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Graphics Package Standards and Practices

The term "graphics package" stands for the animated logos, text backgrounds, idents, screen bugs and lower thirds that make up the branding of a television show, television station or documentary. The are used to re-affirm what the viewer is watching. Especially with the growing number of reality and web shows these sorts of animated graphics are being used more and more frequently. Workers in the television industry may be more familar with these concepts than movie and web animators, but the concepts are the same and can be used on a number of different video projects.</p

This article will explain each of the most common terms, their size and color requirements and what arenas they are most frequently used in.

Most importantly, graphics packages must have a cohesive look to all their parts and be easy to use. Frequently, graphics packages are used by outside firms and videographers. This means that the designer/ animator may not always be there to make sure that their work is being used properly. Following some simple rules–and creating simple rules–will ensure that the graphics package is used to its full effects.

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You Can Use CSS3 Right Now

CSS3 makes a designer's work easier because they're able to spend less time hacking their CSS and HTML code to work in IE and more time crafting their design. It is the future of web design and can be used today.

This article will hopefully show you to care a little less about making everything pixel perfect in IE. It will inspire you to spend more time making your designs exquisite in the rest of the browsers while serving up a working and perfectly accessible website for IE.

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The Benefits of Experimentation

"The true method of knowledge is experiment." - William Blake

I spend a fair amount of time working on web design. After a full day at the office, it’s not uncommon for me to come home and work on my own site, blog or other personal projects. It’s also not uncommon for people to ask me how I “find the time” to do this type of personal work. My response, especially to other Web designers, is this. How can you not find the time to do this type of work?

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Introducing YUI – The Rising Giant

Web developers may already have heard of Yahoo's new AJAX and DHTML framework. Maybe not - Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) has yet not gained popularity similar to Script.aculo.us, Prototype or Mootools. But it certainly will. Spot on - Smashing Magazine introduces Yahoo's User Interface framework.

Editor's note: be aware that libraries and frameworks often tend to generate not "optimal", sometimes even bloated code. In YUI's case especially if you use YUI Grids you might end up with dozens of div-containers even although you don't really need all of them. Therefore it is almost necessary to verify the quality of the generated code before applying it to your web-site or web-applications — to maintain the quality of your code and save you a lot of headache in the future.

Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)

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