This past Saturday I had the pleasure of speaking at Software Craftsmanship North America on a topic that has been on mind for some time...more.
In my last post, I talked about Expressive HTML and the importance of writing your markup from the content out. This idea—that you start at...more.
Do you consider yourself to be a software craftsman? Do you find yourself frequently writing html? Would you feel comfortable giving a talk on Expressive...more.
When choosing typefaces, we need to be cautious. As typographers, we are responsible to our readers and to our texts, so it’s imperative that we...more.
Readability relates to those important typographic factors that are not rooted solely in the DNA of letterforms. In this realm, the typographer rejoices. For it...more.
When we judge the usability, or clarity, of a text passage, we usually do so according to two different criteria: legibility and readability. And while...more.
You might be wondering why you’d bother to gain an understanding type: what purpose does it serve? What’s the point? Set it and forget it!...more.
I recently gave a talk about web typography titled “On Web Typography: Choosing (and Using) Fonts on Screen,” at Chicago’s first annual Tech Week conference....more.
Let's first take a moment to talk briefly about what typography is not about. To be clear: it‘s not just about choosing pretty typefaces. To...more.
On day 4 of Type Camp California, our final full day, we devoted the majority of our time to another hand-lettering project. This time, we...more.
On Day two of Type Camp California we were given a short “homework” assignment: write a six word autobiography containing your name, at least one...more.
After having a day and half to gel as a group and get fully immersed in the esoteric and challenging world of type, we hit...more.
While I've been fortunate enough to attend a few great conferences during my career, I've always left wishing for a little more. Having grown tired...more.
Forms. Does anybody like filling them out? They can be annoying, maddening, time-consuming and sometimes, yes, even soul-crushing. Yet, everywhere we look on the web...more.
This blog post doubles as my proposal for a talk I’d like to give at Software Craftsmanship 2011. The working title is “Front End Craftsmanship:...more.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about keeping inspiration catalogs. In an effort to demonstrate that I practice what I preach, I thought...more.
Last week, we took a closer look at some simple “under the hood” changes you can make to your forms to improve their usability and...more.
Last week, I wrote a brief article that demonstrated how to build a form with well structured, semantic markup. In that article, I started with...more.
A few weeks ago, my co-workers asked me to demonstrate how to convert a form built using HTML table elements into a more meaningful form...more.
Inspiration is perishable. And, unfortunately, it often strikes when I least expect it—when I don’t have a pen or pencil handy, or a piece of...more.
Recently, I’ve been doing a fair amount of blogging about topics related to web design, so I thought it was time for a little artistic...more.
“…there is a huge likelihood that the systems will evolve from lower to higher entropy, which is a rough statement of the second law of...more.
In a web saturated with numerous opinion blogs, gallery showcases, tutorial sites and technical references, where should an aspiring web developer go to seek knowledge...more.
I am a trained sculptor and have always been comfortable being creative within the constraints of the three-dimensional realm. Ironically, I now find myself gainfully...more.