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The Logos of Web 2.0

April 12, 2006 - 5:54pm ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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.

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Second Occasional Bookmark Issue

August 23, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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):
http://designgeek.com/designgeek32.php

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 >

Flash from Illustrator

July 27, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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 >

Web Design Tricks in the Creative Suite

July 27, 2005 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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:
http://www.thecreativesuiteconference.com

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 >

Pixel Fonts for the Web and Flash

July 26, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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.

Look at the navigation labels at this web design firm's site to see what I mean:
http://www.grafik.com/more >

Google Secrets for Site Owners

March 11, 2004 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
If you've got your own web site, or you're a site designer, you've probably already tried Googling your or your client's site on Google, the most popular search engine. That is, you've entered your domain name or keywords that relate to your service in the search term field to see what comes up.

Not sure if Google's indexed all the pages in your site? Try entering this in the Search Term field:
 allinurl:www.yoursite.com

… of course, replace "www.yoursite.com" with your own domain name. You don't need the http:// part.more >

A Fix for Finicky HTML Tables

December 17, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
A recent tech support call from a previous GoLive student (yes, she actually remembered that all students receive 3 years of 24/7 support from me) involved diagnosing a mysterious problem she was having getting text to align properly in a web page table.

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.

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Just for Fun: Really Great Links

December 17, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new
Did everyone catch the Dilbert comic strip this past Sunday? It speaks to the soul of graphic designers everywhere. Mine's on the fridge. If you missed it, here it is:
<http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20031214.html>

(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 >

Embedding Fonts in Web Pages

November 17, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

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.

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Keeping Under the Spambots Radar: How to Hide Your E-Mail Address on Your Web Pages

September 2, 2003 - 3:00am ||| 4 Comments | Add new
If you're a professional web designer and/or have your own site, you already know the dangers of including e-mail addresses in web pages. If you're not, you may already know anyway: e-mail addresses on web pages are like sitting ducks for e-mail spammers.

(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…)

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