Hubby dearest would never allow it, but OH how I would love a large master bedroom decorated like this. Ya-hum!
For hacker-onners like me who need to code occasionally but don't do it daily, this is a fabulous resource.
Very useful list including all the oldies but goodies (JJG, ahem) and a few ones that are new to me.
Some good thinking, elegantly designed - the folks in the comments don't seem to understand that he's not suggesting to only DESIGN with four colors but that less is more and that rule, like so many others, is something to keep in mind when designing a site. See also his excellent diatribe on below the fold, or Life Below 600px
Interesting and more than a little scary. Heck, I'm just a good hacker-onner with PHP and *I* could write a program as per their example in under 5 minutes. I wish more schools emphasized logical process and working out solutions in psuedocode - that was one of the best ways I ever learned how to think (programatically) because it gets the particular language out of the way and lets you focus on the solution. Translating to a language? That's easy and any language can be learned. The logic is harder to get which is why schools need to focus on it more. IMO.
Thought and speech bubbles created entirely with CSS. This rocks. But a note to those looking @ the "degrade experiments" further down the page - looks pretty shabby in latest version of Opera, yet it handled the top-of-page comment bubbles just fine. Hmm.
Couldn't have said it better myself - esp. passion.
Great little case study explaining how to develop a content strategy for a web site - formalizing is an incredibly important step in the process and it's your guideline for the months and years to come. Gets a gold star from me!
Great overview and would well even if your "product" is a web site. Good things to keep in mind regardless.
From a PC perspective - yes! Good to see that for a change; I've been using Photoshop since version 3 , so yes, serious Photoshop users *do* use PCs. ;) Some of these multi-key shortcuts were new to me, and hey - every time saver's a good thing.
Quite possibly the cutest - and geekiest - thing I've seen all weekend. :)
I don't get the horrified part. This is what I have been drumbeating to everyone I know for as long as I have been breathing eating and sleeping the web. The average person does not care how this whole thing works. They have lives and jobs and just want "the Internet" to work. The comments on THIS post are the most revealing to me - how can people who spend their lives trying to make life easier for people have such disdain for those very people? It's not about education. Do we know how to adjust a color television more than we did ages ago? He!! no. TVs come with the ability to do that for us, now. Yes, the computer is a vastly more complex machine. But the general principles are the same. It's not about education. It's not about giving up on some folks. It's about smarter designs, constantly and incrementally evolving as we learn more about users' needs.
Sweet, simple, useful, and saves time. Excellent for quick wireframes, etc.
Just stumbled across this fabulous photog today; her fashion
work is luminous, her blog
is way too cool, but I am most of all in love with her video
. How inspiring! I'd love to hate her - all that talent - but mostly it makes me want to get my camera out and shoot. Fantastic.
Great examples of how to evoke different moods with a mix of type. Fabulous.
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.
"Looking to other fields, such as architecture and civil engineering, is one way to gain new ideas without having to reinvent the wheel." Yes.
Now that's handy. Some guides on how to write a UI style guide, and links to sample style guides as well.
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.
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.
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!
Yum, I say. I've already placed several of these in my rotating desktop widget. Daily inspiration is A Good Thing.
"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.
"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!
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
That's just brilliant. Packrati trolls your Twitter feed and, when you post a link, it will automatically enter it into your Delicious account. It will even explode out snipped URLs (owly, bitly etc) to the end link and convert hashes into tags. Nice!
Loved this line: "Most people want to hit home runs, the problem is they are afraid to fail in order to get there. As Babe Ruth proved, you can't have one without the other. "
Fabulous results from this study - really worth your time visiting. Unsurprisingly, the most effective ads were ones related to the content on the publisher's web site. Really? Is this still news? WHY is it so difficult for the industry/publishers to figure this out? If ads are relevant to the content on the web site, the ads can be seen as a value-add. If not, they're at best
irrelevant (would you ever put any OTHER kind of irrelevant content on your web site? No? Then why devote so much ad space to it?) and at worst
detracting from the content you've spent so much time creating. Hello? Common sense.