From the Browser to the Page: Resources for Web Designers Dabbling in Print

by Matt Ward
on January 4, 2011

in design Resources

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I would guess that, today, more people are entering the broader world of design through web design than any other facet of the larger spectrum. In large part, this is likely due to the accessibility of the web. It’s right there in front of us, and most of us probably spend at least a few minutes (if not hours) on it every single day.

It’s also relatively easy to get started with designing for the web (which is not to say that it’s easy). I started creating my first sites with Windows Notepad and a freeware copy of Paint Shop Pro. It’s certainly not the most ideal setup, and if I was starting again, I would probably be using Gimp and some sort of freeware coding app. Regardless, web design is relatively immediate, and while there are many different areas that need to be considered, there is still the sense that we are very much in control of what we are doing.

Designing for print is a bit of a different story. First, while we can do a lot of work in Photoshop (and probably Gimp too), somehow this kind of design feels somewhat more inaccessible. That’s not to say that it’s difficult or complicated, but rather that it’s probably not something that as many people would just sit down and start doing because they’re bored and sitting at their computer one evening. Designing for print is generally much more intentional and purposeful.

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5 Reasons Why I Love (and Am Sticking With) jQuery

by Matt Ward
on December 20, 2010

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In the same way that I think that it’s safe to say that WordPress has become the defacto blogging engine on the web today (and possibly the most popular content management package, period), it seems to me that jQuery has probably also become the nearly equally dominant JavaScript framework. At the very least, it seems to be the one we’re talking about the most.

I think that there are a number of different reasons as to why this would be. Altogether, it’s just a really awesome framework that readily and easily extends what we can do with client-side coding routines. In this article, I would like to look at the five key reasons why I have personally and enthusiastically adopted jQuery.

Selectors

jQuery’s ability to use CSS-like selectors in order to target certain elements or groups of elements within a document is, hands down, my absolute favourite feature. It’s just so incredibly useful. For instance, if I wanted to use CSS to style all the list elements in a list with the id of “mylist” I could do it like this:

#mylist li{ color : blue }

But let’s say I subsequently wanted to use jQuery to change the color of all these elements to red (likely based on some condition). Well, I could use the exact same selector syntax to accomplish this:

jQuery(“#mylist li”).css(“color”,“red”);

There are a couple of things that I really love about this. First, the familiarity makes the syntax very accessible and easy to learn for people who are familiar with CSS. This was the case with me when I first came to jQuery. I was already quite proficient with creating styles and had a solid understanding of how to target elements with selectors. Ultimately, this meant that I was able to pick up on jQuery’s selector syntax almost immediately, cutting down on the overall learning curve.

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