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Homer Simpson Drawn with CSS

Posted by dnorth5 on May 12, 2008

“Homer Simpson, rendered using nothing but CSS. Very very cool.”

Check it here:



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Posted by lbrow255 on April 22, 2008


My brother just announced that he is getting married in May- not a lot of time to coordinate or budget to work with. So, I am trying to find a student that has studied in photography and/or imaging that can be available May 23rd. Please email me at tonya.brwn@gmail.com for specifics and to negotiate pricing.

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Posted by miisronhm on March 31, 2008

I came across this site that shows top web sites. I thought it was kinda nice giving us variety.


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Posted by miisronhm on March 23, 2008

Wow, boxes within boxes. Something I ran into while doing our list lab that I found interesting. The list can have a border and then when you say background-border: dotted the box also has a border. So you sit there and have a box within a box, both having borders. Anyway, I thought that was interesting.

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Posted by miisronhm on March 17, 2008

Hi Class,

I am still fuzzy on the miscellaneous tags. (pre> <code>) can anyone enlighten me?


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Design Measurement Units

Posted by lbrow255 on March 17, 2008


I am searching the web trying to find a good unit conversion table for web & graphic design. Here is an article- I am not sure about the first half in reference to <big> but the rest about defining points or pixels is useful.


This article provides a more detailed description of the units.


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It made me think of Edward Tufte

Posted by mashkenes on March 3, 2008

The comment boksoira made on Dorian’s post (re free XHTML and CSS templates) concerning minimalist web page design winning over fancy, flashy, confusing design made me recall some of Edward Tufte’s ideas about information design. Tufte’s perspectives on visual information have always resonated with me, perhaps because what he has to say relates to the presentation of statistical information, an area of responsibility of mine for a number of years of my professional life. I was fortunate enough to have attended a couple of his remarkable day-long seminars; more information about Tufte and his seminars can be found at his website.

While Tufte’s concerns are larger than the web, he has much to say that is very right on about web design. To paraphrase him: never harm the content — the design should be based on the content, not the other way around. He puts a lot of emphasis on making small, subtle visual distinctions in design elements and rails against what he refers to as “chart junk” – over-busy grid lines, redundant overblown representations of the simplest data, the “debris” of computer plotting and the like. It’s easy to relate his thoughts to web presentation.

Tufte developed what he refers to as sparklines – intense, simple, word-sized graphics. I’m not sure if boksoira was talking about Flash when he said “flashy”, but there are good examples of Flash being used to present large amounts of data in a simple, small yet intense manner. A great illustration of that is what looks to me to be a sparkline-inspired graphic that ESPN uses to recap the progress of basketball games. The graphic is called “game flow”. A link to the one from today’s (03/02) Tennessee -Kentucky game is here. It’s down a little ways on the right side of the page. Click on the graphic to activate it. If the link is no longer viable when you’re trying it, just look for another recent recap of a completed basketball game on ESPN.

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