Read this post in Safari 3.1

Safari 3.1 (released yesterday) offers support for some new HTML & CSS features. There’s a demo on MacRumors. One of the most exciting, I think, is downloadable font support — you can link to actual font files from the CSS instead of having to use the common “web safe” fonts. All of these features are...

Coding for the mobile web

An Opera developer writes up a comprehensive overview of the state of the mobile web design industry. Let me summarize, since it’s a long article: The iPhone is one slice of a much larger mobile market Mobile browsers are divided into two categories: full-featured (Opera Mobile and Safari) and constrained (WinWAP, Pocket IE, Blazer) Javascript...

Apple’s design process presented at SXSW

Via BusinessWeek. Many of Apple’s unique design methods are discussed in this article, but this one caught my eye: Apple designers come up with 10 entirely different mock ups of any new feature. Not, Lopp said, “seven in order to make three look good”, which seems to be a fairly standard practice elsewhere. They’ll take...

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Interaction designers discuss the iPhone SDK

They seem pretty impressed: Apples sniffed out an industry that was divided into two disfunctional factions. The carriers, who are making the exact same strategic mistakes they made as long distance providers 20 years ago, and hardware manufacturers – also repeating old mistakes. The carriers are still caught up in creating barriers for consumers to...

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Tip: “Bookmark All Tabs” in Firefox for competitive audits

OK, this is a pretty boring tip but it’s saves me a few minutes of tracking down URLs every time I want to compare something across several websites. I use the “Bookmark All Tabs” functionality in Firefox to save the state of a competitive audit. This allows me to return to it later (or after...

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What’s your SEO score? I haven’t used it enough to be sure whether I trust the numbers, but it’s the first site I’ve seen that tries to distill SEO down to a single number. It’s worth checking out.

Multitasking slows you down

You may have seen this linked in several other places already: “The Autumn of the Multitaskers”: This is the great irony of multitasking—that its overall goal, getting more done in less time, turns out to be chimerical. In reality, multitasking slows our thinking. It forces us to chop competing tasks into pieces, set them in...

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The CMS Myth

This looks like a good one to add to your RSS reader. The CMS Myth strongly believes in the power of web CMS to be a key enabler for achieving online success. We recommend and deliver web CMS systems every day. Done right, a web CMS can be the nucleus of your web strategy and...

Feltron 2007 Annual Report

Linked from this post on Adaptive Path’s blog: Feltron 2007 Annual Report. It’s a personal year-end review, visualized and designed instead of written.

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Account sign-in mistakes to avoid

From Jared Spool’s excellent webiste, User Interface Engineering. Check out the links for detailed descriptions of each mistake: Account Sign-in: 8 Design Mistakes to Avoid Having a Sign-in In The First Place Requiring Sign-in Too Soon Not Stating the Benefits to Registering Hiding the Sign-In Button Not Making “Create New Account” or “Forgot Your Password”...

Pagination examples and good practices

A supplement to a conversation that has come up a couple of times: Pagination Gallery: Examples and Good Practices The author lists seven keys to good pagination: Provide large clickable areas Don’t use underlines Identify the current page Space out page links Provide Previous and Next links Use First and Last links (where applicable) Put...

“What happens when the $100 laptop actually gets used?”

This blog post has some thought-provoking (but unfavorable) commentary about the design process behind the laptop and links to more favorable reviews of the device itself. For example, this one from the BBC which claims “the children [in a Nigerian pilot study] – most of whom had never seen a computer before March – have...

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Getting people to contribute

By now, you’ve probably read about Knol, Google’s attempt to create a database of high quality user-generated content similar to Wikipedia. Community and collaborative systems fail if users see no incentive to contribute, which is why Knol is so interesting. Google obviously thought hard about this and came up with two key incentives to people...

Metrics for non-ecommerce websites

7 minute overview of how to get actionable metrics for non-ecommerce sites. In other words, how do you measure success when you don’t sell anything? Summary: Look at distributions, not averages. Averages lie. Three pieces of data are particularly valuable on non-ecommerce websites: time spent on site, visitor recency (when was the last time a...

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Food pairing visualizations

Some of them don’t make sense to me (raspberries and peas?) but the visualizations are a interesting new way to think about an old problem.

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15 excellent examples of web typography

Compiled by I Love Typography. On a related note, I highly recommend Helvetica, the documentary about the font (fontumentary?).

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