July 10, 2009
Microsoft published a set of rules (not hard and fast rules though) so that people designers can design well and tested visual design patterns to improve their UI (User Interface). And since they are Microsoft and they want to be popular among the programmers and alike, they made the guideline absolutely free for download! Here’s the link:
June 20, 2009
The article from noupe.com provides the reader with 10 useful and practical ideas for using AJAX (don’t know what’s that yet?) After the “Ajaxian Revolution”, many sites started to AJAX almost without thinking. They were trying to squeeze AJAX into whatever they think was possible. This lead to memory leaks, security holes, and made them look like ***holes (even though I censored my badmouth, people can still get what I am saying. See RIAA and the homeez, you can NEVER censor the Internet!). So here are the 10 practical uses for AJAX:
- Login Forms
- Voting and Rating
- Updating With User Content
- Form Submission & Validation
- Chat Rooms And Instant Messaging
- Slicker UIs
- External Widgets
- Lightboxes instead of pop-ups
- Using AJAX With Flash
I was just thinking…the #10 usage seems pretty cool. We all know how Flash revolutionized the Internet and we also know how AJAX is revolutionizing the web today, and now if you think about mashing up these two mammoths of web, you can create a monolith!
June 5, 2009
A very informative article about the CSS Reset design practice which resets the default margins/paddings that a browser applies to elements. Web Browsers most of the time applied a bit of styling to certain elements even if you are not using any stylesheets at all. You can see it in action when you create a <a> element. Most of the browsers render it as a blue, underlined text. But by resetting this behavior, you can view what a certain element would look like with no style applied to it at all.
This design practice was first introduced formally by Andrew Krespanis in his article entitled CSS Negotiation and a Sanity Saving Shortcut.
May 29, 2009
- jQuery pageSlide: jQuery pageSlide is a plugin for jQuery that slides the viewable webpage off-screen, revealing and populating a secondary interaction pane. It may be used in a similar manner to Lightbox, where screen real estate and centralization of the user experience are a concern.
- Create a simple ul list with a nice slide-out effect for li elements: We want to obtain this effect: when an user clicks on a link (”Hide”), the related
element disappear with a nice animated slide out effect. A simple way to implement an animated “disappear” effect using MooTools slideOut()
- Portfolio Layout Idea Using jQuery: Benjamin Sterling created an interesting portfolio layout and added a nice easing method to the main content panel using easeOutQuad and easeInQuad using jQuery easing plugin.
- Creating a Slick Auto-Playing Featured Content Slider: Niall Doherty’s Coda Slider inspired lot of designers and got them started quickly designing around it. Chris Coyier created a Slick Auto-Playing Featured Content Slider using Coda Slider plugin pretty much “out of the box” and added to it.
- Easy Image or Content Slider: Easy Slider enables images or any content to slide horizontally or vertically on click. It is configurable with css alone.
- mooSlide: mooSlide is nice replacement of the common “lightbox” module. It has some interesting options to influence the look and behaviour of the sliding box.
- jQuery.SerialScroll: jQuery.SerialScroll allows you to easily animate any series of elements, by sequentially scrolling them.
- Agile Carousel: Agile Carousel allows you to easily create a custom carousel.
- Sexy Lightbox 2: Sexy Lightbox 2 is a sexier and lighter clone of the classic Lightbox. Supports displaying images and HTML elements.
- UI.Layout: Was was inspired by the extJS border-layout. The UI.Layout plug-in can create any UI look you want – from simple headers or sidebars, to a complex application with toolbars, menus, help-panels, status bars, sub-forms, etc.