Less, dynamic stylesheet language 12 Steps to Creating a Professional Web Design | Professional Web Design Blog Before we share some of the necessary steps used to create a professional web design and website, the following question must be addressed: What constitutes a "professional web design"? More often than not, a web designer or web design company claims to offer professional web design services for their clients. However, should they be promoting "web design services" rather than "professional web design services"? When measuring the professionalism of a web design and website, one must take into consideration a number of factors/steps: To put it simply, what separates professional web design from web design is whether or not a designer or web design company takes into consideration the above items when designing and building a website. The good news is, you don't need to hire a professional web design company or professional web designer if you want a professional web design and website. As a supplemental resource, visit our H2O Playlist on Professional Web Design. Let's get started.
Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid We web designers get excited about the littlest things. Our friends in the print world must get a kick out of watching us talk about finally being able to achieve layouts on the web that they’ve taken for granted for years. Let’s face it: it’s easier these days to embed a video on the web than it is to set type consistently or align elements to a universal grid. But we’re scrappy folks, web designers. We don’t give up easy. In the long slow battle with browser support and platform inconsistencies, we’ve been able to bring more and more sophisticated print techniques onto the web—sometimes kicking and screaming. We have the technology#section1 Over the last year or so, there’s been a lot of talk about grid systems and using column grids for website layouts. We can apply the same principles of proportion and balance to the type within those columns by borrowing another technique from our print brethren: the baseline grid. In print, it’s not that hard. Firing up the grid#section2
Markdown Download Markdown 1.0.1 (18 KB) — 17 Dec 2004 Introduction Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Thus, “Markdown” is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML. The overriding design goal for Markdown’s formatting syntax is to make it as readable as possible. The best way to get a feel for Markdown’s formatting syntax is simply to look at a Markdown-formatted document. (You can use this ‘.text’ suffix trick to view the Markdown source for the content of each of the pages in this section, e.g. the Syntax and License pages.) Markdown is free software, available under a BSD-style open source license. Discussion List I’ve set up a public mailing list for discussion about Markdown. It’s my hope that the mailing list will lead to good ideas for future improvements to Markdown. Installation and Requirements Markdown requires Perl 5.6.0 or later. Movable Type Blosxom BBEdit Configuration
Dr Nic ’s Install any HTML theme/template into your Rails app Install any HTML theme/template into your Rails app Have you ever even bothered to Google for “rails html template”? There are millions of “WordPress themes” you can download for free or less than $100, a thousand times more static HTML templates, but never any category of template called “Ruby on Rails theme”. 24 millions results for Googling single column html theme. So we’re only left with HTML templates. Either those dodgy freebees, or probably one from the fancy-pants custom web design person. But how do we install them to our Rails apps? I don’t know. So I’ve started to try and make any “HTML Template” into a “Ruby on Rails Template” with the helper app install_theme. What’s it do? Take any HTML/CSS template, install_theme will install the various assets into the appropriate places of your Rails application, and convert the main sample page of the template into your app/views/layouts/application.html.erb (or .haml). Consider a free admin template Refreshed [download]. Haml How it works?
A Closer Look At the Blueprint CSS Framework Blueprint is a CSS framework that can save you time and headaches when working on any project that involves HTML and CSS, whether it be with Rails, PHP, or just laying out an HTML page. In this tutorial you will get a look at the inner workings of Blueprint and we'll take a look at demo application that uses Blueprint to get a better idea of how to use actually use the framework. 1. What is Blueprint CSS? If you are like me, as in more of a developer than a designer, then you are familiar with the process of starting a new project and not knowing what to do with your CSS. Now, even if you are a rockstar designer who already has all this CSS stuff figured out, or if you aren't worried about how your layout will change over time because you are working from a PSD template or something, that doesn't mean that there is nothing to learn here. Spend your time innovating, not replicating. 2. reset.css This file sets sensible defaults across all browsers. No. 3. 4. The head of the document 5.
Current style in web design In this article I try to sum up the current state-of-the-art in graphic design for web pages (late 2006, but still highly relevant today), and identify the distinctive features that make a modern web page look fresh, appealing and easy to use. The key feature of modern web design is simplicity. To learn how to apply simple web design to your own sites, you need to read “Save the Pixel – The Art of Simple Web Design”, which takes you through a full set of simple design tools, illustrated with 22 before & after redesigns. I’m glad to say that web design is better today than ever – and it’s continuing to improve. That’s not just because there are more web sites out there, so more good stuff to look at. The examples below (which I’ll roll over time) show excellent modern graphic design technique. Hotties I’m not saying these are the very best sites out there, just that they’re typical of today’s best design. Common features The great sites above share the following design features: Simple layout
Free 960.GS CSS Photography Template and Tutorial Love it or hate it, the 960.gs makes for some incredibly fast prototyping. By utilizing preset classes you can accomplish fairly complex layouts with little to no effort. Today we bring you a free single-page template, fully coded using the 960.gs. The template has a few nifty CSS3 effects and uses @font-face to implement some beautiful custom typography. You can download the template completely free of charge and use it however you like with zero attribution. Download the Template Here’s a quick preview of what the template looks like: Download the 960.GS Resources The first thing you’ll want to do is head over to the 960 Grid System website and click the download button at the top left of the page. The download has a ton of stuff in it but really all we need is three CSS files: reset.css, text.css, and 960.css. The tutorial below will assume that you are fairly familiar with both CSS and 960.gs. Step 1: Start Your HTML and CSS Files Paste the following code into your HTML to get started:
Gangway - Performancing WordPress Themes Bootstrap 3.3.0 released 29 Oct 2014 Bootstrap 3.3.0 is here! This release has been all about bug fixes, accessibility improvements, and documentation updates. We’ve had over 700 commits from 28 contributors since our last release. Woohoo! Here are some of the highlights: Added a handful of new Less variables for easier customization. For a complete breakdown, read the release changelog or the v3.3.0 milestone. Download Bootstrap Download the latest release—source code, compiled assets, and documentation—as a zip file directly from GitHub: Download Bootstrap 3.3.0 Hit the project repository or Sass repository for more options. An update for the Bootstrap CDN will be available shortly. New tools Since our last release, we’ve open sourced two new tools: Bootlint, a custom linter for all your Bootstrap projects. They join LMVTFY, our bot for quickly validating HTML in live examples. Onward to Bootstrap 4 Perhaps the best part of releasing v3.3.0 today is that we can start to tell you more about Bootstrap 4! @mdo & team