Archive: July 2007

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  • Web Design
  • Web Browser

Modifo, in his recent 5 Wishes for Opera post, tagged me with "5 wishes on how Opera could improve". An interesting question.

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  • Accessibility
  • Web Design

Victor Tsaran: Introduction to Screen Readers

"demonstrates how he uses them to explore and understand web sites, how sites are “linearized”, and how using semantic markup to build sites supports accessible navigation and usability"

This technology is often misunderstood by both designers and their clients, so I think this would be a very useful video on for just about anyone who spends time online.

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  • Accessibility
  • Section 508 Compliance

I've been doing a fair bit of 508 compliance work lately, and I recently I found a very good tutorial by Jim Thatcher on the subject. His definitions and explanations are much clearer than others I've seen.

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  • Photoshop
  • Photography

Have people you need removed? From photos that is. Here's and interesting technique for doing just that. It requires some planning when you're shotting the photos, but isn't too technically difficult. Seems to me that it would work both ways too. Need more people in a photo? Bring people from multiple photos into the same photo. Some interesting double exposure type images could be done this way too.

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  • Web Design

I'd consider linking to this article just because of the title, but the writing is good too. Simple Ways To Help Your Design Suck Less He has a number of good ideas, but here are a few hints.

  • Try Subtle Variations
  • Use Similar Styling For Similar Elements
  • Padding
  • Vertical Space, Grouping

Go check out the rest.

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  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design

Andy Rutledge has a fascinating article on quiet structure

Quiet structure is achieved when you de–emphasize the structural elements; the containing boxes, structural lines, bullets, structural color elements, etc… and bring a rhythmical consistency to the layout.

I've recently been involved with several projects that involved this principle, though I've never heard this described quite so well.

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  • Graphic Design

Michael Surtees has some design guidelines that you should read.

1. Keep an open mind, don’t be that expert that isn’t open to new ways of doing things.

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  • Design

Here is a website dedicated to color inspiration from the masters of painting. It clarifies master paintings down into a five color palette. A significant amount of the emotional nature of the painting is reflected in the choice of color. What do you want your work to say? Did you choose the right colors to do that? These aren't hard and fast rules of course.