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CSS Zen Garden: The Beauty of CSS Design

So What is This About? There is a continuing need to show the power of CSS. The Zen Garden aims to excite, inspire, and encourage participation. To begin, view some of the existing designs in the list. Clicking on any one will load the style sheet into this very page. The HTML remains the same, the only thing that has changed is the external CSS file.

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Playful Interaction for Draggable Elements A little playful interaction idea where we add some bounciness to a draggable element and animate it depending on its position. View demo Download source Today we’d like to share two tiny fun interaction experiments with you. The first one is inspired by Rally Interactive’s Dribbble shot. We wanted to create a playful dragging interaction that will morph and animate an element depending on its position.

Adam Hartwig : Work And Play : Creative Edge Parties Starworks Artists website. Utilising device tilt on tablet/mobile. I was approached to work with Starworks Artists to produce a new upgraded version of their site, with the aim of it being a cross platform and slick new experience. I produced all aspects of the development and UX of the site from the ground up, with additional input into the overall design in elements such as the lightbox. 22 web design inspiration resources you’ll love The one stage that inevitably shows up in every designer’s process, no matter what discipline they practice, is the inspiration stage. After all, creativity is hiding your sources. So no matter how innovative you are, having a wide array of inspirational resources at your fingertips is absolutely invaluable. With that in mind, I gathered some of my personal favorites to share with you. (Note: We omitted Dribbble, Behance, and Awwwards, because duh.) 1.

CSS Shorthand CSS Shorthand is a very useful thing to know as it will keep your style sheets more organized and also keep the file sizes down. One of the nicest features supported in CSS2 is the ability to use shorthand as well as longhand. While most people familiar with cascading style sheets use shorthand to some extent, there are several lesser known properties in which shorthand can be applied. The Purpose The main reason I use CSS shorthand is because it's easier to manage a style sheet when it's half the size of a similar one using longhand. While file size isn't the most important thing, mainly because style sheets are cached in the visitors browser, squeezing every last byte out of one can nonetheless save a lot of bandwidth on high traffic sites.

Barely Fitz and CSS Positioning in Ten Steps 1. position:static The default positioning for all elements is position:static, which means the element is not positioned and occurs where it normally would in the document. Normally you wouldn't specify this unless you needed to override a positioning that had been previously set. 2. position:relative If you specify position:relative, then you can use top or bottom, and left or right to move the element relative to where it would normally occur in the document.

The Gooey Effect The following is a post by Lucas Bebber. Lucas the originator of some of the most creative effects I've ever seen on the web. So much so I couldn't resist blogging about them myself several times. Much better this time: we got the man himself to explain how SVG filters work and how you can use them to create a very cool gooey effect.

e-String-Florent Colautti e-String is first an homebuilt string instrument with electromagnetic bows (e-bow) piloted by the computer. Then, I amplify the string sound and process with Max/msp. The instrument offers special sound modes: short sounds, continuous sounds, pitched or not, and various behaviors related to electronic control and transformations. The instrument sounds acoustic, but amplification (pickups + contacts) recovers various audio qualities. I’m focused on shaping the matter of the strings, carving and reconstructing it, but also on the physical quality and texture of the acoustic string vibrations. 13 unique website layouts Many websites seem to follow the same tired, old template. Here’s a hero image with a centered call to action and here’s my three columns below it. It’s not a bad design, because it works. The problem is that it’s predictable.

Top 10 CSS Table Designs - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Many companies try to create a great experience for customers. But few are willing to make the changes required to deliver on that promise. In fact most don’t even realize just how bad their experience can be.

Visual formatting model 9.1 Introduction to the visual formatting model This chapter and the next describe the visual formatting model: how user agents process the document tree for visual media. In the visual formatting model, each element in the document tree generates zero or more boxes according to the box model. The layout of these boxes is governed by: Draggable Dual-View Slideshow Lorem Waldy Distilling design and other interesting methods It was not child's play tackling those horses. Some of the kind-hearted station folk in the backblocks had sent down some wild warrigals of the West; bucking brumbies that beat the band; old outlaws off the grass that the station hands could never master. But Colonel Cox ("Fighting Charlie" we called him) had in his command some of the crack rough-riders of Australia. And it was a joy to see these men tackle the outlaws.

Spatial interfaces for exploring music - Duke Listens! On her blog, Anita Lillie (master's candidate at MIT's media lab) has asked for help finding projects and papers about spatially-based organization of digital music collections. I've posted a few comments pointing to ones that I know about - but I'm sure there are more. If you know of other interesting spatial interfaces to music add a comment here or over at Anita's research blog . And as an extra credit assignment, use the Apple SDK to port some of these to the iPhone. Here are some of my favorites:

How to Add Touches of Magic to Your Interactions Every time a user does something with your design, an interaction is created. Some interactions, such as clicks, go almost unnoticed by the user. But other interactions include a certain bit of magic that makes the user want to play with the design even more. There’s a fine line between an interaction that has the touch of magic and one that can be completely overwhelming.

Top 10 CSS Sites 0Google + There are hundreds of sites that offer tutorials, examples and inspiration about CSS. In no particular order, here's a list of my favorites that I visit on a regular basis.

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