Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Blog Designs... Busy Busy


Book Crazy gets a new look  - I had so much fun with this one.  Fairy gardens, a girls dream.

Story Wings, also updated her blog.  A little down-under animation to showcase her city and her fav past-time.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Design Launches - Lily's Bookshelf

Yesterday I launched a new design for Lily's Bookshelf.  I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Go-by was pretty up in the air, dark colors, with Fantasy Asylum and TinasBookReview mentioned as fav of my designs. Those too are also some of my favs so it just shows you she has good taste ;P

Lily's Bookshelf

Friday, January 15, 2010

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winner of the Button Contest

Hi we have a winner for the button contest that closed yesterday!

Congrats JG you won a button.

Winner has been emailed, please respond within 48 hours!
Saturday, January 9, 2010

PJD How To - Links & Targets

As a web designer I have a few rules that I fastidiously stick to in the midst of a project and one of those is using a _blank target when linking an "outside" URL. Greek? Let me explain. An internal link is when you link to a page that is within your domain.  Think of it as an inner door.  You are staying within your house so it is ok to have just standard links. Yet, when you link outside of your internet home...linking to another site or a form (something that does not have your navigation) you don't won't to loose your visitors right? You want them to keep reading your post, so you use a _blank target to "Pop Out" a new page instead of loading the page on the same page.  Therefor keeping your page open and also letting them see the new page.  When they close the link that you directed them to, there is your page still! Yeah, you didn't lose your visitor.

Here is how to do this.  It requires a bit of HTML.  You need to be able to distinguish the link tag.  Here is an example:

That code will just load the page in the same page as the link. This is the link that blogger does automatically when you hit the link. Now to make it "Pop" a link out you have to add a target.

It is that simple. Usually I just copy target="_blank" and make my links in blogger and then I go back and paste it after the URL to make my life easier. This is a really good practice to get in to so you can keep your visitors on your page.

If you have any questions, leave a comment!

New Design - Asylum?

My latest project has been the design of A Fantasy Writer's Asylum. One of my most interesting projects, I was given very little restrictions. The first thing I thought of when I read the title of Jessica's blog was PADDED WALLS and it all fell in to place after that. View A Fantasy Writer's Asylum.



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