Test-Driven CSS (sorta) at zahnster

When starting this task, I knew that we'd have to come up with an at-a-glance method for our developers to take the newly re-factored CSS and run with it.

My most recent project at Riven Design was transitioning a Typepad photo-blog called Cascade Exposures to WordPress and it's own domain. The new site debuted today, and I'm really thrilled. Go take a look, Jan's work is impressive, and always worth a visit. While you're there, make sure you subscribe so that you'll never miss anything.

As you may have notice, I haven't blogged much lately. One of my recent endeavors has been doing web design at Riven Design. I've been doing web design with an emphasis on high quality imagery and accessibility, and some really fun print design as well.

W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web

Today W3C announces a new standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.

I was putting together a list of resources that I regularly use for someone, and I thought it might be helpful for someone else.

I'm still using the CSS Menu Writer that I got to evaluate. I have to say it's very slick. I'm working on a WordPress site that I hope to reveal soon, and it came in very handy. I've worked on tabbed navigation with CSS before, but this was relatively painless. A few quick menu adjustments and it gave me a set of beautiful tabbed menus. Of course it's never quite that easy.

If you are a site designer, or a site owner, you will at some point need to evaluate a site. Do the bones of the site stand up, or it is a screaming wreck hidden behind a pretty facade? The first thing I do is look at the source code.  Beautiful code isn't the final answer on site testing, but it's a place to start.  Is it table based, or a CSS layout? A table based layout should put up a warning flag. Table based layouts are outdated... you can do better. You want CSS. It's more adaptable, and more accessible to a wide range of technologies.

Two of my favorite Photoshop experts, Ben Willmore (Digital Mastery, The Best of Ben and Where is Ben?) and Bert Monroy (PixelPerfect) get together. They meet to explain HDR (High Dynamic Range) in a two part series.

A List Apart - The Survey, 2008

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

It's a very well written survey in my opinion. If you are a design professional, go help them out and take the survey.

CSS Tricks has a great post called Cutting Edge Browsers and Their Development Tools. I didn't know about the Opera's Dragonfly, I'll be trying that out soon. It's a very good comprehensive list that every web professional should see.