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25Apr/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (5 May 2010)

Colourful inspiration, and busy work.  Updating wordpress always seems to be more of a pain than I remember. Each time. Can't wait for version 3 though, and multiple blogs on one installation. That'll make for a lot less busy work.

Posted from Diigo.

4Apr/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (7 April 2010)

Thursdays are for working on the company website, but that's OK because it's raining outside and I went to see the stunning cherry blossom in the sun yesterday. Some of these links came up in my search for an elegant CSS Reset/Typography Reset, and the rest are related to the same topic.

Posted from Diigo.

28Feb/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (1 March 2010)

Monday nights are for recovering from a week of work and catching up on recent webby world developments and articles. I think much of my days off will be for working on my nameplate site, and for some PHP and Ajax web app development. I have a nice idea for a site, I just don't know when I'll have time to work on it!

Posted from Diigo.

14Feb/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (23 February 2010)

Tuesdays are for looking at colors and pretty posts:

Between other work, I've been working on a nameplate site. As there aren't any clients except myself, I've decided to use HTML5 and CSS3 - so it's been an interesting learning experience.

Both new specs are still in flux, and both have their impressive elements, and their rather confusing parts. Hopefully they'll iron out the wrinkles and they'll fulfil their potential. Right now it seems like it could go either way.

Of course, I still want my site to degrade gracefully for older browsers that can't handle HTML5 and CSS3, and dealing with Internet Explorer's (5, 5.5, 6, 7 and 8) weak points and idiosyncracies is always 90% of the battle.. even more so with things like CSS3's transparency and shadow options.

It's almost done now, so it's the home stretch of testing and bug fixing. But in a spare moment I at least had time to update the tomdot twitter background.

31Jan/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (February 4 2010)

Thursday mornings are for working on personal nameplate sites, learning asian languages, and reading about web design. For the last part, see below:

Posted from Diigo.

24Jan/100

Weekly Web Design Roundup (January 26 2010)

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around HTML5. I can't quite work out if it's a great leap forward, or just a confusing over-complication. Also working on my nameplate site and the site connected to this blog. In the meantime:

Posted from Diigo.

3Jan/100

Sunday Web Design Roundup (10 Jan 2010)

Fridays are for extremely delayed sunday roundups due to the new year holiday. A reasonably random collection of posts to read up on while listening to your favourite music.

  • Automatically make XML sitemaps for Google and other search engines

  • "Here is a categorized list of online programming books available for free download. The books cover all major programming languages: Ada, Assembly, Basic, C, C#, C++, CGI, JavaScript, Perl, Delphi, Pascal, Haskell, Java, Lisp, PHP, Prolog, Python, Ruby, as well as some other languages, game programming, and software engineering."

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

20Dec/090

Sunday Web Design Roundup (22 Dec 09)

This sunday's round up of interesting or useful posts about web design, wordpress, development and blogging from the web.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

And since it's christmas, a bonus link to the UK's Christmas Number One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkuOAY-S6OY

Have a great Christmas!

16Dec/090

Beautiful and Useful web site designs

There are lots of beautiful web site designs out there, but here are a few that I actually use often. Not only beautiful layouts, style and graphics, but also useful and usable designs.

Web designer wall blog

Web designer wall blog

A well known favourite among web designers, the Web Designer Wall always has a beautiful and intricate design. Plus  useful design and css tips.

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo video sharing

Vimeo is a more friendly place than youtube, and it definitely has a much nicer design. The current layout has a really nice paralax scrolling effect.

Helipad online notepad

Helipad online notepad

Helipad is a simple online notepad, great for making quick notes at work, or on an iphone, to check later. But that doesn't mean it has to look bad.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games

I guess you could accuse GOG of looking a little too web2.0, but it's a nice clean design, but a nice site to use, which is important for keeping customers and building a community. Plus they are really nice, and have cheap games!

Deadline todo manager

Deadline todo manager

From the makers of Helipad, Deadline is a very simple To-do application, and it has a simple design to go with it. But it's a great design, one that puts the emphasis on what it actually does, but still has a bit of nice interactive eye-candy in the mouseover effects.

Colorlovers pallette site

Colourlovers pallette site

Colourlovers (with a u!) is a nice site for making colour schemes and patterns, and getting inspiration. Plus it has a nice design itself. They could do with integrating a couple of the separate beta apps though!

Aviary Graphics Tools

Aviary Graphics Tools

I used Picnik and it's firefox plugin to make the thumbnails for this post. But Aviary is fast catching up with Picnik as my favorite online editor. It's already much more powerful, plus they have a lot of other useful apps for vector illustration and making colour palettes. If I had a Aviary plugin installed I might have used that. And it has a beautiful design too.

24 ways - web design tips

24 ways - web design tips

24 Ways is a very cool web design advent calendar, full of useful tips and tricks. Plus it has a nice, simple, unique design that uses lots of RBGA alpha transparency to make an interesting layout without using images.

6Dec/090

Sunday Web Design Roundup (06 Dec 09)

Sunday is for roundups of things I've been looking at this week. Mostly catching up on HTML5 and CSS3.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.