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Alex Walker, Apr 20

Now It’s Your Turn: Win an iPad 2 With The Cicada Project

Two weeks ago we showed you a way to use clever numbers to make practically endless tiling backgrounds. The article got an astonishing response, and now we want to give the DesignFestival and Design View newsletter readership the chance to submit their own tiling combinations with a chance to win an iPad 2!
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Alex Walker, Apr 06

The Cicada Principle and Why It Matters to Web Designers

What does the life cycle of periodical cicadas, Euclidean number theory and web design have on common? Read on and all will be revealed.
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Simon Pascal Klein, Mar 29

Versals & Drop Capitals

Versals, drop capitals, or raised capitals are large and oft ornately decorated letters (particularly in the case of versals) that mark the opening of a running body of text or a verse. This article takes a look at some of the CSS methods of adding them to your opening lines.
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Dennis Lembree, Mar 23

When and How to Visually Hide Content

Visually hiding content on a web page, usually textual content, is at times a viable technique in web design and development. It can be done for several reasons, most importantly, to improve the experience of a screen reader user. Other reasons include improving readability when CSS cannot be rendered, and improving search engine optimization (SEO).
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Andy Hume, Mar 18

What Characterizes a Good Screen Font?

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Simon Pascal Klein, Mar 15

Typography of Quotations & Citations

We commonly quote and reference the words of others. Language conventions, style guides and typographic distinction are used to subtly and sometimes not so subtly distinguish a quotation from the other semantic elements on the page. This article examines the typography of quotations.
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Simon Pascal Klein, Mar 04

Tracking — CSS letter-spacing and Where to Use It

The letter-spacing property is an oft forgotten CSS option which allows us to change the tracking between letters. Altering the default spacing is seldom needed as text fonts are designed and optimised for legibility and readability exactly for setting larger blocks of text. However, the granular control of this horizontal spacing between letters can be useful in particular circumstances.
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Simon Pascal Klein, Feb 25

Top 10 Dos and Don'ts of Web Typography

To a good designer setting text becomes second nature, but having a quick checklist to fly through in order to ensure the basics are covered can be useful, particularly for aspiring newcomers to the field. This is my list, used as a set of general guiding principles:
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Simon Pascal Klein, Feb 15

Achieving Good Legibility and Readability on the Web

A typographic in-depth look at what constitutes good legibility and readability with five important tips.
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Simon Pascal Klein, Feb 01

Getting Type to the Web

Typography remains central to aesthetics, accessibility, and of course legibility. Those who master it and apply it to the Web have been admired for the ingenuity of their work, both stylistically and in their technical implementation.
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Jennifer Farley, Jan 11

A Handy Resource for 1140px Designers

Many designers have been designing for 1024px screen widths for the past few years. The 800px resolution is dead and buried, but with many users on monitors and laptops of 1280px wide and wider screens, how do you go about designing for that size?
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Jennifer Farley, Jan 04

The Periodic Table of the HTML 5 Elements

If you’re interested in learning HTML, or already know HTML but want to find out which elements are in use in HTML 5, then you might find Josh Duck’s Periodic Table of the Elements handy.
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Alex Walker, May 26

Who Sends HTML Email Anyway?

Ask most people and they'll tell you HTML email is mostly used for spam, product shills and newsletters. But take a closer look at your inbox and you may well be surprised.
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Mathew Patterson, May 12

The Principles of HTML Email Design

Even though HTML emails are made up of the same HTML markup and CSS styles as web pages, they present an entirely different set of design challenges. In this article, Mat Patterson, author of SitePoint's Create Stunning HTML Email That Just Works, explains the email design environment and gives you practical advice to make your next email campaign a success.