Archive for October, 2005

Flash Tutorials

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

gotoAndLearngotoAndLearn offers an array of useful Flash tutorials, including some insight on new Flash 8 features. In step-by-step video tutorials, Lee Brimelow explains the hows and whys of Action Scripting. In a series of 8 pieces, for instance, Lee introduces us to the basics of streaming video playback in Flash, building a complete video control widget that you can style in any way you like. That’s not all, though: aside from numerous tutorials that start at point zero for the beginner and gradually lead into the advanced specifics, the site also gives you the possibility to request tutorials. Have a look.


Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Is your company having an e-dentity crisis? Then you need the eNormicom Image Bucket Program™…

eNormicom presents 18 slides that depict the steps, beginning with the “patented Nametron 3000” machine to create a “best-of-breed name that conveys the essence of your brand’s soul.”

Also on the plate: Embracing the power of the swoosh!

Oldie but goodie. :)

What is Web 2.0?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

The term has been spooking around for the past weeks: Web 2.0.
What’s that, you ask? Wikipedia states:

“Web 2.0 refers to a perceived transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes.”

Reading this, AJAX comes to mind, but also cross-website technologies such as RSS feeds. Things like Gmail and Flickr are good examples of the beginnings of Web 2.0. The recently unveiled Zimbra offers an advanced approach. Web-based office applications meant to replace your standard office are slowly rising and attacking monsters like Microsoft at their base.

Tim O’Reilly, founder of the famous computer book publisher O’Reilly, has written up an article explaining the implications of Web 2.0.

Better have a look, designers, because this is where the net is heading right now.

Treehouse Magazine

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Treehouse MagazineThe folks at Particletree have started a new webdesign magazine: Treehouse. Consisting of 58 pages, the PDF-mag features interviews with renowned webdesigners, offers book reviews and talks about recent web technologies, design, and business issues. The first issue is free, so grab a copy and have a look.

Fake vs. True Italics

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

More often than not, low quality fonts will come without a real italic version. To handle this problem, your system will generate fake italics out of your fonts. This usually just occurs by slanting the font. Unfortunately, this often loses the character of the typeface, and usually looks pretty crummy. In this short but concise article, typographer Mark Simonson shows us the difference between true and fake italics on the basis of his newly revamped font, Proxima Nova.

Originality in Logo Design

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Mike Davidson has an intriguing article on originality in logo design. His first paragraph says it best, so I’ll just quote here:

“Never waste a stroke.”

That’s the best piece of advice you’ll ever get in logo design. However, it’s also advice that can inadvertently get you in trouble. Draw a blue circle on the screen and you’ve just stolen the Blaupunkt logo. Draw a yellow line and you’re copying Visa. Draw a black swoosh and you’re ripping off Nike. The less intricacies involved in creating your masterpiece, the more likely it is that someone has already created it.

Web Essentials 5 PodCasts

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

WebEssentials05Everyone’s been blogging about it, but in case you missed it: a number of sessions from Web Essentials 2005 can be downloaded free of charge as PodCasts. This is great for the few of us who couldn’t make it to Sydney, Australia. ;) Among the speakers are CSS guru Eric Meyer, Tantek Çelik (the guy who developed the box model hack), standards evangelist Molly Holzschlag, Jeffrey Veen of Adaptive Path (the agency that coined the term AJAX) and a number of other high caliber names.

Curing Float Drops and Wraps

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

The Nemesis Project presents us with a very comprehensive guide on problems occurring when you float elements, and solutions to the problems.

“When using floats you occasionally run into a situation where one block drops down below the other one instead of sitting side-by-side as you anticipated. This is commonly referred to as a ‘float drop.’ This month Zoe Gillenwater will help you find a cure to float drops.”

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