Mon, 19/01/2009 - 9:19am.
A plugin that embeds PDF's, Word and Powerpoint files in a very cool, usable and fast Flash interface.
Mon, 19/01/2009 - 9:19am.
A plugin that embeds PDF's, Word and Powerpoint files in a very cool, usable and fast Flash interface.
Sat, 17/01/2009 - 3:30pm.
This is the only device I would consider as replacement for my iPhone. Palm seems to have done some essential things right, like contact management by pulling data from various services in the cloud. I love the zoomable UI and the card metaphor for app switching.
Thu, 15/01/2009 - 8:59am.
Some very nice features and performance improvements in this release, among which the Sizzle CSS selector engine (currently fastest avaiable), live events and much faster HTML injection.
Thu, 15/01/2009 - 8:56am.
Improved and also available offline as AIR app.
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:53pm.
"What can be done for mobile browsers that do not read handheld style sheets, or parse CSS Media Queries? Short of ignoring them, there are two options."
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:52pm.
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:48pm.
Blog of Michael Wesh, cultural anthropologist, professor of the year, and creator of the video "Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us".
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:41pm.
Analysis on the differences and commonalities between components and patterns. "Although the two concepts are strongly related, their differences warrant consideration to ensure you are building the type of library that’s right for you."
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:39pm.
"Welcome to this detailed report from our first “State of the Web” survey of professional web designers and developers. It includes details and analysis of all the responses to over 50 questions covering technologies, techniques, philosophies and practices that today’s web professionals employ."
Sat, 10/01/2009 - 3:38pm.
Excellent interface analysis of twply: "Moral of the story? Design can effectively be used to deceive people. Deal only with those services you know and trust. "
Wed, 24/12/2008 - 9:15pm.
"I'd call myself an "intermediate" jQuery user and I thought some others out there could benefit from all the little tips, tricks and techniques I've learned over the past year. "
Wed, 24/12/2008 - 9:02pm.
Some (non-standard) CSS declarations can really increase the quality of resized images in Internet Explorer.
Wed, 24/12/2008 - 8:58pm.
"Visually organize your contacts with Peeps — the application that turns your address book into an animated photo album!"
Tue, 16/12/2008 - 1:36pm.
When will we get a CSS layout solution that doesn't require adding unnecessary HTML markup?
Mon, 15/12/2008 - 4:43pm.
(dutch) Aardige lijst met aandachtspunten, voor, tijdens en na de ontwikkeling van een webwinkel.
Sat, 13/12/2008 - 1:45am.
""Pirates of the Amazon" was an artistic parody, part of our media research and education at the Media Design M.A. course at the Piet Zwart Institute of the Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It was a practical experiment on interface design, information access and currently debated issues in media culture. We were surprised by the attentions and the strong reactions this project received. Ultimately, the value of the project lies in these reactions. It is a ready-made and social sculpture of contemporary internet user culture. "
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 1:32pm.
(dutch) Trend die zeer zeker niet specifiek is voor de corporate website, maar iets is dat we al een aantal jaar kunnen signaleren met de opkomst van widgets en het Web 2.0 principe van "Data als de nieuwe Intel Inside": "De gedachte van een portal waar traffic naartoe moet worden geleid, maakt plaats voor de gedachte dat je moet zijn waar de doelgroep is. De corporate website versplintert en men zal de komende jaren meer en meer zien dat kernfuncties buiten de eigen websiteomgeving te gebruiken zijn. Daar waar de aanwezigheid op het web nu is beperkt tot de eigen website, zullen er meer en meer ‘outposts’ op het web worden gecreëerd door bedrijven."
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 1:29pm.
"If you attempt to use a 24-bit translucent PNG image as a background image or as an <IMG/> element's SRC attribute, IE6 yields an unsightly grey (sometimes greenish) background behind the image's translucent colors. Using the MSIE AlphaImageLoader filter to fix the grey background issue renders both background-repeat and background-position unusable! This script reclaims all your background positioning controls by avoiding AlphaImageLoader, AND fixes the grey background issue!"
