Web design questions to ask new clients

One of the hardest things for a designer is the actual build of the web site. Do you often sit there staring at a blank page wondering how you’re going to start? This is common among a lot of designers and the solution is in the questions you ask the client at the initial meeting. Get this wrong or don’t bother doing it and the whole process becomes a lot harder.

Get as many of the following questions answered and 85% of the design battle is already done because you will already know what needs to go on the page and where to place it.

Just giving you the questions isn’t enough because you need to understand why the questions are asked. For this reason I have also included example options for the more in-depth questions so you can see why the question is important and what kind of answer you’re looking for. Get all this right and the page will pretty much build itself! Continue reading Web design questions to ask new clients

Three easy ways to create CSS3 gradient buttons

If, like me, you like using CSS3 to make the buttons and gradients you may find this useful.

One of these links you will probably know about but in case not check out colorzilla.com. This is an excellent tool for creating them and it also includes legacy browser support.

I use a Mac and I spotted a desktop App called CSS3 button builder which is very easy to use but at the time of writing doesn’t include the legacy browser support.

The third, bestcssbuttongenerator.com , is nice because on the left panel are recent and popular examples. Clicking on any of them will load it into the main window and when you click on the button you get all the code. Legacy browsers are also supported.

Combo box or select box do not work in IE7. Solutions here

I have come across this bug twice in as many weeks and in both cases the problem and the answers were the same.

Problem:
When the hosting page tries to display the combo box or drop-down value from the hosted page, the combo box or select box is un-clickable. Arrows keys however will still work.

Browser affected:
IE7 version 7.0.5730.13 (last IE7 update) Continue reading Combo box or select box do not work in IE7. Solutions here

Adobe to stop work on the Flash plugin for mobiles

Adobe are to soon announce they will be dropping the Flash plugin for mobile devices. According to a report by ZDNet:
 
“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.”
 
It is shame Steve Jobs isn’t here to witness this…