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Convert a Menu to a Dropdown for Small Screens

The Five Simple Steps website has a responsive design with a neat feature. When the browser window is narrow, the menu in the upper right converts from a regular row of links into a dropdown menu. When you're on a small screen (iPhone shown here) and click the dropdown, you get an interface to select an option where each option is nice and big and easy to choose. That sure makes it easier to pick a place to go than a tiny link. The HTML The HTML for these two menus is different. Let's go with that for now. The CSS By default we'll hide the select menu with display: none;. Then using media queries, we'll do the switcheroo at some specific width. But now you gotta maintain two menus? Well yeah, that's one concern. Using jQuery, we can do that with just a few lines of code: Then to make the dropdown menu actually work... But aren't dropdown menus kinda obtrusive? Kinda. Demo & Download View Demo Download Files Video Variations Share On

Get Your Kits: Fresh Web and Mobile UI Kits, Wireframe Kits and PSD's Today, we have a useful compilation for our readers of fresh web UI kits, mobile UI kits and wireframe kits complete with PSD files that will certainly come in handy when you are designing projects. Some basic user interface elements are always welcome toolbox additions by designers. We need them for a wide range of projects in order to able to easily create an accurate UI model of either a website or app. We hope that this round up of web and mobile user interface kits will prove helpful for the next mock-ups your projects demand. Get Your Kits! Butterscotch UI KitThis free download is a gorgeous UI kit with resizable shape layers in a clean, well organized PSD file. Free Candy UI KitThis bright and cheerful user interface kit contains clean, pixel precise elements that are ideal for web and app projects. Free Dark UI KitEach element in this sharp, clean pack has been hand-crafted in Photoshop, and is fully scalable with vector shape layers. More Kits Are Waiting That’s right more awaits.

How to Turn Any Site Into a Responsive Site I remember the time when our biggest worry was about making stuff work in IE6. And sometimes I think that it was far easier then. Now we have not only to worry about IE crazy stuff (though now it’s much better) but also with a lot of new browsers /OS combinations and also a lot of screen sizes. We can’t deny the power of mobile design. Here we’ll see a few ways to take your current site and turn it into a mobile friendly one, with little effort. So, let’s rock! What is this responsive thing, and why should I care? Photo By: Yutaka Tsutano Responsive design is when your site automatically fits in the user’s device. But why should I do all of this? First of all, it’s far easier than you’d ever imagine. With so many tools out there, all you’ve got to do is to know the basics to create great mobile versions of sites. Second, it’s worth the effort (and it gets better when you remember how little that effort is). The same thing will certainly happen with other devices. Keypoints OS and browsers

Useful Web Design Proposal Resources, Tools and Apps Lets face it there is no enjoyment in writing a proposals. You became a web designer to build web sites, no one thought to mention anything about the processes you would have to follow to find new contracts and clients. Unfortunately, web design proposals are one of those essential processes you have to learn, and learn well. The biggest question I have asked myself in the past is – "Are they really worth all this hassle?" The answer sadly is YES, they are. A client contacts you regarding a new web site, you will discuss it first, you will then ask him to fill out a project questionnaire, and then they they will no doubt ask “How much will that cost?”. In this post you will find resources to help you write a successful web design proposal, that will help you to win contracts every time…. or at least most of the time! What are your thoughts on web design proposals? Writing a Website Design Proposal A website design proposal is a fancy way of saying quote. Writing a Website Design Proposal »

ResponsiveSlides.js · Responsive jQuery Slider & Slideshow How To Do Feathered Masks in Adobe Flash Monday, November 19th, 2007 Categories: Adobe Flash RSS Comment Feed Trackback If you’re looking to do feathered (or smooth, anti-aliased, depending on your terminology) masks in Adobe Flash, and you are familiar with the program, you’ll notice that it’s not easy to do a mask without sharp edges. In this example, we have three items: our object, our mask (in this case, it was drawn in Flash) and our black background. 1 – Convert your mask and your object to Movie Clips. 2 - Place mask_mc and object_mc on your canvas and assign Instance Names identical to their Movie Clip Names. Note: If you’re a little newer to Flash, you can set your Instance Name by clicking on the Movie Clip on your canvas and filling in this section: 3 – Fill in the ActionScript. this.mask_mc.cacheAsBitmap=true; this.object_mc.cacheAsBitmap=true; object_mc.setMask(mask_mc); 4 – Play. and your layers should look like this: Notes A few things to note: Hope that helps. Related Posts

The 960 Grid System Made Easy By Joshua Johnson The first time I discovered the 960 Grid System, I was immediately excited about the possibilities of implementing complex layouts so easily. However, since I was fairly new to web design at the time, when I downloaded the files, I quickly became overwhelmed at how complicated the whole thing seemed. With all this code, how could this be the easy way to create a layout? This article is for web designers and front-end web developers who are interested in grid-based layout systems but are at a loss on how to decipher them. We’ll focus specifically on the 960 Grid System, but after reading this guide, you’ll find that most of the other grid systems out there are similar and will make much more sense after you understand a few basic principles. Grid-Based Design Before we get into the specifics of the 960 Grid System, let’s briefly discuss grid-based design in general. Our brains like to simplify things to make them readily understandable. Why Do I Need a Grid System? Typogridphy

How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionnaire The phone calls usually go like this: Caller: “I want a website for my business.” You: “What kind of business do you have?” Caller states the nature of the business, launches into a list of pages that he or she wants on the site, and then asks you for a price quote. Not a very satisfying encounter, is it? The caller seems most interested in price, and you? It might not be possible to have a meaningful relationship with price shoppers, but it’s worth taking the time to learn what your potential clients want in a website. Editorial Note: A few times a month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of FreelanceSwitch. Tip: I recommend using this questionnaire before you write a Web design proposal. The best Web design questionnaires focus on: What the site’s supposed to do for the client’s business.What the site will look like. I’ll take you through the questionnaire that I use, and explain the rationale behind each question. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

7 Ways To Build A Strong Online Presence Through Social Media This is a guest post by Sara Carter from Mac-Reviews. There is no getting away from the fact that social media and its marketing uses are essential for any business seeking to establish an online presence. With Facebook and Twitter having more than 1 billion different users combined, it is clear that failure to take advantage of this market is tantamount to closing a bricks and mortar store six and a half days a week. You will be missing out on an incredible number of potential customers. 1 -Stick To A Handful Of Sites It’s obvious that Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social media networks and frankly, you don’t really need to waste time on others though LinkedIn and Pinterest are also useful. 2 – Photography Photos stand out far more than status updates or links. 3 – Giveaways Want to get noticed? 4 – Create An Awesome Website What has my website got to go with social media you ask? 5 – Be An Active Blogger 6 – Brand Loyalty 7 – Make It Easy To Pay Surely this is common sense right?