SpriteCow is a nifty tool that generates CSS for your image sprites. Upload a sprite, click on the desired region and — like magic — SpriteCow will generate a CSS snippet containing the background position, width, and height for that region.
At the time of this writing, SpriteCow only works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and IE10 (Safari is not supported).
Recently, Ian Stewart was a special guest on the podcast by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert, ShopTalk. Ian discussed many web topics, including WordPress (obviously!) and answered questions from listeners.
Man, theme options. :) There aren’t many more topics in WordPress theme development that inspire more discussion these days than theme options. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Konstantin Kovshenin’s Theme Options Gallery. Konstantin reviews the best and worst theme options pages around there. It’s where the best discussion on theme options is happening right now.
If you’re interested in HTML Semantics and are looking for a good place to start learning more about it and what it means start out with this post at HTML5 Doctor, Let’s Talk about Semantics. At the very least, you’ll learn why we don’t have a pineapple element in HTML.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to use get_template_part() in your themes and why you might want to, designer and developer, Terry Sutton, has a great post up called Tighter and leaner WordPress templates with get_template_part(). It’s well worth a read. (And not just because he mentions _s though that’s pretty cool too.)
A project to link the aesthetic and discipline of modernist poster designs to the world of digital and dynamic grids, manifested by a series of WordPress themes, adapted from typographical posters.
Some might know already about but this is worth to get a spotlight. Vertical Rhythm is a really cool project by Edit / Nitzan Hermon.
What terrible business jargon do you need unsucked?
Awesome writing tips over at unsuck-it.com, by the fine folks at Mule Design. Go read it, mmm-kay? That’d be great.
The blog runs on WordPress, natch.
The Editorial Team at Smashing Magazine shares a collection of new high-quality free fonts over on Smashing Magazine. Some of these fonts are intended for print publications, but there are several that are suitable for web design, available either to download or through Google Web Fonts. Which ones will you use for your next web design projects?
Harry Roberts presents a primer on technical web typography over on Smashing Magazine.