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 1:20pm.
"In many of my columns, I have touted the importance of persuasive, or influential, content and shared relevant theories and arguments, sprinkling in some practical tips and examples along the way. This column brings together a collection of practical tips, or recipes, for persuasive content. " Note how the article itself is also very persuasive and uses its own tips. Very nice!
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 1:13pm.
Article about Zoetrope, a (Flash? Air?) tool developed by Adobe that allows users to browse a website, or parts of it, backwards in time, and compare it with other websites, or parts of it. It's actually a very innovative use of historical information that's mostly lost by the Webs' fixation on the "now". It tackles one of the most important disadvantages of digital copies: the loss of historical and social context.
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 1:05pm.
"Mira Dontcheva, a researcher at Adobe Systems, explains how Zoetrope can be used to browse back through a Web page’s history. She demonstrates a few advanced techniques for looking at historic data and shows how to compare several Web pages over time."
Thu, 04/12/2008 - 1:17pm.
Lullabot releases the Form builder module: an AJAX, Drag and Drop interface for constructing forms in Drupal. "We hope that it will become the defacto standard in building forms in Drupal, replacing our inconsistent form-building tools that are spread across CCK, Webform, Profile, and other modules." Too bad it's not actually usable right now!
Thu, 04/12/2008 - 1:14pm.
(Dutch) Met de gratis Keyword Tool van Google vind je snel varianten van woorden, die je kunt gebruiken als keywords om je artikel mee te optimaliseren voor zoekmachines.
Sun, 30/11/2008 - 3:40pm.
(Dutch) Nederlandse video, geproduceerd in opdracht van Xs4all, om burgers bewust te maken van het belang van privacy en de druk waaronder deze staat door overheden en bedrijven. Goede boodschap, maar wel erg dramatisch weergegeven. Jammergenoeg teveel tekst en te weinig voorbeelden. Tot slot mis ik een duidelijke call to action – waarom is dit niet gekoppeld aan een of andere actie of campagne? Mist interactie.
Wed, 12/11/2008 - 1:36pm.
This article echoes my current thinking on design: "So, IDP (Information Design Prioritisation). Take the elements that are required on a page then decide what takes priority and score the different elements depending on how essential they really are to the user experience. If you’re redesigning a site and using the same information; use Analytics results to see where users are clicking the most and eye-tracking tests to decipher their routes and the hot spots on the page." It's too bad that this article provides the why, but doesn't provide the how.
Wed, 12/11/2008 - 1:28pm.
(dutch). Een alarmerende kijk op neuromarketing, een nieuwe manier om reclame te maken door transparante beeldmerken met de video te vermengen.
Wed, 12/11/2008 - 1:18pm.
Some preliminary lessons on Design by Community, by lead designer Mark Boulton. Interestingly, the first prototypes were not at all what I expected (honestly, I thought they sucked), but by putting them out in the open as soon as possible, and watching trends in feedback, further iterations (especially the last one) are really good. Lets hope this can serve as an inspiration for further Open Source design methodology (and beat Wordpress in creating a kick-ass administrative interface through an open process).
Wed, 12/11/2008 - 1:13pm.
Nice comparison, which raises the obvious question: should web apps look, feel and behave like web sites (a la Gmail) or should they look, feel and behave like desktop apps (a la Mobile Me)? It's too bad that by looking at two extremes, the article can't reach the more obvious conclusion, which is: it depends (on the context, goals, users, brand etc).
Wed, 12/11/2008 - 11:44am.
Some examples really are beautiful
Mon, 03/11/2008 - 11:46am.
"nterpersonal Divide, which won the Clifford G. Christians Award for research in media ethics, documents how long-standing theories—including ones by Marshall McLuhan—no longer hold in the wake of new media and technology. Rather than extending the human senses, as McLuhan believed, Bugeja documents how media and technology split consciousness and diminish the senses, placing users in virtual environments at odds with physical ones. " Via @nielshendriks.
