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Paged Content in CSS

I don’t know why Opera isn’t making more noise in the browser market, considering the obvious thoughtfulness behind Håkon Lie’s suggestions. (If you don’t know his name, he’s the guy who created Cascading Style Sheets.) Håkon has developed a new proposal for generated content for paged media in CSS, which is kind of a...

Following Up From Yesterday

Yesterday, David Ramos commented upon my conversation with Adobe’s Lea Hickman: Design curricula are failing to teach students how to work programmatically, and the best response, then, is to make software that tries to compensate for designers’ lack of knowledge? I can’t agree. …and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, that’s the actual reason...

It's About the Developer, Not the CMS

As I listened to one of the last panel sessions at this year’s HOW Design Live conference, I was surprised by how many questions were asked by the audience about content management systems (CMS). They ranged from the easily answerable—Do I need to use one?—to the not-so-easily-answerable—How do I choose the right one? As...

Sales? What Sales?

Designers, get your asses on the web, start producing valuable work, and start valuing your work! Tired of this stupidity happening. This piece describes how a company managed to cut their budget by two hundred thousand dollars, only to be sold a stolen logo from some moron at a contest site. I don’t care...

Today's Obsession: Writing and Curating

I’ve not seen a lot of new publishers talking about exactly how they’re moving their content production from a print workflow to the web, but once you do see it, you understand how things are changing for that community, and why it’s going so slowly: tools for collaboration are only recently beginning to spread...

Today's Obsession: You Don't Know Jack

A couple of unrelated, yet related posts I’ve found: Adrian Shaughnessy lists ten things he observes most commonly in current design students and graduates. There are three things that give me chills. He says in point five: It is getting harder to tell the difference between the work of students studying illustration and those...

Today's Obsession: Being Likable

If you dedicate your existence to being likable, however, and if you adopt whatever cool persona is necessary to make it happen, it suggests that you’ve despaired of being loved for who you really are. And if you succeed in manipulating other people into liking you, it will be hard not to feel, at...

Today's Obsession: Textify

A lovely little experimental web application, Textify, re-renders any image you feed it as a text version of itself. The app uses the typeface, colors, and scale that you specify to generate the image. Your result: a gorgeous little piece of generative art with historical ties to old ASCII art of the Usenet period.

Today's Obsession: Skeleton

Here’s (another) nice CSS/JS framework to help folks develop for the burgeoning mobile web. Skeleton is kind of at the top of my list at the moment because of its generic nature—there’s almost no opinion put into the framework at all, and its typographic foundations are ridiculously simple. The framework’s hosted as an open...

Today's Obsession: Maqetta

If you’re having a little trouble getting some of the newer HTML/CSS3 properties to come to mind, here’s a cool tool that makes them for you. Then you can rip apart the code and copy/paste until it sticks. Don’t laugh; I don’t know a single coder who doesn’t learn this way. Maqetta’s a new,...