24 12/2009 Make Your Mockup in Markup
Meagan Fisher tackles the issue of designing in the browser head on by looking at some of the practicalities of ditching Photoshop and setting your foundations markup. Sorry Photoshop, it’s not me, it’s you.
Impress your friends with your browser-based beginnings
23 12/2009 Ignorance Is Bliss
Andy Clarke shares a case study highlighting the benefits of progressively enhanced web design. Ever wondered how to convince your clients to let you use cutting edge web techniques? It may be simpler than you think.
Impress your friends with your happy clients
Jeffrey Zeldman steps back and takes a long hard look at the issue of cross-platform web font rendering quality. It can feel like Christmas morning with the array of font options available – but are we opening Pandora’s box?
Impress your friends with your well-considered caution
21 12/2009 Make Out Like a Bandit
Jina Bolton encourages us to stop and take stock and make sure that we’re getting the most out of all the work we’re putting in. Does your work make you happy, and if not, how do we change things for the better?
Impress your friends with your enjoyment of work
20 12/2009 Cleaner Code with CSS3 Selectors
Impress your friends with your lean clean markup
19 12/2009 Spruce It Up
Jonathan Snook picks up our theme of font embedding with some ideas on how to reduce font download sizes and load time to lessen the impact of the Flash Of Unstyled Text. The less flashing the better, if you ask me.
Impress your friends with your featherweight fonts
Elliot Jay Stocks thinks you should have a pet project on the go, and dammit if he’s not about to tell you why. Of course, this very site is a pet project which is explicitly just for Christmas, but we’re prepared to overlook that. As you were.
Impress your friends with your bit on the side
17 12/2009 The Web Is Your CMS
Christian Heilmann uses the Yahoo! Query Language to assert that we already have a content management system in the form of the web. YQL unifies interfaces and combines requests to make working with APIs much easier.
Impress your friends with your easy API access
16 12/2009 Designing For The Switch
Mark Boulton uncovers some ugly truths about font embedding on the web, but being the nice chap that he is, doesn’t leave without teaching us all how we can overcome them through careful typeface selection.
Impress your friends with your carefully chosen font stacks
15 12/2009 CSS Animations
Tim Van Damme continues our advanced CSS theme by introducing what can be done in Webkit browsers when things start to get animated. Get ready to put some motion in your ocean.
Impress your friends with your natty animations
14 12/2009 Going Nuts with CSS Transitions
Natalie Downe segues seamlessly onto the subject of CSS 3 transforms and transitions with some examples of how a little CSS magic and a modern browser can bring what might otherwise be a flat layout to life.
Impress your friends with your subtle transitions
13 12/2009 Rock Solid HTML Emails
David Greiner offers invaluable insight into building HTML emails. Just like HTML for the web, email requires an intimate understanding of the software used to view your work. Allow Dave to share from his wealth of experience.
Impress your friends with your inbox mastery
Impress your friends with your error-free work
11 12/2009 Incite A Riot
Jeremy Keith issues a call to arms over how passages of dialogue are marked up in HTML, and more specifically, in HTML5. Stand firm, good designers and developers of the web, and don’t let poorly worded specs lead the people astray!
Impress your friends with your semantically sound dialogue
10 12/2009 A New Year's Resolution
Mike Kus get us fired up with some ideas on how to think beyond the web when embarking on a new project. Inspiration is often hard to come by – learn how not to fall into the trap of churning out another identical web design.
Impress your friends with your inspirational design
9 12/2009 Don't Lose Your :focus
Patrick H. Lauke returns our focus to accessibility, and in particular to styling sites to be usable by visitors browsing with something other than a mouse. All this, whilst still maintaining aesthetic appeal.
Impress your friends with your razor-sharp focus
8 12/2009 The Construction of Instruction
Relly Annett-Baker turns our minds to the oft-neglected subject of website copy, and how the small things you say can have a big impact on your customers, revenues, fame, fortune and luck with the opposite sex.
Impress your friends with your dazzling microcopy
7 12/2009 Type-Inspired Interfaces
Dan Mall shows us one technique to combat blank-page syndrome by demonstrating how design inspiration can be taken from the typefaces we use. So put down your pencils, reach for your composing stick and let the type do the talking.
Impress your friends with your lettering-led labours
Impress your friends with your reusable code
5 12/2009 HTML5: Tool of Satan, or Yule of Santa?
Bruce Lawson takes us a little further down the rabbit hole of HTML5. This week we’ve seen a glimpse of some of the great stuff coming, but how much of it can we start using right away? Luckily we have Bruce on hand to explain.
Impress your friends with your production-ready HTML5
Paul Boag challenges us to think about what makes our sites successful, which has interesting implications on how resources are spent. I once asked my aunt what makes her Christmas pud successful, and when I found out I never ate there again.
Impress your friends with your successful websites
3 12/2009 Have a Field Day with HTML5 Forms
Inayaili de León introduces some of the new form field types available in HTML5, and then goes on to look at some more advanced CSS3 techniques which can be used to keep your forms looking sharp and ship shape.
Impress your friends with your fields of dreams
2 12/2009 Breaking Out The Edges of The Browser
Remy Sharp takes us by the hand and guides us through our first steps into the web applications side HTML5 with a look at web storage and offline applications. You’ll need a nice modern browser and some Kendal Mint Cake.
Impress your friends with your cunning offline endeavours
1 12/2009 Working With RGBA Colour
Drew McLellan kicks off our 2009 season with a look at some of the tools CSS3 provides for applying levels of transparency to colour values, enabling you to avoid weighing down a site design with heavy PNG images.
Impress your friends with your voguish hints and hues
About 24 ways
24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. Each day throughout December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.