Web Design

About Classic Color Choices

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.

On Intuitive Naming

What did I name that? How many times have you asked yourself that? I know I've been there more than I care to think about. The way to get out of this rut is using intuitive naming. In both my graphic design and my web design work I've taken to being very careful about naming files. I have come up with simple file naming and storage location rules that make sense to me, and I follow them carefully. There are a lot of ways to do this, but the important part of me is that it has to be intuitive.

Site Testing Tools

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Basement dot org is linking to a nice collection of web testing tools. Fairly comprehensive, and very helpful.

Safari on Windows

That's right, Safari is now available for Windows. It's about time.

Class, Style and Span

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What is the difference between the CSS Class selector and Style property? It's both a big difference, and a small one. While they use the same style rules, and can often create the same effects, there are different reasons for using each of them. They are both used to attach characteristics to an HTML element, but the Class selector is used when those characteristics are common to your site. For instance I would use a class selector if I were defining code, like this:

.blue { font-style: italic; color: #000099 }

A Different Approach

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Go read Dan's post on A Different Approach to Design . It's well worth your time.

That’s when I realized I succeeded as an artist, but failed as a designer.

Web Site Testing

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Here are 31 Free Online Tests that you can run on your site. Test for validation, syntax, links, load time, etc. You can even check for who's linking to you, and your search engine optimization status. A great list of resources for web designers. How does your site fare?

h/t Church Communications Pro

CSS Backgrounds

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I've received several questions about css backgrounds in the last week or so. I've answered them as they've come in, but I thought a post on the subject was in order. Rather than reinvent the wheel, here's some CSS background resources that are already available.

What is that?

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Basement.org: The Richer Web & The Death Of Design

Each of these platforms have their pluses and minuses. And as we assess this or that platform we're left with an oddly empty feeling: what is all this stuff?

70 CSS Tips

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A must read for anyone learning CSS, or anyone who wants to know it better. 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding | Smashing Magazine. The Organization section is particularly good I thought.