Taming Adobe colour settings for your web browser

*Some artwork I'm working on*

*Some artwork I'm working on*

Disclaimer

If you – like me – are having problems reproducing identical colours between Photoshop and your web browser this post provides a solution.

This post does not concern itself with best practices for printing techniques and managing CMYK colour palettes. I’m primarily a web designer, so settings for print don’t concern me. That said, if you are a print designer you’d still benefit from reading this article, especially if you haven’t come across the term sRGB before.

99 (CSS) problems, but liquid ain’t one

Experiments with liquid CSS layouts

Experiments with liquid CSS layouts

We all know liquid is important, right? (Doctors recommend 1.5-3 litres per day :P)

Some of you may have been fooled into thinking liquid and elastic layouts died as soon as browsers deployed native zoom a few years back. I’ll assume you understand – with a fair degree of knowledge – the technical and usability ramifications of implementing fixed-width, liquid, and elastic web layouts. If not, then the following should briefly clear the haze:

Fixed-width layout

Dimensions have a fixed-width pixel (px) measurement.

Head & Shoulders fly-out horizontal nav menu

One usability faux pas I often discover with websites (I’ll add the example website in question [here] when I remember the URL) is clickable areas moving when I try to target them. Here’s a good example of a fly-out menu that’s actually quite effective, unfortunately just not that well executed graphically:

http://www.headandshoulders.co.uk/

FLOWing introduction animation for a better user experience

Most product websites will layout a bunch of images and text content on the page (maybe even a slick video if you’re lucky) and expect users to make sense of it all. Flow (by MetaLab) on the other hand uses some simple, fun, animation effects to facilitate a visual point of reference, narrating (or aptly: ‘flowing’) the user through the rest of their product experience; discovering more about this task management app – great stuff!

Super-creative use of stop motion

Advertising Moleskine‘s 2011-range of bags.

Combining image zoom with effective use of screen real estate

BHS.co.uk (URL valid 28/12/2011) are utilising a great product image zoom feature, making superb use of screen real estate. The logic is if you’re viewing a photo in detail you can’t read at the same time, so why show text? – a progressive disclosure feature of interface design I’m a fan of since it compliments simplicity well.

http://www.bhs.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/bhsstore/3770523 (URL valid 28/12/2011)

How ink is made

Sonia Falcone light art installation @ The Biennale, Santa Cruz Bolivia

http://www.goskyride.com/ hover menus/dropdowns #InterfaceDesign #Screencast

http://soundcloud.com/ @SoundCloud contextual tooltip #InterfaceDesign

I’ve only just noticed it – perhaps it’s existed for a while? – but I’m favouring the contextual tooltip execution in SoundCloud.com‘s app.

It appeals to my love of large clickable areas and a functional form. It’s almost possible to action most tasks (e.g. ‘Go to track’, ‘Save to favourites’, ‘Download’ etc.) by using a scroll wheel movement or vertical trackpad gesture by itself, leaving my cursor hand free to scratch things with – great stuff!

http://www.foofighters.com/ @foofighters #InterfaceDesign

Great fullscreen use of carousel.

Manhattan in motion