Design

10Dec

2007: More Web Design Trends & Cliches

Cartoons, textures, swirls, earty tones and richer colours

It's been well over a year since I compiled the original list of web clichés, so I figured it was time to revisit some of the trends currently prevalent in web design now. [read more...]


1Dec

LED Icons

24-bit PNG and Windows Icons (.ico) formats

Simple, versatile, great for status indicators or embellishment: 14 icons in 7 colours, representing the most common types of LED. Make your own virtual throwies, use them on a webpage or an app, do what you like with them. [read more...]


7Aug

Retro MacOS Wordpress Theme

In full 1-bit glory

I thought I'd try my hands at WordPress tweakery, and so I thought I'd mark up my first custom theme. For whatever reason, I decided that a rendition of the monochrome MacOS from circa System 6 would be cool - with a few liberties taken for the sake of the web, of course. [read more...]


6Aug

Forget design 'inspiration' - just stick to the basics

A lot of design tutorials tend to focus on the aspect of 'inspiration' - without much emphasis on the design process itself. For all the showy gradients and web 2.0 gloss, truly good design comes from an altogether different approach. [read more...]


2Aug

The BBC iPlayer is officially Web 2.0 compliant

...and only a year or two behind the trend - good show!

Those of you fearing that the BBC is out of touch as far as the web is concerned need worry no more - the recently-opened-private-beta of the BBC iPlayer is at the cutting edge of interactive design. I mean, just look at the Beta application page: [read more...]


26Apr

5 Terrible Fonts You Shouldn't Use in Print Design

(And preferably not at all, with the possible exception of Arial)

For those designers who work with both web and print media, the limitations of web typography are all too apparent. Some designers struggle to shake off the bonds of such limitations, though - and repeatedly use and abuse some of the worst fonts available. Here are five examples which raise my typographical hackles. [read more...]


22Apr

Book Review: The Photoshop Anthology

101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques (Corrie Haffly, Sitepoint)

Photoshop is a deceptive beast. You can use it day in, day out, to the point where you consider yourself an expert – only to discover some basic functionality or keyboard shortcut that you really could have used some months ago. Perhaps it’s just me – but, for instance, having recently discovered that pressing the Tab key hides the menus, I wonder if there are any more nifty tricks that I’m missing out on. [read more...]


6Apr

Winter/Spring Colour Palette 2006-2007

Seasonal colours from the Modern Life selection

Persistent readers of Modern Life will be aware that the colours you see on site are not static: They revolve around with the seasons, with a new scheme on the first of every month. Each set of colours is hand-picked, adjusted, and designed to fit in with the month and season in question. [read more...]


16Feb

5 incredibly outdated and annoying techniques in (X)HTML

Navigating through the vagarities of legacy code

Legacy code. The mere words strike fear into the most hardened web developer, and with good reason - out of date, poorly factored code that's been left untouched for years is a nightmare to work with. [read more...]


10Feb

Windows Vista: Better designed than OS X?

On design challenges and keeping all the people happy, all of the time

This week I gained my first experience with Windows Vista. Whilst it wasn't so much of a 'Wow' starting as a mildly impressed 'Hmm', I do believe Windows Vista is a step in the right direction for the Windows operating system. It may be a couple of years late, but we'll forgive Microsoft for that seeing as they eventually made it to market. Whilst functionally, not all that much has changed, Vista has a lot of swish new minor features and visual chrome that do add significantly to the desktop experience. [read more...]