Tag Archives: CSS3

Visual Sugar

Subtitle: How designers learned a favorite trick of food industry and why they should stop abusing it


Image courtesy of Attn

How do you make any design better? Just add sugar to it. Visual sugar.

What is visual sugar? Visual sugar is any visual decorative element. The most common types of visual sugar are icons, gradients, shadows, textures, motion etc.

Designers sometimes use them in a meaningless and excessive way to make their designs feel nicer. The word ‘meaningless’ is key here. There’s nothing wrong with any of these per se, it’s just that they are used to sweeten otherwise flavorless and meaningless designs.

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Don’t Fear The Internet Video Series

dfti-960Don’t Fear The Internet is a video series designed to introduce you to the basics of the internet and website programming.

Video #1 is at the bottom of the page – they are listed in order of release date rather than the order you should probably view them.

This video series was created by designer/typographer Jessica Hische and her web developer husband Russ Maschmeyer who are both well respected in their fields of expertise.

Highly recommended for quality of content and correctness of coding practices 🙂

 

Billy Blob

I’m very happy to introduce you to freelance animator and web designer Billy Blob. He’s been putting out interesting work for over 15 years and was one of my inspirations while I was at uni. HIs website is so different from all of these boring “themey” designs (like … ahem …  the one for this site). He’s an artist who adopted a digital medium, as opposed to a tech guy having a crack at being artsy.


Trapped and dying on a car windshield,
a bumblebee contemplates the meaning of his life with an optimistic butterfly.

Here’s another video that goes with it.