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Home+Work relaunch

September 15, 2014 - 19:30 | 2 replies

Last year I launched Home+Work, a website about working from home or anywhere outside the regular office. It's for freelancers, remote workers, artists, work at home moms, bloggers and a small business owners and other people like that. The website has been a bit quiet in times, but now I finally did a little...

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Use the words, not images

September 14, 2014 - 02:20 | 0 replies

Using images in place of text content is one of the mistakes I see constantly on websites designed and built by someone who's not that familiar with web design and it's techniques in general. Very often the calls of action are made to look pretty by turning the whole thing, including the text, background and the...

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Sparkly CSS3 tricks

July 30, 2014 - 21:38 | 0 replies

Sometimes I wonder how we made websites pretty before CSS3. There wasn't any good way to adjust the background image size without dabbling with some nutty JavaScript and creating shadows required playing with images. Now so many things can be accomplished with styles and I love it. Here are some of the sparkliest...

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Get on blogging, chapter 4 – It's all about the looks

July 17, 2014 - 22:12 | 0 replies

Get on blogging is a weekly series about blogging and becoming a blogger. In this chapter I will talk about the design and looks of your blog. Are images important? How can you make your blog look better? Are the looks the first priority of your blogging efforts? When you get on blogging one of the things you are...

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July 13, 2014 - 16:19 | 0 replies

Last night I worked until around 5 AM to merge my blog and work site. As a result the blog is now also Made In Helmikuu. You can find it, the extras, my portfolio and information about my services easily from the same site. Due to this change I also changed the blog post urls, but the old ones will redirect to the...

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Favourite web based CSS tools and resources

June 24, 2014 - 17:12 | 2 replies

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used to define the look and formatting of a website. Even the most experienced web designers don't remember all the CSS properties and how to use them by heart and using web based tools and resources while building a site helps and makes things faster. If you...

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Hot Font #18: Josefin Slab

June 16, 2014 - 18:20 | 0 replies

In case you are wondering what's the font used to decorate the new look of this site I'll tell you: It's a Hot Font called Josefin Slab. I've grown to really like slab-serif fonts and Josefin's slab version is one of those I enjoy. Josefin Slab is a moderately decorative and vintage-feeling font. It's attractive...

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More free images for your blog or design projects

June 15, 2014 - 22:18 | 2 replies

Remember when I shared in March a bunch of resources for finding free photos for your design projects? Less than a couple of weeks ago Creative Commons tipped on their Facebook page about a couple of newish sites for finding high quality public domain (CC0) photos. Public domain photos are completely free and can be...

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Oh looky, it's new again!

June 14, 2014 - 17:36 | 0 replies

I've done it again. It meaning I had it with the previous design of this blog and Made In Helmikuu and I gave them a little big tweak last night. I remain with the grey and black and white and simple tones. As usual the design is alive and I will keep moving things around. Let me know if something doesn't work! In a...

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Are newsletter overlays worth hiding your content?

May 24, 2014 - 00:17 | 0 replies

I was checking my emails and clicked on a link of this newsletter for which I had signed up a while back. The link brought me to the article as intended and then like a slap on my face an overlay with newsletter sign up form appeared. Thanks! I'm already on your stupid newsletter. And now I'm not reading your stupid...

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