Top 50 Blog Posts on Usability, Web Design & Development Resources & Cheat Sheets of 2008

Posted Wednesday, 11 February 2009 by Sverre Sjøthun in Design, Inspiration, Technology, Trends, Photoshop
Designing a website is so much more than just making it look pretty. The bigger the site, the more complex the task grows, and it compasses so many disciplines you'll need a team of specialists for the really big projects. Even if you're working on a small business website, there are still a number of areas to cover – here are some of the best articles from 2008 to help you on your way.

HTML & CSS

12 Principles For Keeping Your Code Clean

Our friends over at Smashing Magazine created a list with 12 solid principles for keeping your code clean: "A house is only as strong as its foundation, right? The advantages of clean, semantic HTML are many, yet so many websites suffer from poorly written markup."

HTML5 Beginner’s Guide & Cheat Sheet

HTML 5 represents the biggest leap forward in web standards in almost a decade. Unlike the specifications that came before it, HTML 5 is not merely intended to present content to a web browser. Its goal is to bring the web into maturity as a full-fledged application platform — a level playing field where video, sound, images, animations, and full interactivity with your computer are all standardized.

23 Cheat Sheets for Front-end Web Developers

Cheat sheets are helpful to have around because they allow you to quickly remember code syntax and see related concepts visually. Additionally, they’re nice decorative pieces for your office.

30 Exceptional CSS Techniques and Examples

In this article, I’ve pieced together 30 excellent CSS techniques and examples that showcases the capabilities and robustness of CSS. You’ll see a variety of techniques such as image galleries, drop shadows, scalable buttons, menus, and more - all using only CSS and HTML.

Build custom templates for your data-driven Web sites

Most developers dread dealing with HTML tables and cells to build their Web sites. For one thing, tables make it difficult to modify the site later or to change its appearance. Discover some basic techniques for writing Web sites that you can later re-skin by using templates during the site's initial creation. Also, learn why you should use data-driven techniques for your own Web sites.

Resetting Your Styles with CSS Reset

This is the first part of a series of articles that will discuss a particular CSS best practice or tip. I’ll be covering a mixture of topics that deals with CSS best practices, performance optimization, and tips and tricks to improve your workflow.

21 ways to streamline your CSS

These days, CSS development is a complex process. You may be working on sites with large CSS files, multiple developers, and long development timelines. The more complex your CSS files become, the more difficult it is to work with them. This article will present some tips and tricks for keeping your CSS files organized and easy to work with.

Are You Making These 10 CSS Mistakes?

Working with CSS can seem like a constant battle. Browsers are always changing they way they read the code, and it seems that there are lots of tiny little CSS "gotchas". While it's an incredibly powerful language, it can easily be used incorrectly, which will doom your development to a lifetime of imperfections.

Using CSS to Fix Anything: 20+ Common Bugs and Fixes

Without a doubt, a logical and structured layout is the best way to go. Not only because your layout varies between browsers, but also because CSS has a lot of ways to position eve
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Comments:

By Valerie Shipbaugh on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 7:30 PM
A great list and a resource that I can pass on. I like the top CSS galleries.
By Ali on Thursday, 12 February 2009 12:24 PM
oops , a huge list, will definitely require 1 full day to give a glance. thanks for list .
WOW!!
By DanMan on Thursday, 12 February 2009 1:47 PM
Some real nuggets of gold in that list - thanks a LOT!
Great!
By grazia on Sunday, 15 February 2009 7:04 PM
That is a list!
Great resource for my husband website http://networkeritalia.com/
He really thanks you.
Great Stuff
By Sam on Sunday, 22 February 2009 4:22 PM
Great article and very usefull tips!! Thanks so much. Hope it will continue.

you can get interesting post about web usability and technology on my Web Usability Blog.
Web Design & Development Resources
By Anisha on Tuesday, 3 March 2009 12:51 PM
I am a computer engineer, hardware is my thing, i've recently relocated to a developing country and quickly realised that i'll make more money developing web sites for companies and individuals, is it something i can learn by myself using books and resources on the internet or do i need to go back to school. I want to be very good at it and give my customers the best services they can get even if they hired an experienced web developer
By ssjothun on Thursday, 5 March 2009 3:40 PM
Anisha - I'm the internet marketing director here at Crestock, and it was pure coincidence that I started doing what I'm doing to be honest. I did take a 6 moth evening course in ecommerce many years ago, but that's as much education I have on the topic: I've basically learned everything I know by reading blogs and websites.

Yes, it takes some serious effort and discipline, but to me, I have the greatest job in the whole world, and has definitely been worth it.

You can read more about how it all began right here http://www.crestock.com/blog/interviews/meeting-the-staff-sverre-139.aspx
Great web design resources
By wakensys web design chicago on Monday, 23 March 2009 3:16 AM
Really great stuff thanx for sharing...

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