Responsive Design in 3 Steps 208

Responsive Design in 3 Steps

Responsive web design is no doubt a big thing now. If you still not familiar with responsive design, check out the list of responsive sites that I recently posted. To newbies, responsive design might sound a bit complicated, but it is actually simpler than you think. To help you quickly get started with responsive design, I've put together a quick tutorial. I promise you can learn about the basic logic of responsive design and media queries in 3 steps (assuming you have the basic CSS knowledge).

FITC Logo Redesign Process by James White 56

FITC Logo Redesign Process by James White

At FITC Toronto in May of this year, Shawn Pucknell, FITC’s director approached James White to develop the creative for the following year's event, FITC Toronto 2012. “I've spoken at FITC twice so far and being a huge fan of the event and the entire crew behind it, I jumped at the opportunity to work with my friends,” said White. With creative freedom to develop the bits and pieces needed to promote and showcase at the event next year, James started looking at everything including the FITC identity which, at the time, he had no idea would be used. Here we go...

Playing with SVG Design 43

Playing with SVG Design

After years of quarantine, the Scalable Vector Graphics is finally raising fame as a feature of HTML5 with full native browser support. Vlog.it, by Marco Rosella, is an experimental site launched last month to explore two aspects of SVG with interesting potential for the design of original interfaces: clipping paths and scalable 2D motion graphics. Marco is going to share a quick tutorial on how it is done.

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CSS3 Image Styles 182

CSS3 Image Styles

When applying CSS3 inset box-shadow or border-radius directly to the image element, the browser doesn't render the CSS style perfectly. However, if the image is applied as background-image, you can add any style to it and have it rendered properly. Darcy Clarke and I put a quick tutorial together on how to use jQuery to make perfect rounded corner images dynamically. Today I'm going to revisit the topic and show you how much more you can do with the background-image CSS trick. I will show you how to use box-shadow, border-radius and transition to create various image styles.

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iPhone Safari Viewport Scaling Bug 100

iPhone Safari Viewport Scaling Bug

Those who create responsive design for iPhone may be aware of the viewport scaling bug in iPhone Safari. The bug occurs when you set the viewport width to device-width and rotate the phone to landscape view. To see this in action, view the bug demo page with your iPhone and rotate the phone from portrait to landscape view (you should see the page being scaled up). This is a known bug for a long time. Today I'm going to share some tips on how to fix this bug.

Creating Reusable & Versatile Background Patterns 87

Creating Reusable & Versatile Background Patterns

I haven't written any Photoshop tutorials for a while. Today I'm going to share a simple tutorial on how to create reusable background patterns with Photoshop and CSS. I learned this trick from designing WordPress themes. The trick is to create one reusable transparent PNG background and use CSS background-color property to create various color skins. It is particularly useful for creating customizable and dynamic templates (see demos).

CSS3 @font-face Design Guide 100

CSS3 @font-face Design Guide

Although CSS3 @font-face is supported by most major browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari), but not all. When it doesn't, your custom fonts might break the layout or come out with undesired results. In this article, I will explain the common issues with using custom fonts, picking the matching fallback web safe fonts, and how to create a perfect fallback font style with Modernizr.