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The Way Cool Web Design Blog is a collection of articles on web design, search engine optimization, html/css, content management, etc. The goal is to provide information on all aspects of web design and development, and contains geeky help, tips, tricks, techniques and humour from our vast experience of creating web sites and advertising for Mom and Pop next door up to AOL, Verizon, and other household names.

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  • March 9, 2009

    css Zen Garden - Pseudo Sahara

    Way back in the day, @2002, like many web monkeys I was salivating over css Zen Garden and the possibilities of CSS. It opened something in my brain. Although the visions of loveliness I had back then haven't quite come to fruition, it definitely changed my path from simple design and table-based HTML layout to a focus on tableless CSS-based designs.

  • March 9, 2009

    Drupal Accessibility, Usability

    I had a quick conversation with Duane Degler from Design for Context at DrupalConDC 2009 this past week. It gave me a great idea to try out a usability feature in my next implementation of the Drupal Content Management System, which is to use CSS to make some of the action functions appear as buttons. Links connote taking a user some place, buttons connote action.

  • March 7, 2009

    The Squiggly, Wavy, Curvy Vector Line

    There have been only two or three occasions in my career when I've needed to create a curvy vector line for a design in Photoshop. Each time it took me much longer than I anticipated. I'm not sure why, but what seemed like obvious approaches before always turned out to simply not work as hour upon hour went by. Finally, an answer...

  • November 1, 2004

    Background Image Resize

    Someone asked the other day if anyone knew how to make a resizable background image. Another person, far more knowledgeable than myself (which could be about anyone at this point), replied the topic has been brought up before and no one found a solution. That often makes me want to give it a shot myself because I am a glutton for failure.

  • October 1, 2004

    The CSS Sticky Footer

    I see this request floating around a lot — the sticky footer. “How can I make a footer stick to the bottom of the screen and always remain on screen?”

  • September 1, 2004

    Vector & Raster Are Not A Type Of Dinosaur

    I still run into lots of folks who don’t really understand graphic image formats and image resolution. It can make a big difference in how images appear in their final form. It sure was confusing for me when I was starting out. Here’s the lowdown.

  • September 1, 2004

    Hacking The Night Away

    Someone pointed out that Way Cool Web Design likes drawing attention to the fact that that they can and do code for the lumbering MacIE5.2.3, yet last month's Web Techniques column didn’t discuss anything about the Mac. Can you guess where this month’s column is going?

  • August 1, 2004

    Designing Web Sites for Monitor Resolution

    If you’ve been ignoring the effect monitor resolution has on your Web site designs then it is time for you to pay attention.

  • August 1, 2004

    Cross-Browser Coding? The Hack With That!

    I feel your cross-browser coding pain. CSS hacks can be frustrating to learn. The promise however, is great: one set of pages, maybe one style sheet per theme if you’re lucky. That’s the name of the game. Learn a few hacks and never look back.

John is a great web designer and developer and a pleasure to work with. I wish I had more projects that required John's expertise. He's fast and flexible... what more could you ask for in the web services department? Despite many rounds of edits, far exceeding the scope of work, John remained poised and customer focused, willing to do whatever was needed to deliver the desired final product.
T. J., Senior Manager ENC Marketing & Communications, Inc.
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