Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Web Design Resource Roundup #9

A holistic approach for the typical workflow

A grid at its barest is nothing more than a series of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines spaced at regular intervals, but its innate propensity for creating order out of chaos makes it one of the most powerful tools at a designer’s disposal. If you want to reap their benefits of grids on your next project but are unsure of the specifics, this article is for you.

A new global visual language for the BBC's digital services

It was a basic offering with two sections to the site. Over time it has grown to encompass a great deal more. However due to the organic way in which the website evolved and the old structure of the business, with dozens of small design teams working independently of each other, the site had a fairly schizophrenic nature once you delved into its depths.

Time to stop showing clients static design visuals

The biggest headaches for web designers and developers often come not from design, or from writing meaningful markup and CSS but from browser related issues. I'll assume and hope that you are already writing markup for the maximum meaning rather than simply to achieve a visual result. I also hope that you use all of the available CSS selectors to help you avoid filling your markup with presentational elements and attributes. After-all that is the real goal of CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 selectors; to enable you to target an element for styling without needing to add a specific class or id.

Create modern Web sites using HTML5 and CSS3

Since the World Wide Web emerged in the early 1990s, HTML has evolved to become a relatively powerful markup language, which, when backed up by its close partners JavaScript and CSS, can be used to create visually stunning and interactive Web sites and applications. This tutorial serves as a hands-on introduction to HTML5 and CSS3. It provides information about the functionality and syntax for many of the new elements and APIs that HTML5 has to offer, as well as the new selectors, effects, and features that CSS3 brings to the table. Finally, it will show you how to develop a sample Web page that harnesses many of these new features.

Improving typography through space

As designers, we see websites, their parts and a variety of other design elements being overused, misused and abused on a daily basis. We label most of these as “trends”, but let’s face it: We have all fallen guilty of them and in a way we should be glad they exist. It helps the special few break free and try something new (again, setting us up for another future trend).

Designing for iPad: Reality Check

Over the last two months we have been working on several iPad projects: Two news applications, a social network and a word processor. We worked on iPad projects without ever having touched an iPad. One client asked us to “start working on that tablet thing” even before we knew whether the iPad was real. The question Are we designing desktop programs, web sites or something entirely new? has been torturing us until that express package from New York finally crossed our door sill.

The Anatomy of a Website

Many people find it hard to picture a website as more than a bundle of content. This often makes explaining the mixture of languages used and the way everything comes together a difficult task.

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