“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, […]

One Web to Rule Them All: The Elastic Grid

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 PodCampNashville, then again in more […]

One Web to Rule Them All: Media Queries

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. Yesterday we mentioned […]

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 […]

Add A Favicon; Because It’s The Little Things That Set You Apart

One thing I continually notice as I surf the web is that people tend to cut corners when it comes to getting their sites up.  They continually forget to drop in small, polishing elements that make a dull website sparkle.  Favicons seem to be the most ignored of the bunch, as I see sites quite […]

CSS3: Fading Colors (A Quick Introduction)

It’s the little things, I’ve noticed, that really make a website design pop.  The layout may be good, the content may be worth reading, but it’s small, minor details that take a good design and turn it into a great one.  With the advent of CSS3 and HTML5, those details become even easier to bring […]

A Few Amazing Sites That Can Be Built With WordPress

I always tell people that, in my mind, there’s no question that WordPress can take anything you throw at it. I’ve been building websites on it for nearly 4 years now professionally and I’ve found quite a few fun little projects have come my way. It’s always a challenge to make WordPress work in a way that is outside the box. So, I thought I’d share a few of the projects I’ve had the privilege to work on over the years.

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, […]

FLIR, Cufon, Typekit, or SFIR: Breaking Away From Web-Safe Fonts

If I had to subtitle this post, I would probably make some sort of a silly joke like “Georgia on my mind” or “Helvetica? I barely even know you” or something like that, but instead I want to jump right into the fun stuff. Back when the web was young and you were “likely to […]

Good (and Bad) Design in Politics, Part 2

The Great It’s one day before the most historic election anyone can remember, and the websites are getting traffic hits in the millions as the clock winds down.  The first post focused on the main candidates, but there are other policy groups, politicians, and lobby groups that have fantastic designs. Better Roads Now I love […]