pretty intimidating. In fact many web designers legitimately argue that clients don’t need to understand the code on their site. Many clients simply don’t care about code. However, that doesn’t […]
Rather liked a couple of these border animations, seen on HTML5 Advent. I’ve never considered animating borders before, but they could add interest if applied subtly on the right project. They only work on Safari 5.1, Chrome and Firefox 8.0. and anything else that supports border-box, but will degrade gracefully. There are a few other […]
More possibly unusable but very nicely made CSS3 effects. This time with typography: I do believe there is a place for many of these effects if used with subtlety and when appropriate. However, I also imagine that there are many who could create monsters with CSS3 if given half a chance, crowbarring effects in at […]
I would love to have seen Andy’s presentation as it looks really interesting (and trying to understand a presentation from slides alone is quite a challenge sometimes). However, a lot of this looks really interesting with some great visual examples and accompanying code of CSS3 animation recreating the MadMen intro animation with CSS3.
Big news today. Microsoft is to make our lives just that little bit easier by auto-updating Internet Explorer. Twitter is abuzz with excitement over this news because it will mean a sharp decline in the use of older versions of the browser. However, I would advise against getting too excited. Things aren’t going to change […]
A lot has been written about responsive web design and a lot of screen grabs taken to show websites rendered at different widths. However, it all makes much more sense when you actually see what happens in the browser. This is a very quick video to demonstrate some of the projects Headscape have worked on […]
I have been playing with Alex Morris’ new mac app CSS3 Toolkit. Its a simple little app that allows you to create complex decorative CSS3 styles visually. Currently CSS3 Toolkit supports: Border Radius Gradients Box Shadow Inner Shadow Text Shadow It does exactly what it says on the tin and is nicely put together. The […]
I love this story from the Steve Jobs bio: One day Jobs came into the cubicle of Larry Kenyon, an engineer who was working on the Macintosh operating system, and complained that it was taking too long to boot up. Kenyon started to explain, but Jobs cut him off. “If it could save a person’s […]
I have just discovered a great WordPress plugin that significantly reduces the chance of a user ever seeing a 404 error page. When a page cannot be found, Smart 404 will use the current URL to attempt to find a matching page, and redirect to it automatically. Smart 404 also supplies template tags which provide […]
Smashing magazine has kicked off an interesting discussion about semantics in HTML. It started with a post entitled ‘Our Pointless Pursuit of Semantic Value’. In a rather confrontation tone this post ripped apart many of the commonly held ‘arguments’ for creating semantic code. Despite the tone it made some good points. On occasion I have […]
So I came across an interesting tutorial today that allows you to sync web page elements with video. Basically it triggers certain actions (like load content into the page) when certain points in the video are reached. Its hard to explain so check out the demo. This is all possible using a JS include produced […]
Making a simple site like a blog responsive is relatively straightforward. But, how easy is it on a more complex site?
Not all e-commerce transactions are made from dedicated e-commerce websites. Sometimes you just need a quick and dirty solution to sell from the most basic of websites.
One of the great strengths of CSS is that it cascades. However, as I discovered when working on this tumblog it comes at a price. A small change on one part of your site can cause problems elsewhere. That is why when updating your site its so important to check everywhere.
The fold is still one of the hottest topics on the web. Clients are concerned users will miss key content and web designers denying the fold exists. Could responsive design hold the answer to this debate?
I’m fed up with hearing about yet another Silicon Valley Web application, built with fairy dust and funded by magic pixies. It’s time to talk about web applications built by the rest of us.