I wouldn't think it would be too hard to move from a career in Technical Writing (11 years) to a career as an Information Architect, but in order to do this, I think I gotta get back to school. What classes should I start with? Is it unreasonable to start applying for junior-level positions right now? [more inside]
What are some really well-designed, cool-looking blogs? [more inside]
Where can a current IT student find more info about going into the Graphic Design field? Does anyone have suggestions for a good Graphic Design college or program, preferably in North Carolina? [more inside]
I'm going to be teaching a 5 week (30 contact hours) of intro web design as part of a larger digital art class. I'm planning to use text based as opposed to wyswyg tools (no dreamweaver). I'm trying to decide on what software to use. It's an OSX lab. [more inside]
We use an internal survey tool which automatically generates and collates web-based surveys. It wasn't written by me. I'm having a problem with one particular page; have a look at the following: [more inside]
What are some sites with nav bars that you like? I need some inspiration.
I'm a graphic designer for a non-profit who has been drafted into something of a web role. I'm comfortable with design, HTML, and CSS, but feel rather ill at ease with larger 'back-end' technologies. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions for what technology I should learn, and the best book (or other method) by which I could do so. [more inside]
Posting this for a friend whose MeFi account is not active yet. I have a UI issue I'm trying to solve. How to create a casual but efficient interface to a series of audio and video clips of an author, talking about themselves and their book. It's a "conversation with the author" feature for a book site, and I'd like to avoid making the feature just look like a "clip browser". It should have a conversational feel to it. [more inside]
webdesignFilter: Help! I need recommendations for a web company to design and build a retail website with e-commerce and content management. Bonus points for an NYC-based company. Even more bonus points for something somewhat affordable.
What are your recommended reads (print, webpage, etc) for blog design/usability information? What makes or breaks a blog? Bonus: Examples of what to do and what not to do. [more inside]
Help me to start making web pages. (I've done the search but my results, lately, are just silly.) [more inside]
I have created several website design templates. Does anyone know of a place on the web where I can post them and sell them? I know the obvious would be to build my own website and sell them - but I only have 5 - not quite enough to justify setting up a whole site.
CSSFilter: Has anyone cracked the nut of getting a multiple column layout with each column having rounded corners and all columns extending to the same height and at least one of the columns has a variable width/height? [more inside]
In PHP, is there a way for a page to determine where it is in a site's directory structure? I'm new to PHP, and I want to create an include that will contain my global navigation. The problem I'm having is that I can't figure out how to do that with relative URLs since the include could be written to a page in any of several directory levels. I'm sure this is a solved problem, there's probably even a built in function, but danged if I can find it. So 1, How do I have PHP build my relative URLs based on where they come up in a site's directory path? And 2, where do I go in the future to find this kind of stuff out for myself?
Should navigation (and sub-navigation) on web sites be alphabetized or structured in order of importance? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out how to do some vertical centering in two different scenarios. I'm looking for CSS solutions, but plain HTML fixes are welcomed as well -- for either/or. [more inside]
Why is it so bad to use tables for web layout? [more inside]
I run a website for my school's robotics team. It is hosted on my server at home on a Verizon FiOS connection, which while being incredibly fast, blocks incoming port 80 requests. As a result, I use the ZoneEdit feature that allows me to nest the page in a frame. The issue is linking to external sites results in those sites loading in said frame. Is there an elegant solution to this problem? I'd rather not have links open new windows...
I'm a web designer for a small company which no longer suits me. What I'd really like to do is work for the local alternative weekly (think: The Stranger / Creative Loafing), help bring their currently suffering website into the 21st century, and most importantly, convince the CEO that there is money to be made by transitioning from ink to web, thus securing me a webmaster position. What are some revenue models I can use to convince him to go forward with a redesign? [more inside]
Why does Safari reload images each time it goes to a page? Shouldn't they be in the cache somewhere? [more inside]
I know I've seen it here before, but searching has been fruitless. A slick little program that will take a full-length screenshot of your website, or any URI. [more inside]
Who in the world can help me manage/fix/customize my Movable Type website? I am completely clueless, too busy to learn the damn program myself, willing to pay someone likeminded to help me, chomping at the bit to really get my blog off the ground. [more inside]
Form re-submission woes! How can I catch page refreshes and prevent form values from being re-submitted? [more inside]
Site design: what are, in your opinion, the best-designed ecommerce sites out there? Either from a graphic design or a usability viewpoint.
