Tuesday Travels: Just for Web Designers


Web design on a Boston Cream, er, Boston Scream.

Web design (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HTML 5 Facts and Myths -there’s a lot of talk about HTML 5 and how it kills Flash, won’t be ready for years, etc. How much of that is true?

HTML 5 Tutorials – links to 40 tutorials, including how to use Canvas, building apps, creating forms, and how to make it play nicely with IE6 (shudder).

20 Tools for Creating Responsive Web Designs – sketching and wireframing tools, grid calculators, and tools for responsive images, videos, and tables.

Responsive Web Testing Tools – now that you’ve got all that beautiful design, you’ll need to test it to make sure it works properly.

Responsive web design missing the point – there’s a lot of hoopla in web design circles about this — but does it really matter?

Tuesday Travels: Web Design Templates and Tools

Lower case ‘a’ from Adobe Caslon Pro, superpos...

Image via Wikipedia

Web design inspiration to get your brain humming with ideas

Catalog of free open-source fonts why stick with the same old boring fonts (or old web limits), when you can have fun?

Typography calculator – so you know what line height to use between your paragraphs (you know, leading, back in the day). Enter your type size, and the width of the page, and get suggestions. It will even display the results in the appropriate font face.

Inexpensive or free wordpress themes. These are modern, and minimalist designs. The site comes up in German, but there’s an English option.

Five Free Web Marketing Resources

1. Web Color Combinations
Need to pick colors for your site? Or give direction to your Web designer? This site lets you pick colors that match (not clash). Color swatches include the Web color numbers so you can easily recreate the combinations you like.

2. HTML code checker
HTML code errors can leave your whole site looking like it’s had a bad accident. All bold, all purple, or just plain wrong. This tool checks your code, makes sure it meets Web standards, and points out any mistakes.

3. HTML help
Stuck on how to create smart quotes, special characters, or an indent? This site has tutorials, cheat sheets, and more.

4. Google Analytics
This free tool gives you easy-to-understand reports showing how many people visit your site, which pages they look at, and how much time they spend. You can also create your own reports showing results for specific keywords, visitor locations, and cash earned from e-commerce.

5. Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide
Get the scoop on SEO straight from the source. Find out how to make your site more search-engine friendly, how to name your pages, and what not to do.

Thanks to Greg for pointing out the last one.