Archive for the 'Design' Category


February 20th, 2008

Found via Veerle:

The Melancholytron Photoshop filter. Pretty cool stuff, like a free lomo camera, all the better to melancholy up (down?) your Facebook photos.


on the menu tonight

November 7th, 2007

Excellent roundup of AJAX & Javascript navigational menus here.



October 23rd, 2007

Excellent roundup of AJAX & Javascript galleries here.


fancy menu

August 20th, 2007


I clicked on “Ride an Elephant” and nothing happened, but still, cool code — found via the link farmish


A strange and beautiful thing

August 18th, 2007


A cross between an animation and a video game. Both lovely and surreal. In other words, ideal.

stripe generator

August 4th, 2007

I’m a big fan of things that do one thing and do it well. This site generates stripes.

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August 3rd, 2007

The XRAY bookmarklet is shaping up to be (along with Firebug) one of the most useful web development tools I have. Cool stuff.



June 30th, 2007

The usability snob in me hates things like MooTools, a JavaScript class that makes the elements of your page zoom around, change color, and fade in and out. The gee-whiz-that’s-cool part of me really, really loves it. Like, check out that sliding top menu on the MooTools page — that’s slick. Not usable, but slick.

A note about downloading and using MooTools — the download page allows you to create a custom build of MooTools that contains only the classes you need to use. This is to keep everything as lightweight as possible, and it’s a totally slick implementation that makes sure if you want to use “Fx.Slide” you’ll have the requisite “Fx.Base” too. I personally found it initially confusing, though, as it’s hard to figure out what you’re going to use when you first start playing around; my advice (for what it’s worth) is if you’re just starting out, make yourself a big ol’ build that contains everything, and if you actually wind up deploying anything that uses MooTools, cut MooTools down to just what classes you wind up using and optimize the JavaScript library at that point.



June 30th, 2007

A lot of the work I’m doing at my day job these days involves creating and manipulating data coming from RSS feeds — and, in general, I’ve always been a great believer in the convenience and portability of feed-based data. That’s why I was really excited to see the SimplePie PHP class, which does an incredible job of parsing and manipulating feed data. I’ve played with other PHP classes that do this in the past, and SimplePie is by far the most elegant.


favicon generator

June 16th, 2007

There’s no good excuse not to have a favicon for your site as long as a tool this easy to use exists. Check it out.



June 16th, 2007

Awesome canvas-based Polaroid effect implemented in JavaScript. The downside: because it uses the canvas tag, it won’t show up in Internet Explorer.

I’m trying it out on this very page (for a limited time only) but not working in IE is kind of a deal-breaker. Also, the left edge of the shadow does not extend far enough to connote the border. Still, pretty cool.



April 14th, 2007

I’m always looking for new ways for mutating and molesting RSS feeds in interesting ways, and so in my travels today I discovered “FeedWordPress“, a WordPress plug-in that allows you to pull other RSS feeds into your existing WordPress installation. I imagine that using this you could make some kind of, I dunno, Super Blog or something.

As I’ve been accustomed to with all things WordPress, installation and configuration was incredibly smooth, and after a teeny bit of fiddling, it really does work as advertised.



April 14th, 2007

Creating modal interfaces on your web pages can be kind of a chore. Enter Control.Modal; it’s a nifty Javascript library that piggybacks on the top of Prototype.js and makes creating a modal window for your web page or form as easy as two or three of code. Cool stuff.



April 3rd, 2007


An incredible anti-gambling deck of cards made for a campaign in Singapore. The detail and thought are fantastic.

grids are good

March 21st, 2007

Even if you only have the most rudimentary interest in design (web or otherwise), you should read Khoi Vinh’s “Grids are Good” presentation, and especially check out the PDF. This guy’s a genius, no doubt — he breaks down his entire design process, from start to finish, and uses excellent examples throughout. Highly recommended reading.