Archive for the 'Web Design' Category

Accessibility in Pop Culture

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I saw this Tylenol ad the other day while flipping through the most recent issue of Real Simple magazine. I snapped it indoors with my iPhone so the quality is pretty poor, but they show the keyboard shortcut for enlarging browser text on PC and Mac. Granted not all people needing to enlarge browser text […]

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Every week Typesites showcases a site with, you guessed it, great typography. I hope he’ll get some sites on here that haven’t been around the design showcase block a million times, but great idea.

Ethnography Behind Intel’s Classmate PC

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The essence of this video: Watch what’s happening and how it happens, don’t make assumptions about what people are actually doing. Ask questions, you won’t see everything. Then enhance the experience naturally. This is how every UX project should be approached. Help people do what they want them to do, don’t force them down the […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Future Media Standards & Guidelines from the BBC. I particularly appreciated this point: 1.1.2. If a user does not have the correct plug-in to access the enhanced content, or cannot easily access the content because they are using assistive technologies (such as screen readers) or Betsie to view the site, this should not detract from […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Canadian designer Matt Brett just launched an awesome redesign of his site. Great use of icons! One thing I’ve always really liked about his sites is how he incorporates current games and music. I wonder if he’s hand rolling that part?

Shorter Work Weeks, Offices and Productivity

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I came across an article via Lifehacker about historical figures and productivity. I wasn’t surprised to see number one on the list is don’t work long hours. Too often in the corporate world long hours are used as an indicator of productivity, which is totally artificial. Someone could sit here for twelve hours and do […]

Cleveland Geeks: Tonight at Bier Markt

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Due to last week’s blizzard the CWSA’s first purely social event had to be postponed and is rescheduled for today. A note to all you foodies, Bier Markt/Bar Cento chef Jonathan Sawyer will be appearing on Iron Chef America tomorrow night on Michael Symon’s team. If you’d like to have the best burger in town, […]

This Saturday: Calling all Northeast Ohio Geeks

Friday, March 7th, 2008

This Saturday, March 7th the CWSA would like to present: The First Semi-Annual Convocation of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Markup Are you interested in CSS? Want to geek out? This is an opportunity to meet and socialize with the Cleveland Web Standards Association, as well as drink beer and eat some of the […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Microsoft has released a beta of Internet Explorer 8.0 Internet Explorer 8.0 is a shift from previous versions in that it focuses heavily on complying with Web standards. Isn’t that what they said last time? Support for HTML5 but not XHTML2- sounds like they just forced the industry’s hand.

Cleveland Web Standards Association ’08 Planning Session

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Last night’s CWSA planning meeting was a great success. We’ve had a lot of new faces, some of them traveled pretty far to attend. Some topics discussed last night: Trying to advance standards in the local web and business communities without being the CSS gestapo. Involving other industries in our group. (Maybe we can find […]

Tuesday Link Roundup: American Cannibal Edition

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Symphony CMS. Symphony is a pretty nice looking, free web publishing system powered by XML and XSLT. I can’t wait until I have some free time to try it out. IDSA Mideast Conference ’08 (Columbus, OH) Art + Science, the Mideast District Conference in Columbus, Ohio will explore the dichotomy of art and science, the […]

The Holidays Bring Terrible UI

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Working at a company whose traffic is largely impacted by holidays, I understand the extra consideration which goes in to making your site available for such occasions. Extra servers are tapped, caching systems are put in place and code is frozen. Two experiences in the past week reveal some companies, like Amazon and Webkinz, don’t […]

One Log In to Rule Them All

Monday, December 17th, 2007

I pay every bill that enables me to do so online. I don’t like dealing with people over the phone, or worrying about whether or not the check I mailed will arrive on time. But in the last couple of years, instead of making this process easier, most companies seem to be complicating it. I […]

You’re Not My !DOCTYPE

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I’ve seen a lot of debate going on around the web as to the direction of HTML5 and XHTML2. I wasn’t really too worried about it, I use XHTML because it’s what I’m comfortable with, it forces me to write well-formed markup, and so far has always seemed like the appropriate solution. Recently my employer […]

