December 9, 2010 in Design Tips
Budget can be a touchy subject to bring up with clients when you’re first going over the details of a project and discussing the possibility of working together. As the developer, you want to know how much the client has to spend as early as possible so you know whether or not working with them is feasible and profitable in the first place, and also the scope of what you will be able to achieve with their (necessarily) limited budget. The client, however may be unwilling or unable to divulge this information for a couple of reasons. As ethical developers it’s important that we respect those reasons and help to educate the client about what options they have.
February 14, 2010 in Design Tips
Listing pages are becoming increasingly ubiquitous features of Web design as content management systems enable even the smallest sites to easily upload and archive a ton of data. However, creating a gallery style list poses a quite a challenge that if not tackled properly can result in a broken page that does more harm than good to the design. In this article, we'll be creating a bulletproof gallery framework using just a little CSS, some server-side logic and a dash of jQuery for standards-challenged browsers.
January 12, 2010 in Design Tips
Adobe Photoshop is the graphics program that many designers cut their teeth on, and it's proven itself as the end all, be all standard in the design industry. It's extremely feature rich and can handle lot of advanced graphic filters and effects. At it's core, however, Photoshop is a bitmap editor aimed at print work and photo editing (duh!), and it's honestly not the most efficient graphics program for Web design work. We switched over to Fireworks about a year and a half ago, and can say with confidence that we're never going back! Here's why.