Links for 4th December 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. How a Turn a Texture into a Seamlessly Tiled Background

    "…taking a texture and turning it into a background image ready for seamless tiling. It's a useful little technique that's been around forever."

    Tagged with: graphicstexturetilingbackgroundimagewebdev

  2. PNG Transparency Fix in IE6

    Little round-up of solutions for the FAILingest browser around.

    Tagged with: webdevCSSPNGtransparencyie6hack

  3. Inkscape. Draw Freely.

    "An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface."

    Tagged with: Linuxsoftwaregraphicsdesignillustrationvectorinkscape

  4. Elements of Great Web Design: The Polish

    Tagged with: designwebdevCSSlayoutvisualsnappolishtips

  5. A Simple Guide on How to Effectively Talk to Clients

    "It can prove to be a plus when you don’t obfuscate the fact that you’re just starting out in the business. It’s easier to talk to a person who’s honest, sincere, and up-front then someone who appears to be B.S.’ing you all the time."

    Tagged with: webdevbusinesscommunicationclientconsulting

  6. CSS Gradient Text Effect

    "Here is a simple CSS trick to show you how to create gradient text effect with a PNG image (pure CSS, no Javascript or Flash)."

    Tagged with: webdevdesignCSStypographytextgradientcolourpng

  7. The Grid System

    Webdev layout advice archive on, you guessed it, grids.

    Tagged with: webdevdesignresourcestypographylayoutgrid

  8. 5 Ways to Spice up Your Images with CSS

    Does what it says on the tin.

    Tagged with: webdevimagesCSSxhtmlstyle

  9. How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed ‘n’ Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds

    "In this tutorial we're going to put together a quick, simple but effective layout and then create variations using backgrounds, photos and patterns. We'll also look at how to make seamless tiled backgrounds out of a photo, methods for ending a single photo and simple ways to create pixel patterns."

    Tagged with: webdevdesigntutorialCSSgraphicslayoutbackgrounds

  10. 9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer

    "It's probably the least glamourous part of web design, but information design is by no means the least important. Locating and consuming information is the quintessential web task, far surpassing buying, playing and communicating, all of which include a good portion of information design themselves. How users find and then avail themselves of all that information is affected by how it is structured and presented."

    Tagged with: webdevdesigninformationtheoryinteractionusability

  11. Six Valuable Things Web Design Clients Won’t Tell You

    "When talking to potential clients, always keep in mind this mantra: It’s all about the client (and what you can do for the client.) That means being a good listener, gathering project requirements and doing whatever you can, (within reason), to please your client. However, there are a number of things that even the best-intentioned clients will not tell you about themselves and their project. Here are five valuable things your clients won’t tell you, and how to deal with them."

    Tagged with: businessfreelanceclientcommunications

  12. FBI: Copper thieves jeopardize US infrastructure

    "In a report issued today the FBI said the rising theft of the metal is threatening the critical infrastructure by targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines, railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for lucrative profits."

    Tagged with: USAcopperthefteconomicsmaterialsscarcity

  13. The Placebo Effect: Not All in Your Head

    "Just why our bodies respond so strongly to fake medicine has long been a mystery, but researchers are a step closer to solving that riddle, having picked out a particular gene that may be responsible for one type of placebo effect."

    Tagged with: sciencepsychologydrugsgeneticsplacebo

  14. Template Generator

    "…has been designed to allow you to design your own website without having to touch a single line of code. Unlike other template creation devices, ours allows you to export your design as a WordPress theme. By modifying the various options in the control panel on the left hand side of the screen, you can make huge changes to the design of the site."

    Tagged with: wordpressthemetemplategenerator

  15. In The Loop – WordPress plugin

    "Not all plugins provide a way to automatically attach code before or after the post content. Or you might have some other HTML, CSS or JavaScript you’d like to include with every post. Now’s your chance. With In The Loop you can easily add any code you like to your posts and pages, and not have to do any messy edits to your theme files either." Could be handy.

    Tagged with: wordpresspluginwebdevloopcodeinsertion

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