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Brace yourselves for a wolf-like assault of information from Internetland ….

To offset the textures links in my last post, this week I'm posting up links about minimalism in web design. A quiet focus on minimalism has been around for a while now, but I've noticed that it's gaining a momentum. I think I like that?

siiimple – a minimalist design gallery

Minimalism in web design

56 Light & Clean Website Designs Using a Minimalist Color Scheme  (my fave of the three)

Don't Make Me Think. No Really, Don't.
Of the books you might pick up on the subject of web-building, Don't Make Me Think is an important one. It's about designing navigation from a user's perspective. In the following link, UX Booth has served up the book on a silver platter for you by boiling it down to the 10 most important take-aways. 

10 Usability Lessons from Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think | UX Booth

More Photoshop Than You Can Shake A Stick At
In my last post, I posted up 20 tutorials on Photoshop-as-web design-tool. This time I'm coming at you with 70!

70 Tutorials Using Photoshop To Design A Website | Creative Nerds

This sliding panel plugin for WordPress is one of the smoothest of its kind that I've come across. It looks pretty easy to implement too… 
A slick sliding panel plugin for WordPress

…which leads me to my next thought….the single-page website.

There are many websites that are too big. Mine is one of them, probably yours too. The content is needlessly spread out over countless pages pages of mostly empty repetition. I'm a big fan of one-page website with lots of content. Could a contact form be tucked into a sliding panel by using something like the plugin listed above? Could there be multiple sliding panels, like a system of drawers? Maybe, maybe not. But it's something to think about.  Info-chunks should fight for the right to be given their own page, and they should lose often.

74 Fresh Examples Of Beautiful Single Page Website Designs

And Finally…
If you CSS is giving you problems, keep working at it
15 Must Read Articles for CSS Beginners

There are actually some good ideas in this post that can be absorbed in a couple of minutes
Five Minute Upgrade – Making Your Design Pop

Lastly, just for fun…
How to Make a Threadless Style T-Shirt Gallery

Go Build Stuff!

Posted in Nerd Wisdom, Tech


Here's a round-up of what's worth noting in Internetland this week:

Email Battle Royale
This is the most-linked-up thing this week, that Microsoft has
announced that it will use the Word rendering engine for it's upcoming
release of Outlook. That would mean that you can kiss CSS goodbye in emails.
Campaign Monitor is FREAKING OUT. This is an issue, especially to clients who like things that are "pretty", but you know what else is nice?…plain-text emails with lots of interesting content. Dead-simple to produce, publish, and communicate to your community with regularity. Nonetheless, everyone apparently loves the html emails, so…
Outlook's broken – let's fix it

Google: "You're Doing It Wrong"
Google is sick and tired of us all building sites incorrectly. They've assembled a pile of best-practices to encourage us to build lighting-fast websites that are properly indexable and searchable.  This is what it feels like to be scolded.
Let's Make the Web Faster

Culture Clash
Posted on A List Apart this week. It's pretty dry material and kind of advanced, but it takes a stab at fixing the rift that exists between designers and, well, everyone else involved in web projects.
Visual Decision Making

Slice and Dice
It's not often that I use PSDs for web layout, but many people do and are able to build some incredible things by incorporating Photoshop into their process. This post rounds up the best tutorials yet on how to turn your PSD into a coded-site. Some good stuff to be found in here.
20 great tutorials on PSD to XHTML Conversion

Dark websites, those build on backgrounds of blacks and greys and other dark colors, have proven to be elegant and effective design solutions. This round up gathers together some of the most recent and best of them.
20 great dark website designs for Inspiration

I have a significant bias toward uber-clean and minimal web design, but it's always good to be looking at as wide a range of works as possible no matter what your particular jam is. Textures can provide an appropriate feel to websites in the right circumstances, and this gallery round-up pulls together some impressive examples. But remember that a site's focus should always be on the content. Don't, don't, don't let the content be overwhelmed by your site's design "concept." Please use the largest airquotes possible when reading that last sentence.
25 Excellent Examples of Using Texture in Web Design

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Panic Inc, Firesale!

If you've thought about purchasing licenses for web development applications like Transmit or Coda, now would be a really good time to do it because they're 50% off for the next three days. And here's another reason: Panic, the company that makes these renown apps, is PORTLAND BASED. You can think of it as your own lil' stimulus package for the Portland economy.

Coda's the one that most people are generally pretty excited about cuz it's so darn good-looking. And like precisely half of the internet has been built using Transmit as the FTP weapon of choice. You really can't go wrong with either one of them. So go check 'em out and get 'em while they're hot.

Posted in Tech

Awaken yr Inner-nerd


OKAY LISTEN UP! This is Clifton Burt, aka the husband of PSU professor Kate Bingaman-Burt, here to give you GOLDEN GEMS about graphic-designy-web-related-nerdiness. I am an internet WIZARD. Beginning today, I'll be a regular contributor around here to sprinkle bits of code-related knowledge and other tech crap on you. People pay me BIG MONEY for this stuff, so pay attention to my wordz.

It's 2009, and to be a good graphic designer you need be able to rock the internet. To rock it, you must make it your own. To make it your own, you must be able to customize it. To customize it, you must be open to learning new things about it. Only then can you make it sizzle.

In upcoming posts, we'll take a look at things like typography on the web and some pretty rad ways to publish your portfolio site. And, now that you've been given permission to unleash your inner nerd, you'll need to have the RIGHT ACCESSORIES. Check out these Nerd Merit Badges from Tikaro and

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