Google Font Directory. Amazing.

Can you imagine a world wide web that isn’t solely made up of text in Arial, Verdana, or Times font?

Well, the times are changing (pun intended). Check out Google Font Directory, free fonts to use on your website and hosted by Google.

Since we at STS first found Google Font Directory about a month ago, a few new fonts have been added, which makes us think someone at Google is still working hard to bring beauty to the web.

Interested in learning HTML and CSS so you too can use Google Font Directory? Click here to sign up for an STS class!

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Finding Seamless Background Patterns for Web Designs

ColourLovers.com Screenshot

For those Web Designers, or aspiring Web Designers, who have not yet explored the amazing colourlovers.com, please, do so now.

This site is a social community that allows users to create color palettes and seamless patterns (yes!), share them, then get feedback on how amazing (or not amazing) your design is.

What I find the site is best used for: exploring patterns and color combos that are highly rated, then putting them together and using them in my own designs. There are over 1 million to choose from.

You don’t even have to have an account to use the art! Just opposite click on the image and save and pattern or palette you enjoy!

To explore patterns, click here.

To explore color palettes, click here.

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Learn CSS Dynamically!

Know a little bit of CSS but need a little practice space to test out your skills? Try out CSSDesk.com, by description, the website allows users to experiment with CSS, see the results live, and share your code with others.

This little online tool is a handy dandy way to understand a what-can-be-confusing code.

Don’t know CSS yet, but want to learn it? Sign up for an STS class here!

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Adobe Fireworks. Seriously. It Rocks.

For some time we at STS have been teaching a course called “Graphic Design for the Web,” which teaches course attendees to use Adobe Fireworks to create great user interfaces (see this link to sign up for a class).

What I find interesting about our class is that we don’t call it Fireworks. Our Photoshop classes are called Photoshop, our Illustrator classes are called Illustrator, so why not call the Fireworks class by it’s name too? The answer is simple. No one knows what Fireworks is or how powerful it can be.

From my own experience, I know that I use Fireworks to slay all my web designs in record time and with style, but you don’t have to take my word for it.

The good folks at Smashing Magazine recently published an article called “The Power of Fireworks: What Can You Achieve with It?” The article not only discusses what Fireworks is and how it can be used, but it also gives quite a few friendly tips on designing.

Check out the article here!

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Create Your Own 3D Photos!

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We recently Stumbled Upon (literally… http://www.stumbleupon.com/) a blog post from the geniuses at Threadless which teaches readers how to create 3D photos. The step-by-step tutorial takes you through turning a normal photo into a 3D photo that can be seen in the third dimension only with your three-dimensional glasses (of course). It rocks.

We know you all went to see Piranha 3D this summer, so you should have some glasses laying around from that show, right? Now you finally have another use for them!

See the tutorial and try it for yourself here.

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IE9: It’s Here!

IE 9

Check out the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft here: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

It boasts some snazzy new features for HTML 5 and “Pinning” your favorite sites!

The browser is in a “test drive” now, so try it now and let us know what you think!

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Launchlist: A Must Use Tool for Website Makers

LaunchList

For those of you who have been working on websites and are ready to upload it to the Interweb, you should check out Launchlist!

Launchlist is simple one page website that helps you keep track of all the editing you need to do prior to uploading a nasty typo or bad code onto the web. The list helps remind you of everything from spelling to SEO to browser compatibility.

Seriously, even if you don’t use it as intended, the list itself is simply a good reminder of everything you should be checking.

See Launchlist here: http://launchlist.net/

This website compliments the STS “Getting Your Website Online” class quite well… you can sign up for the STS class here: https://www.doit.wisc.edu/training/student/course.aspx?id=160

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