All Posts in Design

Apr. 7th, 2012

In Photoshop It’s easy enough to apply a simple gradient to a shape or vector path in Photoshop. You can use the gradient tool, or apply a blending layer. You can apply linear gradients, radial gradients, simple gradients and more complicated ones. You can also apply a gradient to the… read the rest of the article

Posted in: Design

Apr. 4th, 2012

Design is full of trends and rebellions against those trends. Some technique, element or outlook becomes fashionable, then a backlash forms seemingly out of nowhere proscribing it. I find it difficult to keep up on trends, and I try to base my process on my own experience rather than the… read the rest of the article

Posted in: Design

Feb. 23rd, 2012

A recent article on Smashing Magazine discussed the challenge of fitting buttons on mobile devices to the size of a user’s fingertip. It’s a useful article, and I don’t take issue with its overall message, but it did remind me of something I’d been meaning to write about for some… read the rest of the article

Posted in: Design, iPhone

Oct. 8th, 2011

Problem As a Ruby on Rails developer, you have a lots of choices for creating visually wonderful websites. And with the introduction of Sass in Rails 3.1, CSS has become easier to code then ever. But, say, your Rails app grows and with it so does Sass and CSS. With… read the rest of the article

Posted in: Design, Rails, Ruby, Web Design

Jul. 3rd, 2011

A lot of people ask whether Photoshop is better than Illustrator for web design. This is really a misleading question, because they’re both useful in different ways. Personally, I use them both, usually drawing shapes in Illustrator and then sending them to Photoshop to be colored and textured. It’s a… read the rest of the article

Posted in: Design, Web Design