Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Raphaël paints some logos and gives them to you for free

Category: Design

Raphaël. Painter. Turtle. One the back of the fact that Raphaël will continue to do great things in the JS space due to Sencha Labs funding we have another little gift. 104 MIT licensed icons: Go check out the page and zoom in to see the vector goodness.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:16 pm

3 rating from 2 votes

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

960 Gridder: Easy to use layout design tool

Category: CSS, Design, Utility

Andrée Hansson has created 960 Gridder, a grid layout tool for web developers that you can either use as an integrated component to layout your websites or use it as a bookmarklet. The grid is fully customizable but it defaults to the “960px grid standard”. 960 Gridder will automatically identify if jQuery is present at Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:16 am

3.9 rating from 47 votes

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Even designers are using CSS3? :)

Category: CSS, Design

Sean Martell is my hero. He did the Bespin logos and a bunch of the Mozilla works in general. When Ben and I were in Toronto we got to see him at work at his WACOM tablet, and it is a sight to behold. I wish I could do that kind of design work, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:26 am

4.3 rating from 26 votes

Friday, April 24th, 2009

280Slides, Cappuccino, Atlas, and Aristo

Category: Atlas, Cappuccino, Component, Design, Video

Francisco Tolmasky presented on the latest goodies from 280North at JSConf. In the past we’ve given the 280North guys a bad time for talking about 280Slides and their other stuff using… Keynote. I don’t know if he used Keynote at JSConf, but Francisco published the slides using the 280Slides web-based presentation viewer, which is also Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:00 am

3.3 rating from 36 votes

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Quince: UX Pattern Explorer (in Silverlight)

Category: Design, Microsoft

A reader recently pointed us to Quince, an on-line directory of UX design patterns created by Infragistics. At first glance, Quince seems an Ajax application with some interesting animated effects, but it turns out to have been written using Silverlight (no surprise given Infragistics background). Run-time platform notwithstanding, Quince contains around 100 patterns with large Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:07 am

2.2 rating from 69 votes

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Facing up to fonts

Category: Design

Richard Rutter of Clearleft has a nice presentation up on facing up to fonts that goes into nice detail on the world of typography and the Web. First he takes some time discussing fonts and various choices out there. Did you know about the various numbered font weights out there? From 100 to 900. Well, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:18 am

3.7 rating from 15 votes

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Sharing and creating HTML and CSS templates

Category: Design, HTML

There are a slew of HTML/CSS design sharing template sites out there. What if there was a manifest that defined what they had, and tools could work with that so you could import repositories. That is the vision that Daniel Glazman had when just created the HTML+CSS Templates Manifest 1.0 CC licensed spec. You would Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:37 am
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3.6 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Mouse-based Ubiquity: A Prototype and a Failure

Category: Design, Firefox, Utility

We’ve been watching over the last little while as the Humanized crew has leveraged their experience with Enso to create Ubiquity, an in-development command-line interface for the browser. But what about folks who aren’t as enamored with their keyboard as they are with their mouse? Aza Raskin has recently published an interesting video showing how Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:55 am

4.1 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

How Do You Prototype Your Apps?

Category: Design

I’ve seen more ways to create application prototypes than I can count, from PowerPoint (I’m look at you Chuck) to FileMaker Pro (and you, Bob) and everything in-between. Often, I see folks skip prototypes entirely and just using good ol’ OmniGraffle / Illustrator / Photoshop / hand-drawn wireframes with sticky notes. Never have any of Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:50 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Typeface.js: A potential replacement for sIFR

Category: Design

Thanks to Nexus I saw a new project called typeface.js that offers a solution to typeface management (where you can use any typeface that you want, whether it be on the users system or not) without using Flash (which the popular, oft-mentioned sIFR uses): Instead of creating images or using flash just to show your Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:47 am

4 rating from 28 votes

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Wireframing Ajax Interactions – Richard Rutter, @Media Ajax

Category: Conferences, Design

Blogging from @media Ajax. Richard Rutter is talking about wireframing Ajax interactions. “Wireframing Ajax is a Bitch” – Jeffrey Zeldman Development Phases Looking at standard development phases, as a background. Lo-fi using stickies (post-it notes) to capture design features. Then lo-fi UI sketches. For some sites, this is where we would stop, no need to Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:56 am

3.2 rating from 9 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Towards Using Custom Fonts

Category: CSS, Design

A little while ago, we talked about the two competing custom font technologies for the Web: linking and “embedding” (aka EOT). With Firefox about to implement support for linking à la Safari, John Allsopp has a summary of the state of font technologies and an illustration of just how easy it is to use these Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.3 rating from 16 votes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The Fight for Fantastic Fonts (or, Let’s Give Tahoma a Rest)

Category: Browsers, Design

What’s the greater of these evils: contorting site designs around the standard Web-safe fonts, using images to render type, or relying on sIFR to render type with Flash? Who knows, but man, it sure would be nice if we could reliably use any font we wanted in our web work. And, as it turns out, Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 8:00 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Magic Toolbox: High-quality JavaScript Image Effects… for a Price

Category: Design, JavaScript

Jake Brumby of the European Ajax development shop Magic Toolbox recently pointed us to three of their creations: Magic Zoom, Magic Magnify, and Magic Thumb. Each of these effects has a really nice implementation that works across a large number of browsers: Jake shared some of their experiences building these effects with us: Initially, our Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:32 am

2.9 rating from 65 votes

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Interaction08: IxD’s in Savannah; Alan Cooper

Category: Design

I’m trying to masquerade as a hip and trendy designer-type today at IxDA’s Interaction08 conference, but I fear my geeky ways will betray my role on the implementation side of the aisle. We know that many Ajaxian readers are designers or interested in creating well-designed products. Indeed, Ajax has been about empowering us to create Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:14 am

3.7 rating from 38 votes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Seek or Show: Two Design Paradigms for Lots of Data

Category: Design, Usability

Bill Scott clued me in to this interesting first post from Theresa Neil on two design paradigms for handling large amounts of data: The Seek Paradigm: Have the user ask for what they want. The Show Paradigm: Display everything up front, and let the user explore and organize it. “The first is usually more prevalent Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:32 am
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4.4 rating from 23 votes

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