WPDFD Weekly Digest Vol. 1

by David Rodriguez — May 6, 2008

The WPDFD Weekly Digest (WPDFDWD? That acronym's getting ridiculous!) is a new addition to our article line-up. In it, you'll find links. These links are going to lead you to things in the web design and development world, as well as links to things we hope you'll just find interesting.

We'll also recap some of our own articles, in case you missed them.


Here are some of the more interesting things you'll find in the design world right now.

  • Kotasu. This app generates HTML tables for you and allows you to quickly add CSS class names to specific rows or columns, or both. All you really need to do is write the CSS, scratch up a table with Kotasu, and it comes out neatly formatted. Just fill in the content and you're good to go!
  • Web Design 101: Photoshop. A great article for the beginner to Photoshop, and some good tips for even those of us who are intermediate users of the program.
  • Jon Tan: Typographers, Lend Me Your Pain! Do you care about CSS3 and where it's headed? Read Jon Tan's post.


Ruby on Rails seems to be picking up some more steam. It's used to power some popular web applications and sites, like 43things, Basecamp, A List Apart, and Twitter, just to name a handful.

Some links you might find interesting on this topic:

Other Things of Interest

These may not pertain directly to your field, but they should be fun to read or take a look at.

  • Jeffrey Zeldman: The Vanishing Personal Site. Zeldman goes into detail about using services like Twitter and Flickr to a point where having a personal website seems almost superfluous these days, as your most personal and most entertaining things (what you're doing and the pictures you've taken, for example) are being broadcast elsewhere and likely more easily.
  • Book: Designing for the Social Web. Joshua Porter has written a book that is "200 pages long, chock-full of screenshots of interfaces, and peppered with social psychology tidbits."
  • W3C Offers Online Training Course: Mobile Best Practices. Seriously, check this one out. The Web Standards Project has a post about this on their site. Personally, I've had the chance to play with an iPhone, and more recently, a T-Mobile Sidekick. Both have great web browsers. They're definitely browsers that are worth using when you're away from your computer or can't be bothered to crack open your laptop, so web designers and developers should begin taking mobile browsing seriously if they haven't already. This training course is free, but registration is limited.

What's Been Going On in WPDFD?

In case you missed them, here are some of our most recent articles.

  • Don't Be Afraid of Serif Fonts. I've seen a decent number of good-looking designs recently that use serifs for their page content, although this is not the general rule that people design by. Serifs can (and in my opinion, should) be used creatively to make some very attractive sites that differ from the contemporary sans-serif norm.
  • Simple CSS: Creating More Readable Text. The second entry in the Simple CSS series, Creating More Readable Text goes through some basics of Web typography that every designer should know.
  • Tomorrow's Web Design: Popular Design Software Challenge. Expression Web vs. Frontpage vs. Dreamweaver vs. Visual Site Designer. Which one's WYSIWYG capabilities can best reproduce a validated, clean XHTML 1.0 design?

Blast from the past

Looking for some good ol'-fashioned wisdom that's still relevant today?

  • Graphic Fundamentals 1 - The Big Punch. Joe Gillespie's article in May of 2003 talks deeply about the differences between an artist, a graphic designer, and boxing. Yes, boxing. (And how it relates to graphic design, of course.)
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