Web Design Weekly #23


.Net Awards

.net Awards 2011: the winners!

The winners of the .net awards 2011 have been announced and handed over during a special rock-themed ceremony in London last week. The guys at Net Magazine reveal the results to the world!

Move The Web Forward

Move the Web Forward

Whether you’re a talented web developer, web-slinging since the days of tables and font tags, or you’re a hobbyist hacker, there are a number ways for you to give back. Also a good article about the site on – Smashing Magazine. (movethewebforward.com)

24 Ways – The advent calendar for web geeks (24ways.org)

WordPress 3.3 Release Candidate 1 (wordpress.org)

CSS Regions Module Level 3 (w3.org)

INSANE Photoshop skills! (vimeo.com)


Die A Designer: 10 Steps To A Long Career

Designers need to be planning for career longevity, says Christopher Cashdollar, creative director for Happy Cog. His 10 tips will get you thinking beyond the pixel and on a path towards long-term professional relevance. (netmagazine.com)

How WordPress Took The CMS Crown

According to W3Techs, almost 55% of the 1 million most visited websites that are run on a content management system (CMS) are run on WordPress. WordPress is a darn fine CMS and is stable and easy to use, but so are Joomla and Drupal. So, why does WordPress have the lion’s share of the top 1 million websites? (smashingmagazine.com)

Web Components Explained

The component model for the Web (aka Web Components) consists of four pieces designed to be used together to let web application authors define widgets with a level of visual richness not possible with CSS alone, and ease of composition and reuse not possible with script libraries today. (dvcs.w3.org)

GitHub Pages Workflow (oli.jp)

WordPress Plugin duplicates may cause rejection, devs should collaborate (wpcandy.com)

Is Bootstrap a complement or an alternative to HTML5 Boilerplate (quora.com)

Seven Mistakes That Make Websites Slow (sitepoint.com)

The Next Stage in the Google Redesign (googleblog.blogspot.com)

Backing up Your Website: Good Guide (tutsplus.com)

What’s the Maximum Z-Index? (softwareas.com)

The Script Tag (css-tricks.com)

Tools / Resources

Stitches – An HTML5 sprite generator

Drag and drop image files, click “Generate” to create a sprite and stylesheet. TOO EASY!! This demo uses a couple of HTML5 APIs, and it is only currently compatible with the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox. (draeton.github.com)

Fico – A font with icons (fico.lensco.be)

CodeMirror – In-browser code editing made bearable (codemirror.net)

High Quality Stamp & Post Mark Photoshop Brushes (spoongraphics.co.uk)

Support Web Standards (supportwebstandards.com)

Browser CSS/JS loading capabilities (dl.dropbox.com)

Favbulous – 400+ high quality PSD files (favbulous.com)

Getting Started with Sass (alistapart.com)


HTML5 Boilerplate SHOWCASE

A showcase of sites built on the HTML5 Boilerplate, brought to you by Mattias Hagberg. (html5boilerplate.tumblr.com)

A walkthrough of Google Maps (maps.google.com)

60+ new WordPress themes (webdesignerdepot.com)

Landing Pad – A showcase of beautiful iPad app designs (landingpad.org)

Little Printer (bergcloud.com)

Last But Not Least…

CSS3 Experiment: Windows7 Start Menus