Aloe polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans

Endangered native of the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho, Africa. Grows in rock crevices at high altitudes. Only alpine member of the genus Aloe. Threats to populations of spiral aloe include overgrazing, unsustainable harvesting by plant enthusiasts and people interested in its medicinal properties, and increasing rarity of its pollinator, the Malachite Sunbird.

Ommatoiulus rutilans

Its shape and color have earned it the name of Wireworm. It differs clearly from a worm by having a rigid body and protected by a hard layer of chitin and mineral salts. Easy to observe in humid places, among the leaf litter, wood.

This semester’s end-of-year work by my students often exhibited lengthy body copy creeping alongside and under images, or images that were far too large next to snippets of microcopy.

Part of a designer’s job is to balance text and images harmoniously: one should never overpower a web page at the expense of the other. This is most especially important in callouts - typically small runs of text with single illustrations - which must be fluid and adaptable to both changing screen sizes and an unpredictable or changing amount of content. After a little experimentation, I found a nice way to deal with the demands of both, using a combination of flexbox and background images.

Parapsychologist in session

Links make the web work. They also have some of the strictest styling limits, mostly due to security concerns. Designers like Marcin Wichary have pointed out that these limitations can affect the legibility of links, and have proposed various workarounds and solutions. The good news is that CSS standards have evolved to address many of these problems, improving the look of links and their usability.