Alex manages design and front end development for SitePoint.com and writes for Design Festival's monthly design newsletter.
UI Stencil Kit for iPhone App Designers
iPhone interface design is über-cool right now, as is hand sketching your UI mockups, and this iPhone Stencil Kit from Design Commission lets you tick both those boxes at the same time.
Truetype, Font Variants and Antialiasing
I came across an interesting little CSS quirk while looking one of the Panic.com web sites — the direct linking on font variants such as light, condensed and ultra condensed. Let me explain.
Firefinder Adds Search to Firebug
Everyone loves “the Firebug,” and one of the nicest things about it is that it’s more than just an extension — it’s an extension framework. Robert Nyman has come up with a really nice addition to the list: Firefinder for Firebug.
Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups
Wireframing has become an essential part of the web design process. While every web designer has a preference, no tool has yet to dominate the industry. In this article Alex takes a close look at a simple and inexpensive tool called Balsamiq Mockups. Will it suit everyone? Will it help your productivity? Will it add sparkle to your mockups? Read on to find out.
Google’s New CAPTCHA: The Only Way Is Up!
CAPTCHA has always been a controversial subject. Last week Google offered their latest thinking on the issue — Socially Adjusted CAPTCHA. Is this a step forward or just fiddling at the margins?
DRM: Cutting Off Your Prose to Spite Your Face
How far should you go to protect your copyright? Yesterday I stumbled across a site willing to scramble their content for Google for the sake of preventing copy and pasting. Is it worthwhile inconveniencing 99.99% of your everyday readers to stop the .01% of your visitors that are copyright infringers?
Google: Branding and showing no re-Morse
In recognition of Samuel Morse’s birthday (he of morse code fame), yesterday Google replaced their ubiquitous rainbow logotype with the morse equivalent. While they have toyed with their core branding for many years — adding bears, snow and athletes and changing the typeface — this is the first time I can recall them having NO readable logotype on their most central internet identity. Is this bad practice or just good clean fun?
iPhone OS overtakes Symbian OS
What is your position on testing your sites for mobile devices? If you’ve convinced yourself it’s not neccessary, it might be time to reconsider as the iPhone challenges Symbian OS as the web’s most commonly detected device.
Fixing Fancy Font Frustrations
Displaying non-standard fonts on the Web has always meant either relying on Flash or sacrificing the accessibility of your page. Is utilizing the canvas element the answer we’ve been looking for?
3 Cool Tricks You Can Only Do In Photoshop CS4
Alex takes the latest release of Adobe’s flagship product, Photoshop CS4, for a test drive. On his journey, he stumbles upon three awesome new features for adding a whole new dimension to your web graphics.