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Poll Results: Taking a Job You Think is a Stupid Business Idea

  • Yes, I'd take it. - 68%  
  • No, I'd turn it down. - 32%  

The people who say they would take the job outnumber the people who would not by two to one.

There was a large and interesting …

August 31, 200937 comments

Preventing Widows in Post Titles

Widows, typographically speaking, are single words that awkwardly break down onto their own line. It looks uncomfortable, and it reads uncomfortable. Article titles are especially prone to this because of the large type / short line length, and look exceptionally …

August 28, 200944 comments

Inappropriate Uses

Database is forcontent HTML is fordescribing and displaying content CSS is fordesign JavaScript is forfunctionality

 

Those are the appropriate uses for these technologies. Inappropriate use is when you cross those lines and create a mismatch.…

August 24, 200969 comments

CSS Sprites with Inline Images

CSS Sprites is a technique where you use a background-image, a set width and height, and adjust the background-position to display only the portion you need to show. This way you can use a single image and display lots of …

August 19, 200960 comments

AnythingSlider jQuery Plugin

Just what the world needs, another jQuery slider. YAWN. I know, check this one out though, it's got lots of cool features.

Here on CSS-Tricks, I've created a number of different sliders. Three, in fact. A "featured content" …

August 17, 2009208 comments

2009 .net Magazine Awards

The voting is now open for the 2009 .net Magazine Awards. I'm stoked this year to be nominated in both the Best Blog category and Best Vodcast category.

Voting is quick and easy and if you feel so inclined, go

August 14, 200934 comments

Results from Anniversary Survey

I collected a bunch of data from you guys when you filled out that form to enter the 2-Year Anniversary Giveaway. I figured I'd aggregate it into some graphs, courtesy of Wufoo.

How much do you care that the…
August 11, 200919 comments

The Heating Company Analogy

What helps a design business stay healthy and successful over time is having regular clients with regular monthly billable work. The one-off jobs might be more glamorous and more fun, but in the long run it's probably your regulars that …

August 10, 200934 comments

Front-End Design Conference ’09 Wrap-up

The Front-End Design Conference was made from a lot of "firsts". Many of us speakers were speaking in front of an audience of peers for the first time since college Speech. For Dan Denney, it was his first time …

August 6, 200929 comments

So You’ve Already Decided, Eh?

It's funny how fast people can decide on things. People can see a website redesign and love it or hate it right away. It might take someone 15 seconds of seeing it before they are furiously writing up a comment …

August 4, 200974 comments

Banner Code Displayer Thing

Authentic Jobs is a long-running, respected, and successful web design/development job board. I'm sure a lot of that success is due to the beautiful, minimal, and thoughtful design by owner and proprietor Cameron Moll. There is also a generous …

August 3, 200922 comments

Date Display Technique with Sprites

LearningjQuery.com has a pretty cool presentation of the dates of their blog posts. Check it:

The typeface and the year being vertical should tip you off right away that images are being used to accomplish this. But also note that …

July 28, 200998 comments

Text Blocks Over Image

Someone recently asked me about this technique and my first reaction was that it was probably a little too mundane to cover as a tutorial. But then I got to thinking that there is actually a few interesting things happening …

July 27, 200967 comments

eCommerce Considerations

Building an eCommerce site? There are a zillion options. In a recent group interview about eCommerce, I talked a bit how I think it's weird that all these eCommerce software solutions are also CMSs. At the root of things what …

July 23, 200947 comments

Combining Hand-Drawn and Digital Illustration Techniques

The following is a guest post by the first-rate illustrator Joe Lifrieri. Joe walks through his own process showing us not only how he does things but why. You can see Joe's portfolio and blog at Hugs for Monsters

July 22, 200927 comments

AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin

You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery plugin that does it. I'm not going to tell you what you should use it for …

July 20, 200966 comments

Anniversary Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the two-year anniversary giveaway! They were chosen completely at random from my cheezy random number generator I made for the last contest. Extra special thanks to all the sponsors who donated the gifts. …

