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HTML / 21 Oct 2009

HTML5: New Elements (2 of 4)

A couple of days ago we posted an introduction to HTML5 and briefly covered some of the content we’ll be outlining in this series. Today’s post, which is the second in the series of four, will take a look at how to use six of the new elements in HTML5: canvas, article, audio, video, meter, and mark.

Keep in mind that HTML5 is not exactly ready for widespread use – so don’t go changing anything on your site quite yet. Be assured that HTML5 is in fact coming soon, therefore these concepts may prove useful in the near future.

HTML / 19 Oct 2009

HTML5: The Basics (1 of 4)

The next iteration of HTML has been met with excitement by some, loathing by others and confusion/fear by everyone else. Love it or hate it, HTML 5 will soon define how you build websites. This is the first article in a four part series that will introduce HTML5 and its basic features as well as explain the key differences from HTML4.01 and XHTML 1.0 so you can start preparing yourself and your sites for the transition. Over the next week we’ll be focusing on three major areas:

1. New Elements
2. Semantic Changes
3. Getting it Working Today

This article will briefly introduce each of these topics to prepare you for the in-depth articles ahead.

CSS / 14 Oct 2009

How to Use TypeKit on Your Site: Step-by-Step

Several options have cropped up recently for adding custom fonts to your website by utilizing the @font-face selector. TypeKit is an exciting new player in this game because it stands out in two key areas: ease of use and richness of fonts available. This tutorial will take you through several small, super simple steps to get TypeKit up and running on your site. You won’t find any advanced techniques or scripting here, so even if you’re a novice web designer this should be a cinch!

CSS / 12 Oct 2009

70 Beautiful Handpicked CSS Galleries

CSS Galleries are an amazingly rich source of web design inspiration, and a fantastic way to promote your design skills to the world. Although you shouldn’t worry too much about where you are (or are not) featured, it’s good to know where to look.

We’ve scoured the web and compiled a comprehensive list of 70 great CSS galleries. Some are incredibly popular, others represent smaller niches in the web design industry.

News / 9 Oct 2009

Introducing Our New Editor

I mentioned a few days ago that we have taken on board a new site editor for Design Shack, and I’m pleased to introduce him to you today! Joshua Johnson will be taking charge of the news and tutorials published on the site, and it should lead to some fantastic new content.

Read on to find out a little more about our awesome new editor!

News / 6 Oct 2009

Feeds, Articles & More

We’ll be making a few changes around here over the coming weeks, aiming at turning Design Shack into a far better resource for designers around the world.

Inspiration / 5 Aug 2009

35 Marvelously Minimal Websites

Here’s to the design minimalists. Here’s to focusing on functionality, simplicity and basic design principles. Kick the tires all you want on these sites today – you’re still going to love using them tomorrow.

This is our roundup of 35 stunningly simple, marvelously minimal web designs. Enjoy!

Competitions / 4 Aug 2009

Fanurio Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a copy of Fanurio. I’m pleased to announce that the winners are Vicente Canales, Mark, and Josh St. John.

Your details have been passed on to the developer, and you should receive a license code shortly!

Competitions / 27 Jul 2009

Win a Copy of Fanurio

I’m pleased to announce our latest competition to win a copy of Fanurio, a cross-platform time tracking application. It offers an intuitive interface, flexible timer and the ability to produce detailed invoices.

We have three copies to give away, and entering is simple. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like a copy. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the 2nd August.

Good luck!

JavaScript / 13 Jul 2009

Detecting Location Using Google AJAX API

There are times when one needs to find out which part of the world a particular visitor is coming from. There are plenty of IP-to-Location lookup providers out there, who offer this service at a reasonable cost (depending on how much detail you require).

Google’s AJAX Maps API offers this look up for you free of cost (so long your needs are non-commercial). You can even use the latitude and longitude information returned by the API to plot the user’s location on a Google Map. Nifty eh? Let’s now look at a simple example – we will be detecting the user’s location based on his IP address and rendering it on a map.

Before we begin, you might want to check out the demo.

Typography / 30 May 2009

Introducing Typekit

Font support on the web has long been a topic of debate. Recent years have seen the emergence of various techniques for embedding fonts through flash, a method known as Cufon, or various plays on the new @font-face CSS properties emerging slowly through CSS3.

The main limiting factor to date is that of font licensing. Understandably, foundries are reluctant to allow web designers to publicly host their font files for anyone to download. A few typefaces have been licensed for use online, but designers are severely limited in choice.

This week saw the announcement of a breakthrough system – Typekit.

Articles / 17 Apr 2009

Defend Your Design

We all know that acute rush of adrenaline experienced before submitting a design for review or approval all too well. You click down on that “Send” button, take a deep breath and look at the design one more time before releasing your mouse. It’s gone.

You’ve sent your design out into a cruel, critical world. Will it succeed or will it fail? Perhaps that depends less on the design itself and more on whether or not you’ve set it up to succeed. As designers, we need to be advocates for the craft by explaining what we do and educating clients on our method.