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:
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.
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.
Check out my latest new WordPress theme called Koi (view demo). The design is based on my current theme at N.Design Studio. It has threaded comments, multi-level drop down menus, social media buttons, one sidebar widget and three footer widgets. The theme also includes an option where you can config the menu, favicon, social media buttons, and footer tracking code.
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.
Weebly is an online site builder (with visual editor) for anyone to create a website without having to know any coding. They are hosting a theme design contest with $13,000 in prizes: first prize = $10,000, second = $2,000, and third = $1,000. The contest will be judged by Andrew Wilkinson, Dustin Curtis, Jason Putorti, Michael Cronan, Rob Martin and Scott Thomas. The theme submission deadline is April 30th, 2010. For more details, visit their contest page.
As you may probably know mobile design is getting more and more popular, particularly the iPhone design. Almost every popular website or web app offers a mobile version now. In this post, I've collected a list of 38 nicely designed sites (ranging from personal, blog, portoflio, editoral, web app, etc.) that are optimized for iPhone. I hope this list will come in handy when you need to design a mobile site for yourself or clients. Now have you iPhone ready and enjoy the list.