Archive for April, 2010

HTML 5, the return to HTML and Fall of Flash?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

On January 22nd, 2008, W3C published a working draft for HTML 5, with the latest (4th) draft having been released in March of 2010. There are lots of cool new features that have been added and sweet modifications to HTML in HTML5. Many people will argue that HTML5 will lower the demand for flash in websites and eventually cause flash to fizzle out. I’m am not sure that I am willing t0 jump on that band wagon yet, but HTML5 does seem pretty cool.

The new HTML defines a syntax that is compatible with HTML4, XHTML and XML. There have been several tags that have been deprecated or changed as well as new tags that have been added. Many of the changes are most notable with respect to their use with JavaScript (most notably the CANVAS tag), but there are also some that will effect general HTML coding as well (like the VIDEO and AUDIO tags). While many of the tags are not yet working and it will still be a bit longer before HTML5 is fully accepted, it will be fully accepted as AOL, Apple (big time to cover their butts with the whole Flash terms of service 3.3.1 article), Google, IBM, Microsoft (a bit ironic as IE is the death of all new web technologies), Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, and many hundreds of other vendors are all in full support of HTML5. Taken right for the W3C website “HTML 5 is not a W3C recommendation yet!”, so don’t pitch the HTML4 or XHTML that you have been coding with. This said, learn it now because it will break out soon. But enough banter, what is new and what is better? (more…)

Die already IE6! No Seriously…

Monday, April 26th, 2010

All of us who have ever had to optimize a site for the bane of our existence, the infamous Internet Explorer (IE), just want it to go away! I mean seriously Bill Gates? There has to be a better solution?!? The worst of the “still existent” versions of IE being the dreaded IE6… dun dun dun!!! IE6 is the proverbial gums stuck to the bottom of the shoe of every web designer and developer out there. Everyone of us has turned a little grayer and a little more crotchety due this browser. Many people have taken the stance of “screw it”, or prescribe to the “who uses it anyway” ideology. So what is the right path to take and will things ever get any better? (more…)

Project Runway Bitches!

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Another season of Project Runway has come to an end :_( The season was super intense and there were some incredible pieces produced due to a lot of incredible talent. But Seth-Aaron won, woot! He was strong, consistent and very fashion forward the whole way through, so I am super pumped (I’m sure you can’t guess who I was rooting for). Sure Emilio had some stunning pieces, and his final line was filled with an explosion of brilliant coats and stylish outfits, but I think that the judges hit the nail on the head with their final crit of his work…it was just too commercial and did not push the envelope far enough.

Anyway, I have always take a Tim Gunn approach to my teaching, but what about if I try to handle crit more like Michael Kors? Check out this clip of the best of Micheal Kors from Kors is super funny and MAN am I glad that I dont have to show him my work! Can’t Wait for next season.

Meta Data

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Okay, I get this question from friends, colleagues and Clients all the time. “What should I put in my meta data and how can I use this to optimize my SEO?” Well here are my two cents on the matter… But first, what types of Meta tags can we use? There are of course the best know names, Keywords and Description names. But there are also the lesser know and lesser used Author, Copyright, and Robots names as well as a few others.

To get to the meat of it, most of the meta data does nothing! Some of it is just proper documentation (like copyright and author), while others can have have some effects (like description) and others still were once important players but are now deprecated (like keywords). (more…)

Adobe CS5

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Being in the Graphic Design world how could I not offer my two cents about the amazing new Creative Suite from Adobe? Check out the movie clips to see exactly how these features work. I will drool a little over some of the highlights of the hotness and offer my opinion of what’s new and what’s better? (more…)