Tue, 28/10/2008 - 11:10pm.
Combining Apache's Virtual Hosts and installing a DNS server to simplify website development.
Tue, 28/10/2008 - 11:07pm.
A great post detailing how to make use of this: "Along the way I’ll share three different segments that you must have in your web analytics tool. Regardless of why your website exists or what tool you use, Google Analytics or an alternative. I’ll close with a approach you can use to get answers to your ad-hoc questions / queries faster, in mere minutes rather than days."
Tue, 28/10/2008 - 11:05pm.
Still waiting to try them out, localized versions always lag behind.
Tue, 28/10/2008 - 11:04pm.
"…we were able to leverage other work we’ve done with Mapnik and Drupal to quickly create maps that show off this global participation in an intuitive and eye-catching manner on StandAgainstPoverty.org for the United Nations Millennium Campaign."
Sat, 25/10/2008 - 11:59am.
Wed, 22/10/2008 - 11:19am.
Some very powerful tips here. "We spend a lot of time thinking about how to get visitors to our sites, but how much time do we spend thinking about better ways to persuade people once they've arrived? Such topics are often talked about in terms of conversion and split/run testing. However, I'd like to talk talking about something a little more subtle.The gentle art of persuasion."
Wed, 22/10/2008 - 11:18am.
"The result is BeautyTips, a flexible and smart tooltip which calculates the best position for each tooltip bubble and then draws it. Bubbles can have rounded corners with a variable corner radius, "spike" length, color, opacity, and much more." Based on the HTML5 canvas tag, thus requires an extra JS library for IE support.
Wed, 22/10/2008 - 10:25am.
A fine excerpt from the book by Rachel Andrew. "When released, Internet Explorer 8 will support many new values for the CSS display property, including the table-related values: table, table-row, and table-cell—and it’s the last major browser to come on board with this support. This event will mark the end of complex CSS layout techniques, and will be the final nail in the coffin of using HTML tables for layout. Finally, producing table-like grid layouts using CSS will be quick and easy."
Thu, 16/10/2008 - 1:08pm.
"This article will discuss validation and MAMA's findings, including what markup validation is, whether people bother to validate their markup, how many sites actually do validate, and possible reasons why the rate of markup validation is still so low." The article is a bit alarmist and condescending ("look at my kittens-sites"), but the results are pretty staggering.
Thu, 16/10/2008 - 10:03am.
Fascinating use of Second Life as a prototype, collaboration and project management environment. While I love applying the principles of Open Source to architecture and urban city design, I'm even more intrigued by their tools for collaboration, such as the Wiki Tree. It's a great interface, and, compared to current text-based Web interfaces, seems like pure magic.
Wed, 15/10/2008 - 10:39pm.
"Typechart lets you flip through, preview and compare web typography while retrieving the CSS. " Let's you browse and prototype the CSS, while previewing typographic styles in both Windows Cleartype and Apple font rendering systems.
Tue, 14/10/2008 - 10:19am.
Overview of Web API's that you can build on, mash up etc.
Fri, 10/10/2008 - 10:44am.
Seems like the idea of using mindmaps to conduct interviews is getting some traction. Everytime I find myself stuck with pen and paper, whatever the task, it always ends up as a mindmap. Plain lists and linear writing seems so "literate" in Ong's definition.
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 5:31pm.
"There are many typographic marks which are familiar to most, but understood by few. Most of these glyphs have interesting histories and evolutions as they survived the beatings given to them through rushed handwriting of scribes and misuses through history. They now mostly live on our keyboards and in our software, and a few are used often, so it seems only fitting to know where they come from and how to correctly use them."
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 7:09am.
