Archive for September, 2006

Automatic Pullquotes

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street has created a nice little script for automatic pullquotes. It’s incredibly simple to implement and uses unobtrusive JavaScript which means there are no accessibility issues. What is also nice about it is that the text is not duplicated in your html, and when you no longer want pullquotes, just turn off the script… so you don’t have to edit your old posts.

Update: A quick google search brought up this 2 year old article. So it’s been done before, however Roger’s script is a bit more advanced.

Push My Button

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Try to style me, sucker!Seriously, styling <input> buttons can be a pain. Browsers offer you little control, Safari even completely ignores your styles. There is an alternative, however, that I admit I’ve never really taken into consideration. The <button>. This little fellow is pretty versatile, working as you would expect from an <input>, and allowing you to make it look whichever way you want.

Unlike the input-based buttons, the majority of browsers do not force any particular design on the button element, leaving it a raw ingot which we can cast and shape to our liking.

Aaron Gustafson writes all about it on Digital Web Magazine.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Designers

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

…but were afraid to ask. Dan Saffer shares his opinion with developers on why we are supposedly so hard to work with.

[…] next time you’re confronted with a designer furious because his design doesn’t look the same in the prototype as it does in his Illustrator file, you’ll know why he’s acting like that and (hopefully) how to respond.

He raises some good points, but also some things I can’t really relate to at all, and going by the ensued discussion, he hits some nerves. Read it at Vitamin.

Nice excerpt from the discussion:

Q: How many designers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: I ain’t changing anything.

The Art Of “No”

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The Art Of NoThis was passed on to me some time ago, but I just came around to reading it. Derek Powazek has an insightful article up on the presence the word “no” has in our daily work lives as designers, and a more productive alternative worth consideration:

[..] what nobody ever teaches us is perhaps the most important thing you can learn to be a successful working designer: How to not say “no.” If I could give one piece of advice to the designer just getting into client work, or even some who’s been doing this for a while, it’s this: The next time you want to say “no” to a client, boss, or colleague, say this instead: “Why?”

Sometimes it’s the simple things that can do wonders.

Free Icons & Flags

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Flags & IconsSome more freebies for you, this time we’ve found some nice pixel flags and icon sets. There are currently 239 flags, a full 1000-piece set in png format, and a mini format set. Quality work, the icons all fit together nicely and are free for use (Creative Commons), courtesy of Mark James.

Seamless Tile Collection

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Seamless TilesSeamless tiles are fun to create, but they often take a lot of time and patience, which we don’t always have. Travis Beckham of is offering an impressive collection of wonderfully detailed tiles. They are free for use, but credit is appreciated.

Font Spotting

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Font SpottingJust a quicky: Stephen Coles spots the fonts in the introductory titles of the smoking satire “Thank You For Smoking”. See if you can spot some yourselves, without looking at the answers. Fun stuff!

OpenOffice Template Contest

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

OpenOffice.orgOpen source office suite OpenOffice is hosting a contest to come up with new templates and a clip art pool for its four applications. They will be giving away over $5000 in cash prizes, among others. Here’s your chance to prevent OpenOffice templates from becoming another PowerPoint hell.

The Rasterbator

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

RasterbatorThe Rasterbator is an online tool and stand-alone application that can convert your images into huge, halftone rasterized posters up to 20 meters in size. It can also split up the generated poster into printer- friendly segments, and does this all in a high quality PDF-format. There’s a nice gallery to see what can all be done with it.

Plenty O’ Pictographs

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Map Symbols & PatternsThe U.S. National Park Service has released all of the standard cartographic symbols and patterns used on National Park Service maps to the public domain, all in high quality vector formats. Quite a collection! Found via Peter Merholz.

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