Not a tip, really, just something of interest to all you logo designers out there.
How can you tell if a company is a cutting-edge, cover-of-Wired-magazine, Web 2.0ish, acquisition-ripe company? If their logotype uses a soft, rounded typeface and is colored lime green, blue or orange, of course.
Think Friendster, Flickr, LiveJournal, BaseCamp, LinkedIn, Skype, MySpace, Bloglines, Technorati … like that.more >
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, once again it's time to clean out some of the backlog of sites I've bookmarked as fodder for DesignGeek articles. If you're a relatively new subscriber, you might have missed the first time I did this:
The First Occasional Bookmarks Issue (#32, 11/24/04):
The basic idea is that instead of spending a lot of time developing a DesignGeek article on one or two of these sites, I'm just going to list a bunch of them with a few notes explaining why I thought it was bookmark-worthy. Then I can delete it from my bookmarks utility and move on.more >
I just came back from the first-ever Creative Suite Conference, five straight days of non-stop information, tips and techniques about every program in the Adobe Creative Suite:
My head is about to explode from information overload. In a good way.
Of course, the fact that it was held in Las Vegas — Caesar's Palace, specifically — didn't help my synapses. Unlike most of the other speakers and attendees who were able to control themselves in a mature, professional manner, picture me getting off the plane with lucky 7's instead of eyeballs … I was like, "Vegas! Five days! Oh, mama!"
I hit the tables for a couple short visits every day — after lunch, during session breaks, on the way back from dinner — it was a novel experience having a full-blown casino just an escalator ride away from sessions on Version Cue and Photoshop Smart Objects.more >
You don't need to know how to use Flash, nor even own it, to create slick .swf art for your web site complete with plug-in detection code. Just create your artwork in Illustrator, then go to File > Export and choose "Macromedia Flash (SWF)" from the Format drop-down menu.
The resulting Macromedia Flash (SWF) Options dialog box offers a ton of goodies, and the following tips are all found here.
To create a static piece of vector web art, choose Export As: AI file to SWF file. Since virtually everyone has the Flash plug-in already installed in their browser, they can see its fine, clean lines without problems.more >
I have a compulsive fascination with pixel fonts. I keep buying them, amassing a collection, even though I don't get a chance to use them that often. I'm always amazed at how creative people can be when they have just a few pixels to work with to design a typeface.
Not sure what a pixel font is? I'm sure you've seen them already on modern-looking web sites … they're often used for navigation as text labels, and most of the time appear in all caps.
Not sure if Google's indexed all the pages in your site? Try entering this in the Search Term field:
… of course, replace "www.yoursite.com" with your own domain name. You don't need the http:// part.more >
The table was for a survey form. Most of the rows contained survey questions and radio buttons for responses. The top row, though, contained header text for the survey itself.more >
(You know, of course, that Dilbert creator Scott Adams and I are old and dear friends? Okay, I'm probably reading more into our relationship than exists, but he DID write me an e-mail once:more >
Vexed with Verdana? Tired with Trebuchet? To hell with Helvetica? (One more: Arial gives you angst?) The meager standard font choices for web designers can get tiring. Of course, you can call for any font you'd like in your web pages, but if the user doesn't happen to have that same exact font active on their machine, your web page will appear in the default font per their browser settings — typically, Times.more >
(Want to see if you're a sitting duck? Go to http://www.google.com and type your e-mail address in the Search field. I had 3 pages worth of hits on my address, some dating from 1996! But I knew that… thus the motivation for this article…)more >