New blog is now at thomasbishop.me

Hey friends,

I just launched a new blog called Design & Things over at ThomasBishop.me, where I will be focusing more closely on blogging in the coming weeks and months. Mainly, I’ll be covering my thoughts and experiences on design, product and ux and potentially interviewing other designers that are doing great work.

If you’re subscribed to the feed here, please kindly head over to the new blog and subscribe via RSS or email. Thank you!

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New venture: UI Details has launched!

UI Details

I recently launched a new venture, called UI Details! Simply put, it’s an inspiration gallery for UI/UX nerds & pixel addicts.

Check it out!

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Year in Review, 2011 Edition

2011

To say that 2011 has been a busy year is an understatement. I have had a blast working with some awesome clients, and the outlook for my business Bishop Creative could not be better. As I plan for 2012, I can’t help but look back and feel extremely lucky to have worked on some killer projects with some creative and progressive folks.

With that being said, I’ve put together some highlights from some projects that I had the pleasure to be a part of this year…

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Bishop Creative is Now Responsive

I finally found some extra time this weekend to transform my main site, Bishop-Creative.com into a fully responsive layout. If you are a web designer and aren’t familiar with it, here’s a good read on the topic of responsive web design from Ethan Marcotte and the fine folks at A List Apart. If you have a second, head over to the Bishop Creative site to check out the goodness, and drop a comment with any feedback!

Visit the Bishop Creative site →

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Newly launched: David E. Jackson | Studios Website & Portfolio



I just launched a website/portfolio for my good friend and uber-talented photographer Dave Jackson. I’ve spent the last two weeks curled up in my office crafting this bad boy. Head over to davidejackson.com to check out the website and all the killer photos that live in it!

Go to the Site!

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Top Notch Design Snaps from Forrst.com

Many of you may be familiar with the design snapshot-sharing community known as Dribbble.com (a place where designers go to post “shots”  of what they are working on, whether it be client or personal work). While there is no shortage of inspiring work on Dribbble, I was recently introduced to another great online community that has been pumping out it’s fair share of solid work. That site is Forrst.com.

Forrst not only enables you to, like Dribbble, share snapshots of what you’re working on, but also pose questions, show code examples and links. This combined with an engaging community makes it possible for designers & developers to get helpful (and if you’re lucky, candid) feedback on what you’re working on. I can’t stress enough how much of a difference this makes as a freelancer (especially to a freelancer who sits at home all day long talking to myself …themselves).

But enough chatter! Here are some examples of some talented folks doing awesome things!

Wirehive Branding

"Wirehive Branding" by Harry Ford

I've Got the Magic

"I've Got the Magic" by Allison Grayce Nold

Doodle

Doodle by Allison Grayce Nold

Save the Date Postcards

"Save the Date Postcards" by Angie Strickland

Ze ozer robot

"Ze ozer robot" by Catalin Boroi

Untitled

"Untitled" by Luke Beard

Louisville Hardcore Poster

"Louisville Hardcore Poster" by Chris Pfaffinger

Forefathers

"Forefathers" by Portland

When I Get Sad

"When I Get Sad" by Luke Beard

"Get Out" running-theme poster series

"'"Get Out' running-theme poster series" by Truen

Infographic

Infographic by Benjamin Dauer

The White Tree of Gondor

"The White Tree of Gondor" by Peter Burdette

Old Book

"Old Book" by Ovidiu Alexandrescu

Falanx

Falanx by Thomas Bossée

Final Show Poster

"Final Show Poster" by Luke Beard

3D iPhone Icon

"3D iPhone Icon" by JonathanfromUPR

Shark Week

"Shark Week" by Christopher Wilson

Darth Vader by El Ducko

Darth Vader by El Ducko

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Changing Sides: Why I ditched Firefox and haven’t looked back

Browser Switch
Like many people my age, I’ve been browsing the web since I was relatively young, but the day the family got “the internet” was like none other. Even though it was deathly slow, there was an enormous feeling of a sudden connection to the world. The browser of choice at the time was Internet Explorer (circa version 4 or 5.) Fast forward to 2004, when someone introduced me to what would become my new favorite browser, “Firefox”. At the time, Firefox was the snappiest, safest and coolest browser I knew of. The love for Firefox continued for years.

