• Writing Clean CSS3 Code [updated]

    • Tom Kenny

    One of the main problems with writing CSS3 code are the vendor prefixes. These are the -moz- or -webkit- you see before properties such as border-radius or text-shadow. They’re a necessary evil at worst and you’ll have to use them to get the most out of what CSS3 currently has to offer. So what’s the […]

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  • Snippets

    • Tom Kenny

    Now the summer is pretty much over here in England and the World Cup no longer takes up most of my spare time, I can finally dedicate some much needed time to Inspect Element and it’s been far too long. If you’re wondering, I have plenty of great blog post ideas lined up (my Evernote account is […]

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  • Taking a Break

    • Tom Kenny

    Inspect Element has been up and running for about ten months now. Hopefully it has provided you with enough useful information which you’ve been able to apply to your own work and improve what you do. It certainly has helped me improve my own work which was one of the many goals I set out before I started.

    Some of you may not know that Inspect Element is a one-man-show and basically I’ve just become too busy lately to doing any work on new tutorials and articles. You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any content for weeks and have even been too busy too write this post up until now! Apologies for that but the last few weeks have been a combination of new job, moving and currently having extremely limited and painfully slow internet access (tethering via iPhone) in my new place.

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  • Simulate Realism with CSS3

    • Tom Kenny

    CSS3 is here to make our lives easier as web designers and developers. While it’s not something we can always rely on heavily for layout purposes just yet, we can use it to enhance certain aspects of our designs by spending a considerably less amount of time doing so.

    However, CSS3 has not been created for the sole purpose of making it easier and quicker to create a website but also so we can create much better sites than we ever could with CSS before. Here are a few examples of how CSS3

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  • Tools and Resources to Improve your Typography on the Web

    • Tom Kenny

    Typography on the web has previously been confined to a set of web-safe fonts due to their dependance of being on every computer but now that has changed. It’s one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of web design when you get it right but can also be one of the most difficult to do so. Here are some tools, resources and free fonts to help you on your quest for quality typography.

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  • Code a Backwards Compatible, One Page Portfolio with HTML5 and CSS3

    • Tom Kenny

    HTML5 is the future of web development but believe it or not you can start using it today. HTML5 is much more considerate to semantics and accessibility as we don’t have to throw meaningless div’s everywhere. It introduces meaningful tags for common elements such as navigations and footers which makes much more sense and are more natural.

    This is a run through of the basics of HTML5 and CSS3 while still paying attention to older browsers.

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  • 15 Stunning and Fresh Premium WordPress Portfolio Themes

    • Tom Kenny

    A benefit of building a portfolio using WordPress is you have the ability to use the powerful blog features alongside your portfolio. A blog discussing your work or more about your processes and inspiration will add to the personality and allow potential clients to get to know you more increasing the attractiveness of you as a web designer. WordPress can also act as a more than adequate CMS for displaying your portfolio work.

    Previously we’ve looked at Fantastic Presentation Styles of Web Designers’ Portfolios so taking what has been learnt from there, let’s look at WordPress themes which make great portfolio displays. Many people are of the assumption that WordPress is nothing more than a blogging platform but it can easily be adapted to behave more like a traditional content management system as the following themes demonstrate.

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