Do you ever have a hard time explaining UI and UX to clients or coworkers? We came across this video the other day and found it humorous and helpful in explaining the sometimes counter intuitive design decisions that get made to make our sites user friendly.
As 2013 draws to an end, the web design and development world has changed a lot. Here are some trends that I predict will continue to become more and more popular in the year 2014.<br>
Responsive Design for Every Display
Responsive web design has been around for several years now, but it really came alive in the last year. We’ve seen more widespread adoption of adaptive, fluid approached websites.
Every major site has converted to a fully responsive design which looks good on all devices, not just mobile phones and desktop computers.
It seems like everyday that i stumble across a new useful plugin that enhances the web project that i am currently working on. However, what use are plugins if they are difficult to work with or do not directly fit into to your existing websites' templates or framework? To ease the pain, i have put together a few plugins that all play nicely with Twitter's Bootstrap foundation for seamless transition into your website.
ComboBoxA combobox plugin that works with twitter bootstrap. Transforms a select box into a autoselecting combobox, pretty neat. Link: ...
Vertical menu’s have recently become the newest rave in the Web industry. They are responsive, save space, and look great on any device.
Let’s get things started by putting in place our HTML and add the underlying structure to the menu:
Vertical Navigation Menu: CSS3 Coded
<div id="wrapper"> <ul class="menu"> <li class="item1"><a href="#">Friends <span>340</span></a></li>
<li class="item2"><a href="#">Videos <span>147</span></a></li>
<li class="item3"><a href="#">Galleries <span>340</span></a></li>
<li class="item4"><a href="#">Podcasts <span>222</span></a></li>
With the addition of the nav element in HTML5 there is much confusion as to when to use it. The HTML5 specification definition is the following:
"The nav element represents a section of a page that links to other pages or to parts within the page: a section with navigation links. Not all groups of links on a page need to be in a nav element only sections that consist of major navigation blocks are appropriate for the nav element. In particular, it is common for footers to have a list of links to various key parts of a site, but the footer element is more appropriate in such cases, and no nav...
If you don’t have it already, do yourself a favor and print this CSS3 cheat sheet. It has a complete listing of all the properties, selectors types and allowed values in the current CSS3 specification from the W3C. Each property is provided in a section matching it with the section (module) that it is most actively associated within the W3C specification. Next to each property is a listing of the values that that property takes (normal text shows named values it accepts and italics shows value types it will accept). A very handy tool to have around — download link is below.
The HTML meter tag is used for indicating a scalar measurement within a known range, or a fractional value. The measure is shown as a progress bar.
Also known as a gauge, usage could include displaying disk usage, the amount raised during fundraising activities, or the relevance of a search query result.
It is important to note that the meter element is used to represent a range. It is not appropriate to use this element for representing a single number (such as how many children someone has) unless there is a known maximum number.
Here is how to use it.Code:
Before CSS3, using more than one image as a background was not easily done. The effect had to be emulated using one of the many tricks available, such as adding boxes containing images that imitated borders or adjusting styles for several elements. CSS3 comes with some very interesting properties to manage backgrounds in its Backgrounds and Borders Module, including multiple backgrounds and background image size.
We can specify multiple background images for box elements using a list on the individual background properties.
The following example has two background...