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September 29, 2008

Halloscene free desktop design

I linked to Smashing Magazine’s monthly free desktop designs before, but I’m doing it again because this month one of the entries they posted is from… me. Yippee! Scroll down more than halfway to find my “Halloscene”.

Even if you don’t want to download my desktop (and really, I’d never know), you should check it out to see the other 39 designs chosen this month from designers all over the world.

Thanks for including me, Smashing!

Filed under: Links,Visual Candy


September 23, 2008

The good news is that I’m too busy to post. The bad news is that I’m too busy to post. Here’s a quickie, and once I wrap up a couple of things I’ve been working on, I’ll hop back in the blogging saddle.

Many designers use Lorem Ipsum as dummy text in their layouts. Why?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English.

So where can you get your own Lorem Ipsum text? It’s free, easy to customize, and is much less distracting than: “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain” over and over again.

Filed under: Know How,Links

August Contest Winner!

September 4, 2008

Congratulations Sarah @5 — it’s you!  I’ll send you an email to get your address.

Thanks for all of your entries, everyone. I’m working on a September contest where everyone who enters wins. Details coming soon…

Filed under: Contests

Internet Explorer 5 and 6 on a Mac!

September 2, 2008

If you don’t know why the headline of this post necessitated an exclamation mark, it’s because Microsoft stopped making Internet Explorer for a Mac at version 5. They’re now up to version 7. Why do I care? Well, if I wasn’t a web designer, I wouldn’t. I love me some Firefox, and am completely happy using it as my everyday browser. As a web designer, though, I need to test the sites I design on a variety of platforms and with different browsers. I do have a PC running Windows, but I have Explorer 7 installed on that computer and in a move that makes web designers everywhere grind their teeth into little nubs, you can’t run multiple versions of Explorer on the same machine (well, not easily). And Explorer 6 and Explorer 7 have completely different sets of bugs and quirks.

All praise YouTube. I did a Google search for “view internet explorer 6 on a Mac” and came to this video, with links to a site that allows you to have “several versions of IE installed side by side… try that on a PC ;).”

I now officially love Mike Kronenberg. A donation is headed your way shortly.

Filed under: Know How,Links

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