July 17, 200931 comments

Different Ways To Format CSS

This post will focus on the different ways to format CSS, which differs from the different ways to organize CSS. Definitely related concepts, but I think organization has more to do with how things are grouped and ordered while …

July 13, 2009164 comments

Better Password Inputs, iPhone Style

Recently renowned usability expert Jakob Nielsen wrote an article Stop Password Masking in which he claims that hiding users passwords as they input them is bad practice. What he is referring to is the default browser behavior of <input type=password …

July 9, 200977 comments

All About Floats

What is "Float"?

Float is a CSS positioning property. To understand its purpose and origin, we can look to print design. In a print layout, images may be set into the page such that text wraps around them as needed. …

July 8, 2009130 comments

2-Year Anniversary GIVEAWAY

Happy Fourth of July all! A lovely day filled with fireworks and usually a day off of work (in the US, anyway). It's also the anniversary of CSS-Tricks. It's been two years now. It actually feels like it's been longer …

July 3, 200983 comments

New Poll: Would You Work on a Website You Thought Was a Stupid Business Idea?

I've mused about this before, but I thought it would be good to put it to a poll this time. The discussion before was absolutely fascinating. Many folks saying that it's our ethical duty to inform clients of our true …

July 1, 2009125 comments

Poll Results: Browser Choice Sans Developer Tools

Yes, all the major browsers have development tools now, but I think most people are in agreement that you just can't beat Firebug and the slew of other development-specific addons for Firefox. Outside of these tools, I often hear people …

June 30, 200935 comments

The “Light” CMS Trend

CMSs are beautiful things. Just as CSS allows us to abstract the design away from the markup, a CMS allows us to use a database to abstract the content away from the markup. There are a zillion of them, each …

June 29, 200994 comments

Web Nerd Terminology (Explained)

As happens with any weird niche societal group, us web nerds have developed some language of our own. Some of this language is perfectly acceptable English, but still sounds weird to an outsider. I thought I'd throw together a list …

June 26, 200986 comments

404 Best Practices

A 404 error on the web is what a web server responds with when it is tasked with serving up a resource that it can't find.

1. It should still look like your website

If you don't specifically tell your …

June 22, 200991 comments

Free WordPress Theme: WP Typo

As promised, the theme I had WP Coders code up as a demo is now available for your perusal and download. It's called WP Typo and it's a purely typographical theme (zero images used).

I won't be cross-posting everything …

June 18, 20090 comments

Review of WP Coder

I was recently asked by the guys at WP Coder if I would do a review of their service. I don't do it very often, but they seemed like nice guys and WordPress is of particular interest to me lately. …

June 17, 200937 comments

Digging Into WordPress

Got a little news for ya'll. Remember when I announced me and Jeff Starr were looking for a publisher for a book about WordPress? Well, that worked, and we talked a number of different publishers. They were all very nice, …

June 16, 20090 comments

Intimacy Hierarchy

Pete Pinnell in a video about fine art and ceramic cups talking about human behavior:

We'll look at things that we won't nudge with our foot.
We'll nudge things with our foot that we won't pick up in our hand.…

June 15, 200912 comments

Pricing Order

We were recently re-doing the signup page for Are My Sites Up, and we were looking at the way we were ordering our plans. At the time, it was from least expensive (free) to most expensive (Premium Pro). We looked …

June 12, 200957 comments

What’s The Best Way To Handle Page Titles?

