In this week’s resources you’ll find a comprehensive guide for CSS3 transitions, read about the business case of HTML5, learn how to add watermarks to WordPress images and more. Enjoy!
- Inner Shadows in CSS: Images, Text and Beyond: Joshua Johnson of Design Shack shows how to add inset text shadows using both the box-shadow and text-shadow syntax.
- Creative Web Typography Styles: Step-by-step guide (code included) from codrops showing how to use CSS and the lettering.js jQuery plugin to create beautiful typography.
- Using CSS3 Transitions: A Comprehensive Guide: In-depth article by Louis Lazaris covering CSS3 syntax, triggers, tricks, techniques, and browser support.
- On/Off FlipSwitch: Online generator creates pure CSS3 on/off flipswitches with animated transitions.
- Toast: Interesting CSS framework with a twelve-column responsive grid, using display: inline-block, so you won’t be worrying about clearing floats.
- 5 Reasons Why Zuckerberg Has Not Killed HTML5: Mark Zuckerberg may have blasted HTML5 in his TechCruch interview, but Facebook hasn’t stopped using HTML5. Craig Buckler of Sitepoint shares his reasons why you shouldn’t worry about using HTML5.
- The Business Case of HTML5: Leonie Watson of Nomensa explains the advantages HTML5 offers for businesses, including maximizing efficiency, increasing customer engagement, and improving accessibility.
- What Content Marketers Need to Know about Responsive Web Design: Plain language explanation of responsive web design, what terms mean, and a short list of resources for content professionals.
- The Power of Observation: How Companies Can Have More ‘aha’ Moments: User experience designer Ellen Isaacs of PARC explains the benefits of ethnography for discovering people’s needs for a service or product.
- 39 Factors: Website Credibility List: Excellent checklist for improving the credibility and user experience of your website. Check the comments for a discussion about conversion factors.
- Sticky Menus Are Quicker To Navigate: Hyrum Denny shares results of his recent usability study on sticky menus, asks why web designers/developers haven’t followed the “sticky menu” technique used in software, and discusses the challenges of sticky menus on mobile devices.
- Big Question: Are Decorative Design Elements Going Out of Style?: Using Apple’s real-world object interfaces and Microsoft’s Windows 8 UI as examples,Tanya Combrink, Digital Editor of .net Magazine asks five experts about their views on skeuomorphic design.
- The Future of User Experience Design: In the last post in DesignModo’s series on wireframing and documenting design, Marcel Treder discusses what skills and new approaches in user experience will be needed in the next one to five years.
- Add Watermarks to WordPress Images: Choose the size of the watermark and which images sizes should get watermarks. Use a PNG image file with transparency or a text signature.
- Finding Low-Hanging Fruit When Prospecting For WordPress Clients: Quick tips from James Dunn of WPMU on finding new clients and learning about their current WordPress site.
- Having Success in Distributed Contexts: Not sure about remote workers for your business? Check out Chris Lema’s slideshow on virtual teams from this weekend’s WordCamp Los Angeles event.
- Finely Tuned Consultant: Aaron Holbrook: Chicago web developer and theme author Aaron Holbrook is interviewed about his work with WordPress, shares performance tips, favorite plugin and what he sees for the future of WordPress.
- Why Mobile Web Accessibility Matters – Best Practices to Make Your Mobile Site Accessible: The goals of an accessible mobile site are based on the same standards used to develop an accessible desktop site. Fredrik Söderquist of Mobiento highlights some of the poor coding practices and techniques used on mobile sites and shares a great list of 12 tips to make your mobile site more accessible.
- Usable Landmarks Across Desktop and Mobile: Do you know how usable ARIA landmarks are for screen reader users? When using landmarks, consider verbosity, content order, responsive design and labeling.
- Local Woman Fighting for Accessibility: Using her motorized wheelchair to deliver flyers to local businesses about free ramps, Lori Montcalm is changing the landscape in her hometown.
- Captioning YouTube Video and Providing Accessible Controls: Great resource from the Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center. Bookmark this page for its excellent information about YouTube captioning and controls, as well as its multitude of resources for captioning, transcription, video players, speech recognition programs, and more.
What I Found Interesting
- Are Design Books Meant to Be Read?: Khoi Vinh discusses a beautifully crafted design book he recently received, and likely will never read. Instead of bringing rich visual content to designers, the publisher instead:
deprecates the primacy of the content while favoring the object
- Supporting Modern Browsers: Internet Explorer 8 Support Discontinued: Starting November 15, Google will no longer support IE8 for Google Apps services. If you’re using Google Apps on Windows XP (which can’t run any Internet Explorer version beyond version 8), you’ll need to use a current version of another browser to access Google Apps.