Tagged ‘Web Design’

An Interview with Matthew Kammerer of UX Booth

Since starting this blog just under two months ago, I’ve met a lot of truly interesting people in the web design niche. Still being a student myself, I particularly love finding others in my age group doing big things on the internet.

Matthew Kammerer of UX Booth is an excellent example of how age doesn’t matter when it comes to success on the web. I had an opportunity this past week to ask him some questions about his background, projects, and future plans. The results are below in Build Internet’s inaugural interview.

Changing Form Input Styles on Focus with jQuery

A lot of forms can be boring and plain, don’t let yours blend in. This tutorial will show you how to spice them up with CSS classes and default values that change according to which form item is selected. All with just a splash of jQuery.

Quick Tip – Accurate Web Colors in Photoshop

Ever built a great website mock up in Photoshop only to slice it up and discover that the all the colors are off in the saved images? Even though the hex values are the same, the appearance is totally different.

Easy now! Don’t curse out Photoshop just yet. It’s a simple problem to fix if you know the right options to change.

22 Well Done State Tourism Websites

In a continuation to Branding the United States, this article explores the state government run websites used to target tourists. While many of these tourist department sites are much more aesthetically pleasing than their .gov counterparts, not all of them make the cut. Here’s the finest of the bunch.

6 Reasons Websites Fail at Getting Their Points Across

Every website tries to communicate a different message. With some sites, it is hard to determine what exactly that message is. Here’s a list of things that detract from the individuality of a website, as well as bury or distract from the intended point.

12 Sites Great at Being Green

Green is a great color. This showcase focuses on websites that decided to go with a more natural shade of design. Take some inspiration from the shades of green used fantastically in the following twelve sites.

Many of these pages use green to illustrate a nature theme. There are also a couple of great examples like Emotions by Mike which use green simply because it works with the design. Take a look:

8 Sites with Excellent jQuery Navigation

This is a gallery of sites that use jQuery to make the navigation clean, sharp, and elegant. These sites use the framework to do more than just add gratuitous effects.

Even though I’m a huge fan of Actionscript, Flex, and Flash in general, I love when navigations can keep usability while achieving fluid animation. A couple of these are so fluid you may forget it’s not Flash.

Below the Fold: Why Scrolling Isn’t A Bad Thing

“I want a website. It will be cutting edge visually impressive. It will have a wealth of information available.  All of our brochures, a full directory of employees, and a shopping cart. I don’t want it the user to have to scroll all over the place though!”

Ever hear this from a client describing their vision? Somewhere along the line having to scroll for information started to bother people. Scrolling isn’t the make or break of a page. Use it to your advantage, and you’ll have a site that seems almost intuitive.

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