Vertical Accordion Menu

Posted on Wed, June 05, 2013 in Greatest Hits, Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

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>
li class="item5"><...

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Hover Animations

Posted on Fri, May 31, 2013 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

With the addition of CSS3 transitions and keyframe animations it can be easy to overdo animations on your website. However, adding certain effects to main content areas can greatly enhance the experience your visitors receive.

A popular trend on the web these days are “content boxes”. These were first found on a lot of sports and news sites mainly, but have since made their way to every category of web pages. Plain, generic content boxes are effective in dividing areas of content, but can be boring if there is nothing present to visually please the user.

So lets spice those generic...

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Getting started with Google Products for Shopify

Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 in Web Design, eCommerce, Shopify by Alum

Getting your product feeds accepted on any platform can be a nightmare. Some recent work we’ve done on a Shopify website inspired us to share a bit of that process to be a help to those doing the same kind of work. The fact is there are quite a few hoops to jump through and a lot of information to have just right.  Here are some quick helps to get you on your way with Google Products.

Get your Shopify site setup in a Google Friendly way

For starters, make sure you setup your Shopify account well. Once you import all of your products, make sure that the titles and product descriptions...

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Email Inputs

Posted on Fri, May 10, 2013 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

When we apply a type of “email” to form inputs, we can instruct the browser to only allow strings that conform to a valid email address structure. This makes us that much closer to built-in form validation and we don't have to write JavaScript validators. We can’t 100% rely on this just yet, for browser support reasons. In older browsers that do not comply with the “email” type, they’ll simply fall back to a regular textbox. Please note that all current browsers are a bit picky when it comes to which elements and attributes they do and do not support. For example, Opera supports...

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Using The < nav > Element in HTML5

Posted on Wed, May 08, 2013 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

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...

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Quick Tip: CSS3 Cheat Sheet

Posted on Wed, November 28, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

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.
Link: CSS3...

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Using the :nth child selector in CSS3

Posted on Wed, November 28, 2012 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

There is a CSS selector called nth-child. If you put simply a number in the parentheses, it will match only that number element. For example, here is how to select only the 3rd element: The :nth-child(n) selector matches every element that is the nth child, regardless of type, of its parent.

ul li:nth-child(3

This selects the 3rd element in a list of related elements and changes its color. nth-child also accepts two keywords in the parentheses spot: even and odd. Those should be pretty obvious. "Even" selects even numbered elements, like the 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc. "Odd"...

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Quick Tip: Meter Tag In HTML5

Posted on Mon, November 12, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

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.

li><meter min=...

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Quick Tip: How to use the HTML5 Video Tag

Posted on Tue, November 06, 2012 in Web Design by Kevin Carpenter

Until now, there has not been a standard for showing a video/movie on a web page without a third-party video plugin like Flash, Silverlight or Quicktime. The control attribute on the video tag also optionally adds video controls to the player (play, pause, volume, etc).

It is a good idea to always include width and height attributes. If height and width are set, the space required for the video is reserved when the page is loaded. Without these attributes, the browser does not know the size of the video, and cannot reserve the appropriate space to it. The effect will be that the page...

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Using Multiple Backgrounds Images In CSS3

Posted on Mon, November 05, 2012 in Web Design, User Experience by Kevin Carpenter

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.

Multiple Backgrounds

We can specify multiple background images for box elements using a list on the individual background properties.

The following example has two background...

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