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Mar 31

One of our latest projects just went live!

58 comments 2005 at 04.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Maybe you remember my Illustrator tutorial about freshening up bad source material that I did a while ago. It’s my pleasure to show you the final result because the website went live a few days ago. The project is for patients who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and want to find out more about the disease and its treatment.

One of our latest projects just went live!
It’s a site that contains a lot of text (in Dutch) but with the power of CSS we tried to make it as engaging as possible. A few examples of graphics that had an overhaul are found here and here. In this project we had accessibility on our mind most of the time and I think the end result isn’t that bad. There is always room for improvement but this is our best effort yet.

Mar 28

2 level horizontal navigation in CSS with images

53 comments 2005 at 11.49 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

A 2 level horizontal menu is not that difficult to create using CSS. If you keep it all text-based it should be doable once you know the basics. But how about the creation of such menu using images only for the purpose of having the extra graphical freedom?

Mar 25

Transparent desktop confab

21 comments 2005 at 04.50 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Something fun for the Easter weekend is to create the illusion of a transparent screen. And no… I did not dismantle my PowerBook screen to get this as a result. I might be a little crazy but not that crazy ;-)

Mar 24

Today we celebrate 4 years of Mac OS X

16 comments 2005 at 12.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today will go down in history as Mac OS X’s official 4th birthday. Let’s take a drive down memory lane. It was 1996 and Apple was rotten to the core. I even remember that I explored switching to Windows because of the thought that Apple really could disappear. At that time it was also clear that Copland was vapor ware and Apple was really desperate for a new operating system. Everybody thought it would be BeOS but in a surprise move the CEO at that Gill Amelio announced that Apple had bought NEXT.

Mar 22

Sleep who needs it…. part II: Power nap

18 comments 2005 at 12.50 am posted by Veerle Pieters

In my previous article about sleep we talked about the fact that there’s just too much living to be done with a direct result that we cut back on our hours of sleep. This brings us to the topic of today’s post.

Mar 18

Inside peek at Pixar!

14 comments 2005 at 11.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Ever wondered how the inside of creative power house looks like? Well here is your chance in getting a behind the scene’s tour of Pixar Animation studios. Amazing is that the creative team gets a free card into how they design their working environment. It’s pretty hard to imagine such a thing for a firm here in Belgium.

Pixar movies so far
Yes I know, the CEO is Steve Jobs, a kind of different thinker himself but still… If my memory serves me right even at Apple you have much freedom as an employee. For example it is allowed to bring your favorite pet to work. The philosophy is that a happy worker is a creative and productive one. I think there is a lot of truth in that. The guided picture tour is now open for viewing :-)

Mar 17

A CSS styled table

52 comments 2005 at 01.48 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Further to my article about the creation of a CSS calendar the thought crossed my mind to show you an example on how you can style a table using CSS. The data of tables can be boring so all the more reason that we need to attract attention to it and make it as pleasant to read as possible. Presentation and design with some basic accessibility rules in mind is the way to go.

Mar 14

Such cruelty doesn’t fit in my (ideal) society!

42 comments 2005 at 02.35 am posted by Veerle Pieters

First let me paint a picture of the thoughts that I had about Canada. I always assumed that Canada was a country that had great respect for its citizens, the environment and its animals. It is one of the countries that I’m planning on visiting in this lifetime just because of the beautiful surroundings.

Mar 10

Do you dress up your Mac or PC?

42 comments 2005 at 01.33 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Let’s explore the fun world of changing the overall appearance of your Mac or PC using ‘themes’ or skins. I always have been a sucker for good looking icons. Back in the day on Mac OS 9 you had Kaleidoscope to change the appearance of Mac. The ball park changed dramatically when Mac OS X arrived on the scene and it became clear that Kaleidoscope wasn’t going be ported to Mac OS X.

Mar 07

A CSS styled calendar

68 comments 2005 at 12.54 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Many times I’ve been asked how I created my calendar, or asked me if they could use the code etc. That’s why I thought it might be interesting to write an article on how to create such calendar.

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