XHTML Challenge is a freshly launched project by Valentin Agachi, which enables you to create challenges between two websites. The script will analyze the sites' XHTML markups and return a report for the visitors to vote. The signup process and overall workflow is very simple. Within a minute, I created a challenge between Best Web Gallery and CSS Remix (see the challenge).
Have you been working hard? Well, it is time to take a break and be inspired. Carsonified is hosting a party (actually, it is an event called Future of Web Apps) at South Beach, Miami. The event will take place between Feb 28th — Mar 1st. There will be workshops, conference, and beach party (yes, beer and volleyball on the beach!). Some of my favorite speakers include: Kevin Rose from Digg, Erick Schonfeld from TechCrunch, and Matt Mullenweg from WordPress. For more details, visit their website FutureOfWebApps.com (designed by Elliot Jay Stocks).
I'm very excited to announce that Web Designer Wall got into the finalist of the Eighth Annual Weblog Awards, also known as the "Bloggie" awards. Web Designer Wall is nominated for the Best-Designed Weblog award, along with the other popular nominees: Design Sponge, Gizmodo, Engadget, and Dooce. If you have a minute, please head over to the Bloggies site and vote for WDW. Big thanks to everyone who has nominated or voted for us. Thank you!
Please note: voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 31.
Web Designer Wall is giving out freebies again! This time we are giving out 3 license copies of TxEff, sponsored by Jump Eye Components. TxEff is a Flash Component that allows you to create stunning text animations without ActionScript skills (read review here). To enter the contest, add a comment in this post and you could win one of the three TxEff component giveaways (value $169.97). All comments must be submitted before January 25, 2008.
Normally, to create text animation in Flash we either use timeline Motion Tween or ActionScript coding. Motion tweening is very time-consuming and not practical because the text must be broken apart and converted into Symbols. ActionScripting is a better solution, but it will require advance coding skills. Fortunately, now we have TxEff! It is a Flash component developed by Jump Eye Components, for web designers who need to create text animations in a fast and reliable manner. This article will show you how to create video-like text effects with TxEff in just a few minutes.
Last year I did a free Christmas icon pack for fun. They are still looking fresh and cute. So, I just want to announce again in case you missed it last year. The pack included 49 icons in various formats: GIF, PNG, ICO (favicon purpose), and vector EPS (print purpose). It is free. You can use them for any purpose — commercial or personal. Only restriction is you can not resell/redistribute them (ie. upload to istock or offer download on your site). If you like my icon design, you can check out my stock icons.
What do you think of the recent PayPal redesign and the new PayPal branding? In my opinion, I think the new design is very unprofessional and lack of consistency. My very first reaction to the new PayPal redesign was "What happened to PayPal? Got hacked!?" PayPal has made such a drastic change that it doesn't even look or feel like PayPal (the PayPal that we used to). I think it will take us a while to adapt to the new design. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying change is bad. Changes are good if the results are positive. Here are my thoughts on the new PayPal design...