Very inspiring: "I was suffering through a bought of the post-project blues and upon encouragement from friends, I started a “creative recovery” treatment plan modeled after the structure and mantra of AA’s 90 meetings in 90 days. For 90 days, I committed to thinking about, sketching, drawing, and prototyping ideas about mobile design and user experience. I posted the ideas to a blog each and every day. "
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:51am.
"Adam Greenfield has written a truly excellent post — in fact more like a short essay — on the difference between location and context, calling the first one positivist and the second one phenomenological." (via http://www.experientia.com/blog/the-song-of-context/)
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:48am.
"DrasticMap is an Ajax-based component that displays data from MySQL in a Google map. " A very nice glue-library for creating Google Maps mashups with a (existing) MySQL database full of coordinates.
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:45am.
(dutch) "De Formulierenwaaier is een hulpmiddel en inspiratiebron voor iedereen die werkt aan begrijpelijke formulieren. U vindt op deze site uitleg en tips voor het maken van een begrijpelijk formulier in 10 stappen."
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:42am.
A free clone of Panic's smooth zoom, implemented in jQuery. "A few days ago John posted a rewritten version of Cabel Sasser’s FancyZoom to work with Prototype and Scriptaculous. I took it upon myself to port it to jQuery, while making a few usability improvements."
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:31am.
An absolutely fantastic set of icons, freely usable. "This icon set was designed by Dirceu Veiga from Brazil especially for Smashing Magazine as a gift for its readers."
Tue, 07/10/2008 - 11:29am.
This article walks you through Drupal's robotstxt file and shows where improvements can be made. Not just for SEO reasons, but there are also some bugs in the stock robots.txt file which should be corrected.
Sun, 05/10/2008 - 1:53pm.
"I’ve been noodling on how best to present a coherent vision of user-centric website and web service design and think I came up with at least a basic model that will serve my purposes. It’s made up of identity, friends or contacts, services, activities and notifications." Basically, how to use standards and API's to make your site more social.
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 1:12pm.
(dutch) "Als een webwinkel of een online bibliotheek hun zaken goed voor elkaar wil hebben, dan zorgen ze ervoor dat bezoekers nooit kunnen verdwalen en altijd vinden wat ze willen vinden (of zelfs meer). De combinatie ‘Guided navigation’ en ‘Advanced search’ is het middel om dit als aanbieder van producten en/of informatie voor elkaar te krijgen. Dit artikel beschrijft het hoe en waarom."
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 1:03pm.
I don't agree with everything said herein, but it's certainly a very good approach to writing CSS for complex sites.
"A CSS System is a reusable set of content-oriented markup patterns and associated CSS created to express a site's individual design. It is the end result of a process that emphasizes up-front planning, loose coupling between CSS and markup, pre-empting browser bugs and overall robustness. It also incorporates a shared vocabulary for developers to communicate the intent of the code."
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 12:55pm.
Fascinating article on the implications of technologies such as multitouch, ubiquitous Internet access and mobility for the design of maps. "As maps become richer, more complicated, and less predictable, cartography becomes less a matter of convention and more a matter of invention. Our age of intelligent maps demands intelligent map design."
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 12:51pm.
(dutch) “Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things”: wat denk je als je dit leest? Vast niet aan een artikel over een effectieve informatiearchitectuur of dat dit de titel van een boek is geschreven door George Lakoff – tenzij je informatiearchitect bent. Toch bespreken we in dit artikel een aantal principes uit de informatiearchitectuur (IA) en methoden om te zorgen voor een effectieve ontsluiting van informatie. We staan daarbij vooral stil bij het intranet als beruchte informatie killer."
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 12:50pm.
Some very nice tricks to enhance your SEO possibilities by extending Google Analytics.
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 12:48pm.
Nice list that is quite effective in bringing out the most important aspects of a personality when interviewing people for a job.
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 12:47pm.
A nice article which looks into applying the theories of Csikszentmihalyi (I had to copy/paste the name…) on achieving flow into account in the design process.
