One of my current projects is a redesign of my personal blog over at ChrisSpooner.com. The aim is to move away from the current fun and cartoony theme and give it a more sophisticated, minimal and stylish design. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to create a blog design walkthrough. This tutorial starts with the Photoshop stage of the blog design process, and shows how the design and layout are created to form an initial concept from which the fully coded blog will be based on.
Posts from July, 2010
Icons and visual clues are important additions to any web app, but they can be difficult to create yourself because of the tiny dimensions. Luckily there’s stacks of free high quality icon sets out there on the web, that have been created by talented designers. You can be sure that you’ll find almost any style of icon you need in this collection of packs.
By pulling in feed from the Yahoo API with jQuery, you can style your website according to the Weather! Find out how by following this step by step guide. We’ll start by creating four backgrounds for sun, rain, snow and cloudy, then use a clever jQuery script to pull in the forecast. To finish things off, we’ll even create a cool manual override, allowing users to switch through the various themes themselves.
jQuery makes it easy to spice up our search bars and form input fields with simple touches that really enhances the user’s experience. Let’s look at how jQuery can be used to show/hide a default value inside a field and provide visual user feedback when the field is selected.