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Apr 30

Starting with CSS and bug fixing tips

46 comments 2008 at 10.18 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I receive a lot of e-mail per day and some of them are from people who want my help on CSS or if I know why certain things don’t work or show up in IE 6 or 7 etc. If I could help fix their problem? In a lot of cases I need to e-mail back that the code they’re using is full of errors and that they’re using old school techniques (tables for layout), inline styling etc. So the first tip here is, learn about Web Standards and learn about coding with CSS for layout. There are a lot of good books out there to learn this from the start. This is the basis of good web design.

Apr 22

Create a spiral ornament Symbol in Illustrator

41 comments 2008 at 08.23 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today I want to show you how you can create a spiral ornament in Illustrator and reuse this ornament throughout your artwork multiple times resized, rotated, mirrored, whatever… by turning it into a Symbol. I’ve talked about Symbols before and I showed you how to use the Symbol Sprayer Tool. This time I’ll focus a bit more on the creation of the ornament itself. Like always I’ll talk you through the entire process step by step. By explaining every little detail of each step, this tutorial should be a good exercise for the beginners among you. You’ll learn to use a lot of several tools along the way and you only use the Pen Tool a tiny little bit. Hope you enjoy and learn :)

Apr 18

Partner site Authentic Jobs launches API and Affiliate Program

0 comments 2008 at 09.39 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It’s not that easy these days to find talented people and our partner site Authentic Jobs has been helping in that area since 2005. Recently Dan Cederholm from Simplebits and Tina from Swissmiss and The Big Noob joined our little network too. All places that are visited by standards aware designers and developers and add value to the network.

Apr 15

Adobe Kuler update and color tips

20 comments 2008 at 04.04 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

One of the ways to create nice color combinations is to extract colors from a photo. It’s one of the methods I described in my article Choosing color combinations from a while ago. Adobe® added this feature in the new version of Kuler, an online Flash application from Adobe Labs®. Kuler let’s you create your own color combinations from an interactive color wheel. In this article I will share some of my experience on how I compose color themes in Kuler together with some tips on how to compose your own color combinations.

Apr 07

illustrator Pucker and Bloat Effect and more

43 comments 2008 at 11.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

There are lots of hidden secrets in Illustrator. Even I have the feeling I only use only a part of the application. That’s probably because I’m sometimes stuck in my old habit of doing things. If you’ve been working with the application since version 3 like I do, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s good to explore new and better ways. Ways to do things faster and in a more flexible way. Today I’ll show you how to use the Pucker & Bloat Effect. It’s another cool Distort & Transform Effect.

Apr 01

Belgian designers in The White Hotel

17 comments 2008 at 09.13 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The Modern Home Design category mostly features design for the house or garden but for today’s post we leave our comfort zone in search for an affordable design hotel in Belgium. London, New York and Paris already had them but since a few years Brussels now also has its own ‘White Hotel’.

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