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Friday, July 17, 2009

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Women of Web Design



Ok all of you big boys of Web Design & Development , hold on to your HD's - there's a ' New Kid in Town ...and the kid is a Girl ! . Not any ordinary girl that is either . This little young lady does not only possess beauty - but brains and killer skills at Web Development , coding & Designing !






If the attribute of Multi- Skilled & Multi- Talented can be attributed to one so young and ( did I mention beautiful yet ? ) of the Female gender - then I will go as far as to say that this young little lady packs a wallop of skills . She goes by the alias of "INSIC and as far as I can tell from her brief bio , she is based in Cebu City in the Philippines .

She is aptly skilled at :

* Ajax


* Code Igniter


* CSS


* XHTML


* PHP


* JQuery


PostGresql


* JSON


* Web Design




And God knows what else ( you will just have to get to her site and ask her ) . What I like about her is the statement she makes in the opener of her personal Blog : " Let's see what I can do for you and your business " . Now that statement speaks volumes about a Designer / Developer . It states that the primary focus is centered on you ( the client ) and your needs . This is what moves one ahead in the Design & Development business I believe . The fact that the Designer in charge is not egocentric and has the clients best intentions at heart . Yes , this young little lady's star is quickly rising and is already shinning as bright as her smile .

The irony is : I was looking over some WP galleries a few days ago in my quest for " Originality as far as template design goes - and I came across a WP template she had made ( only I wasn't aware that this was " Her " ! ) . The template is beautiful ( and I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted it amongst a multitude of others ) it stands out & apart from the rest . It is a " Gallery " Template ( one of the more difficult templates to design & code ) and this little lady has left nothing out of this template . It has a very professional look & looks as if it carries the cost of a Premium Theme ; ( I have seen other templates of lesser caliber which cost a fortune + an arm and your mommas leg ! ) which are not of equal quality as the one Ms. Insic has designed ! Now here's the best part for all of you WP users : she has made it FREELY available ! Yep - My only regret at this point is not knowing how to use PHP , so that I could use it myself ! :(

It would have been great if she could have coded it for the Blogger Platform as well - I know that thousands of Bloggers out there would be downloading it per second ! If you think I'm over exaggerating , have a look for yourself right here : Insic WP Template . This theme reminds me of a well designed Italian office ! ( with media ! ) Now what have you got to say about that ??? If you don't think this is a great Design , then I can't help you - sorry . However , maybe Insic Designs can :)

You may want to go over to her well oiled & smooth running website and have a look over at everything this young little beauty has to offer . I believe that you will walk away knowing something more than you don't already know , and more than a few freebies which she is presently giving away which you might find helpful . Do enjoy her site , but moreover : you may just want to hire her to do your next project , put up a website you've been considering ( ? ) ; I believe she will not leave you disappointed - with a face & a smile like that ? She'll surely put a smile on your face as well . Don't believe me ? well, just go have a look for yourself then , and let me know if I was wrong .








You can visit INSIC DeSIGN & Web Development Here InSiC DeSiGns


Catch you in cyberspace & dont forget to smile , Mootools & JQuery do love you :)


Mia Zoe .












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Accordions , Rounded Corners & A Host of other Tips & Tricks For Your Site







Here are some great tutorial sites for you to create anything from rounded corners to animated boxes & links via Javascript !

These are some of my favorite sites for online free source tutorials which offer a myriad of tips and the latest tricks on implementing Javascript & just plain old CSS to create some of the spectacular effects which you may have seen on several sites . CSS Juice , is a great site for you to bookmark and keep dropping in on for updates on the latest tricks . They feature practically everything one would require to create some pretty neat effects . You can check them out here : --> CSS Juice
Another great site for Javascript resources is
Rico where you will find some pretty neat apps , as the ' accordion ' is becoming all the rage at the moment with Web designers ; implementing it into just about everything - even 'accordion templates / layouts ' now serving as entire pages . Check it out , I believe you will enjoy it .

Another really great site for resources for just about everything and anything you can imagine is
Script Plaza , now this place is as wide in range of information as the Yellow Pages , or a telephone book ! You will find EVERYTHING there , believe me . When you click on a link , the page will redirect you to a new window which resembles an advertisement - be patient - it will open to the site offering whatever it is you have clicked on or are looking for . * When you find something you are interested in r want , click on the "download " link [ you will not be downloading anything - but that is what will open up a new window & the site which is offering the specified application .

