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March 24th, 2013 | Posted by pixelhorse in Coding | Female Projects - (0 Comments)

I just discovered a female Project called phpwomen.com.

Here more about the project and the mission:


PHPWomen is a user group specifically targeted toward the women in the PHP world. We do not wish to exclude men – rather to encourage women. They are not mutually exclusive after all.


Our aim is to provide a network of support and mentorship to women, help women become more involved with PHP, increase our numbers at conferences as speakers and attendees, and provide a “female friendly” and professional atmosphere.


Starting out on October 8, 2006 as a call for the women of PHP to “stand up and be counted” by Ligaya Turmelle and Elizabeth Naramore, we have since formed an active community that will hopefully continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.

Why a Woman’s Site

The women in the PHP World tend to be few and scattered all over the world, rarely seeing other women at the various conferences, unconferences, user group meetings and social get togethers. By providing this site we hope that the women will not feel so alone and isolated. The men in the PHP World are a very welcoming and acceptable bunch, but sometimes it is nice to talk to another woman either for coding help or for support in the specific issues of being a woman in a male dominated field.


In 2008 Lee Munroe found at least 25 female webdesigners he found worth to be mentioned http://www.leemunroe.com/25-hot-female-web-designers.

Already in 2010, smashing magazine published a small list of female webdesigners:  http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/11/women-in-web-design-group-interview/.

Is it important if webdesign is female or male?
Later, in 2012 another article in Templatemonster takes a look at the design: http://blog.templatemonster.com/2012/07/26/web-design-by-gender-women/ and the different styles preferred by gender separation.

Responsive Webdesign

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted by pixelhorse in Coding | Design | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Responsive webdesign is the most important trend in 2012 in webdesign technologies. But why. Let’s start just basic:

Responsive means a flexible design self modifiing dependant on the final device. It is designed in HTML/CSS/Javascript and shows only useful layouts depending on the selected design.

So finally the pages should look better in all kinds of design.

A book apart already made a book out of this technology: http://www.abookapart.com/products/responsive-web-design/

Choose the right colors in webdesign

October 25th, 2011 | Posted by pixelhorse in Design - (0 Comments)

The way to choose the right color especially in webdesign depends on many things. Personal favourites and the focus on the appliance of the site are important. Color theory and the meanings and psycological aspects of colors are often discussed. Here is a nice article about all these aspects:


But what about how to find the right color? Who is faster and sure what to choose? In my daily work I often stumble upon different types of customers. Some give examples and know what they want. Others ask for propositions what to choose. Others compare printed colors with the monitors color, printed on whatever a printer.

I often wonder why the most difficult decisions are caused by people who ask many others what to do! With different monitors and different ideas and points of view. And see one thing – often it is more difficult with women.


I just found a nice page with a list of female webdesingers: http://www.leemunroe.com/25-hot-female-web-designers. So I was curious and looked at some of the listed pages and further the suggested pages in the comments.

My personal selection is here – and I hope there will be more suggestions, too. Maybe we will reach the 100s? Sure. Give them to me! Use this as your showcase.


http://yaili.com/ – London











Often I wonder if women work better together with other women or with men? Here in webdesign my collegues are both but depending on the number of individuals I work often together with men. So it is kind of lack of expierience. My focus is more on the work not on “private” interests. Looking at female networks my imprssion was, that talking about private female interests such as family, clothing etc. is very important – but not for me. I work and think problem based (if that exsist in english?).
But further in cooperations I often think that women are not so sure and proud of their work. The often ask others (what men seldom do) and are quite difficult making decisions. On the other hand men can often not accept another point of view and try to make their own thing looking the best ever. For this reason I prefer askers who can make decisions, too!

Right now I found a nice magazine about women in typography and graphic design: Slanted issue 12. It follows my intention to show that we are someone and somewhere working! Often only male artists, designers e.g. are in focus but we are nearly the same number of individuals on this planet.

Let’s have a look at the mag’s original description:
“Beat That If You Can! – “Slanted #12 – Women, Typography, Graphic Design” is a stage for extraordinary and intelligent projects by women. This is not a very special thing. For our focus on visual culture it’s all the same whether a (typo-)graphic work has been realized by a female or a male being. But it’s undeniable and strange that still only very few women are visible in graphic design (more) and typography (less). We want to contribute to more visibility for at least some female type and graphic designers – design by women is at least just as well. Beat That If You Can!

With great pleasure we present the work of Ariane Spanier (Berlin), Julia Born (Amsterdam) and Verena Gerlach (Berlin), the photographic essays “Brides of Krishna” by Kalpesh Lathigra (dmbmedia / London) and “Female Marines” from the archives of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as contemporary typefaces, illustrations and graphic projects by female designers. Type essays by Laure Boer (Berlin) and Gerda Breuer/Julia Meer (Wuppertal) are dealing with the role of women in graphic design and typography and outline a corresponding history. Numerous interviews with Verena Gerlach (Berlin), Ariane Spanier (Berlin, Nadine Chahine (Bad Homburg), Veronika Burian (Prag), Laura Worthington (Washington), Kapitza (London), Geneviève Gauckler (Paris), Esen Karol (Istanbul), Akiko Kanna (Tokyo) and Susanne Baer (Tokyo) as well as the second part of the Tokyo report by Ian Lynam (Tokyo), a musical travelogue and a paper report round up stuff to read.

Slanted Magazine #12
Women, Typography, Graphic Design
148 pages”*

*order and see here: http://www.slanted.de/eintrag/slanted-12-women-typography-graphic-design

Newsletters Part 2 – coding – tests

September 27th, 2010 | Posted by pixelhorse in Coding | Design - (0 Comments)

Newsletters are a fast and cheap way for marketing. In our first issue we collected articles about contents and concepts. Now we look at the design, coding and testing.

There are many clients you can use free for receiving eMails. Freemail clients as yahoo, hotmail or solutions as lotus notes, outlook … We decided to send designed newsletters in html and hope the user agreed to receive html. To have a good result in all clients here are the best links:

General tipps for your code

Testing the newsletter

Testing can be solved if you have many addresses at all common freemailers and clients installed. Not very efficient and not in all cases a good practice because it depends on the mailer, too, how the code is presented in the client. If you send a html mail using copy and paste with outlook, outlook will modify the code itself. A service for testing your code is previewmyemail.com, it offers some clients views’ free and nearly all for a fee.

  • http://www.previewmyemail.com/

In our first issue, we look at the general ideas of design a newsletter and the most efficient way to present contents.

Keep it small, short and interesting

  1. The newsletter should be not wider than 600px, and give a first impression in the preview panel.
  2. Use the main theme in the header and the subject.
  3. Don’t write the whole article about … use headlines and short blocks and give links to read more. The more contents can be on your homepage. If you use a professional solution you can use tracking tools – to check the response.
  4. If you can send attachments use common formats as pdf. Often clients have a limit for receiving attachments. Keep it under 1 MB.

What others say

Thank you foru your suggestions and links!

In the past we had to be in the kitchen and look after the kids. Later we started working, but as we didn’t learn anything else than cleaning and cooking, the jobs where payed very low. The times has changed in many ways but there is still a difference about the money we earn. It depends not only in our education or expierience. What are the reasons in your opinion and how much do you earn? Post a comment and take part in our poll. Men are welcome. Links to other related articles are welcome, too.

Maybe we can collect some differences here:

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