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15 Creatively Designed Owls


Sesaly at 10 months in her owl room

Sesaly at 10 months in her owl room

Almost 1 year ago I had my fourth and last child, Sesaly Breeze, born on August 29th. I’ve never had an affinity for birds, but upon her birth I became obsessed with owls. Her nursery is completely decked out with all sorts of owls – owl wall stickers, owl dolls, owl blankets, quilts – you name it (see crib on right)! So I decided to round up some of my favorite owl illustrations and creative works that I’ve found on the web in the past year.


Buckets of Inspiration – New Dribbble Feature for Design Inspiration Collectors



Yesterday, Dribbble announced a new feature addition to it’s already awesome service called “buckets“. If you haven’t heard, Dribbble allows designers to connect with their peers by following each other’s “shots” – 400×300 pixel crops of current work.

Dribbble is show and tell for creatives. Designers, developers and other creatives share shots—small screenshots of the designs and applications they are working on.

The latest feature, buckets, allows Dribbble members to arrange any shots into a collection, however they choose.


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 (triplelproductions.com) 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!


Create A Memorable Maintenance Page


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Every once in a while we have to take our site down for upgrades, or god forbid something breaks and we have to fix it and we don’t want to leave the broken version for our users to see.

I was inspired to write this after seeing the funny Technorati maintenance page this morning:

Technorati Monster Loose

Maintenance pages are important for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is to make people remember to come back. If someone is visiting your site for the first time and you are currently working on your site and have placed it in maintenance mode typically you will replace your index with a page explaining the downtime and encouraging users to check back later (giving a specific time frame is good practice).