ALA 266: next generation sprites, metaphors

In Issue No. 266 of A List Apart, for people who make websites:

CSS Sprites2 – It’s JavaScript Time


In 2004, Dave Shea took the CSS rollover where it had never gone before. Now he takes it further still—with a little help from jQuery. Say hello to hover animations that respond to a user’s behavior in ways standards-based sites never could before.

Mapping Memory: Web Designer as Information Cartographer


The rise of the social web demands that we rethink our traditional role as builders of digital monuments, and turn our attention to the close observation of the spaces that our users are producing around us. It’s time for a new metaphor. Consider cartography.

[tags]daveshea, aaronrester, alistapart, webdesign, webdevelopment, informationarchitecture, userexperience, css, sprites, jquery, animation, navigation[/tags]

6 thoughts on “ALA 266: next generation sprites, metaphors

  1. Hi Jeffrey,

    Looking forward to that link being fixed – but in the mean time – what a great unique and refreshing article on web design! We often think we’re doing things and building logical structures in an unprecendented fashion – we are pioneers and are paving the way, etc, etc … yet that article proves quite the opposite is the case.

    I think a failure to see that there are greater forces at work than just the designer and client is what seems to lead to brand new sites being obsolete out of the box … I work as a consulting SEO mostly – and find my role changing more to one of evanglising the semantic web than ever before. Not a role I mind at all – just not something I saw coming 2 years ago.

    In closing – thanks for linking that article – I might have missed it otherwise – and thanks to Aaron for the thought provoking read!

    Lee Stuttaford

  2. I work as a consulting SEO mostly – and find my role changing more to one of evanglising the semantic web than ever before.

    That is interesting indeed! We come at the same truth from the other side. That is, we design with standards and get clients excited about it by pointing out the benefits to findability. (One of my favorite examples is of a client whose Alexa ranking rose from 6 to 7 within a week of our redesign of their site.)

    Thanks for sharing, and the link to Dave’s article is now working. (I wrote this post while the issue was in preproduction and before the links were live.)

  3. Hi Jeffrey,

    Yes, I find it more and more easy to advocate standards based development to clients. (All thanks to a certain epiphany in 2003 via a certain Orange book I still refer to).

    I often lead with your famous statement “99% of websites are obsolete” and then tell the prospective client that I’m not in the business of selling and developing products that are already out of date – that usually gets their attention!

    Gone are the days of building sites to suit lazy developers – clients want predictable results and the best longevity they can get for their money. Most of the sites I work on are closely tailored to be search and Google PPC friendly – the results are that in 6 years of working this way has lead to many long-standing friendships with clients and not the typical agency hopping that tends to occur.

    Just a quick question, I assume you were referring to Google PageRank and not Alexa?

    Kind regards,

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