Archive: November 2006

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  • Designers
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design

I helped out an up and coming young designer clean up his personal site the other day. He had a nice design, but was experiencing some CSS issues when his site was viewed in IE. He had some kind words about my assistance.

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  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design

One of the most commonly neglected aspects of design that I see is negative space. It's the space in your design which contains nothing. It may be white, black, or could even have a background of some kind, but visually it is empty space. The modern trend in design seems to be to put in everything but the kitchen sink. This isn't however the best way to get your point across. Consider one of the masters of negative space, Michelangelo.

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  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Web Design

I have the feeling that Global Nation of Creatives is going to be something really interesting. Their self proclaimed "grand vision" is to create an online home for all forms of "creatives", artists, designers, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, writers, etc. I'm fascinated by the idea of bringing members of all of these disciplines together. Creativity as the uniting factor. That is a much more uniting factor than most people realize.

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  • CSS

Do you have a CSS outline or background color that won't seem to go away? The solution may not be undefining something, but defining it negatively. A website that I maintain has a default image style with a double outline effect. This effect is achieved by giving every image in the content section a white background that is made visible by 2 pixels of padding and a thin black outline. The CSS looks like this.

img { margin: 0; padding: 2px; border: 1px solid #000000; background-color: #FFFFFF; }

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  • Web Design

Here's an interesting idea. A color palette generator that creates a palette from a picture of your choice. Type in the URL of your photo and it gives you two five color palettes based on your photo. Color palettes are hexadecimal based.

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  • Design

Jeff Fisher at bLog-oMotives has a post linking to 50 essential bookmarks. I think I gained about thirty bookmarks reading the list.

Culled from more than 500 suggestions, the 50 essential bookmarks was originally published in the Communication Arts November Design Annual 2006.

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  • About this Site
  • WordPress
  • Web Design

I've updated the theme on this site. The original theme I used was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to build a site with page edges that weren't straight. As you can see in the picture below, all four edges of the page in that style were jagged.

An interesting experiment, and I'm glad I tried it, but it was a little distracting. This new style is a lot cleaner looking.

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  • CSS
  • HTML
  • WordPress
  • Web Design
  • Web Browser

How often do you visit a website and find that it isn't functioning properly? Lack of functionality is a very common problem that I see. A site needs to function reliably and consistently, regardless of the platform and browser choices of the viewer. Too many designers seem willing to sacrifice functionality in exchange for one web gimmick or another. Building a website is more than just slapping the pieces together and praying. Test, test test, and then do it again. Here is a short list of things that need to be checked. It is by no means complete.