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Spring Giveaway
Competitions / 26 Mar 2008

Spring Giveaway

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Slice ‘n Dice are giving away a free project and a Gooey Carbon Bundle from GooeyTemplates.com. It looks like a great contest, something to make your spring coding a little easier!

The project up for grabs is a one page XHTML design with a three day turn-around – a value of $249. All designs are cross browser tested, with fully commented code.

Top 10 CSS Navigation Menus
Articles / 26 Mar 2008

Top 10 CSS Navigation Menus

Creating navigation with CSS is one of the most crucial elements of website design. Get the navigation right, and people will feel welcomed and at home. Get it wrong, and it can spell trouble for your website. This is a great collection of 10 CSS navigation examples and tutorials to get you in the creative mood.

Developer Tools in Safari
Articles / 19 Mar 2008

Developer Tools in Safari

Open the safari preferences window, click on the ‘advanced’ option and then select the box entitled ‘Show develop menu in menu bar’. Straight forward! The result is a new field in the top menu which looks like the following:

10 CSS Form Examples
Articles / 12 Mar 2008

10 CSS Form Examples

Forms can be greatly enhanced with a touch of CSS, making them more usable and far more visually attractive. Follow some of the examples below and you’ll be creating stunning CSS forms in no time at all.

Cross Browser Testing (PC)
Accessibility / 7 Mar 2008

Cross Browser Testing (PC)

A sure sign of a rock solid, well coded CSS layout is that it displays consistently across browsers and platforms. A look at recent global browser stats shows that, while Internet Explorer continues to be the most popular web browser in general use, its user base is fairly evenly split between versions 6 and 7.

And although other browsers such as Firefox, Opera and Safari have a relatively small share of the browser market, it would be unwise for any web designer or developer to ignore them when testing their work.

One Thousand Designs
Articles / 4 Mar 2008

One Thousand Designs

We today passed the mark of 1000 CSS designs featured in our gallery. Thank you to all those who keep submitting their websites and to our loyal readers looking for inspiration. Here’s to hitting the 2000 mark next year!

Happy Valentines!
Articles / 14 Feb 2008

Happy Valentines!

In the spirit of love, we have a gift for all our readers in the form of a 10% discount on any purchase from Markup4U. Simply enter ‘Design Shack’ in the notes section of your order to receive the discount, which will run until the end of February.

Happy Valentines from Design Shack!

CSSEdit Tutorial: The Basics
Articles / 18 Jan 2008

CSSEdit Tutorial: The Basics

CSSEdit is, as the name implies, a CSS editor for the Mac. It has come on leaps and bounds in the latest version and is now one of the best apps available on the Mac for designers. CSSEdit is created by the great delopers over at MacRabbit, who are also responsible for DeskShade.

One of the strongest features of CSSEdit is the simple, easy to navigate and beautiful interface. Even people who have no experience in styling web pages can find their way around this amazing app and create some stunning web pages. In this tutorial we’re going to be looking at the interface and how to get the most out of it.

Creating an iPhone Website Icon
Articles / 17 Jan 2008

Creating an iPhone Website Icon

With the latest software update to the iPhone, it is now possible to add ‘WebClips’ to your home screen. This is essentially a quick bookmark to a website, complete with an icon. By default, the iPhone will take a tiny screenshot of the site to use as an icon – with a little work however, you can customize the icon used to make it look just as you’d like.

Featured in .net Magazine
Articles / 29 Oct 2007

Featured in .net Magazine

We would just like to thank .net Magazine in the UK for featuring us this month in their Readers Sites section. You can read more about the mag and buy a copy here.

Search Forms in Safari
Articles / 9 Sep 2007

Search Forms in Safari

Search fields in SafariIt is remarkably simple to put this design feature in place on your site, and it can improve functionality greatly for those using a Mac. Whether Firefox and Internet Explorer will integrate this feature into their browsers in the future is unknown – although it is fairly unlikely.

GenoPal 3.0 for Mac Review
Articles / 4 Sep 2007

GenoPal 3.0 for Mac Review

GenoPal Colour SoftwareYou start by selecting a colour. This can be done either through a colour palette, or through an eyedropper tool which allows you to sample a colour from anywhere on the screen – really useful. The software then generates a whole selection of colours based on the one you chose. Two sliders allow you to alter the colour diversity and lightness diversity, so you can select complementary or contrasting colour comparisons.