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Brief History of Western Typography

Being a specific form of art, typography has always been coherent with the general progress of art and cultural growth of humanity. This is why the history of western typography reflects the development of art in Europe to a considerable degree. The epoch of Roman Empire, Renaissance, Baroque, and the art of Industrialization period – we can track the traces of each stage of art development in the design of particular typefaces, born during a respective period of time. In fact, the whole history of western typography has always been about the development of new trends, and the revival of ancient techniques of writing and lettering designs.

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Cross-Browser CSS Gradient

The CSS gradient feature was introduced by Webkit for about two years but was rarely used due to incompatibility with most browers. But now with the Firefox 3.6+, which supports gradient, we can style create gradient without having to create an image. This post will show you how to code for the CSS gradient to be supported by the major browsers: IE, Firefox 3.6+, Safari, and Chrome. Also, check out my updated dropdown menu (demo) using CSS gradient.

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Going Lean with Website Production

Website design, development and copywriting can be done faster, more accurately and creatively with the help of Lean manufacturing techniques, which help companies around the globe accomplish industry-leading results. Lean is a production practice that helps identify resource use that’s not directly tied to creating value for customers, so it can be eliminated. In essence, Lean preserves value with less work. Some common objectives Lean aims to achieve:

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Last Minute CS5 Tshirt Giveaways

Adobe is hosting a CS5 launch event on Monday (Apr 12) at 11am EST/8am PST. Personally, I'm very excited for this event. If you haven't signed up yet, hurry! Adobe's team will be sharing a first look at the top five killer features of CS5 for design, web, video, and photography. I have five CS5 tshirts (from Adobe) to giveaway. To join the contest, simply post a comment in this post about your favorite new feature demonstrated in the launch event. Note: this contest is for Canadian participants only (sorry for the international readers).

Update: the winners are 36, 49, 69, 77 and 93.

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Free FITC Toronto 2010 Ticket

This year I have one FITC Toronto 2010 ticket to giveaway. For those who don't know about FITC, it is a 3-day design conference which takes place in Toronto between April 25-27, 2010. There will be over a thousand attendees and 70 presenters from around the world. As usual, enter a comment in this post before Apr 16, 2010 for your chance to win a free ticket. For more details about the event, please visit the FITC website. Good luck!

If you would like to purchase the tickets, enter coupon code "wdw" to get a 10% discount.

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Word-Wrap: Force Text to Wrap

Today I'm going to talk about a rarely used but extremely useful CSS property, the word-wrap. You can force long (unbroken) text to wrap in a new line by specifying break-word with the word-wrap property. For example, you can use it to prevent text extending out the box and breaking the layout. This commonly happens when you have a long URL in the sidebar or comment list. Word-wrap is supported in IE 5.5+, Firefox 3.5+, and WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari.