Articles by Scott Stanton

Scott Stanton has spent the past decade working nights as a freelance web designer, only to write about the latest design trends at his day job as a freelance writer. Hang on Scott's every word @TheScottStanton.

Parallax Scrolling: An Introduction

Anyone who has played, watched friends play, or briefly saw video games that were released in the 80’s and 90’s is familiar with parallax scrolling. Think of games like Mario Bros, Streets of Rage, Kung Fu, Turtles in Time, or the original parallax scrolling game, Moon Patrol.  Parallax scrolling is when there are multiple layers of images all moving at different speeds, causing a 2D image to have a 3D-like effect. Why am I talking about retro video games on a web development site?  Well, the simple...

Developing a Responsive Website Part 4: Finishing The Homepage Portfolio Slider

This week we're going to finish up the portfolio slider on our homepage that we have already started. At this point, if you view your index.php file and scroll down to the secondary screen it should look something like this. We’re close, all we have to do now is plug in our jQuery elements and then add some CSS to make our secondary portfolio slider screen responsive. Go ahead and download the Java files you'll need from here, keep the js directory in your root folder and check out what out the image below...

Developing a Responsive Website: Secondary Page Part 2

We’re going to wrap up our tutorial on how to develop a responsive website this week by making our secondary page, well, responsive. We created our large layout for the page in our last tutorial, but now we want to make it fluid so that it will display nicely across various platforms, ranging from tablets and mobile devices to PC’s.  Let’s take a quick peak at what we’re working towards. Notice how once we hit the skinnier, mobile version of the site we go to a more vertical layout.  This makes it...

Developing a Responsive Website: Secondary Page

We’re going to begin to wrap up our tutorial on creating a responsive website this week by creating a secondary services page to feature the necessary, and important, content of our site.  Keeping a sites layout visually appealing is a crucial aspect of keeping a visitor on your site. Having a simple box filled with verbiage running from left to right is not very inviting, nor aesthetically pleasing.  When displayed like that, the sheer amount of text could be enough to cause your visitor to quickly...

Creating a Responsive Website: The Footer Part 2

We’re going to pick up where we left off in our last tutorial on creating our responsive web design footer. In the last tutorial you may recall that we laid out the large version of our footer and inserted a Twitter feed as well.  In this tutorial we’re going to finish off our footer by making it responsive and plugging in the jQuery necessary to make our Twitter feed work. If your dog ate your work up until this point, you can download the source code here. Before we get started, let’s take another quick...

Developing a Responsive Website: The Footer

At this point we’re just about done with the homepage of our responsive website. We’ve got our navigation in place, our background images resize nicely, and our other elements are able to resize and adjust to various screen resolutions. Today we’re going to focus on tying the page off with a footer. I’ve always admired sites that put some thought in to the bottom of their page design. There are certainly times when a footer requires nothing more than some basic contact info and maybe a copyright...

Developing a Responsive Website: The Homepage Portfolio Slider

We are going to continue on with our designing a responsive website tutorial where we have already learned about the background images, the site's navigation and the content. This week we’re going to work on adding a little more content to our homepage. At this point you should have a site that looks similar to this. You should have a full-screen background image that changes in size to match the viewers screen resolution, a main navigation bar, and a little blurb that will grab the attention of the viewer...

Developing a Responsive Website Part 2: Navigation and Content

Now that we’ve got our background images squared away and set to break themselves down nicely across various devices and screen resolutions we can look in to populating our home page with some content. Let’s begin with our header. I always like using a separate file for all the things that will stay uniform throughout my site, header, logo, navigation, etc. That way if I need to make a minor edit down the road I just have to edit the header file, which is then pulled in to every page with a simple PHP include...
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