Dreamweaver (MX) extensions. Does anybody use these? Which ones can't you live without? [more inside]
CSS question: I'm responsible for adding a university-wide banner to an existing organization website. It involves merging the banner and its style sheet with an existing site - which has its own, very different style sheet. [more inside]
Can someone properly explain to me the CSS Box Model (Hack)? Example inside. [more inside]
Thanks to your answers to this question, I'm going to spend the next month redeveloping our website. But now I'm faced with choosing the right tools for the job. [more inside]
What are some good intermediate to advanced CSS resources in dead-tree form? [more inside]
For my father's 60th birthday, my sister and I are building him a customized browser default page. The design wrapper will feature goofy pics of my sister and me, and the meat of the page will be a blog we're setting up. But on the sidebars, we'd also like to integrate other features like: links to his favorite sites, calendar listings he can sync with his Palm, a Flickr feed, RSS news headlines and so forth. Any ideas on what else would make this a useful page for a middle-aged geek, and maybe some tips on integration? [more inside]
I designed a website a while back, and I'm now trying to make it compliant. You can see it here. Do any CSS gurus have menu solutions? [more inside]
I need a good, cheap (free) ASP shopping cart application for Windows 2003 / IIS for a client website. Normally, I would use osCommerce, but for some reason they want everything ASP, etc. Any suggestions? Your help is fantastically appreciated. [more inside]
How do people make websites do this fancy trick? The site sells something downloadable. You pay, then you get an automated email containing a link to download the same item or items you bought.
I've read all of the posts concerning selection and implementation of content management systems here on Ask Me, and found them quite helpful. Now I have a few clarifying questions. First, a little background... [more inside]
I've been asked to build a web site for a company that is offering online courses--the kind where you sign up and there is a series of steps one has to complete, not the kind where it's just an archive of study material. People pay, register, complete weekly assignments, etc. I'm looking for a) good examples of sites that do this; b) good examples of sites that market this (ie, not as concerned about the "assignments/courses" aspects as the "why you should study with us" and "look how we offer this stuff up" aspects); c) feedback from anyone who has taken such a course and has opinions on what worked/didn't work well regarding it. Thanks!
I offered to help a professional photographer friend make his web site, but I don't normally do it like THIS: He is a Photoshop wizard and has created how he wants his pages to look using that. He gave me a CD full of pages as TIFs. Is there a quick/easy way to make sites from TIFs using ImageReady or Fireworks? Pointers, links, tutorials, ect. GREATLY appreciated. (I realize that this does not result in the optimal site, but the guy wants it to look like he wants it to look). [more inside]
I really like squidfingers' background patterns. Anyone know of other sites offering graphics with a similar aesthetic, or that are also awesome?
I'm having a really hard time getting a site to display correctly cross-platform and cross-browser. What are the best sites for specific advice about such problems? And are there any places that specialize in troubleshooting CSS? [more inside]
What is your favorite method for showing and hiding a DIV layer? [more inside]
Looks like I have to learn Flash. Suggestions for programs, learning materials, etc. Any "war stories"?
Why do car companies and luxury hotels have a vernacular of aggressively bad web design? [more inside]
In Fireworks it's a one-click process to export an image slice individually (ie. right-click and select "export selected slice"). Is is possible to do the same thing quickly using Adobe ImageReady? [more inside]
Many sites that utilize user-initiated pop-up windows for photos or other content have a little link on the pop-up window that says "close this window." Why is this? Can't people just click the big "X" on their browser window to close it? Everyone knows how to close a browser window, right?
i've got to learn php for my work. can anyone recommend a good, not too expensive or obscure, book i can order to help me make a start? I'm in Belgium and there's only one bookshop that sells english language books so I can't go and browse to see what I would like.
I need a free, easy-to-install program to analyze server logs. [more inside]
I'm in the market for some web design. In the short term, I need a good freelance person who's hip to XHTML, CSS, usability, etc, not a flash or photoshop-doc-cut-up-with-fireworks person. I'm having a hard time finding people like this via craigslist, monster, friends, etc. Is there a secret website where all the submitters to CSS Zen Garden go to look for freelance gigs? If you are an awesome designer, how would you be most likely to hear about my job? [more inside]
I have a need for porn. I've been tasked with doing an 'adult' site and while I have no ethical problem with it, I've never done one before and am having a hard time finding inspiration. [more inside]
Within a Dreamweaver MX template I built, I want to insert a line of code which looks like this: [!-- InstanceParam name="pagename" type="text" value="index" --], only when I go under Modify > Template properties, the words are greyed out. Anyone know why? Is there another shortcut I can use to insert that line? [more inside]