Changing sides

It wasn’t until early 2008 that I started to second-guess Firefox’s superiority. When web design started turning into more than a hobby, I really noticing the differences between web browsers. I was hesitant to completely jump to a new platform, and when Firefox started crashing, running slow and being buggy at times, I told myself “oh, it’s probably just a bug that they’ll iron out.” It got to the point where I’d click on the icon to launch Firefox, and it would take 15-30 seconds just to launch the application. That’s marked the first time I seriously considered jumping ship, and I did.

Enter WebKit

WebKit
Right around the time Chrome was coming out of beta, I had decided it was time to really dig in and see what the fuss about Webkit was. I had been hearing a lot of buzz about it in the web community, so I did a “test run” of each Safari and Chrome, one whole week of using each browser and none other. After doing this, I couldn’t convince myself to go back to Firefox; I would choose between Safari and Chrome.

To this day, I still go back and forth between Safari and Chrome, although Chrome is most of the time my browser of choice, because it seems to be a bit snappier than Safari, although the speed differences are nearly unnoticeable. The main point is that I’ve settled on one platform, WebKit, and here’s why I think it’s the best:

Speed

Speed
Chrome and Safari (in my experiences) have been consistently faster, both to launch and to run than Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc. Speed is the most noticeable aspect of using a web browser.

Intuitive UI

Chrome & Safari
To me, the next most important aspect of a browser is it’s User Interface. Chrome and Safari seem to have the most intuitive UI’s in the gang (minus a couple very small annoyances with Safari, notably the Refresh button being on the far side of the Address bar). Although both have their own feel and color schemes, etc., they both maintain simplicity and clarity, only displaying the most necessary elements while still maintaining a very robust application.

CSS3 Support

CSS3 Support
Being a web designer first and developer second, my priority is beautiful CSS which brings our markup to life. In my opinion, WebKit is ahead of the curve in terms of CSS3 support, which plays a HUGE role in making a beautiful website just that much better. Examples of this would be text-shadow, box-shadow, transitions, transformations and keyframe animations, which are partially supported in some browsers and totally ignored in others. Some of these properties make elements look more realistic, some add flare to the User Experience, but one thing’s for sure; they help make the web a more interactive and beautiful place for users and WebKit’s got just about all of them.

HTML5 Support

HTML5 Support
HTML5 is one of those technologies that is changing so much, you can hardly keep track. I am no HTML5 expert, but I can say that Chrome consistently ranks up near or at the top in terms of support for HTML5 elements and properties. If Chrome doesn’t support something, it’s a good bet that they very soon will. If you’re interested in testing your browser for HTML5 support, check out HTML5test.com or FindMeByIP.

The Web is all about choice

I should point out that this article only presents my opinion, and I take no offense if you don’t agree. In fact, the web is all about choice, so I commend you for using the browser you have the most faith in! I’d love to hear your stories and opinions, so please feel free to comment away!

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Coming Soon: Theme Refresh, a Premium WordPress Theme Shop

Theme Refresh

When I started working with beautiful folks over at Logic By Design, they came to me with an idea of what would become a very special project. Over the past few months, we have been hard at work on a special project, dubbed Theme Refresh.

Theme Refresh is a Premium WordPress theme shop, built specifically for other Web Professionals.

“Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for your next project, because of that our themes come with everything you will need to get your project started right.”

We are putting the final touches on three initial themes, all of which will be chock-full of goodies. In the meantime, if you’re interested in following our launch, releases and all things Theme Refresh, please sign up for notifications or follow us on Twitter @ThemeRefresh!

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Added Feature: Comment via Twitter

Twitter Comments

Just a quick note. You now have the option to comment on blog posts via your Twitter account, or normally via the Comment form. If you want to comment via Twitter, just click the Sign in with Twitter button below the Comment form.

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20 Creative Blogs You Should Be Following

I don’t often write list posts, but this is a topic I feel is very important to success in the web design industry. Since diving into graphic and web design, I’ve always put a very high priority on staying up-to-date with news and resources. It has made me a far more savvy designer, developer and has helped my business grow in ways I could not have imagined. When you’re getting started, it can get overwhelming to see how many sources there are and how huge our community really is. After a while, you start to get comfortable with your “go-to” sources and are more able to weed out the weaker sources.

Here are a list of my favorite and most-trusted sources for articles, tutorials and inspiration:

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