Easily Find Font Information For Any Web Site

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 1 Comment

Ever go to a site and really like the font but too lazy or not sure how to see what font they are using? Perhaps you are a developer and need to know the exact font size, color, and font family your developer is using so you can make sure everything is pixel perfect. Both of these tasks become quick and painless with the “WhatTheFont!” Chrome extension. After you have installed it – you will then see a little “f?” icon at the top of your browser. By clicking on this icon – you are then able to click anywhere… Read More »

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When Designing – Use Real Content

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 0 Comments

There are many lessons to learn out there as a designer, and please let this be at the top of your list: when designing something – whether it be a business card, a brochure, or a web site – use real content. Lately – when doing any design work for a client – we always make sure they provide us with actual content so they can see their content in a working design. Often clients will see another site they like – want you to use similar ideas – but in actuality – their content is completely different or would… Read More »

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Jappler Recommends: jQuery TOOLS

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 0 Comments

About a year or so back Demitrious shot me over a link to something he thought looked pretty slick: jQuery TOOLS. I took a quick look but never did anything else with it because I had my old standbys in place for most of what jQuery TOOLS offered (overlays, tabs, tooltips, etc). What does jQuery TOOLS offer? Tabs Tooltips Overlays Expose Scrollable Flashembed Last week I decided to finally step out of using what I normally used (Thickbox for overlays) and try something from jQuery TOOLS. One look at their demo and I was completely sold. The overlays were slick,… Read More »

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 4 Comments

As you might have noticed – I took a week off from blogging in order to focus on something else – cleaning up Jappler.com. Over the past few months I have learned so much more about WordPress, web site optimization, and what I really used this web site for – so I decided I needed to take some time to redo this site. From a design perspective, I decided to darken the colors quite a bit in order to remove some of the drabness of the old design. I also added a background pattern to give some depth, and also… Read More »

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RoundCube Webmail Update

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 0 Comments

I have been using Squirrelmail since the late 1990s and while it works and is dependable – the interface is still stuck in the 1990s. A year or so ago I looked at another webmail project: RoundCube Webmail but it was quire ready for primetime. The developers just released a new version which looks promising. If you are in need of a webmail solution – give it a shot.

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Sliding Doors + Sons of Suckerfish = Jappler Menus!

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 28 Comments

There have been two great menu and navigation techniques I have used over the last few years: Sliding Doors of CSS Sons of Suckerfish (for drop down menus) I have used both of these techniques on several web sites, but crazily not together…until a week ago when a client decided they wanted to move away from their antiquated menus that relied on hundreds of lines of javascript, HTML tables, and over 40 image files (for seven tabs). This technique works in IE 6, IE 7, Firefox, and Safari. After I had put the code into place I thought it might… Read More »

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Adobe Web UI

Posted by: Jennifer Zelazny | 2 Comments

I have not spent a lot of time on the Adobe web site since the Adobe/Macromedia meld. I have to say – after just spending 10 minutes on the Adobe web site (buying Photoshop CS3), I am very disappointed with their layout and their implementation of the layout. There were numerous spots where the menus did not load for several seconds (longer than other web sites), text was cut off, and during page load – elements were just really ugly. Yes – this happens sometimes, but I expected a lot more from Adobe. On top of this, the font looks… Read More »

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