Archive for October, 2006

More Free Quality Fonts

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

More Free Quality FontsA few days ago I mentioned an article collecting some very high quality fonts that are all free for use. The original author, Vitaly Friedman, has updated the list on Smashing Magazine and presents 19 new free quality fonts, all appropriate for professional work.

Cheat Sheet Round-Up: Ajax, CSS, LaTeX, Ruby…

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Smashing Magazine has an extensive round-up of cheat sheets worth bookmarking.

Whether you’ve forgotten the name of a function or the property of a cascading style sheet – handy cheat sheets deliver the information you are looking for – immediately. Most cheat sheets are available as .pdf or .png-files, so you can print them and use them every day for whatever projects you’re currently working on.

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Neave.tv – Creativity in a Telly Stylee

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Neave.tvNeave.tv by Paul Neave is a full screen TV station in your browser, showing some of the most creative, artistic videos right off of YouTube, Blip.tv and Google Video. Definitely worth a look, really nice way to phase out for a few minutes in your lunch break and gather some inspiration. Also check out Paul Neave’s website, which offers a few other very impressive and beautiful flash experiments.

The Complete Web 2.0 Directory

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Web 2.0 DirectoryIf you’re looking for some Web 2.0 inspiration, check out Go2Web20.net, claiming to be “the complete Web 2.0 Directory”. The design, itself seemingly strongly inspired by thefwa.com, offers a simple, logo-based interface.

New Block Comment System

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Segment CommentingJack Slocum has developed an interesting new kind of comment system. Instead of commenting below an entry as you are used to, you can add comments to individual segments of a post. The Block Comment system has an intuitive user interface and is full of AJAX goodness. I’m interested in seeing the derivatives that will probably come out of this.

Printed Matter

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Printed Matter I’ve seen the Google Maps API used for a lot of things until now, but nothing this fantastic. Markus Dreßen gives us a glimpse of his book table, in this beautiful gallery of book design. You can navigate it as you would Google Maps, albeit sans zooming.

Markus Dreßen is also the designer behind another nice site, spector cut+paste. (Thanks, neckCNS)

Quiz Microsoft’s IE Team Leader

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

IE7 LogoIn light of last week’s release of Internet Explorer 7, Slashdot is offering us the chance to interview the general manager of the IE7 team. All those questions you’ve been burning to ask over the years of frustration can be asked, and the best ones will be passed on to Dean Hachamovitch for answering. My favorite question so far:

If you adopt FireFox 2.0 as IE8, your boss would be impressed with how much you improved the product in a very short time. My question is: would you take the extra time to remove CSS features from IE8? Thank you and God Bless.

There are lots of serious questions, too. ;) I’ve added a question of my own here.
So then, ask away! (and play nice)

25 Best Free Quality Fonts

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Best Free Quality FontsVitaly Friedman has compiled a list of some of the best license-free fonts around. As they are license-free, they are completely free for private and commercial use. These are not your standard free fonts, they are works of quality that can be used in a serious professional environment. Oldie but goodie.

Update 2006-10-31: More new fonts here.

How to Convince a Client their Site Doesn’t Need Music

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Boom BoxI hate it when websites automatically start playing music. Ever opened lots of search results in Firefox tabs, only to start a quest for that one tab that is now blurting elevator music right through the song you were just enjoying? Unfortunately, sometimes clients think it’s a great idea. “We’re oh so flippy now!” So, how are you going to ward off this incarnation of evil? Seomoz.org has the answers.

Wallpaper Patterns

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Damask WallpaperSome while ago, pixelized wallpaper background patterns on websites were all the rage. They’re not as popular anymore, but I still love ‘em! The Inspiration Gallery has a large set of wallpaper patterns, pretty good in quality. My personal favorite is the Damask category, with its classic, highly detailed floral texture designs. Nice and kitschy! ;)