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It’s a classic case of Photoshop versus website. Existing wireframing and prototyping tools are incapable of accurately reflecting the environment of the web. They produce static designs that can’t be seen through the variable known...
The semantic web has brought on a new generation of Internet technology. As designers and developers work together to redefine the rules of the web, the number of open-source projects and third-party APIs continues to grow. The opinions of...
CSS3 is gaining momentum, despite the fact that the standard hasn't even been finalized. There are hundreds of tutorials out there to teach designers how to use it, but unfortunately a lot of them cover the same ground. And some of the tutorials...
The way you handle color in your web designs is about to change. Perhaps you’ve been playing around with hexadecimal color values since you were a wee web-babe; if you were, get ready to to grow up fast. CSS3 has arrived, and your palette is about...
CSS can be compared to a sculptor's tool set; like sculptors at work, we designers use CSS to create structured layouts of websites. Over the years, this process has become more organized; rules have been put in place to create best practices...
Years ago, HTML tables were the standard for laying out web pages. CSS and semantic thinking changed that, and today CSS frameworks make designing relatively easy. But they can also generate a surprising number of superfluous elements. The...
Despite people's expectation of change and movement on the screen, CSS and HTML have few controls that allow you to design interactivity, and those that exist are binary. A link is either one color or another. A text field is either one size or...
CSS is the second-most-important thing you can master when it comes to web design, right after HTML. And the capabilities of CSS can be staggering (especially with the new CSS3 standard already making appearances in some browsers). If you...
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the language of Web design, and the next generation of CSS design properties are just chomping at the bit to be released. Are you eager to start using them, but don’t know where to start? Although many of the new...
The 960 Grid System was created by Nathan Smith as a way to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. The 960.gs (or any CSS framework) was primarily developed for rapid prototyping,...
It's really easy to find yourself wondering how your CSS got to be such a mess. Sometimes it's the result of sloppy coding from the start, sometimes it's because of multiple hacks and changes over time. Whatever the cause, it doesn't have to be...
Because the web is a changing and ever evolving organism, it’s important to build sites that can grow with it and easily ride the current instead of drowning when a new wave approaches. Clean markup and building with web standards not only...
To keep up with the fast-paced web design industry you must seek out self education sources as often as possible, such as books, or you'll be left behind. The year 2009 promises to bring us some excellent, and even groundbreaking, new reads....
Just when you thought you were done with IE 6 and its hacks and exceptions, now you've got a new browser to consider: Google's Chrome. The good news is that Chrome is a lot more compatible with web standards than IE 5 and 6. However, Chrome has its...