Thu, 25/09/2008 - 8:13am.
I can understand that US citizens would be greatly offended by this "redesign". Love the "comments" as well – truly the world upside down.
Sun, 14/09/2008 - 1:31pm.
"Django 1.0 represents a the largest milestone in Django’s development to date: a web framework that a group of perfectionists can truly be proud of. Without this amazing community, though, it would have never happened."
Sat, 13/09/2008 - 12:02pm.
Little utility that changes the carrier message on your iPhone to a custom one (Mac-only). Mine now says "i-Jeroen"
Sat, 06/09/2008 - 8:50pm.
"One of the annoying things about changing the number of characters for teasers in Drupal is that you have to edit and save every single node (page, story etc) for the change to take effect. Well, it doesn't have to be that difficult, because here is a nice little script that will update all of the teasers at once."
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 10:59am.
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 10:56am.
"For Aurora we saw an opportunity to change the browser’s focus from the page to the individual “object”. Giving users the ability to interact directly with the atomic parts of a given web page offered greater personalization of their Internet experience. " This has interesting repercusions for webdesign as well.
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 10:49am.
These toys set a new bar for realism.
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 10:18am.
John Resig, jQuery creator & Mozilla hacker, writes about the significance of the process manager in Google Chrome: "The blame of bad performance or memory consumption no longer lies with the browser but with the site."
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 10:14am.
(dutch) An overview of the Natural User Interface, a term coined by Microsoft for their Surface concept.
Tue, 02/09/2008 - 7:48am.
Should be released any time now, curious if the screenshots in the comic are like the browser.
Mon, 01/09/2008 - 6:12am.
Ubiquity is "experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily." A command-line for the web, connecting services through a hotkey.
Sun, 31/08/2008 - 3:19pm.
Critical comparison of mine and Selwyn's vision on the Digital Divide.
Thu, 28/08/2008 - 9:02am.
Will Microsoft make new virtual machines available for testing purposes? I hate buying another Windows license just to get my testing setup of IE6, IE7 and IE8 complete…
Tue, 26/08/2008 - 12:32pm.
(Dutch) "Bezoekers komen op je site vanwege de content die je er aanbiedt. Maar welke content bied je het beste aan? Waar doe je dat het beste en in welke vorm? Met een contentstrategie geef je succesvol antwoord op de vragen van je bezoekers."
Tue, 26/08/2008 - 9:57am.
Google graduates the Google Suggest feature, which auto-completes search entries (and spellcorrects them), to the homepage.
Tue, 26/08/2008 - 9:54am.
"Since at least Richard Saul Wurman’s 1996 book Information Architects, architecture has been the primary metaphor for how we think about what we do. By adding a new metaphor to our theoretical toolboxes, we can gain a richer, more nuanced understanding of what we create and how our users interact with it."
Mon, 25/08/2008 - 11:23am.
Very useful Drupal module to customize the way taxonomy fields are displayed in CCK content types. It will replace the (fixed) taxonomy input method, allowing you to configure different widgets and adjust the field order.
Mon, 25/08/2008 - 10:59am.
Useful article that describes the most important steps to properly configure FCKEditor with file uploads on Drupal.
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 10:16am.
"This is a simple little solution to the issue that there isn’t a native control to really do the job. What you really probably want here is the ability to drop down and select items, or just type into the select box field itself." Check out the comments for better versions of the solution though.
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 8:56am.
A superior alternative to PhpMyadmin, which is slow and has a very cumbersome interface. SQL Buddy has a zippy, minimalistic interface. Installation couldn't be easier; just drop the files in the webroot and you're done.
Wed, 20/08/2008 - 5:54pm.
The ultimate software prank. Really, everyone who leaves his or her computer unattended in my presence can count on getting this baby installed. Let that be a warning and a reminder to properly secure your computer! (via codinghorror)
Wed, 20/08/2008 - 4:55pm.