Now , aside from
Soh Tanaka's informative & educational site for just about everything you may have heard of [ and maybe not - ] , there is also one more blog you should check into and that is : " Woork " , hosted and updated on a nearly daily basis by another yet great Developer who gives it t you straight from the edge . You will find his tutorials are easy to grasp and utilize and he makes it very simple to follow along & if you dontt understand something, he will respond to your inquiry . Anotonio Lupetti is right up there with Soh Tanaka as far as web developers go and a truly sweet guy .

I hope the above will help you in finding some answers to your questions so far . Stay tuned , more updates will be soon following . In the meantime , keep smiling , Mootools and Jquery love you !



Mia Zoe .













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SohTanaka


So-h What ?
If Elvis were alive he'd call Soh Tanaka " The King "


Amongst the multitude of Web Developers & Web Designers out there inhabiting infinite cyberspace , there are those few Web developers & Web designers who stand apart from the rest . Due to their limitless imagination & rockin code skills ! Here is the Top #1 Web developer & Designer ExtraOrdinaire !




If I had to name one extraordinary Web developer with a limitless amount of skill & expertise it would definitely have to be no other than Soh Tanaka . For those web junkies ( such as myself ) out there who are familiar with Soh's name & his work , you know what I am talking about & about whom . Soh Tanaka is not only Revolutionizing the Web as we know it - but moreover : He is Re-Inventing it ! Everytime I visit his site , I am always amazed at this man's skill & ingenuity at taking some of the most common applications and simply not only re-inventing them , but giving them a ' life of their own ' [ if you will ].

Example at hand : Drop down menu's , which have been around for a little while now - and despite Web developer's
not liking them very much due to the fact that they are considered confusing & obtrusive , as well as not being preferred by 'older people' due to the fact that an elder persons navigational skills tend to slow down after a certain age and the such ..ehemm .. most developers tend to avoid incorporating them into their own web-sites . Well, you can bring on the Drop Down Menu & freely & without fear incorporate it back into your website /blog , whatever - because Soh Tanaka has just given new meaning not only to the apprehensively used drop down menu but has made it that much easier to use as well as More ' Sexy ' ( yes , if drop down's can be considered Sexy in any way - Soh has given the drop down an entirely new " Sex - Appeal " ) .
You can check out his famous demo right here & decide for yourself if it's
Sexy or not : Soh's Sexy Drop Down Menu Demo . Now as you can clearly assess , it is quite Sexy now isn't it ? Here is the demo -resource page for it , which Soh wrote the tutorial for Noupe.com , a parent / child Soh affiliate site .

Soh also has another affiliate site , which is primarily his " offspring site " aside from his parent site of
www.sohtanaka.com and it goes by the name of Design Bombs and believe me : they do Drop Design Bombs all F**k'n Day ! ( which is their motto ) .

Soh's work does not begin nor end with Sexy Drop Down Menu's or Jquery , as he is a never ending spring of resources and ideas . I doubt the man sleeps at all , and if he does : he must surely dream in code . He never ceases to amaze me with his new & innovative apps & creations . Soh's name is on the rise and if you are saying ' So-H What ?! , you better think again - for the next time you are implementing something into your page / website such as a menu or tabs using Jquery , you just may be using a Soh Tanaka script without even being aware of it ! Soh Tanaka can be easily labeled as one of those Rockin Web Designers w/ Killer Skillz ! , and yes - if Elvis were indeed alive , I do believe that if he had known Soh , he would have definitely bequeathed the honored title of " King " unto Soh Tanaka . He definitely deserves it !


If you are in search of something new and innovative & cutting edge - then head on over to Soh Tanaka's site and learn from the
Samurai of Web developers himself & the Guru of Code ! @Soh Tanaka where yu will find & learn much more than sexy menu's ! :) Hope you enjoy & find Soh's site useful & educational ( I know I do ! ) . keep smiling , Mootools & Jquery love you & so does Soh ! Catch ya in cyberspace ~


Mia Zoe .