Monthly Archives: August 2008

VOTE: I Want Your Opinions


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In the beginning of 2006 I launched CSSgirl. I moved all the content from my old site ( and started CSSgirl Designs with a brand new design. Over time I’ve changed the design a bit, adding and removing sections, images and content.

Since last summer I’ve been planning a redesign, but I just can’t settle on one that I am happy with. So, I would like to have some feedback from the people who visit my site- who see it regularly!

I have four designs that I’ve created that I am deciding between. View them and let me know your opinions – good or bad! Two have already been coded, two are just image mockups:

Vote for your favorite:

(PS: If you vote for “something else entirely”, let me know WHY. otherwise I’m going to remove that choice because I won’t know which direction people are looking for! Your comments won’t hurt my feelings, I promise!)

What Design Should I Run With?

  • Dark Rainbow (27%, 20 Votes)
  • Whiteboard (26%, 19 Votes)
  • Watermelon (20%, 15 Votes)
  • Super Serious Dark (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Leave it! (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Use the current design, just make it better. (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Something else ENTIRELY! (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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Voting ends September 1st, 2008.

The three designs I do not choose will be converted into free WordPress themes (and Movable Type too, if I find the time!) :)

Please leave comments with suggestions, criticisms, etc!


My Love Affair With Woopra


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I love looking at the analytics for my site. I love seeing what articles are most popular, what people land on the most, where they come from and where they leave.

A few months ago I learned about Woopra – a free tracking/analytics program that has a beautiful gui and some pretty freakin’ cool features.

Woopra - web analytic, web stats


Typography Essentials – Free Fonts, Tools and Tutorials


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Another important aspect in web design (combined with the right color combinations and Photoshop essentials and brushes) is getting just the right typography for your design. There are many, many free fonts available as well as tools to build your own. Not only that but you can use free online resources to determine the name of that elusive font you’ve seen used elsewhere and want to grab it for yourself.

Once you find the font perfect for your project then you have to know how to use it. While some of the best resources about learning more about typography are books (Thinking with Type and The Elements of Typographic Style are two of my favorites) there are tons of online articles and tutorials written by people in the design industry that will help you better your typography.