My friend Kurt helped me out by doing all of the design work for www.ithought.org which launched in mid-December, so January was my turn to help him out with his new website: www.krautstache.com. Given that he’s a great designer and could use a spiffy website, and seeing how easy jQuery was to use, I set out implementing his design for his site, but added in a little extra. The hover actions on the front page are basic jQuery, the contact lightbox uses UI:Dialog, the slide animation between pages uses jFlow, the portfolio lightboxes use jQuery LightBox, and little bits and pieces of jQuery hold the rest of it together. Even though some of the lightbox code is a bit over my head (which prevented me from fine tuning a few things as I would have liked), it came together pretty well and he’s happy with it.
I’m already using jQuery for a project at work that previously would have been done in YUI, and it’s already coming together a lot faster than I’d expected, and I’ve found a few more plugins that is making this project look good and function effectively: dropshadow and quickSearch. If you’re building a website for anything, I highly recommend you give jQuery a look! Give it a few hours, and it will save you countless hours of time on the first project you use it on.