Best Link Strategies

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 18-02-2011


click hereCLICK HERE.  Have you seen this as a button for websites. Is this descriptive enough? What is wrong with this method?  For the most part it lacks originality and just seems like the designer gave up on a linking strategy.  Let’s take a look at some of the strategies that will equip you to design and code with usability in mind.  This post will cover some of  the best practices when it comes to links.  Some of the newer practices that are cropping up on the scene aren’t necessarily the ideal method and we will discuss some bad habits that will be reminders for some of you.

6 Steps to Deciding on Content

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 15-02-2011


So in this series I was reviewing some of my notes from a class I had taken.  I thought I would re-organize the notes and post them as a series on visual design.  I will provide links to sources and resources for you to check out that will be a great supplement.  My notes were taken from a class that used the book Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability as one of the textbooks. This is a lengthy post but I believe it contains some great information to help you with your designs and clients.

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS4

Posted by Daniel | Posted in Adobe Products, Development, Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS | Posted on 15-02-2011


I will be posting some Dreamweaver tutorials for the beginner.  There are many tutorials out there, though they provide good content, I am noticing with the response of many of you out there that you get left in the dust with advance work mixed in with beginner content.  Many are just frustrated as they don’t know what panels are and keyboard shortcuts  and many other things that others instinctively know and just move entirely to fast for someone who just opened Adobe Dreamweaver and wants to start ant square one.  These tutorials are for you.

To start I am posting this image for reference; so when I say that I am in the property inspector you can reference this image to see where I am at and it helps you remember where things are without referencing th image. Make sure you click the image to view the High Resolution form so you can see clearly the marked up information.

Dreamweaver interface

Application Bar: This contains all of the DW menus (Windows) and it includes 4 menus that are shared by Mac and Win users.  It also has the search field and workspace switch drop down menu.

Workspace Dropdown: Here you can choose between workspace layouts.  You can also create custom layouts to suit your needs or reset your current layout.

Search for Help: You can enter your search term and this will search and find results on the internet. If your not connected there are still built in search features so you will still get some help with your topic.

3 Ingredients for Great User Experience(UX)

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 11-02-2011


The key to successful UX can be a combination of three things: Organization, Presentation, and Interaction. We will cover various aspects of presentation with these tutorials or posts in this series.

  • Presentation: Everything related to how the web site looks; such as, fonts, images, colors and so forth.
  • Organization: This includes everything related to the structure of the site; such as, information architecture.
  • Interaction: Interaction takes into account how users and systems behave.

To get these to all work together is another story. With this blog series I want to help you along the path of learning about presentation, known by several names but I will choose visual design to usability. As you will see as we go along, you could come up with another name for it and that may be a better choice for these posts; however, getting the “right” name for it isn’t as important as learning some of the principles of usability and visual design.

Next post: Content: What to say?

The Fossil of the Layout World

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 10-02-2011


Miguel Saavedr

Table based layouts are a little outdated,  yet some people still use them and they can be made more proficient then the way most people use them. I want to give some pointers on how to use tables in the cleanest way possible if that is your choice of weapon.

FREE HD Images and Textures

Posted by Daniel | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-02-2011


I spent the day at the ocean today and took some pictures.  I am just passing them along totally free for your use.  Link or share in the comment section if you use please(not required).

Zip file of 4 textures both fully saturated and desaturated.

Click for HD image to download.

Creating and Editing Artboards in Illustrator

Posted by Daniel | Posted in Illustrator | Posted on 05-02-2011


Absolute vs Relative Font Styling

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 26-10-2010


absolute versus relative css styling

Image by: Zeeshan Qureshi


The reason that a designer would use relative font sizing is for scalability/flexibility for the user.  Many consider this a “best” practice for designers.  Using flexible font styling creates an accessible website that is more user friendly than absolute font styling (css/font/why7). In fact, relative font sizing is recommended by the W3C’s Accessibility Guidelines, U.S. Section 508 requirements, and other accessibility guidelines and requirements (css/font/why).

…and the Survey Says!

Posted by Daniel | Posted in HTML/CSS | Posted on 23-10-2010


What resolution do you prefer to design with?  You have several options, and choices to make when choosing to use a particular resolution for your design. There is no hard and fast rule, yet there are some things to think about that will help you make an informed decision.

Triangle of Web Design

Posted by Daniel | Posted in UX Design | Posted on 13-10-2010


How many of you are avid campers? Perhaps you are even into the more primitive art known as  bush-crafting , as I am. One thing is certain; many of the outdoor enthusiasts understand fire building.  When teaching the fundamentals of fire making we use the triangle of fire technique. Wikipedia defines this as, ”The fire triangle or combustion triangle is a simple model for understanding the ingredients necessary for most fires.”