After some time off, the Sharpening the Blades series is back with two front-end/design articles.
Luke, Redesign v. Realign
I really liked this article. As designers when we are approached by a client we always start to redesign their project. Sometimes all they want is a realign though. This article defines what a redesign is and what a realign is. The way each is approached is different and when they are followed I think it will lead to more happy clients. The hard part is defining when each is needed. This article will help with that. Web designers give this a read.
Mike, Better Buttons with CSS3
With better browser support, CSS3 is finally starting to get some traction. While IE is still emerging from the dark ages, there’s no reason we can’t start using CSS3. Web Designer Wall recently published an article on creating web buttons with nothing more than CSS. Even though rounded corners, gradients, text shadows, and box shadows aren’t all supported, your buttons will look fantastic for browsers that do, and perfectly usable for the ones that don’t.