Week 4: Dispatches from inside a Skinner Box

<insert link>  Oooh! It worked! And, look, a piece of cheese!  Let’s do that again.

<font-family: Merriweather;> Hey!  Look at that! Another piece of cheese!

Fortunately, Dreamweaver cheese is virtual; otherwise I’d end up in the ER with clogged arteries. Instead, I’ve got a set of type and an improvement over my first stab at CSS.  My type assignment is here.  I used the footnoting code that Dr. Petrik recommended.  It does strange things to my type that leading adjustments don’t fully satisfy; perhaps I’ll get some answers at the next class.

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Slate has an article about a fantastic digital history site: CSI Dixie.  It contains 1,582 digitized coroner’s reports from six counties in 19th-century South Carolina. They haven’t merely been transcribed: you can search by type of death, name, county, and other variables.  I’m not an expert, but it looks like R is in use behind the scenes. When I think about building my prosopography, this is the sort of result I have in mind.

The site design is functional, and its simplicity makes it beautiful and engaging.

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Having trouble picking out exactly the right colors and combinations for your page?  Use this color extractor to pull the colors from a website that appeals to you.  It will return a set of swatches along with the codes to use in your own design.

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I commented this week on Kater’s blog.

That’s it.  Backing to pulling levers in hopes of some more cheese.

 

 

2 comments

  1. I like the color checker. I spent too much time on it though because I am still struggling with design. My main problem was that I could see colors that worked well together, but I couldn’t find a background color and text color to go together without “popping” or being too subdued. I will have to work on that to improve the readability of my site.

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