Stellify, realigned

It’s taken me ages, but I’ve tidied up a bit around here. Welcome to the new-ish, old-ish Stellify: let me show you around.

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Web of uniforms vs. options

The thing is, I despised LiveJournal’s shoddy features and MySpace & Friendster’s tendencies to fill profiles to the brim with crap. And I have zero tolerance for any Tumblr that blasts autoplaying music. But I appreciate Tumblr’s battlecry to make social networking profiles less of a uniform. People who care enough about beautiful design and code, and are okay with people using their tools to “make a mess” instead of imposing […]

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Choice check

TL;DR: Do people tend to design interfaces with checkboxes even if the behavior actually requires radio buttons, because people are more familiar with check marks? This seems to be a case that pits web standards & usability vs. aesthetics & user experience, which is not a good place to be in. Ever since the first edition of Inside Macintosh in 1984, the rule has been the same for when to […]

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The first Mini Web Design Conference is the first step

I’d like to thank everyone who organized, sponsored, and attended our first Mini Web Design Conference, last October 30. I can’t believe our fledgling group (kudos to Mae, Marie, JP, Helga, Aja, Regnard, Sarah, Kaffee!) pulled off something like it, and that there were other people who were excited about supporting the event. It’s finally happening! Things are taking shape! And this mini conference is the first step. But first, […]

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Web Design is Misunderstood

The perks: doing what I love anytime, anywhere, in anything. The hazards: in pictures below.

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HTML5: <b> and <i> tags are going to be useful (read: semantic) again!

Update: For further reading, please refer to these pages: w3.org FAQ on Using b and i tags; HTML5 spec for the i element. One of the best examples of the shift towards designing with web standards is the use of semantic HTML tags, rather than purely presentational ones (since we have CSS for that). Tags like <b> and <i> have gotten a lot of flak for doing nothing but make […]

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HTML as Art Pieces?

HTML is traditionally a means to format a document on the web, as word processors are meant to format documents on print (or on the desktop). Non-traditionally, though, some people come up with ways to “paint” with HTML. Here’s an example:

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XML, and What You Can Do

Extensible Markup Language or XML describes the more meaningful features of an electronic document. If you know HTML or XHTML (the stricter sibling of HTML) then XML will look familiar in that they are both markup languages. An even better example is a blog feed, which is actually a more specialized type of XML. Applications of XML Each <tag></tag> pair that encloses each set of text in the document came […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.