Masonry: A jQuery Layout Plugin

Masonry is a layout plugin for jQuery. Think of it as the flip side of CSS floats. Whereas floating arranges elements horizontally then vertically, Masonry arranges elements vertically then horizontally according to a grid. The result minimizes vertical gaps between elements of varying height, just like a mason fitting stones in a wall.”


YoxView is another jQuery image viewer plugin that doesn’t look like your typical lightbox. Though there are too many lightbox options available, YoxView is among the few that have a built–in slideshow feature, which may come in handy for some sites.

jQuery Crash

Now here’s a jQuery plugin with an evil twist: jQuery Crash. With just Javascript through jQuery, this plugin will crash anyone using IE6, a not so subtle way of telling them to start using a better browser. Sick.


Uniform supposedly helps you produce “sexy forms with jQuery.” Essentially, it is a jQuery plugin that styles form elements and provides them a consistent look. A few designs are initially available as themes and it should be fairly easy to build your own from it.

This barely made the news but you should …

This barely made the news but you should know that jQuery 1.4 is now out with lots of performance improvements and a few new features.

“Underscore is a utility-belt library f …

Underscore is a utility-belt library for JavaScript that provides a lot of the functional programming support that you would expect in Prototype.js (or Ruby), but without extending any of the built-in JavaScript objects. It’s the tie to go along with jQuery’s tux.”

Halves layouts come in two options: Left …

Halves layouts come in two options: Left & Right and Top & Bottom.

QueryLoader is another javascript preloa …

QueryLoader is another javascript preloader that produces a stylish effect for your pages. Uses jQuery.

jQuery fontAvailable allows you to check …

jQuery fontAvailable allows you to check for presence of specific fonts to build your UI just the way you want it.

25 excellent tips for better jQuery prog …

25 excellent tips for better jQuery programming. Believe me, some of them are actually useful.

I’m not sure if it’s technically sound …

I’m not sure if it’s technically sound to do things this way, but you can now do content templating using jQuery. Do everything in the browser with jQuery javascript, no need for server–side parsing.

And we thought graphs, charts, and bars …

And we thought graphs, charts, and bars can only be made server–side or with Flash? Think again. jqPlot is a javascript–based plotting plugin written in jQuery.

Here’s quick jQuery trick to set equal …

Here’s quick jQuery trick to set equal heights for elements.

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More lightboxes for JQuery

Just today while looking for new JQuery plugins, I ran into two interesting lightbox options. ColorBox is a lightweight option with some useful additional features; jboxed is another option that does things a bit differently with a unique navigation style not too common for most lightbox solutions.

Using jQuery for UI & Navigation

Some useful links for UI and navigation, utilizing jQuery:

Javascript Pull Quotes with jQuery


jQuote is a jQuery plugin that enables you to do old–school print–style pull quotes without redundant markup or images. Just by simply denoting the pull quote from the original text, using simple <span> tags, you get instant big and floated pull quotes! You’ve got to see it for yourself.

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New JQuery Techniques for UX

Smashing Magazine has a roundup of several JQuery techniques and plugins that may be used for an improved user experience in your sites. 45 of them!

jQuery magicpreview plugin

With our regular search for useful jQuery plugins, the magicpreview plugin should be useful for real–time manipulation of the DOM. One real–world use for this is for comment previews and similar things. Nice.

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