Posts Tagged ‘css’

Me and Mr. Z

me and my blue beanieI’ll never forget the first time I saw Jeffrey Zeldman. It was in 2002 and I was at Web Design World in Boston. I had never heard of him before, nor had I ever heard of Web Standards. The moment he started talking I could almost sense that I was about to have my paradigm shifted. It was like I was walking around behind someone who kept dropping money out of their pockets, trying to pick up all the bills and change – faster than I could keep up with. The words he spoke had that much value to me.

At that time, I was really at a crossroads in my career. I had been doing web design for more than a year, but I was doing it all wrong. I was using FrontPage to create table-based layouts, CSS was still a mystery and I knew nothing of Web Standards. I thought that Flash-based web sites were great, but had no ability or desire to learn the ActionScript to create that “wow” factor in Flash. I was seriously wondering if I should drop web design and go a different direction in my career.

At that conference, I soaked in every word and returned home with a passion and excitement about HTML, CSS and Web Standards. I was convinced that this method of building web sites was something I could not only do, but love doing.

I know Blue Beanie Day is not a tribute to Jeffrey Zeldman. Its a day to recognize the importance and impact of Web Standards on our industry. But for me personally, its a day to tip my hat beanie to Mr. Z and say “thanks”. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his influence.

20 Latest Useful CSS Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

This could come in handy. I usually hate these "top 10 lists" but I can see coming back to this.

CSS3 Buttons

Slick buttons that degrade well in non-CSS3 supporting browsers from Web Designer Wall.

CSS3 and HTML5 Checklist

Handy grid showing browser support for CSS3 and HTML5

CSS Border Radius

Nice tool for quickly generating the CSS for border-radius. Especially useful if you have a box that have different values for each corner.

CSS Border Radius

Nice tool for quickly generating the CSS for border-radius. Especially useful if you have a box that have different values for each corner.

CSS Variables with PHP

Chris Coyier explains how to use PHP to set up some CSS variables. Seems simple enough, but powerful. Wouldn't mind trying this sometime soon.

Blue Beanie Day 2009

me and my blue beanieI wouldn’t be where I am today without the Blue Beanie. Hats off to the man and book behind the ideas that helped me grow into the designer I am today.

Embrace Web Standards, my friends!

Why Stylesheet Abstraction Matters

A whole new way of thinking about stylesheets. I'm going to have to look into this some more, but it sounds pretty cool.

Why Stylesheet Abstraction Matters

A whole new way of thinking about stylesheets. I'm going to have to look into this some more, but it sounds pretty cool.