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How to give a more exciting presentation: a note to speakers

6 September 2009, in Events | 8 comments »

I’ve been part of the audience at web conferences a few times now. Some presentations are exciting and engaging but, most of the times, they tend to be quite underwhelming. I don’t think this is because the speakers are fundamentally bad, but there are a few things that can be done to make any presentation sound as exciting as a Lost season finale.

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RTFM

14 August 2009, in Rants | 3 comments »

We, web designers, like to complain about how little recognition our profession has, how everyone likes to think they can make a website, and how clients don’t respect our work. But when it comes to actually doing something that could make us a bit closer to any other “official” profession, we’re bored and dismiss it. It’s so much funnier to complain about IE6!

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Belgian beer types, or how to style a definition list the CSS3 way

30 July 2009, in CSS, HTML | 8 comments »

Definition lists are an often forgotten HTML element, but they can be used in a wide variety of ways, and are actually the most semantically accurate element in many cases. So let’s see how we can mix up beer, HTML and CSS3, while explaining the purpose of the definition list element.

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From print to web: avoiding common design mistakes

14 July 2009, in Design, Work method | 2 comments »

Moving from print to the web is not as easy as it may seem. I had to do it myself a few years back, so I can speak from my personal experience of the process and also from my experiences coding designs that have been created by print designers that were new to the web.

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In Dreamweaver’s defense

9 July 2009, in Rants, Tools, Work method | 52 comments »

One of the things that causes me great frustration being a web designer is how my coding tool of choice is constantly looked down on. That tool is Dreamweaver. Tired of all the nasty comments that are constantly thrown at it, I’d like to explain, to those who don’t mind reading a quick rant, why I like it. Bear with me.

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90 beautiful, useful and free icon sets

7 July 2009, in Resources | 6 comments »

Following the previous 20 Gorgeous Icon Sets That You Have To Pay For, here is a massive list of my favourite icon sets that are available for free download.

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20 gorgeous icon sets that you have to pay for

6 July 2009, in Resources | 6 comments »

Who needs another list of icons, specially when they aren’t free? I would say every web designer does, specially when the icons are as gorgeous and useful as the ones on this list!

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Favourite website designs: GOOD

23 June 2009, in Inspiration | 1 comment »

For this new installment of my Favourite Website Designs I picked GOOD, an online magazine that basically gives all their subscription money away to organizations. On a single website you have: good content, good design and a good cause, which makes the name pretty well chosen.

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Web design inspiration

19 June 2009, in Inspiration | 1 comment »

I recently created a set on Flickr — Flickr Design Inspiration set — where I post web designs that I like and that I find inspiring, be it because of their overall look or some particular detail.
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Styling a poem with advanced CSS selectors

15 June 2009, in CSS, HTML | 31 comments »

CSS3 selectors offer endless possibilities of targeting specific HTML elements without the need of extra markup (which was already possible with previous versions of CSS). This time, I’m going to style the popular nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” using advanced CSS selectors, all in less than 5 minutes!

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