Used MS Windows “Ribbon” for the first time. SO many clicks. Apple removes but Microsoft adds buttons & complexity. Who likes this crap?
@commadelimited It’s got its problems, but NextGen Gallery is pretty complete. Don’t overlook the built-in WP galleries though, more simple.
@Malarkey Wait, I thought the whole point of normalise.css was to make so you DIDN’T need to remember the inconsistent browser defaults?
@ade3 And… now I’m watching a series of Steve Jobs videos on YouTube. So much good stuff!
As a web designer and developer I use many tools to help me design and build a website. The initial design ideas are worked out on paper and within some kind of WYSIWYG graphics editor like Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp or Inkscape.
Since reading Khoi Vinh’s Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design I’ve been using grids – mostly just columns, really – to bring greater order to my designs. So far this new approach has been fruitful. A helpful tool in this regard is The Gridulator, which makes it easy to determine the dimensions of your grid and also download a graphic representation of the grid that you can use as an overlay in the above mentioned graphics programs while you are working out the details of a site design.
However, even if my idea is pretty nailed down in the sketching and graphic-editor stage, the act of actually building the site with HTML + CSS always presents new problems and solutions. Part of this is due to my clients not providing all of their content (or even knowing what it will be) until I’m at that stage. Another part of it is that laying out website designs in a static graphic state makes it easy to overlook some aspects of the site.
For these reasons and others I find myself doing a lot of actual designing from within the browser, either via Firebug or just a lot of trial and error with different properties in the code. Page structures in HTML + CSS can get complex fast and it can be tricky to stick to your grid if you aren’t always keeping it in mind. It would be helpful to have an easy way to overlay your grid over the web pages as they are built, adjusting the CSS properties until they are absolutely perfect. Or at least pretty damn close!
One recent weekend I had a freelance project that I wanted to avoid and so I determined that I would focus on this grid overlay problem and see if I could build it better and smarter. Figuring out this grid problem was a lot more important than working on a project that I would get paid to work on. I’m sure you can relate to the wacked-out sense of logic that leads to such decisions.
- simple settings
- vertical grid with columns and gutters
- horizontal or baseline grid that can be vertically adjusted
- on/off button displayed in top-right corner
- set grid to be on or off on page load
Please give The Heads-Up Grid a try. I hope you find it useful. I would love to hear feedback about it being useful or if you have some ideas about how it could be better.
@KungFuPastor Man, you are on a ROLL this morning!
The Rum Diary http://t.co/4J1dZ2B Looks like it’s WAY too wacky to be the same story as the book … could still be good.
Cover of Portishead’s “Mysterons” by Pollyn is pretty sweet: http://t.co/LZGoexy
So, you got Basquiats and Warhols in your bathroom? I got 99 problems and that ain’t one of ’em.
If you dig @BudosBand I recommend listening to Mulatu Astatqe? Not quite as high-energy, but … well, give it a try.
@jonikorpi How ’bout “Les Framework” it’s even less than “LESS” 😀
@kadavy Frankly, I think working with ems and nested elements is a huge avoidable pain in the ass.
@kadavy Hand-code like it’s 1999.
Language nerd? Why Arabic Is Terrific http://t.co/g1NBLPm