Internet Explorer 8 to debut as "Standards Compliant" — Web Designers Rejoice

on Mar 4, 2008

ie8 It would appear that Microsoft had second doubts about their unwillingness to adopt Standards Compliancy in their forth-coming IE8 browser. On their IE Blog the new announcement apparently follows Microsoft’s new Interoperability Principles;

"We’ve decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can." were inclined to think otherwise and instead the reason may have just as well been due to "the widespread criticism from the design community — condemning IE 8 for not defaulting to standards mode — coupled with lawsuits from the likes of Opera and the EU, played a large part in the decision."

No matter the real reason behind the new decision to enable the Standards Compliant mode as the default option. It will mean that Web Designers can at last hope for an IE browser that renders their web sites in similar or identical fashion to Firefox, Safari and other modern browsers which have been compliant all along.

In the long run It should mean a faster development cycle and more time spent on designing sites as opposed to writing alternative stylesheets to fix bugs and quirks in IE.

Remember that the end user of a well designed and functional web-site is the one who really benefits here.

Iconize — Adding Icons to Textlinks with CSS

on Jan 27, 2008

Just stumbled on a very interesting project from PoolieStudios called Iconize (which in turn was inspired by this post from Ask the CSS Guy). The concept is simple: CSS code that would add little context sensitive icons next to your normal text links. If the link points to a PDF file, then add a little PDF icon next to it, if it’s an MP3 file, add a little sound icon, and so on.

What a great idea and a great implementation of CSS functionality that is seldom utilized. PoolieStudios are putting together a large collection of icons and are writing the CSS code to go along with them — you can grab the latest version here.

Pixelshell: #49 in “100 Best CSS Designs of 2007″

on Dec 31, 2007

We’re pleased to announce that our Pixelshell site design was voted #49 in “Top 100 CSS Designs of 2007″ by You can check out our site among the other 100 designs here. We’re honored to have been selected and look forward to bringing you more great designs in 2008. Happy New Year!

Typesetting UI Elements

on Oct 18, 2007


Alignment of text is important on things like buttons and tabs, and this is something that many times designers get wrong. For example, I’ve been browsing some blogs and found an interesting new application for the iPhone that let you calculate tips. Great idea, and the app looked pretty nice too—except for one thing…the alignment of text on the buttons. Now, I don’t know whether the designer or the actual SDK is at fault—that is really irrelevant—I’m not here to criticize the app, but to just illustrate a simple point about text alignment and how to do it right.
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No Font Smoothing = Jagged and Ugly Type

on Sep 25, 2007

This is a little rant on something I keep noticing around the place in people’s work—especially when somebody is trying to sell a pre-made website template, be it already coded and ready to go or simply a sliced Photoshop image. The fonts are all jagged due to no font smoothing applied. This results in something which isn’t very pleasing to the eye. Here’s an example of one such instance (Click to read more)

Friday Review: Coda

on Sep 20, 2007

Coda Review

For today’s Friday Review I’m going to look at a fairly new web development/design application for the Mac called Coda that is made by Panic. The main selling feature of Coda is that it integrates everything that web developers, and in particular designers, may want—all in one neat little package. This mix includes: (Click to read more)

CSS 3 - Grid Positioning is Coming!


Blog title image - CSS grids

Ever wanted to lay out content on your website in a newspaper column style using CSS but quickly discovered it was actually very difficult and required almost as much code ‘bloat’ as using tables did?

Well, I have for sure, and am very happy to read that columns and grids are getting (Click to read more)

The Changing Role of the Web Designer

on Sep 17, 2007

Coder or designer?

Not so long age, the tool of choice of the web designer would have been a visual editor like Dreamweaver. The web designer could see the design being updated live as they tweaked the structure and the formatting of the document. The process would be similar to that of desktop publishing—you place the text and graphics on the virtual canvas and change stuff around until you’re (Click to read more)

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