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Jeffrey Zeldman in the newest A List Apart, Understanding Web Design: The winning sites look fabulous as screen shots in glossy design annuals. When the winners become judges, they reward work like their own. Thus sites that behave like TV and look good between covers continue to be created, and a generation of clients and […]

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Garrett Dimon gives eBay’s forms a much needed face-lift in this case study. Points of emphasis, using a blur to determine if your form has a clear hierarchy, better field and label relationships and bolder headers. Towards the end he mentions possibly removing the date of birth field. I don’t know why eBay has chosen […]

Formal Education in Web Design

Friday, November 16th, 2007

There’s an ongoing debate in the industry about the validity of formal education in web design. Listening to Andy Rutledge’s podcast this weekend got me to thinking about the role my education has played in my career. I am certainly not qualified to say one way is right and another is wrong, but I can […]

Weekly Link Roundup: Wolves of Gysinge Edition

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

So there aren’t any wolves actually in this post. Alana and I watched some show on National Geographic or Discovery Channel about a Swedish village plagued by wolves eating their children in 1820. I thought it would be documentary, but it was a dramatized reenactment, even better! Anyhow Alana and I decided Wolves of Gysinge […]

Weekly Web Design Link Roundup

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Okay so I’m lying, this is not a weekly feature, but I’m hoping it will be from now on. It’s easier for me to dump all the cool stuff I see in a week into one post than to sporadically post tidbits. Devlounge has a great WordPress caching overview. Max Kiesler talks about AJAX security, […]

Today is World Usability Day

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Today marks the second year of World Usability Day. From Usability News: World Usability Day was founded in 2005 with a mission to increase the public’s awareness of the need to make the services and products important to human life easier to access and simpler to use. Global issues such as healthcare, education and government […]

November Cleveland Web Standards Meetup

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

I finally had a chance to make it to one of these meetups, in spite of inclement weather and parking in the wrong lot. I’ve been wanting to go for quite some time, but illness/client work/weather has always prevented me from doing so. Not to mention, once I get home and settled on Tuesdays it’s […]

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Garrett Dimon has a great article today called Creating a Visual Language. As his example he highlights Amazon’s great use of color and iconography. It’s so important to have this thoroughly planned from the get go, especially in large scale enterprise sites

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Results from A List Apart’s Web Design Survey 2007 have been published. While I applaud their efforts to gain some understanding of the industry, I have to believe the results are a little skewed. Think about what kinds of web professionals are more likely to be familiar with the A List Apart folks. Then think […]

To Click Here or Not to Click Here

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Click here is one of the many banes of my web existence. It’s taken as common knowledge these days that click here as anchor text simply isn’t best practice, and we should instead be using contextual, meaningful copy. Yet lately I’ve been seeing a backlash, in the guise of usability improvements. Yes, click here text […]

CNN Can’t Be Bothered With Favicons

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Instead they’re still using the WordPress favicon in their blogs area. It’s surprising for me to see such a high traffic site choose a blogging platform instead of a full featured CMS. I presume they’re using some other CMS for the rest of the site, so it’s bizarre they’d deviate for a sub-section. I guess […]

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

NY Times catches up with the rest of the web, and stops charging for most access.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Styling File Inputs with CSS and the DOM by Shaun Inman. Very useful.

Simplify Media: One Month Later

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

So I’ve been using Simplify Media for a month now, and it’s worked out great. First, the weird tag issue I was experiencing before actually has nothing to do with Simplify Media and instead has something to do with my iTunes configuration. Though I’ve yet to figure out how to rectify this. I do, however, […]

An Event Apart Chicago Thoughts

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Last week the AG UI Team packed up our bags and headed to An Event Apart Chicago ’07. We had a great time, learned a lot, and ate a lot of pizza. Overall, all of the talks were mostly informative and worth the trip. My initial impressions were: Wow there’s a lot of different kinds […]

Chicago Was Great

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

We headed straight into the office when we got off our flight, so I’m too tired for a real post, but I’ll post a full review of my AEA Chicago 07 experience in the next couple of days.