Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or a fresh-faced newbie, having some idea of typefaces – specifically all the sometimes-tricky details – could save you time and effort in the long run. This introductory guide by Mark Bowley over at Psdtuts+ is admittedly aimed at the less experienced designer, but there’s a lot of information here
Are you a freelancer? Have you been before? If not, this post by Oleg Mokhov gives a good run-down of the various plus and negative points of working for yourself. Some of the feedback in the comments section gives interesting insight (both positive and negative) from active freelancers in web development as well as other
Over at Creativebits, there’s an interesting article by Ivan for freelancers. Not an exhaustive list of ‘NOs’ by any stretch, but a good starting point if you ever find yourself with an unreasonable client. And believe me; if you haven’t yet, you will. My personal favourite is #6: “I have a great idea. Do you
Paul Andrew of Speckyboy Design Magazine has published a great list of ‘super-simple’ jQuery plugins for menus and navigation ranging from simplistic horizontal bars with hover effects to drop-downs with sub-sections.
Dona Collins at Six Revisions has posted a great infographic about typeface and colour use in web design and what they represent (tailored specifically to the western hemisphere). Really, this needs to be a poster for our walls!
BrowserShots may not be anywhere near as fast, or boast the same tools (overlay, onionskin etc) of Adobe’s BrowserLabs, but it does have the ability to check more browsers than its counterpart. A total of 72 browsers (as of writing) can be tested on your budding designs, some of which you’ll probably never have heard
WordPress keeps its comment forms well hidden. The HTML markup for the comment form is within the wp-includes directory, which everyone should know to avoid, since core hacks are bad mojo. Thankfully, Otto over at the aptly named Otto on WordPress site details how you can add and edit filters for these forms within your
This great little guide from Seybold Seminars gives you a run-down of why using tables for layout is bad, what the benefits of switching to CSS are and how you can go about it. If you’re new to web development, this is a one-stop-shop on how to avoid tabular pitfalls. The guide may be old
This handy site gives simple, step-by-step instructions on how to create your own RSS feeds for your website. While a lot of off-the-shelf CMS and blogging packages have this feature already installed, if you ever find yourself in a position where a client wants a fully bespoke system, this could prove a very useful resource.