Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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  • Photo // 03.11.2007 // 4:04 PM // Austin, TX // flickr

    Pro CSS authors at the SXSW book signing

  • Photo // 03.11.2007 // 4:04 PM // Austin, TX // flickr

    Pro CSS authors at the SXSW book signing

  • Photo // 03.11.2007 // 4:04 PM // Austin, TX // flickr

    Pro CSS and others at the SXSW bookstore

  • Photo // 03.11.2007 // 4:04 PM // Austin, TX // flickr

    Pro CSS and others at the SXSW bookstore

  • Photo // 11.25.2006 // 7:55 PM // flickr

    Pro CSS Techniques, in stores this week!

  • Blog entry // 11.20.2006 // 1:05 AM // 22 Comments

    Vegas, baby. Vegas.

    I’m heading off to Vegas early Tuesday morning for a vacation with the family (and girlfriend, as well). I know, it’s an odd place to spend Thanksgiving. But, I will be with my family, which is basically an entire lot of 1-800-BETS-OFF failures. And besides, it’s not like it’s a religious holiday — who says I can’t spend it in Sin City? I’ve never been there before, so I’m looking forward to it.

    So, before I go, I’ve got several little tidbits, stream-of-conscious style.

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  • Blog entry // 10.16.2006 // 7:14 PM // 59 Comments

    Five things I’m doing to get better at web design

    With work on Pro CSS Techniques winding down, I’m starting to have a bit more spare time on my hands. Don’t get me wrong — I’m still busy with the day job and a few other projects — but I’m finally able to stop and take a breath every once in a while, which wasn’t the case a few weeks ago.

    So, what am I doing with my new found spare time? Well besides the obvious answers (spending more time with Michelle and Haley, consuming more booze, and watching more TV), I’m trying to get better at web design. So, in no particular order, here are five things I’m either doing or planning to do in the next several months to hone my craft.

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  • Blog entry // 08.07.2006 // 11 AM // 29 Comments

    A helping hand for Dvorak

    A few weeks ago, professional troll John C. Dvorak of PC magazine made some waves in the CSS and web standards world with this article, in which he calls CSS “another fine mess from the standards bodies,” that is “worsening over time as ‘improvements’ are made.” He then displays a complete ignorance of how CSS works when he notes that,”if your Internet connection happens to lose a bit of CSS data, you get a mess on your screen.”

    Dvorak isn’t completely off base. CSS isn’t simple to learn. It’s not supposed to be. Professional web developers have professional tools (like CSS) that take time and commitment to learn. Non-professionals have simpler tools for web publishing that are quite easy to learn — they go by names like MySpace, Blogger, Moveable Type, WordPress, and Dreamweaver. There are browser quirks with CSS and if you don’t understand them CSS will drive you batty.

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