Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

New TLD Ending Available?!?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Miss out on that .com name that you always wanted. Now there is similar but shorter option to consider, .co. Formerly limited to Colombian websites, ICANN in conjunction with the .CO Internet S.A.S. released access to the .co suffix to the general public on July 20, 2010. Purchase of these domains is significantly limited to a handful of hosting companies including, and Network Solutions.


Lorem Ipsum For Images!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As a web designer and/or developer, we have run into the need for placeholder images on more then on occasion. A client may be developing the content, or perhaps a photo shoot is on the calendar. Maybe your client or the photographer are waiting on you to define that space where the image needs to go. In any of these cases, we usually end up turning to Photoshop (or your preferred image creating software) and create a dummy image. This takes time and is a pain in the butt. Well dummy image no more! Mr. Speaker has come out with a solution to this problem, that they call “lowersrc: Loren Ipsum for images“. (more…)

Fireworks vs. Photoshop, a Battle in the Web Arena

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Having taught classes on both Photoshop and Fireworks, I have often gotten the inevitable question of “which program is better?”  Like the proud parent of two amazing children, I could never pick one over the other. And yet I tend to find one cuter, faster, more intelligent and easier to be around. The other is stronger, though a little clunkier, has more depth and was my first, so there is that special something else… Never-the-less, both programs are amazing. So which one is your best bet for the web world? Well in this smack down we will walk though the pros and cons of the two applications and see which emerges the victor.


Eye-Tracking Study

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I am sure that you have seen some of these sorts of studies in the past where an eye-tracking software is used to extract general data about how users interact with media. Well this New York Times article is another such example only focused around how users interact with images specifically. I am not 100% sold on what they are selling (otherwise marketing really would not work…generic people who you are supposed to envision replaced by yourself or who you want to be like…), but the take away message is make your images more unique, which I do agree with. The full article can be viewed here: Study Shows People Ignore Generic Photos Online. I think that it is worth reading through.

The future of web typography, thank you google!!!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

As I am sure you are aware, the issue of “web safe” fonts is a web designers nightmare. Dulling down designs due to the lack of cross computer consistency in font libraries greatly limits designers and thus design on the web. To this point the main work around for this has been creating images of type and then using some sort of complex code to allow a browser to still see the contents of that typography-a rather silly practice, when type should not need to be re-written in order to be read (by man or machine..). These techniques I detailed in an older posting which you can read about here: Images to Replace Text. But there is an easier way!!!