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The Future of Designed Content

January 26th, 2010 in design

Robin over at Snarkmarket has put together a nice post advocating the use of designed content and runs through the mental exercise of imagining if an online magazine like Gawker implemented this approach.

Needless to say, we like this idea.

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You should take New Media to lunch now

November 3rd, 2009 in design

When we build websites, we often think of creating a “call to action” for the user and enticing them to follow certain links on a page.

One person has done a little empirical research to figure out how the language of those calls to action impact the click-through rates of the associated links.

In short, more forceful language seems to create higher click-through rates.

So, we’re hungry and you should buy us lunch. Now. Let’s go.

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Web Trend Map

September 30th, 2009 in design

Web Trend Map
Seen on Web Designer Depot.

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Google Fixes the Internet

September 22nd, 2009 in tech

Have you ever had that friend who would just notice when your lawn needed mowing or your house needed painting and would just come over and take care of it for you?

Me neither.

But Google is that friend! For the internet!

Introducing Google Chrome Frame: Run the Google Chrome User Agent as a plugin to Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8. This means you can render web sites as they were meant to be seen – even in an 8 year-old browser.

I’m interested to see how quickly this gets adopted by the IE user base. Perhaps soon, those of us who build web sites will be able to actually use modern code, even HTML5! We can only hope.

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August 26th, 2009 in design


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An Event Apart 2009

June 24th, 2009 in design, inspiration

An Event Apart Boston 2009

I found this year’s An Event Apart inspirational and informative. There were some presentations that weren’t as strong, but overall I think it was a great experience.

Twitter was heavily represented, as was reflected in two websites built by attendees during the conference. A Feed Apart aggregated all of the Twitter posts marked with #aea09 or containing any other related keywords. A Seat Apart was a work in progress up until the last speaker… we got to see who was Twittering and where they were sitting. Leave it to AEA attendees to whip up something like these last minute.

A Seat Apart, Boston 2009

The main points that I took away were:

  • Amazon does it right. Do what they do. (re: UI & design)
  • Facebook does it wrong. Don’t do what they do. (re: UI & design)
  • Flickr is an amazing place.
  • It’s OK that sites looks different in different browsers. N.
  • The fold is dead.
  • Doing more design work in the browser in the beginning may help with productivity.

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AEA 09

June 22nd, 2009 in design

An Event Apart

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