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The US Debt Limit Explained

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIbkoop4AYE&w=650] In honor of the Republican Shutdown of the US Government, I thought I'd post this video...

Deja Vu

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foVMwJtlR5s&w=650] Another well illustrated video about an interesting subject manner. I'll be patiently waiting for my next...

The Solar System

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsF_hdjWJjo&w=650] I love these well illustrated, informational videos. Especially when they're about space. via @devour....

Viewport Resizer

While no substitute to testing responsive layouts on an actual device, this bookmarklet is great for initial...

SVG & PNG Image Test

While I have yet to get my hands on either an iPad or Macbook Pro with a retina display, it's clear that high resolution screens will be the standard in coming years. As such it's imperative for designers to understand how to optimize images for these displays. The main technique being used so far is to basically build your images at 2x, then scale down using html. This is...

Free Minimalist Desktop Wallpapers

Like many designers, I prefer my computer desktop to stay clean, organized, and clutter free. It's not a place to hold files or applications, and it's definitely not a place for a splashy, obnoxious image. Still, the desktop is a nice place to express creativity, so lets not be boring here. Even though there are many places to get quality, free, minimalist desktop images (try Simple Desktops), I usually...

Arting up the office with Susan Kare

It turns out my interior design sense is as clean and simple as my graphic design style. I prefer design that is modern and uncluttered; breathable yet punctuated with contrast. I'm also a fan of the Macintosh. While I haven't been using one since 1984, it's been a big part of my life and career for over a decade. So when I came across @kottke's article on Susan Kare's...

Responsive Web Design – The Book

A Book Apart released Responsive Web Design today and I picked up a copy. I'm excited to get a better understanding of the whole responsive web picture - but I'm especially interested in hearing Ethan's ideas on flexible grids and images (an area I'm still foggy about). I've read two other A Book Apart releases (HTML5 for Web Designers and CSS3 for Web Designers) and find that they offer...

Designing for Mobile First

I've recently been involved in a project with a company who had interest in my work with mobile design with media queries. Before I began we talked what tools we wanted to use to create clean, lean code that worked across as many devices as possible. I of course suggested using HTML5 Boilerplate as they wanted to use HTML5 tags such as <header> and <section>. I also suggested that...

Go Mobile with Responsive Design

Designing for the web has always been like catching a greased chameleon - as soon as you get a good grip everything changes and you're looking for the elusive lizard on some new technological rock. Varying screen resolutions, user preferences, and browser inconsistencies are just a few of the variables that have made designing for the web something a little left of eternal. Now that the mobile web has...

Fontin Sans on spigotdesign.com

Web designers have long desired to be able to use more fonts than the standard list of web-safe fonts. When Apple introduced Safari 3.1 in March 2008 with support for @font-face embedding, it looked like we may have turned that corner. Over a year later, Safari is still the only browser to support @font-face embedding, but the next versions of Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome are planning support. Microsoft's...

Drop down menus are good?

While I've designed a few in my day, it's standard protocol around the studio to swat drop down menus like the annoying, dysfunctional bugs they are. But am I being too critical and one sided? Matt Cronin thinks so: (more…)...

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