Alex manages design and front end development for and is SitePoint's Design and UX editor.

Alex's articles

  1. Handling the HR Tag

    I popped this idea into the latest Design View, but I figure it’s probably worth mentioning it here too. If you’ve ever fiddled with styling the venerable HR you probably still have the fingernail marks on your eyeballs. For what looks like such a simple little tag, it certainly has some of the loopiest cross-browser […]

  2. Terra Alert

    Put this one in the ‘not strictly web design, but cool enough to warrant thinking up some kind of lame link ‘ category. If you’re a little over the clean and clinic look of a lot of CSS design and looking for some 3D textural inspiration for your next design, give this a shot (Is […]

  3. Flickr-powered Color Schemes

    Here’s an interesting blend of the classic online color scheme generator and Adam Polselli’s ‘Where’d ya get that Color Scheme‘. has constructed a Flickr-powered color schemer. Click a color swatch and the schemer queries the Flickr archive of images for random color matched images. Clever.

  4. Access All Areas

    One of the happy side effects of the CSS revolution has been the new spotlight that it has given to web accessibility issues. Often designers and developers who were initially drawn to table-less layout for other reasons (i.e. speed, adaptability, philosophical reasons, etc), have become increasingly convinced of the benefits and importance of providing accessible […]

  5. Hail the WDT — We are not worthy!

    As fast and secure and cool as the Firefox web browser is, if I had to name my number one reason for using Firefox as my primary browser, there’s a simple answer — the Web Developer Toolbar. Although I dimly remember a time, long ago, when I worked without it, like many other developers, my […]

  6. Logs, Damn Logs, and Browser Statistics

    As we all know, one of the constant joys of web design is the ongoing wrestle with the ever-changing browser landscape into which our creations are released. Camino? Opera 6 or 7? Safari 0.6? What is this… ‘Netscape 4‘ of which you speak? Recently Dan Cederholm, the man behind the Fast Company redesign, ignited some […]

  7. Customizing the Autoscrolling Icon

    Here’s one from the ‘you could, though you probably wouldn’t, but it’s nice to know you can‘ department. Tom was playing around with FireFox yesterday and came to the realization that the auto-scroll icon is actually inserted dynamically into the document’s HTML, but outside the HEAD and BODY — meaning it’s still within the clutches […]

  8. CSS Rollovers – Just Add Water

    Isn’t it great when someone not only comes up with an nice solution to a problem (rollovers in this case), but then takes the extra effort to make it easy for you to understand and implement yourself? Recently Simon Collison spent some time thinking about CSS images rollovers and distilled his conclusions and code into […]

  9. Shopping Carts and Madness

    I stumbled across a really useful article by Barbara Chaparro covering the ‘Top Ten Mistakes of Shopping Cart Design‘ this morning. The article was published more than three years ago, but I think it’s still very much ‘on the money’. I recommend reading the whole article, but to paraphrase her, the 10 biggest mistakes are: […]

  10. 2005 – Hand me that grindstone!

    After a ‘sans-internet’ start to the year, I’ve spent most of the morning catching up. As the latest ALA article was published just before Christmas, I suspect quite a few people may have missed it in the rush (if you’ve seen it, indulge me) but Daniel Frommelt has come up with a CSS method to […]