links for 2009-09-14

  • Icons are images specifically designed to deliver a message and good Icons are simply awesome to for that purpose. For that reason Icons can be really handsome when you’re designing a web site or a blog and can kick start or support the creative process. There are thousands of free Icons available which is very good but it can be hard to find the Icon Sets suitable for use in web design. This article gives you one of the largest compilations of Free Icon Resources and Icon Sets aimed for use in web design. Please let me know if any Resources or Icon packs that should have been included are missing. Always make sure you read the license before using any Icons as this may change rapidly.
  • Every designer has their own way of formatting and organizing style sheets. Let's take a look at a few different methods. Technically, there is no correct solution. But, depending on the project at hand, you may decide to choose one method over another.

    A Single Stylesheet For Everything

    Loading in a single style sheet is a great way to keep your styles separate from the rest of your markup. This is how I used to organize things. Including a "global.css" file is easy, and simple. No matter what, you know where your styles are. Linking to them is easy enough with a single link tag in the head of the document.

  • If you've ever created a complicated Web site with a lot of specialized styles to determine the look and design of your site, you will find that your stylesheet will become complex and unwieldy very quickly. But if you organize your CSS file you can create a document that makes sense and is even easy to maintain and update even years later.
    Order Your CSS Sensibly

    The first thing you should remember is that the first letter in CSS stands for "Cascading". This means that the styles that are applied to a document are applied in a cascade – something like a waterfall. As the browser reads through the document, the last properties that are defined are the ones that take precedence (with some exceptions). That means that you should order your CSS document to take advantage of that cascade. Put the most general properties first, and your most specific properties last.

  • Working with CSS on my own site’s redesign, freelance work, and my job made me start thinking about the best way to standardize and organize the way I write my CSS. So, I proposed the question to my 9rules friends to collect the best tips from the best designers.

    1) This tip is perhaps the most useful because it can apply to both formats of CSS organization that I will describe later. I first saw this on Mike Rundle’s latest redesign of 9rules where he indents descendant and related rules.

  • Intuit will acquire the free online personal finance service Mint, we’ve confirmed from a source close to the deal, for around $170 million. The deal should be announced in the next few days.

    This is a terrific exit for Mint, which first launched two years ago at TechCrunch50. Mint took the top prize at that event and has been growing fast ever since. Their last round of financing valued the company at $140 million.

    In all, Mint has raised $32 million over three venture rounds.

    Earlier this year Mint and Intuit had a humorous clash over Mint advertising claims of gaining 3,000 new users a day and jumping from 600,000 to 850,000 users in a matter of months. Intuit sent a letter to Mint demanding an explanation for this apparently inconceivable feat, which we obtained and printed here.

    We have just one question for founder and CEO Aaron Patzer, though. Can we please have our $50,000 grand prize back? It seems like you don’t really need it any more. 🙂

  • Facebook is one of those Web phenomena that impress everyone with numbers. To cite some: about 250 million users are on Facebook, and together they spend more than 5 billion minutes on Facebook… every day. These numbers suggest that we should start thinking about how to use Facebook for blogging or vice versa.

    We did some research to find out how the integration of Facebook with WordPress and vice versa works, or — in other words — how you can present your WordPress blog on Facebook or use the functionality of Facebook on your WordPress-powered blog. Both of these can be achieved with a set of WordPress plug-ins, a couple of which we’ll present here in detail.

  • 2009-09-13.mp3 – A short jam from last night…just some looping/layering and much learned 🙂
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