News and insights for web designers and marketers
"Happy New Year" message from Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress: My last message to you this year is an important but unfortunate one: we've fixed a pretty critical vulnerability in WordPress' core HTML sanitation library, and because this library is used lots of places it's important that everyone update as soon as possible.
In the early days of CSS-based design, square corners were a hallmark of designs that focused on simplicity of code, rather than visual aesthetics. Rounded corners remained somewhat painful to use, however, until the emergence of support for creating them using the border-radius property of CSS3. Now it takes only a few lines of simple CSS code to have nicely rounded corners—as long as you can accept that many users will see square corners until they move on to more modern browsers.
A Book Apart, the young book-publishing arm of the organization behind A List Apart and An Event Apart, has just released CSS3 for Web Designers, by Dan Cederholm, as a guide to CSS3 from the "what's really useful right now" perspective. As with the company's first book, HTML5 for Web Designers, this orientation, combined with an expert author, takes a large, complex subject and reduces it to a small, readable book.
We are adding to our team, and we have a full-time position in our Sebastopol office for an experienced front-end web developer with excellent communication skills.
Creating interesting podcasts for web designers is challenging. There’s been a few that I've enjoyed that have come and gone, such as Boagworld, which promises to be reborn next year with a much more focused format. My favorite web design podcast this year has been the Big Web Show, created by Dan Benjamin and Jeffery Zeldman.
Khoi Vinh's new book, Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design, has just been released. It's a great addition to the web design literature.
We've spent our waking hours, and then some, for the past few years helping designers build great sites. Along the way, we've learned a lot from everyone we've worked with. We also find, as you might imagine, a wide range of beliefs and practices that don't serve either the designers or their customers, but linger because we're all living in such a complex, fast-changing world.
The web is a publishing and marketing medium unlike any that has existed before. I would think this would go without saying, except for the attitudes and behaviors we see all the time, which reveal that many site owners don't really get it.
The web is an enormously powerful tool for non-profit organizations. But rarely do they have the funds or the expertise to make the most of it. With a view toward making a big difference for one organization, we are seeking a non-profit to "adopt" for 2011.
Membee provides a SaaS service for associations to manage and support their membership. In the past, they provided websites using an in-house CMS, but that system was aging. After evaluating all the options available, Membee chose Webvanta as the CMS to replace their in-house software for all new sites.