Category Archive: Design

Design

“Cover Me!” Background-Size CSS for Large Image Backgrounds

While working on a few new projects recently, I needed a way to have a background image span a container (horizontally and vertically).  I tried every measure of background-size you could think of: background-size: 100% auto; This worked, at least until you got to smaller resolutions.  Then, the image would show the background color. So,…

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One Web to Rule Them All: An Introduction to Responsive Design

This series is meant to be an in-depth look at Responsive Design.  It covers the history, the how-to, and best practices on responsive design, taken from the view of someone who hates fluid layouts and has found a (seemingly) better solution.  This session will be expounded upon in detail at BlogWorldExpo later this year. According to…

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The Uncanny Valley: Applying Robotics Principles to your Interface/Web Design

This post is based on another article I stumbled upon from two years ago: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2008/12/avoiding-the-uncanny-valley-of-user-interface.html And it got  me thinking: back in 2008 the era of “cloud computing” and even “web desktop apps” (applications that simulate desktop applications, but are hosted online) have come a long way since then.  Google Apps is replacing Microsoft Office,…

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