links for 2008-12-04

  • If you've ever worked on a web app, you've invariable gotten to the point where a client asks for something that doesn't sound difficult, yet, because of the market share of certain browsers (despite their near total lack of technical fitness), the feature that the client is asking for is difficult.

    You may explain the situation, and the client may respond logically and remove the request, respond logically and insist that you move forward despite the time sink, or they might plainly give you the look of "This guy is feeding me designer bull-<expletive/>."

    A prominent web developer recently experimented with making life easier on this front, and he noted some limitations. I thought his approach was novel – if you can't beat 'em, join 'em – and I got curious about what more experimenting might yield.

    Criticism welcome. I don't claim to be a Javascript guru, and I'm surprised this works as well as it does!

  • A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web aims to teach you techniques for designing your website using the principles of graphic design. Featuring five sections, each covering a core aspect of graphic design: Getting Started, Research, Typography, Colour, and Layout. Learn solid graphic design theory that you can simply apply to your designs, making the difference from a good design to a great one.
  • In the world of web design, a good tutorial can literally be a godsend. But it’s often hard to find a suitable tut, and sometimes it seems like we’re just stuck reading the same stuff over and over again.

    When it comes to advanced design, finding the right stuff can be even harder. Advanced effects require a much more in-depth tutorial, and often writers aren’t willing to go into the detail needed.

    To help the situation, we’ve tracked down some of the best articles written by the web’s top designers. Here are 25 tutorials for advanced web designers:

  • Tired of those same old fonts and looking for some new custom and cool fonts? Then you have come to the right place! We have put together a great collection of cool fonts from freelance designers and typographers who were kind enough to take the time to create these fonts. Be sure to check the usage rights of these fonts before you start throwing them in your projects. If you have created any cool fonts yourself, be sure to lets us know about your font in the comments below. Enjoy the cool fonts!
  • YouTube is offering musicians around the globe the opportunity to join a symphony orchestra via video through the world's first collaborative online orchestra. This is a chance to perform alongside world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, learn from composer Tan Dun and many members of the London Symphony Orchestra, and consult with pianist Lang Lang. All video entries will be combined into the first-ever collaborative virtual performance, and people around the world will select their favorites to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall in April 2009.

    If you're interested in auditioning, or would like more information about this program, head over to the YouTube Symphony Orchestra channel and the YouTube Blog.

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