First-level Navigation

Or, "the homepage". Here are some possibilities:

  1. [ NAME OF SITE ]
    Short and to the point
    Ex. CSS-Tricks
  2. [ NAME OF SITE ] - Short Tagline
    Taking the opportunity to explain the site
    Ex. CSS-Tricks - A
June 9, 200956 comments

Sending Nice HTML Email with PHP

This is going to be a continuation of the Website Change Request Form demo we've been using around here for a while. If you need to catch up, first I talked about it, then I built it, then …

June 8, 200976 comments

Five Questions with Matthew Kammerer

I first heard of Matthew while exploring UX Booth, a darn nice little blog and resource site dealing with user experience by four young folks. Then I heard he joined the team at BuySellAds, a company I take …

June 4, 200917 comments

Affiliate Program for Are My Sites Up

There is now an official affiliate program for Are My Sites Up where you can earn money through referring people to our service.

Here are the basics:

  1. You sign up.
  2. You get an email when you are approved with
June 3, 200922 comments

The CSS Box Model

At the risk of over-repeating myself: every element in web design is a rectangular box. This was my ah-ha moment that helped me really start to understand CSS-based web design and accomplish the layouts I wanted to accomplish. We've talked …

June 1, 200987 comments

The CSS Overflow Property

Every single element on a page is a rectangular box. The sizing, positioning, and behavior of these boxes can all be controlled via CSS. By behavior, I mean how the box handles it when the content inside and around it …

May 27, 200964 comments

Applications: One Day in the Life of a Web Designer

It's incredible how many applications we interact with on a daily basis. It's no wonder we are so critical of them sometimes, Below is a timeline of a typical day for me and the different applications I deal with at …

May 26, 2009125 comments

Links + This Week

Couple of links to share this morning of my content elsewhere. The latest Ask Smashing Magazine is up with loads of questions on CSS answered by me. Also Chris Spooner interviewed me on Line 25 about my past, blogging, and …

May 25, 20095 comments

Quotes on Design API v2.0

I know at least a couple of you ended up using the original Quotes on Design API. It was kind of an experiment, but it did the trick in that it was an easy way to quickly add random design-related …

May 22, 200919 comments

CSS-Tricks Mobile

UPDATE: CSS-Tricks.com is now responsive, so no more separate mobile version of the site. Not that I'm against that, I'm just a fan of responsive for this site.

There is now a mobile version of CSS-Tricks, thanks to the …

May 20, 200932 comments

Serious Form Security

The Website Change Request Form has been a running topic around here for a little while and I'm gonna run with that for a little while. We are not going to rehash all the HTML and JavaScript that makes the …

May 19, 200959 comments

.net magazine

I've had articles in several recent issues of .net magazine. I thought I'd snap some pics for posterity.

May 15, 200921 comments

Vertically Center Multi-Lined Text

If you only have a single word or a single line of text, there is a clever way to vertically center it in a block with CSS. You set the line-height of that text to be equal to the height

May 13, 200963 comments

Don’t Rely on Background Colors Printing

At work I recently rolled out a new system for one of our clients, the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater. Their site is largely informational about them and their show, and a portal for selling tickets to their show online. …

May 12, 200941 comments

Front-End Design Conference

I will be speaking at my first conference ever! I'm really looking forward to it and I have already started preparing my presentation. It's going to be focused on jQuery and using it to accomplish things that CSS does poorly, …

May 11, 200928 comments

Override Inline Styles with CSS

This damn juicy CSS trick has been around for a while now, but I wanted to make a special post sharing it again to spread the good word.

Often we think of inline styles as a way to override styles …

May 8, 200987 comments

New Poll: Sans-Developer Tools Browser Choice

I bet a lot of us around here use Firefox as our main browser. I really like Firefox. I think the interface is pretty nice, but what put its so far ahead of the other browsers for me is the …

May 6, 2009177 comments

Poll Results: CSS3 Features

Almost 7,000 people have weighed in on this poll so far, making it the biggest yet! The question was:

If CSS2 and CSS3 was fully supported in all browsers tomorrow, what would you be MOST excited about?

As always, very …

May 5, 200930 comments

Website Change Request Form

Last month I wrote about how I wished when clients had a change request for their site, they would treat me like a six-year-old. The point was, those change requests are often far too vague which leads to confusion …

May 4, 200969 comments

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