The best way to embed a font in your website – @font-face

The best way to embed a font in your website – @font-face

We are all bored of using the same small set of web safe fonts in our websites. Do Arial, Verdana, and Times New Roman sound painfully familiar? Luckily there are quite a few different ways to embed fonts in a website including Cufon, sIFR, FLIR, PIR, Font Jazz and Dynamic Text Replacement. Most of these methods involve using JavaScript and Flash to display the custom font and some of these font embedding methods can be quite tricky to set up. There is one very simple way to embed a font in your site which doesn’t require any JavaScript or Flash. It’s called @font-face and it’s great!

Create your own personal homepage with Flavors.me

Create your own personal homepage with Flavors.me

There seems to be new website building tools appearing all over the internet these days. Some of them allow you to create your own blog, while others allow you to quickly and easily create a business website or shopping site with only a few clicks of your mouse. Many of these website builders are quite cheap to use or even free and pretty much all of them require little or no technical knowledge. Flavors.me is a free personal homepage builder that pulls all your online presences into one place. Here are some of the reasons why it caught my eye.

Lorem Ipsum alternatives – Dummy text generators

Lorem Ipsum alternatives – Dummy text generators

As web and graphic designers we often need to fill our mock-ups with dummy text such as Lorem Ipsum. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have seen just about as much Lorem Ipsum text as I can handle. Don’t get me wrong, Lorem Ipsum text is great and it has served me well over the years. But once you get to the stage that you can speak “Lipsum”, it’s time for a change. Luckily there are quite a few alternatives to Lorem Ipsum dummy text and I will go through them in this post. So if you’re looking for a bit of a change then check out these dummy text generators.

Avatar movie artwork that you may not have seen before

Avatar movie artwork that you may not have seen before

I just watched the Avatar movie yet again and got lost in the amazing world of Pandora. After seeing the visual feast of colours, special effects and amazing characters I found myself still wanting more. Now, I’ve already seen most of the Avatar movie desktop wallpapers and movie posters out there, so I decided to explore the digital art world to see what it had to offer. To my surprise I came across some amazing Avatar movie artwork that you may not have seen before. I have included the artwork below with links through to the original artworks along with the very talented artists that created them.

CSS background image stretch

CSS background image stretch

Sometimes when creating a website you will need the background image of the site to stretch to fill the whole browser window. Below is a simple CSS based method to achieve a 100% stretched background image that fills the browser window and also dynamically re-sizes when the browser window is re-sized. The background image won’t maintain its aspect ratio, but it will fill the browser window at all times. It works in IE6 along with the other main browsers.

Avatarize yourself! Create your own Avatar movie character

Avatarize yourself! Create your own Avatar movie character

I’m sure that by now you have all seen the amazing Avatar movie and have at some stage considered packing your things and getting a one way ticket to Pandora to have the adventure of a lifetime. I know I have. But of course this may not be possible for all of us, so here’s the next best thing. Avatarize your face! You can actually create your own Avatar movie character in 3D and I’ll show you how.

Compare Lightbox, Shadowbox, Slimbox and many more JavaScript pop up windows

Compare Lightbox, Shadowbox, Slimbox and many more JavaScript pop up windows

So you want to add a JavaScript pop up window effect to your website, but which one do you choose? There are many different modal window pop ups which have different levels of functionality. Some only support the display of single images while others support the display of image sets, movies, flash files, iframes and inline elements. In this post we’ll go through a few things you should consider when deciding which JavaScript modal pop up window script to use.

Celebrities endorse Windows 7 in latest advertisements

Celebrities endorse Windows 7 in latest advertisements

The recent launch of Windows 7 and the popular “I’m a PC and Windows 7 was my idea” advertisements  have caught everyone’s attention including some famous celebrities and well-known faces. These celebrities have even endorsed the Windows 7 Operating System in these latest ads below. Well, not really, I just put these ads together for a bit of fun but I hope you enjoy them anyway. It would be great to hear any other ideas anyone has.

SEO Tool that all Webmasters should have

SEO Tool that all Webmasters should have

SeoQuake is a great SEO tool which basically allows you to view a large amount of Search Engine data on the fly as you are browsing through websites. It’s a free Firefox plugin that takes seconds to install but it provides a wealth of SEO statistics.

Add Gravatar support to your blog comments

Add Gravatar support to your blog comments

A Gravatar is a Globally Recognised Avatar and it is quite simple to add Gravatar support to your blog comments. I will show you how to do it in a few simple steps using PHP. I’ll also list some tutorials on how to add Gravatar support to your blog in other ways by using JavaScript, .Net and Java.

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