Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Cross browser differences

As a designer I am often frustrated with the differences between browsers. Obviously, there are ways around these differences (such as using browser specific stylesheets) but this adds unnecessary time.

When will the day come when you can create a design and not have to plough through the many browsers and platforms to ensure it is pixel perfect all the time. I use Firefox now on a PC and have done for some time (due to the way it renders pages and also the fact there are hundreds of useful plug-ins about for designers / developers) and I find it much easier to create a design and test in FF and then fix all the discrepancies in other browsers at the end.

Will the day ever come when all browsers will render pages the same? Probably not but it would make life easier and free up more time to work on designs. Also, why can't browsers on a PC render text as well as on an Mac. Designs always look so much nicer on a Mac.


Textorizer - create simple typographic art in seconds

I recently discovered this site whilst using Stumble and thought it was quite a nice way to create typographic art by simply directing it to an image online and inputting some text. This is the result for the nypo:creative logo. Thanks to Max Froumentin and Paul Downey for this. Visit the site here: textorizer


Monday, 22 January 2007

New nypo:creative site

The new updated site is now live. Conforming to current accessibility standards this clean, crisp design provides easy access to the information needed with the option to alter text size for users who do not know the short cut keys (Internet Explorer in CTRL and scroll mouse wheel, Firefox is CTRL and + / -).

The site also features a fancy new contact form which helps prevent spam and also a great javascript effect on the portfolio section which involves no flash plug in thanks to the guys at moo.fx.

Still in development is the ability to alter the colours / look of the site depending on user preference.


Thursday, 18 January 2007

The magical use of white space

The use of empty space in design is a major factor, and often one which will distinguish good design from bad. In the world of the web - especially since the big "Web2.0" phenomena - the good use of white space is vital but it doesn't have to be 'white space'. Having a good eye for space in general is important.

As I was taught at university, often it is not the placement of elements on a page but often the spaces these leave that make a design work. I recently read an interesting article on A List Apart by Mark Boulton which looks into the essential tool - 'White Space'.

Read the article here >