Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about seamless patterns. Specifically, I’ve been working on various techniques for creating them. Obviously, there are a number of different ways you can go about this, and in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to take a single hand drawn element and transform it […]
I believe that creating a great user interaction with your blog or website is key in keeping return visitors and helping with word of mouth advertisements and link love. I know I’m not alone in this either because on almost every blog about marketing, blogging, and tutorials you find that the owners have added all […]
Channels are just one incredibly powerful tool in Photoshop’s vast arsenal of image editing capabilities. They have a number of different uses, and are frequently my tool of choice for creating masks and selections, or to make slight colour adjustments to an image. Today, we are going to learn how to create an interesting photo […]
More and more we see people using horizontal sliding panels on their websites. And they usually look very nice! Some will put a contact or login form in there, others will put some information about them and their website, or even things like a tag cloud or social networking buttons.
Horizontal sliding panels are great for many situations, but like everything else, they’re not always ideal. It depends on the project. To see what I mean by ‘horizontal sliding panel‘, go have a look at my other site Design-Newz, and click on the ‘want more‘ button that’s on the right above the navigation bar.
I always enjoy working on new things and learn about new CMS and how they work and all. I recently connected with Cory at Surreal CMS, and I decided to write a tutorial on how to create a portfolio site and run it with Surreal CMS. It’s pretty simple actually. In this tutorial I’ll show […]
By now I’m sure you have grasped at least the basics and simplicity of the jQuery library. Now it’s time to move on to some more in depth and practical techniques. jQuery isn’t just for hiding and showing content as we saw in the first part of our series, it can also perform many powerful […]
A drop cap is when the first letter of a paragraph is larger than the average font size and that letter ‘drops’ down 2 (or more) lines. You can actually see this right here on SpyreStudios. I’ve attached a screenshot for those of you reading via a feed reader: No Need For A Plugin So, […]
If you’ve been working with WordPress for some time I’m sure there are a couple things you’ve had a hard time figuring out. One of the things I get asked a lot is how to get pagination working when you have a ‘featured post‘ section on the homepage. You know, many of the ‘premium‘ WordPress […]
NOTE: This post was written in 2008 and I’ve since changed the design (and domain name) of my personal site – this tutorial is still quite relevant though, and I invite you to use it to create your own life streaming site. You can still check out my lifestream/social media hub (I put it on […]