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May 31

Every day above ground is a good one

6 comments 2004 at 10.33 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yesterday I watched the last episode of the 2nd season of Six Feet Under here in Belgium. Six Feet Under must be one of the most refreshing TV series I’ve seen in a while. My personal feeling is that season two was even better then the first one. What makes me love this show is that it is amazingly close to real life. From the intro movie you notice the originality and quality.

May 27

Starting from bad, ugly material… a challenge?

6 comments 2004 at 10.33 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago I already talked about finding inspiration. An ideal situation is when you receive shoots from a professional photographer and the product is easy to understand and to present itself. Only looking at those pictures can give you the inspiration you need to get started. But what about when you receive no material at all or only a logo or photos that you know won’t fit from the moment you laid your eyes on them. Another example that can limit your inspiration is when the company uses a difficult color pallet. I always have trouble working with colors that don’t really suit me.

May 25

Flash source files

2 comments 2004 at 08.40 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Experiment whith shapes in Flash MX It’s time to experiment a little in Flash MX. Maybe you’ve been wondering how certain things work in Flash like producing random shapes for example. Well levitated.net is a site filled with Flash source files. All a bit experimental but still a great resource in my humble opinion. I am sure some of these examples will set the wheels of creativity in motion ;-)

May 24

Memories - Part II

10 comments 2004 at 07.23 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Kenneth with his 12 inch PowerBook and me with with my 17 inchSaturday I had a meeting with Kenneth our PHP wizard. As we were discussing projects a thought that invaded my mind was the funny Apple commercial when they introduced the 17” and 12” PowerBook.  And so we decided to make this picture. I guess this says it all… except that I’m “rather” small compared to Kenneth instead of very small as in the commercial.

Kenneth told me that he would have lost his sanity if I didn’t introduce the Mac to him. It made his life so much easier, certainly Mac OS X because it’s all Unix based now. So this prooves that the programmer geeks love it too ;-)

Speaking of geeky, here is a nice tool that executes PHP while writing it. It can do much more such as trying out CSS, creating a whole website etc. It’s called HyperEdit. This brings me to the question of some friends asking me if I know of a place where you can find some old and new commercials from Apple. So here is an archive

2 of my favorites:

Another archive of Apple commercials:

Hope you like what you see ;-)

May 21

Mac nostalgia

7 comments 2004 at 05.35 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today I’m going to take you back to my first adventures on a computer, an Apple Macintosh with system 7. Back in 1992 I started my business on an Apple Quadra 700 with system 7 with 8 MB of RAM and a 140 MB hard drisk. Before this I had my very first steps in Adobe Illustrator 3 on a Macintosh IIf with system 6. That’s when I learned to create logos, illustrations and layouts on a computer. And boy did I love working on it! It made me realize where the future of graphic design was going.

May 20

Design Eye for the Usability Guy

1 comments 2004 at 03.03 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Maybe you don’t know who Jakob Nielsen is, he’s a usability expert with an ugly website called Alert Box. Some of you might have discovered this article, but for those who didn’t, I can only advice to take a look and read the story. Design and usability don’t always go hand in hand so prefectly. But now a team of web professionals has proven the oposite in a superb piece of kraftmanship on guidelines for visualizing links.

May 19

Gaps in menu list items in I.E.

13 comments 2004 at 03.16 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yesterday I was working on a horizontal navigation with vertical submenus in CSS using list items. This is normally not that difficult if you don’t have to deal with Internet Explorer. You just use the :hover pseudo class to let the submenus appear when you hover the main menu buttons. Since this is not supported by I.E. you have to find a smart way to get around this.

May 18

Clearing floats

1 comments 2004 at 02.33 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A few weeks ago I posted an article about the collapsing effect you get when a float is contained within a container box that has a visible background and how you can solve this problem. It seems that there is a smatter solution that involves no extra code in the HTML to solve this.

I’ve found an interesting article on how to clear floats without structural markup. This page explains why this effect happens and how to solve it in both the “old-fashion” way (using “clear:both” and 1 line of HTML code) or the smarter way (no HTML code needed) using the :after CSS 2 property.

May 17

It had to happen sooner or later!

7 comments 2004 at 01.54 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yesterday I got hit by comment spam for the first time since my blog started in 2003. My guess, that’s the toll to pay when a blog is growing up. Both spammers were from the US (no surprises here) and only one I could trace as a Verizon customer. I’m sure many popular blogs have been down this road before but for me this is new territory. I’ve sent an e-mail to the abuse address from Verizon and blocked both IP addresses.

May 14

CSS vs tables

3 comments 2004 at 03.32 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Andy Budd wrote a very enlightening article on his blog about CSS versus tables and why in some instances, traditional table based design can be as good, if not better than CSS and standards based design. It was one of the best articles about CSS vs tables I’ve read in a while.

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