Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

Talking Layout with JG

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The good sir over at jakeguidry.com has enlisted Sad Bird Design to rebrand his blog site.

We have agreed on the following:
1. Simple, and boy do we mean it!
2. Typography rules over design elements
3. No background
4. One main color – Black, and shades of black
5. No header, forget everything you know about headers
6. Italic Serif post headings are bold and beautiful

So what have I come up with for him?

jgblog

Times Bold Italic for headings. Verdana for post meta data.
Well, that’s the hope. Say, that was easy in Illustrator. Time to get this converted to CSS.

Site is down for reconstruction as the Sad Bird gets to work. Stay tuned…

- Randy

Validating HTML + URL Indexing

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Busy Wednesday. Looks like it’s going to be a day of error checking and troubleshooting.

First bit of business – www.dowshlawncare.com has been up and running since this past Sunday, but for some reason is not being indexed by Google. Submitted the URL to Google’s search engine. If you ever have trouble indexing a site, add it here. I’ll wait a week and see what happens.

Fingers crossed that Google comes through with a win.

Up next – validating the HTML and CSS. I recommend this check for errors an any site you’re designing. In a matter of minutes I went from 22 errors down to 6. So dowshlawncare’s site is that much more validated. Performing an HTML check can improve the quality of a website, as well as making sure your site will work in the future.

The rest of the day I’ll be checking other client’s sites for erros as well. Fun day.

- Randy

IE Developer Toolbar

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

IEdevtoolbar

I’m still forced to deal with Internet Explorer issues. So I decided to add the IE Developer Toolbar. It’s very similar to Firefox’s developer add on, Firebug, but with less features. By the way, if you don’t have Firebug, and you’re a web designer/developer, get it now! I can edit CSS and HTML and see the changes right away. If I make a mistake, no big deal, just hit refresh.

Finally I can edit CSS in IE on the fly without having to use Dreamweaver on the PC. I hear IE 8 has this extension built in. Maybe I’ll see about that, maybe not. Not sure I care that much.

Take a look at these current browser statistics. Looks like Firefox is finally leading in usage. Until IE’s usage drops to a total of 10%, I’m going to troubleshoot for it. I have to, no doubt about it.

- Randy