Given how many companies I've consulted with whose SEO-firm approved IAs were truly heinous, I'd have to agree. No, I don't think every SEO firm makes for a bad web site. But all too often getting #1 on Google supercedes - often to an incredibly damaging extent - the web site's ability to provide findable information and utility for its readers/users. As I've said a million times to clients, what GOOD is a #1 web site on Google if your potential customers/readers/clients can't find what they're looking for?
Oh, I am getting tired of frame-in-a-frame, utility or social bar, always-on extra chunky now with fewer calories whizbang gadget things that are invading my web browsing experience.
There's the Ow.ly.
And the Stumbleupon.
And this new funky link bar I'm seeing @ the foot of many other web sites these days.
You know, this was a way-cool fad back in the 90's as well. Sure, we used frames back then. Sure, we (well, not me, but my fellow 90's web-geeks did) messed up the browsing experience far more with our tricks than the new glossy slidy JS-y ones do today.
But they all end up doing the same thing. They're messing up the browsing experience. They're adding things there that (sometimes) the web site didn't intend. They're hijacking, or taking up real estate, or giving me as a dozen more things to look at and determine whether to ignore or use.
My attention is infinitely precious. I only have so much of it and unlike books on my bookshelf or items piling up to read in my RSS reader there is no way for me to go out and get more of it.
You need to get out of my way and let me get there.
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that Morford will finally have a book published. The man could write on leaves and I'd read his writing. The Daring Spectacle is looking like a book-length version of his beloved but sadly gone Morning Fix emails: columns, commentary, photos, hate mail, and more. You have to love a guy who's willing to make the biggest quote on his "reviews" bar the one from a group that does not like him, er, much at all. I wonder if he mentions the possum fur. And the mullets. Can't wait to find out.
Rather than talking about it from a "finding a balance" perspective, this post talks about it in terms of real ownership: building trust with both readers and
sponsors in an ethical way is the best way to make things work. Some great comments to the post as well, worth reading.
First, cool logo and design, dude. (Totally digging his social icons.) Second, some interesting thinking here. I've had discussions (read: rants) with the hubby about similar things - while I think school rocks for teaching socialization skills, and how
to learn things in general perhaps, I'd totally pick a different set of classes if I had choice over what the stepkids learn in school. Finances 101 anyone? How about Home Ec - since that seems to be something they no longer teach (wth?). And more business stuff, definitely - creative business 101 stuff, since business is something you end up doing almost everywhere - from teachers to artists to information workers to busboys, you still have to know something about business.
"There is a tremendous amount of spit and polish that goes into making a major website highly usable. A developer, asked how hard something will be to clone, simply does not think about the polish, because the polish is incidental to the implementation." I'm sure that this is not true of every
developer, but it is certainly true of the developers I've worked with most closely over the years. Some good thinking in here about open source software. Loved the last paragraph most of all, and will be sending it to developer friends for years to come.
"It's so funny when I hear people being so protective of ideas. (People who want me to sign an NDA to tell me the simplest idea.) To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions." Wish more people got this!
"You have to have a culture where there's no bad idea and people aren't afraid to bring them up. I want the people who work with me to have very, very strong opinions. And I get really mad if I make the first argument against and they're immediately like, 'Oh yeah, maybe you're right.' That drives me nuts." Agreed.
Yum, I say. I've already placed several of these in my rotating desktop widget. Daily inspiration is A Good Thing.
Oh my goodness is this right on the money. Particularly point #2 - "Tables do this. They did it in 1996. Now it's 2010, and I think that this is something we all would love, but without the tables." Hear, hear!
It's one of those "duh" moments when you realize "of course
the hr tag could be used like that. I'm such an idiot. This is why the semantic web rocks and email really needs to grow up. Seriously.
Not sure if I agree with the author's reasons to "not critique", but many of these seem useful. Not all pure web design, either - there's some solid UX in there and a smattering of programming. I'll be downloading many of these myself (well, other than the few I've already read) this weekend. Whoo! Do I know how to party.
Now that's handy. Some guides on how to write a UI style guide, and links to sample style guides as well.
"Looking to other fields, such as architecture and civil engineering, is one way to gain new ideas without having to reinvent the wheel." Yes.
Great collection of ideas and inspiration. The color coding looks particularly useful, especially if you carry it through the nav for that account so they can always identify the plan they have.