And all that Malarkey

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Complete Madness

I like to think that at Stuff and Nonsense, our house isn’t so much a place to work as it is a house of fun and although we take the work we do very seriously, we don’t take ourselves too seriously at all. We hope that sense of fun comes across on our site and today we’re putting aside our embarrassment, putting on our baggy trousers and unveiling a new header on our home page.

This could be most essential CSS3 media query you’ll need today

We know that it’s only web designers who habitually resize a browser window to see if a site’s responsive. But why not reward their dedication with a little something special? Add this to your stylesheet:

@media only screen and (min-width: 960px) and (max-width: 970px) {

body {
-webkit-transform : rotate(180deg);
-moz-transform : rotate(180deg);
-o-transform : rotate(180deg);
transform : rotate(180deg); }


This could be the most essential CSS3 media query you’ll need today.

Beards in web design: Group interview

In the comments of many web design group interviews, many readers ask for more beards on the panels in particular because, There is no way of discerning how the experience of a bearded designer might differ, simply because there is a complete lack of representation. So, we decided to prepare an article featuring specifically professional bearded designers giving their expert advice.

Could you be a canary?

I’m almost at the end of preparing materials for “Hardboiled Web Design” and soon I’ be writing. To demonstrate various CSS3 properties, I’ve put together an archives page in the demonstration site, “It’s Hardboiled”. That’s where you come in (again).

Announcing my new I Can Make You A CSS Zen Master DVD

If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I've spent the last couple of weeks in San Francisco, recording several DVD titles for New Riders. Most will be available in around three months, but I'm pleased to announce that one, I Can Make You A CSS Zen Master, is available today. Watch the trailer below to find out more.

Monster Munch

Huge shelled, radioactive snails towering over New York.

hCup Microformat

A new, (as yet) unofficial World Cup Microformat dubbed ‘hCup’.

Arno Zimmerman’s untold stories

Untold stories from Arno Zimmerman including Arno’s baiting of Kartooner, Faruk Ates and that Man In Blue, Cameron Adams.

Dealing with advertising salesmen

OK, I can’t resist it. If you enjoyed Dealing with telephone salesmen, Dealing with window salesmen or Dealing with kitchen salesmen (and I hope you did) here is one last bash at cold callers. This time you’re at work and the phone rings, “Hello, can I speak to the person responsible for your company’s advertising please?”

Hicks related charity auction

It’s amazing what people buy and sell on eBay. Now a unique opportunity to aquire an authentic pair of Jon Hicks’ socks. (Now sold).

Where’s Durstan?

Read about ‘Durstan’ being left off the up-and-coming Professional CSS book cover? So, in the style of Where’s Waldo, let’s play Where’s Durstan?

An apology to salesmen

Please accept my heart-felt apologies for potentially causing you so many wasted sales calls.

Dealing with telephone salesmen

You probably know how it is, you’re just sitting down to dinner (perhaps in front of your favourite TV show) when the phone rings.

Salesman Hello, can I speak to the person responsible for your gas/electricity/telephone/bills, please?

Your heart sinks. Sometimes it’s UPVC double-glazing on offer, sometimes you’ve won a competition (which you hadn't entered) and are eligable for £1000 off a new kitchen. At work the calls can multiply. But rather than just say We’re not interested! or hang up, if I’ve got a free five minutes I like to play games.

This is a real conversation, I promise nothing has been made up.

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