I have to say that I am a huge advocate for web standards. It seems that lately the more we push for some sort of standardization the more someone is pushing back. Molly Holzschlag said it best: “we wouldn’t need a web standards movement if there were standards!”
In Molly’s article at A List Apart she really provokes deep thought on the current state of the web and what could be done to help save it. The web should belong to all of us, not a select few companies. It should be accessible to all, without restrictions.
This is why we as a community need to mobilize. We need to band together and contribute to the groups that are in place, to help further the evolution of the web.
Take some time to read through Molly’s article. It’s really an eye-opener.
Link: Web Standards 2008: Three Circles of Hell
Any web developers that have been keeping up with the news lately should know all about the Target lawsuit. Basically it is a class action lawsuit against Target that has to do with their website not being accessible to people with disabilities. In order to combat situations like this developers really need to start keeping accessiblity issues in mind when building websites.
A good starting place would be a recent post at Digital Web Magazine. They have layed out a lot of great information to help developers understand disabilities when designing a website.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to make your websites accessible to as many people as possible, including people with disabilities.
Go ahead and read through this article. It will be worth your time.
Link: Understanding Disabilities when Designing a Website
Here at Face Designs we love free stuff, so when I came across this post on BittBox I has ecstatic.
What a great idea. A font built by a community, offered for free to the community. You almost have to wonder why this hasn’t been done before.
I know that I can’t wait to see how this font turns out. I may even have to jump in and design a letter.
Take a second to check this font out and check back often as it will be updated pretty regularly.
Conglomerfont: Community Font
Link: Conglomerfont: A Community-Created Free Font Project
SEO is a hot topic on the web lately. You are sure to find tips and tricks all over the web to help boost your search engine rankings. Unfortunately, not all tips can be considered good. In fact, some can get you banned from search engines like Google or Yahoo!. These techniques are called “Black Hat.”
Using the more semantic approach known as “White Hat,” you can achieve higher search engine rankings without the worry of being banned or providing your visitors with false information.
One such approach is called Link Building. Link Building is acquiring inbound links from other, possibly higher ranked, websites. Stylizedweb.com has a great article on how to build inbound links in a free and easy way.
Link Building SEO Trick
Link: Link Building SEO Trick
The folks over at Speckyboy.com have compiled a list of some beautiful fonts that could be used for anything. Take some time and check it out. You gotta love free!
Link: 15 Amazingly Free Magazine and Headline Fonts
Here is a neat little trick from CSS-Tricks.com. It involves editing Firefox’s view-source.css file to create a more visually appealing view of the source file.
Firefox's view-source.css file
Link: Messing With Firefox’s View Source CSS File
Here are some great Japanese set of icons from Knowtebook drawn in a 128px x 128px format. Enjoy!
Link: 35 Free Beautiful Japan Theme Icons
Google Chrome is a decent browser with lots of speed and some great features. It has been out for about a week now and it really is time that we harness all the power that the browser has.
The folks over at Lifehacker.com have put together the Power User’s Guide to Google Chrome. It is packed full of useful features like:
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Tweaking Your Options
If you use Google Chrome on a daily basis or just want to learn more about it, take some time to check out this article.
Link: The Power User’s Guide to Google Chrome
If you are anything like me, you love free stuff. So when I came across BrushKing I got that warm and fuzzy feeling in my stomach. 2500+ photoshop brushes organized into 140+ packs. How great is that?
So next time you need a brush for some design work your doing. Check out BrushKing, I’m sure you will find what your looking for and then some.
BrushKing - 2500+ Free Bushes
Link: Download 2500+ Photoshop Brushes
I came across this post on Sixrevisions.com yesterday. I must say, I love these cheat sheets. I use them all the time. Especially the Photoshop ones. They are always handy for learning new keyboard shortcuts to help improve your workflow. In the end, isn’t that what its all about?
So go over to Sixrevisions.com and download these cheat sheets. Trust me, they will help you out. Even if you are a seasoned designer.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Link: Useful Cheat Sheets for Web Design