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Fine Crafted Stock Icons

Monday, July 07, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Free for personal and commercial use.

Fineicons.com

Aaron Cannon’s Web Accessibility Checklist

Monday, July 07, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

When I wrote the below checklist, I attempted to answer the question, ‘What concise pieces of advice can I give to designers that will have the greatest impact on accessibility in the majority of cases?’ Again, this list is not the perfect solution, nor is it the only solution, but I believe it is a good first step, and it gives our developers and designers a place to start from.

Aaron Cannon’s Web Accessibility Checklist from Cameron Moll

Adapting Websites to Users

Sunday, July 06, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

It's hard to build a website that will please everyone. Some people respond best when they see basic facts on a clean page, others when they have a lot of charts and graphs at their fingertips. Now researchers at MIT's Sloan School of Management hope to make websites better at selling products by making them adapt automatically to each visitor, presenting information in a way that complements that person's style of thinking.

Adapting Websites to Users from Technology Review

Google's New Favicon

Sunday, July 06, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

You may have noticed that Google has a new favicon, the small icon you see in your browser next to the URL or in your bookmarks list. Some people have wondered why we changed our favicon -- after all, we hadn't in 8.5 years(!). The reason is that we wanted to develop a set of icons that would scale better to some new platforms like the iPhone and other mobile devices.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish from Official Google Blog

Create Favicons and iPhone Bookmarks

Saturday, July 05, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

And as long as we're building favicons, why not trick out your site with a iPhone/iPod Touch icon? The process is almost identical to favicons, and reaps the same rewards. True, most people probably won't use it, but the few who do will appreciate the effort.

Create Favicons and iPhone Bookmarks from Webmonkey

Fading JavaScript Tooltips 2kb

Saturday, July 05, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

This animated JavaScript tooltip script is very easy to use and lightweight at only 2kb. It is tested working in IE6+, Firefox, Opera and Safari. Jacob Gube of Six Revisions has posted the script and a walk-through of the code and the logic.

Fading JavaScript Tooltips 2kb by Michael Leigeber

105+ Logo Design Tuts and Resources

Friday, July 04, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Logo design in today’s world has come to be one of the most important aspects of creating a brand identity and connecting with consumers. Logo’s are everywhere - the web, books, magazines, newspapers, television, movies…you name it, there is some type of logo. Logos have become a symbol of corporations, business, and success. Nothing says “professional” like a well designed logo. Today, I want to showcase 105+ logo design tuts and resources to help you take your logo design to the next level.

105+ Logo Design Tuts and Resources from Elite by Design

Easy Vertical Centering with CSS

Friday, July 04, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

One of the first things I learned to do in CSS was how to horizontally and vertically center a fixed width and height element. This could be an image for a splash page (god forbid) or a small centered site that some designers love to do. Originally this was accomplished with absolutely positioning an element 50% from the top and 50% from the left of the viewport. This of course only places the top left corner of the element at the center of the viewport and you then need to drag the element back into a central position with a negative margin equal to half the height and half the width of the element.

Easy Vertical Centering with CSS by Paul OB

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop

Thursday, July 03, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Sometime ago I wrote an article on my blog listing some fashion style illustrations from really amazing designers such as: Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony, Stina Person, and others. The coolest thing in their design work is their use of watercolor effects. So in this tutorial I will show a quick way to simulate that effect using only Photoshop and some Brushes.

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop from PSDTuts

Grid Calculator

Thursday, July 03, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

The Grid Calculator has been around for a while. This is just a reminder of how awesome it is :]

Grid Calculator

Pastel Color Menu with Dynamic Submenu Using CSS

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

This tutorial illustrates how to design a nice pastel color menu with a dynamic submenu which appears when you select a link in the main menu, using CSS and some lines of javascript code.

Pastel Color Menu with Dynamic Submenu Using CSS from Woork

Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Macs

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

You wouldn't learn how to type on a keyboard with no letters on it, why try to learn keyboard shortcuts without the shortcuts right on your keys?

Looks cool :]

Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Macs from Photojojo

How to Unleash Your Creativity

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

In a discussion with Scientific American Mind executive editor Mariette DiChristina, three noted experts on creativity, each with a very different perspective and background, reveal powerful ways to unleash your creat­ive self.

How to Unleash Your Creativity from Scientific American

Another Icon Search Engine

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

I usually use Iconlet but ICONlook looks quite awesome with the tag cloud and displays the icons by popularity.

Another 16 Firefox Add-ons For Web Designers

Monday, June 30, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Firefox can be extended to do just about anything you want, so why not have it help you with your web development and design? We’ve got a dozen suggestions to get you started down the road of turning Firefox into a powerful design and development tool in your arsenal.

Another 16 Firefox Add-ons For Web Designers from Mashable

Buttons Padding Demo

Monday, June 30, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

If you have a fetish for input buttons don't forget to check this out.

Here is a LIVE demo showing how input buttons are rendered in your browser. The 'Standard' column will look different depending on your operating system. The '+ Border' column shows the same buttons with a red border added. (This removes the default button style as seen in the first column.)

Buttons Padding Demo by Chris Hester

URL Metrix

Sunday, June 29, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Use URL Metrix to see how popular your really are, on the internetz.

URLmetrix.com

Quality Photoshop Brushes

Sunday, June 29, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Qbrushes.com , is a place where you can download all the free Quality Photoshop brushes from around the net. the site is updated with fresh brushes very often, so be sure to bookmark the site.

Qbrushes

Applying Divine Proportions to Your Web Designs

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio — especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio. The rationale behind it is the belief that this proportion is organic, universal, harmonic and aesthetically pleasing. Indeed, being evident everywhere in the universe (in fact, many things around us can be expressed in this ratio), divine proportion (which is also called Golden ratio, divine section, golden cut and mean of Phidias) is probably the most known law of proportion which can dramatically improve the communication of your design.

Applying Divine Proportions to Your Web Designs from Smashing Magazine

Tripoli

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Tripoli is a generic CSS standard for HTML rendering. By resetting and rebuilding browser standards, Tripoli forms a stable, cross-browser rendering foundation for your web projects.

Tripoli from DevKick

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