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Aug 29

Open letter to Adobe

64 comments 2006 at 09.39 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Yesterday Andrei Herasimchuck of Design by Fire wrote an open letter to Adobe with regard to typography on the web. The idea was since Adobe is a license holder of several classic typefaces to motivate them to release some of these into the public domain. Andrei suggested eight to twelve core fonts. Of course this would mean that Adobe loses some revenue but I also think that it wouldn’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line.

Aug 28

Smoking in restaurants

135 comments 2006 at 05.55 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

When I was playing tour guide for some friends here in Belgium, I was really disappointed that I couldn’t tell them that Belgium has a strict smoke free policy. When reading Peter Forret’s post from today I got reminded of something that me and my friends discussed also. I wasn’t sure anymore when the law of non-smoking restaurants would be in place so that one can really enjoy a meal without being disturbed by people who don’t give a damn about you still eating.

Aug 25

The implementation of my “Approved” template in Expression Engine

14 comments 2006 at 01.20 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Time for a small Expression Engine tutorial (further referred to as EE). When I tried to add the pagination links on my Approved page I ran into trouble and my XHTML code didn’t validate. You always have to think carefully on where to put a particular closing tag or your code (and your layout) could get messed up.

Aug 22

My view on light text on dark background vs. readability

64 comments 2006 at 11.47 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Roger published an interesting discussion on “Light text on dark background vs. readability” . I think that most accessibility/usability experts have no clue how hard life of a designer really is. We constantly have to battle in our mind coming up with something creative and if not we fail in our profession and will likely not convince any clients. The thing is, where do you draw the line? It is about making the right choices and that’s what I did when I designed this site.  I know that some things fail on this site with the color analyzer but they only contain 1 or 2 lines of text tops. My main concern was the article section and I made sure these were within the recommend guidelines. Because that’s were you are likely to stay the longest.

Aug 17

Veerle now at home at pMachine Hosting

29 comments 2006 at 02.10 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Sigh! When you have a huge pile of work it is not a good time to sort out hosting trouble let me tell you. But I kinda got forced into it because the site had been down twice in such a short amount of time. There were moments that I wished that I was on the beach away from it all! After some research and the real good experiences that I already had with the folks at pMachine (now known as Ellislab) I decided to park my blog at the most logical place that I could think of pMachine hosting (now EngineHosting).

Aug 14

Creating flexible buttons using Photoshop shapes and styles

23 comments 2006 at 10.12 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Not sure about you, but when I create buttons for a web site, I always use shapes, especially if the button has rounded corners. These vector shapes have the advantage that they are easy to scale or resize. Combine them with effects and you have the most flexible button ever. Not sure what I mean? I hope I can share something useful with you here…

Aug 10

Sorry for the down-time

45 comments 2006 at 09.57 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

First of all let me apologize for the downtime earlier today. As it turns out there was some sniffer program on or watching the server to scan for passwords. Don’t ask me how it came there in the first place since I am not a technical person and I certainly didn’t put it there. It is the second time since the launch of my redesign that I had major down-time.

Aug 06

Plastic surgery on 456 Berea Street :D

36 comments 2006 at 12.49 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Oh man! Never let me design something again for somebody who’s into accessibility, those guys are a major pain in the ass… JUST KIDDING!! :o) Maybe there is a little bit of truth in the fact that it is more difficult to design something really nice and take as good as all accessibility factors into account. So it was quite a challenge because I also had restrictions in what I could change and what I could not…

Aug 04

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard interface

31 comments 2006 at 06.48 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It’s unbelievable how the rumors are flying again in the anticipation of Monday’s start of the WWDC. It’s that time again where everybody starts daydreaming about iPhones, Tablets, Home cinema appliances, some are new and most of them popup every time there is an event. I’m not focusing on making an educated guess in what’s coming hardware wise but like to think a little of possible interface changes in 10.5 Leopard. I have been wondering what direction Apple will take a few times already. I always postponed writing something about it but this post of Brent Simmons sparked my interest again.

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