Animated Live Search is a great tutorial written by Steve Smith, which discusses how he has built his site-search. The cool thing is that the search presents its results immediately in a handy container within the current page instead of a new page. Tasty demo included.
Design & UI
While I don’t have much time to actively participate in the Designers in House List, to which I subscribe, I enjoy reading many of the threads. One
recent thread from a while back, titled “Your favourite web design book” served as a reminder that I should update my list of Web and design-related book recommendations. It’s been quite a while. So, here is a brain dump of the tomes on my bookshelf and ones that should be. The list is by no means comprehensive – I would love to hear your recommendations!
Items without a rating indicates that I do not own the book, but believe it is worth attention due to recommendations from other Web-type folks, or that I hold the author in high respect due to their other work and contributions to our industry.
Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs – Damn, now this is cool! Just need a sheet or two of graph paper? Print it yourself instead of spending cash on a bundle of it at the office store.
Photon “is the open source iPhoto plugin that gives you the power to manage your Movable Type™, TypePad™, Blojsom and WordPress photo-blogs in the familiar surrounds of Apple iPhoto.”
Matt Brett provides a set of Illustrator and Photoshop files for those wanting to implement the The New Standard Feed Icon in use by Firefox and IE 7.
It’s easily customizable for anyone who is familiar with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. I’ve put together a little package containing 18 files. 14 PSDs in different sizes ranging from 16×16 to 128×128. They come in the default orange and grayscale for those who would prefer to customize them to match their site – as I’ve already done. There’s also 4 Illustrator files. Both colour variations which come in 2 versions of Illustrator – CS2 and 10 for those running older versions.
Mini Slide Navigation from Stephen Clark
LukeW: Blog Interface Design 2.0 – Good article, though it is yet another example of someone tacking on “2.0” when there is no reason for it. Sigh.
SitePoint Blogs – Adobe CS2 and the Case of the Disappearing Thumbnails! – I had actually noticed the lack of PSD, EPS, AI and PDF thumbnails as well, but hadn’t bothered to dig into it. Glad to see a proposed solution. Hopefully Adobe will fix this in a future release.
Kevin Davis has redesigned his site, Alazanto. I highly recommend you give it a gander when you have a chance. You will see a shining example of the beauty that can be expressed on the Web.
I recommend you use Firefox as there are some nice touches that IE doesn’t implement. But that’s not too surprising now is it?