Category Archives: Design

Why Validation isn’t All That Important…

Jeffrey Way (editor of Net.Tuts+) has a new article on his personal blog that brings up a topic that I think deserves some attention. He writes:

I woke up this morning to a rude email from a reader today. “Jeff,” he said, “I’m sorry, but I have no desire to read your articles when your own site’s CSS doesn’t validate. This only exemplifies the fact that you don’t know the correct way to create a website.”

I’d say most websites don’t validate all the way. This site’s stylesheet, like Jeff Way’s would valiate fine if not for a couple of proprietary style rules for Mozilla and Webkit browsers used to create rounded corners. (Oh, I also have a redundant cursor:hand statement for IE browsers that don’t understand the proper way of doing things…)

It doesn’t matter that it won’t pass the validation test. Are there any major CSS mistakes that will prevent either site from rendering properly in some browser? No.

The validator isn’t some sort of magic certification that separates good code from bad code. It’s a developer tool to help you find mistakes that actually could cause a problem.

ThemeForest Adds Multi-Project Licensing

Envato’s ThemeForest marketplace has added multi-project licensing for their products. Buy a 10 Project License for just 3 x the cost of a Single Use License. A 10 project license means you can use the same file over and over – up to ten…

Group Interview of Designers on Personal Projects recently interviewed eight designers in a fantastic group interview. Chris Coyier, Collis Ta’eed, Todd Garland, Jon Phillips, Chris Spooner, Adii Pienaar, Jacob Gube, and Adelle Charles gave their answers to a series of questions, most of them about personal projects. Many designers and…

Showcase Of Well-Designed Tabbed Navigation

Smashing Magazine has done it again. Theit latest extensive design roundup is a Showcase Of Well-Designed Tabbed Navigation. When you look at tabbed navigations, you will also notice many styling trends. First, many tabs will have rounded corners on buttons. This helps to create…

Design Spotlight: Yoast

Joost De Valk recently redesigned his website, The new design is very memorable, and certainly unique.

The Design Secrets of Collis Ta’eed

Collis Ta’eed, co-founder of Envato, is one of my favorite designers. His designs have a certain quality that you don’t see just anywhere. They’re simplistic, stylish, and unique.

WooTees: Design a T-Shirt for WooThemes

WooThemes is running a contest to design a T-Shirt for them to take to the Future of Web Design 2009 conference. We’ll hopefully be taking some t-shirts to the event to giveaway and that’s where we need your help – in designing them. We…

Design Spotlight: Mactropolis

Mactropolis is a Mac community blog and forum with a nice style to it. The site was designed by Adii and company, and it was from his Twitter stream that I discovered the site a few months ago.

Twitter Background Design

Spoon Graphics has a new post on how to stand out on Twitter: Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices. With Twitter quickly becoming the hottest site to be seen on, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd. There has already been a…

Design Spotlight: LyricSift

Shifted Frequency has put out another cool little web site. This one is called LyricSift. It’s a quote engine that displays random music lyrics along with the title, album, and artist. Lyric lovers, rejoice! LyricSift is a great way to discover new music, based…