Rantings, Links, & Musings

January 23

posted by Jake

LG .htaccess Generator

Here is a nice ExpressionEngine extension from Leevi Graham that I recently started using. It generated your .htaccess file automatically and updates it every time you create or modify a template group.

January 23

posted by Jake

Inconspicuous Vertical Metrics

I love typography keeps teaching me new things. If you have even the slightest fascination with fonts, you owe it to yourself to give this a quick read.

January 23

posted by Jake

Automatically Rebuilding an EE Sandbox

Reading this reminded me of Lodewijk Schutte’s script on how to clean up your clean installation. I think I need to dig into my default ExpressionEngine setting and develop a script to make it do what I want. A lot of time is spent installing ExpressionEngine and getting it where I want it for every project. This would save several hours of work every month.

January 23

posted by Jake

Time to Stop Showing Clients Static Design Visuals

I couldn’t agree more.

January 23

posted by Jake

A Beautiful UI Is Not Always the Best UI

A good UI should fade away, putting content in the front seat — it should be transparent. Sometimes there can be too much ‘UI’ — controls and buttons that are too strong and distracting win over content in their battle for attention.

January 23

posted by Jake

Making Modular Layout Systems

For all of the advantages the web has with distribution of content, I’ve always lamented the handiness of the WYSIWYG design tools from the print publishing world. When I set out to redesign my personal website, I wanted to have some of the same abilities that those tools have, laying out pages how I saw fit, and that meant a flexible system for dealing with imagery.

I read this in December and am reading it again today. I’m not sure why I never linked to this before. For more on this topic, see Designing for Content by Garrett Dimon.

January 23

posted by Jake

Design Cop-Outs

I missed this series on design cop-outs from User Interface Engineering. Read why site maps and breadcrumbs (and more on breadcrumbs) are ways around creative user interface design.

(via Doug Bowman)

January 23

posted by Jake

12 Standard Screen Patterns

With more companies turning to RIA frameworks for enterprise software development, these screen patterns are indispensable for product managers, UX designers, information architects, interaction designers and developers. The patterns rely heavily upon desktop design principles, subtly blended with many of the better RIA components and principles. I’ve included 100 examples to illustrate these patterns, pulled from desktop, Flex/AIR, Ajax, Laszlo, and Silverlight applications.

(via swissmiss)

January 23

posted by Jake

AJAX APIs Playground

Google released a great site to play around with a ton of their APIs. Very, very nice.

January 23

posted by Jake

Rex the Dog


Bubblicious from Rex The Dog on Vimeo.

Awesome.

(via CommonCraft)