Advent Explosion

The Advent calendar was first introduced in the early 19th century as a physical way of counting down the days until Christmas. The word Advent itself is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”, which refers to the birth of Jesus. Traditionally, this was a flat calendar for the month of December consisting to 2 pieces of card stock with 24 “doors” cut into the top layer. Each door was numbers from 1 to 24 and only one door could be opened each day. Inside each door was an image, poem or part of the Nativity story to celebrate the coming holiday. Kids aren’t easily excited by images, poems, or stories, so the advent calendars I remember…

wysiwtf

Last week I received a completely unsolicited t-shirt in the mail from a company called Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. It’s black with just a mouse pointer & “wysiwtf” in a monospaced typeface on the front. I love it. The back of the shirt simply says “you are now following @bookmans“, and… 

Anchor Link Toggle

I enjoy enhancing webpages with Javascript as much as anyone, but there is a lot to be said for making things function just as well with plain ole’ HTML. Recently, I was marking up a design that included a box on the homepage that toggled between 2 states. I could… 

Unclickable Links in IE

As with most trades, there are some tricks about web design that you only learn through experience. Building complex layouts that avoid browser-specific hacks is certainly one of those tricks. Yes, there are some hard and fast rules you can teach new designers – like how IE version 6 and… 

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