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FITVIDS.JS, A lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds.

Seeing as that responsive web design is what all the cool kids are doing, why not apply this for video embeds as well? This plugin was developed by Chris Coyier & Paravel (the same people who brought you FitText.JS). Gotta love jQuery.

Oh and you can view the blog entry with details on how it works, and how they came up with the idea here.

Better Tumblr Searching


The one issue I have with Tumblr is the lack of results with its built-in searching. I wrote my own little snippet to handle searching by tags instead since it is more reliable.

The script I am using for this site is using jQuery.

$('footer input').keypress(function(event){
    if(event.which == 13) {
        var tag = $(this).val();
        tag = tag.replace(' ', '_');
        location.href = 'http://blainsmith.com/tagged/' + tag;

This works great and handles spaces in the tag names instead of relying on the user entering an underscore.

You can go grab it as a Gist on GitHub.

This is great. This solves a major inconvenience users have while searching for posts on tumblr. You would assume that the built in search tumblr has includes keywords from post tags, but nope. I’ve had people come to me about this. Great work.



A JavaScript library for building modern HTML presentations. deck.js is flexible enough to let advanced CSS and JavaScript authors craft highly customized decks, but also provides templates and themes for the HTML novice to build a standard slideshow.

This is great! It’s highly interactive and very customizable. I really recommend looking at the demo. Gorgeous stuff. And badass animation effects.

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I'm a designer/art director/geek that likes to make things on (and off) the internet. I'm black, live in the DFW metroplex, work at an ad agency, and drink alone in the dark on week nights. While being black, I write this blog as a creative outlet.

My work has been featured multiple times by Tumblr, published in NET Magazine, Communication Arts, Adweek, The Webbys, HOW Design, W3 Awards, Web Designer Magazine, Under Consideration, Awwwards, Web Design Ledger, Web Designer Depot, Designworklife, Speckyboy, my mom's Facebook Timeline, and a variety of other publications.

I am currently unmarried, live alone, have no pets, and believe in the Oxford comma. I like eating tacos as well. Pants optional.