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jQuery DJ Hero - CSS3 and jQuery fun

Remember jTypingHero? This was a fun little game to test your typing skills based on the ever popular Guitar Hero. Lately, I came across some news about a new "Hero" game: DJ Hero. Since I really love Proof of Concepts/experimenting, I wanted to bring the vinyl to the browser. That's why I present to you: jQuery DJ Hero.

By combining CSS3 and jQuery, I created two records that you can start spinning (faster and slower) and even scratching is enabled. In a future version, this could be used together with some real sound (this version has no sound).

jQuery DJ Hero - CSS3 and jQuery fun

To achieve the desired effect, I made use of jQuery, Animate CSS Rotation and Scale jQuery Patch and the jQuery Easing library. The picture of the vinyl has been taken from stock.xchng.

Demo jQuery DJ Hero - CSS3 and jQuery fun   Download jQuery DJ Hero - CSS3 and jQuery fun

Since we're using CSS3's transform property (to rotate the vinyls), this example only works in browsers that support CSS3 (Currently, the latest versions of Safari, Firefox and Chrome support this). I've added a video for those people that don't use those browsers and still want to see how the effect looks like. Make sure to check out the demo and let's see how you can create that yourself.


Tags:  dj jquery css3 proof of concept experiment webdevelopment
 
Identity inspiration from Dutch Company Logos

As you might already know, I'm Dutch. This simply means that I was born and live in a country called The Netherlands (a.k.a. Holland). When looking at prejudices: The country of cheese, wooden shoes, windmills and (legal) drugs.

But I'm not the only one having roots in this part of the world. A couple of (big) companies started their business here. Some of them became really big and grew to international sizes.

Today, I present you a list with business logos from companies that have their roots in the Netherlands. One this really noticed me when making this list: Loads of logos use the colour blue.

Dutch Company Logos

I have to admit: These logos are not the most beautiful ones I've ever seen. Still, I'm pretty sure you can draw some inspiration by looking at these. Get ready to get your identity design fluids going!


Tags:  dutch company logo inspiration design
 
Complete list with sweet UI improvements on Windows 7

First things first here: I'm a Mac guy. But I must say: Windows 7 has made quite a lot improvements compared to it's predecessor (Vista). The first time I booted the OS and saw flying orbs create the Windows logo, I was impressed.

I was even more impressed by the amazing user interface improvements made by Microsoft. For those that aren't familiar with these, here's a complete list with sweet UI improvements on Windows 7. Below is the startup screen created by the flying orbs.

Windows 7

A small little diclaimer here: I've fully skipped the "Windows Vista Era", since I moved to Mac OSX right after Windows XP. There might be some things in this list that were already implemented in Vista, but I wasn't aware of those. Also, this list only shows the graphical improvements - not the technical.

That being said, let's check out the slick UI improvements Microsoft brought to their new OS. It could be pretty inspirational for you too!


Tags:  windows 7 user interface improvement microsoft
 
Planet Collision: Free November 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Planet Collision: Free November 2009 Calendar Wallpaper was originally my entry for the Desktop Wallpaper collection on SmashingMagazine. Sadly, my wallpapers weren't selected to be included in the list, but I still wanted to share them with the rest of the world.

Planet Collision: Free November 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

I hope you enjoy them and use them as your wallpaper. These wallpapers are totally free for all kinds of use. Next to the versions that has a calender on them, the non-calender version has been included (in case you want to use it in other months too).

Download Planet Collision

These wallpapers come in a 4:3 (normal) and 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio. Also, an iPhone version has been included. The wallpaper was my outcome after following the great space explosion tutorial.


Tags:  planet collision photoshop free desktop wallpaper calendar
 
Browser size aware content scaling

Just recently, I noticed something pretty cool at Google Images: When you resize your browser, search results are hidden/shown, depending if it makes a full row. It does really have a big advantage: you'll never have any "empty spots" on your website. The grid is always fully filled and results that don't fit in the grid, are simply hidden.

I wanted to recreate this technique using jQuery. Just like Google Images, it check how many images fit in each row and hides the one that fall off (depending on the browser size).

Browser size aware content scaling

The difference between my HTML and the one Google, is that Google uses a table to display the image. My version uses floating images (but essentially, they work the same). Just make sure to check out the demo.

Demo Browser size aware content scaling   Download Browser size aware content scaling

Now let's take a deeper look at the problem, the solution and how you create your own browser size aware content scaling.


Tags:  content scaling google images jquery webdevelopment webdesign
 
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