Web Design Tool: Maki App

Maki App
Maki App Bookmarklet

Maki App… My long lost web design helper. I lost the link for this but recently rediscovered it. If you are coding a website based on a design that was originally built in Photoshop, Maki App is a must-have tool. The old school way of marking up code to match a JPG would be to temporarily add the mockup JPG as a background image and adjust items on top of the background.

But there is a better way! Maki App allows you to overlay the background on top of your site and adjust the opacity. A heaven sent tool for front-end developers.

Maki App Screenshot

Additionally, if you’re a web designer that prefers or has the flexibilty to design within the browser, Make Your Mockup in Markup is a great article to check out.

Illustrative Books

I may or may not have only gotten these books just for their illustrations.

They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated
Over 100 artists submitted their drawings to theydrawandcook.com. It is possibly the most interesting recipe book I own. As an added bonus, most of the recipes are quick and easy! Their sister site, theydrawandtravel.com is also one of my favorites.

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles
Wildwood is a children’s book with beautiful illustrations by Carson Ellis. I am not ashamed to say that I most certainly bought this book for the 5 beautifully illustrated pages inside. (Also a bonus: Scan the artwork, print and frame for instant art!)

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life
Who knew learning about soil, tools and types of chickens could be so interesting? The layouts and typography complement Julia Rothman’s unique illustration style and make the book worth checking out even if you have no immediate plans to become a farmer.