2011 has been a whirlwind of exciting new techniques, tools and technology so far. Here are just a few items which have caught our eye over the last few weeks.
Just one of the many ways a career in design differs from your average day job. It’s not just a CV, it’s an expression of your design talents and your personality. The pressure’s on!
This nice site idea showcases design CV’s and is a great place to visit for inspiration.
So subtle, UI elements are often overlooked but these are the pieces that make or break a site or app. This is a nicely presented collection and well worth a bookmark in your inspiration collection.
We’ve all had them: the clients who just won’t listen and want to micromanage a web design project, thinking they know better. This website has a good collection of articles to help you persuade your client to listen to your advice and experise. Articles are added regularly and categorised into hot topics. This is a very helpful wee site
In the last few months, we’ve given you a few articles on typography on the web and web fonts. If you’re interested in web typography, this is an idea that you’ll really like. Designers tend to be perfectionists and we like to check all aspects of a design, which can be difficult on the web when dealing with things like fallback fonts in your font stack and back-ups for your web font. This handy little site offers a bookmarklet to allow you to see the fallback fonts in action.
Layer Styles Builder
I really like this idea! This site is essentially a CSS3 generator with a difference – It’s UI is based on the very familiar layer styles dialog in Photoshop. You can set your drop shadow, inner shadow, background gradient, border and border radius and the tool outputs the css and an example for you. It makes a nice transition from your Photoshop settings to CSS3 properties. I just which Photoshop itself gave you the options for solid, dashed, dotted or double border like this tool does!
CSS sitemap System
Sitemaps have been presented in a variety of different and sometimes crazy ways over the years. They are an important part of a site but to date there’s never really been a great way to present them. Until now… This system is based on simple nested <ul>’s and uses CSS. Simple but brilliant.