Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Text-Link-Ads Pays

Yeah thats right...I received 40$ from TLA last month and another 40$ this month. I have been running their ads for a while and its great to get some money :)
Sorry for not posting...I have been busy with my studies and will be busy till June of next year...but still I'll try to write something :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Design : Ganesh02 - Aqua Reaction

I had made this design for a design contest which was held by Open Designs. Unfortunately the contest got canceled. So I thought that I should release this design on OD. I hope you like this design. I have decided to release this as the second design in my Ganesh## series. I guess this design is tailor-made for web hosting sites, but its very flexible and you can change the images to give it the look you desire. Good luck with your site and please make sure that you link back to me.

Download it from: Opendesigns

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Safari 3.1 supports HTML5

I have never been an Apple guy. I remember using Safari on windows when it was launched in beta, and it didn't took long for me to figure out that it wasn't for me. But Apple has just rolled out Safari 3.1 on Tuesday and its looks kinda impressive.
It is blazing fast, has got a cool UI, new cool features but the thing that has really got me interested is the new features that have the potential to transform web design in the future. First is CSS animations. Yep you read it right, Safari supports CSS animations. Another interesting feature is font downloading. That's right, web designers no need not limit themselves to narrow set of 'web safe' fonts.
But still I guess I'll stick with my firefox because I am still not sure how stable this new version of safari is gonna be. But still I hope that other browsers will also implement html5!

PS: I am sorry to have not posted any stuff on the blog. I was having my exams so I couldn't find time to write.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Create Awesome Text Shadows With Pure CSS

I love finding ways to use css to replace unnecessary usage of images. In this tutorial I will teach you to create cool text with shadow without using any images or javascript. Here is my end result

The CSS:

z-index: 2;
color: #333333;
font-size: 30px;
z-index: 1;
font-size: 30px;
color: #C0C0C0;


<!doctype html public "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN">



<div id="title">
<div id="shadow">


This is done by using z-index property of elements in CSS. The shadow should be placed behind the text by assigning it a z-index lesser to that of the text. If you want to increase the distance of the shadow from the text then change the left and top properties.

So the next time you want to create a nice little text with shadow instead of jumping onto your Photoshop, use this technique.

Post in the commnets if you have anything to say about this technique, blog or want to show off your implementation of this technique.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Smart Linking and Wikipedia

Wikipedia is great for all research work. One thing I really like about it is the easy with which millions of links have been placed under it. The links are in totally understandable form. Many times I just type what I am looking for in the link itself and nine out of ten times I am taken to the correct page. It really amazes me that if such a gigantic site is able to keep their links so simple and clear, of course having an awesome engine like MediaWiki helps but I fail to understand why other small scaled sites aren't able to do so. So learn from wikipedia, if they can keep their links simple so can you.

Friday, January 18, 2008

New Design : Ganesh01 - Sunshine

A new opensource design by me is up for download. I used to use it for one of my blogs but I stopped using the blog so I have put it up for download.

It is a very special design because it marks the beginning of the "Ganesh##" design series, inspired by how Andreas had created the "Andreas##" series.

The design is public domain. If you use the design then please keep the "Designed by Ganesh Iyer" and the link to this site intact.

You can download it from : OpenDesigns

Monday, January 7, 2008

The Anatomy Of Liquid Layouts (Part 1)

Liquid layouts have been around for quite some time. Some while ago it was thought that liquid layouts are dead. But liquid layouts are far from dead. Designers have shown that when implemented properly liquid designs can look as beautiful as fixed width layouts.

What are liquid Layouts?
As the name suggests liquid layouts are fluid and flexible. In liquid layouts widths are defined in percentages instead of pixels. The characteristic which makes liquid layouts special is that the layout scales with the size of the browser. So if you resize the browser the layout will resize accordingly.

So whats the big deal?
Liquid designs are very helpful in making the site accessible. These days there are so many diverse ways to access a site. People use different screens, resolutions, browsers, operating systems and even devices to view websites. Liquid layouts ensure that the layout of a site doesnt distort even when viewed in different resolutions.

Fixed Width
Fixed width layouts are made keeping a particular screen resolution in mind. They have fixed dimensions The layouts can at times look undersized over oversized if viewed from different screen resolutions. For example a site designed for 1024 x 768 px would distort when viewed from 800 x 600 px resolutions.
There are many advantages of using fixed widths, which make them so popular. They give the designer more control over the structure of the site.

This is the Part I of this post. I am working on the part two of this post which will feature the implementation of liquid layouts and some other stuff :)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Orkut: Send Scrap(Spam) To All

I agree that Orkut doesn't stand against Myspace or Facebook, but still it has been my social network of choice because most of my friends are on it.

In Orkut, friends can write stuff to each other in the form of scraps. Over the past few weeks some people have unofficially implemented a "scrap all friends" feature. The problem with this feature is that they just made life easier for all the spammers on orkut. Over the past few days I have received all sorts of spam scraps, ranging from buying used laptops to getting free domain names. Plus these scraps come with an advertisement to make people join the community of the creator of this feature.

If Orkut is not going to come up with an official version of this feature then they shouldn't allow these to spring up.