Wed, 20/08/2008 - 4:38pm.
An excellent, albeit technical, discussion on the pro's and cons of using the panels module for Drupal. I agree with Bèr's points that the UI is too complex for non-technical users.
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 10:20am.
For making your web-app keyboard-friendly: "jQuery.Hotkeys plugin lets you easily add and remove handlers for keyboard events anywhere in your code supporting almost any key combination. It takes one line of code to bind/unbind a hot key combination."
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 10:19am.
Easy to follow tutorial, very handy as a reference for understanding those cheatsheets.
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 10:17am.
A meta-web: "ShiftSpace (pronounced: §) is an open source browser plugin for collaboratively annotating, editing and shifting the web. ShiftSpace is an open source layer above any website. It seeks to expand the creative possibilities currently provided through the web."
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 10:11am.
Interesting approach to redesign browser history navigation, showing some simple mockups and a video prototype of very visual, integrated approach that includes weather and location details.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:37am.
"A short while back, the folks at Adaptive Path invited me and the gang at Unit to contribute to a cool project they had in the works for Mozilla Labs. Our part would be to design how The New York Times sports page would look a few years into the future." Interesting perspective on the role of newspapers in the future vision represented by Aurora.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:34am.
Very cool: "Aurora is a concept video presenting one possible future user experience for the Web, created by Adaptive Path as part of the Mozilla Labs concept browser series. Aurora explores new ways people could interact with the Web in the future based on projected technological trends and real-world scenarios."
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:27am.
A graphical keyboard user interface integrated in Firefox. An interesting look at a possible direction for browser development, heavily inspired by Humanized's Enso and Jeff Raskins concept of integrated applications.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:11am.
Very cool: "Greasepocket is a version of Greasemonkey for the iPhone. Just like Greasemonkey userscripts can be installed via the web. These scripts can access the accelerometer and location APIs (perhaps more). Greasepocket has the potential to shift some of the balance back to the web."
Now let's wait and see if Apple will approve this app if it comes out.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:10am.
A nice list, but you have to realise these examples aren't very creative in terms of functionality or interaction, rather in terms of graphic design.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:07am.
Nice step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates where to download sIFR3 and how to install it onto your website or in this case, a WordPress theme.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 11:05am.
Problem: a Drupal user role can't publish/unpublish nodes without the "Administer Nodes" permission from node.module. Solution: Override Node Options module (allows a Role to be able to publish/unpublish the nodes they already have permission to Create or Edit) and the View Unpublished module.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:58am.
"We all know content management systems (CMS) can be beneficial for most websites. However, they do come with five hidden costs. These include: the cost of training, the cost to quality, the cost to functionality, the cost of redundancy and flexibility and the cost of commitment. "
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:55am.
Bert Bos, who will be at the 2008 Fronteers conference, presents several arguments why CSS shouldn't provide variables. It's not a compelling argument, and the design of the page is incredibly corny, but it's interesting to hear this argument from one of the original creators of CSS.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:44am.
A gallery page is what we'd dubb a landing page – any page that a user can choose from a selection of options to proceed through the site, like a product catalogue. Jared Spool provides valuable insight in how to optimize these pages to eliminate 'pogosticking' – the back and forth clicking to find out what each option does. Understanding how order and layout of the links affect the user's behavior is critical.
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:38am.
Seems like a good resource for sound effects. "Soundsnap is the best platform to find and share free sound effects and loops- legally. It is a collection of original sounds made or recorded by its users, and not songs or sound FX found on commercial libraries or sample CD's."
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:37am.
Nice (short) article from the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog on how to tackle the organizational parts a multilingual site.
Sun, 03/08/2008 - 10:48am.
"Web without sense is a platform. Essentially a blog, it is a gallery of common place website design/layout/marketing/general annoyances on the Internet. Equally, it is satirical dialogue aimed to get a message across while being frank and outward." Some hilarious quotes on common webdesign mistakes here.
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