What can I say? I’m a sucker for the gentle touch of a make-up pad. Or of anything, really. I love this photo (shot by Byrne with my iPhone) because it captures the fact that I’m still really a four-year-old. It also shows what a genuine photographer can do with even the humblest of tools.
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Tobacco, booze, sexism, and ascenders
Mad Men, Mad Props: Type designer Mark Simonson on the typography (including anachronisms) used in the brilliant TV show Mad Men.
Ma.gnolia was my favorite bookmarking tool, and not merely because we helped create it. Alas, approaching the eve of its third anniversary, Ma.gnolia experienced severe data loss. I have every confidence in Larry, Ma.gnolia’s founder, and know he is doing all that can be done to try to restore the service, if possible. Meanwhile, here, via ea brute-force recovery tool (and with text gremlins intact) are the web design (and other) links I posted to Ma.gnolia over its near-three-year lifespan.
Please note: these are personal links, originally posted for my own use. While many are design-related, many others are not. Some are political, others matter only to me. You don’t have to like them all. Take what you need, and leave the rest.
There’s a reason that Barack Obama’s inaugural speech was austere, not pretty. He wasn’t just rebuking the Bush administration; he was indicting all of us for our complicity in the bubble, and steeling us for sacrifices ahead.
Create your own iTunes Store links that are much simpler to type and easier to remember. The iTunes Store has a hidden URL format that’s much more logical. Depending on what you’re linking to, you just need to build a URL in one of these formats.
Not because of the software (though it’s probably awesome) but because this strange copy somehow managed to get onto Apple’s website. What language was this originally written in? “Forget about complex shortcuts and your crossed and tired the poor
Pretty Loaded is an archive of preloaders that preload other preloaderswhich in turn reveal yet more preloaders. Copy that? It’s a tribute to a vanishing art form amid a constantly changing digital landscape. Created and curated by Big Spaceship.
In what appears to be a new addition to many Google search results pages, queries about birth dates, family connections, and other information are now being responded to with explicitly semantic structured information. Is Google creating structure
iPhones and iPod Touches are commonly used to listen to music, but several developers have been working on Apps that let you make music as well. Bloom, a collaboration between musician/producer Brian Eno and musician/software designer Peter Chilvers, runs in two different modes: Listen, which plays an interactive generative composition, and Create, in which you create each note that plays in real time. Each tap of the screen causes a circle to bloom and a note to play, with higher notes located towards the top of the screen. Four star rating.
“iRobot¬Æ Roomba¬Æ, Scooba¬Æ, Dirt Dog, Verro and Looj tackle dirty jobs so you don’t have to. These home robots are the smarter way to vacuum and wash floors, sweep the workshop and garage, deep clean pools and blast gutters clean.” Nice gifts for g
Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry, the man behind iPhone apps Frenzic and Twitterrific, penned an open letter to Steve Jobs on the subject of what he dubs ‚Äúringtone apps‚Äù and his concern that they’re affecting business for other developers.
“Most Mobile Web specialists don’t know about design issues for people with disabilities. Likewise, most Web accessibility specialists don’t know Mobile Web design best practices. Web sites can more efficiently meet both goals when developers unde
Mr. Williams emphasized many times that, despite its buzz, Twitter is still a tiny, two-year-old company with just 25 employees. ‚ÄúIt’s good that the expectations are high, but give us a minute,‚Äù he joked.
Web Directions and Westciv are surveying web designers to find out such things as what browsers and operating systems developers use and test for; and which design and development practices and technologies they favor, including HTML, CSS, JavaScr
Imagine loneliness so intense that you begin to notice the attractiveness of headset wearers in stock photos. Imagine time so heavy on your hands that you create a website dedicated to your sad little obsession. Imagine no more. Discover Headset Ö
The Power Slider for iPhone‚Ñ¢ 3G is the first accessory of its kind to offer protection, expanded battery life and integrated sync and charge capabilities. While most supplemental batteries simply satisfy the need for added power, the Power Slider
If you replaced or repaired an iMac, an iPhone, or both, you can be sure that your iPod will fail. Fortunately (unlike with the iPhone and iMac) you can usually get the iPod working again by holding a couple of buttons, as described on this page.
The System Management Controller (SMC) is a chip on the logic board that controls all power functions for your computer. If your computer is experiencing any power issue, resetting the SMC may resolve it.
BEIJING ó A noxious cocktail of soot, smog and toxic chemicals is blotting out the sun, fouling the lungs of millions of people and altering weather patterns in large parts of Asia, according to a report released Thursday by the United Nations.
“As I write this, Twitterank is less than a day old, and there’s more work to do. We don’t even know if it’s any good. This episode also started some conversations about phishing, about authentication, and social behaviors. There are many ways thi
“The election brought the return of a country we’d lost for so long that it was almost forgotten under the accumulated scar tissue of accommodation and acceptance. For me, this will be the enduring memory of election night 2008: One generation rel
It’s surprising how many web designers forget to specify a background color. To check for this, set your browser’s default background color to magenta, or something equally piquant. Then visit websites. If you find anything heinous (and you will)
“It’s that special time of year where we revel all things dark and creepy. To celebrate, we’ve collected 40 Photoshop techniques and effects to help you add a splash of macabre to your work. From twisted horror faces to ghosts, damned souls and zo
Classics features animated page turns and sound effects, so you get the feeling of actually reading a book. Swiping your finger to left advances the page and going right turns the page back. The interface also includes a home button and a button t
“Today marks the one year anniversary of the day we started the Designing With Web Standards group on Facebook (DWWS). Since October 27, 2007 over 4,100 members have joined, representing over 50 countries around the globe.”
My SXSW panel for 2009! “The web has always attracted mavericks and entrepreneurs, and a rocky economy makes the freelance life more desirable (or at least more inevitable) than ever. So what happens when your freelance business starts to grow? Ho
“I’ve always believed that America’s government was a unique political system ‚Äî one designed by geniuses so that it could be run by idiots. I was wrong. No system can be smart enough to survive this level of incompetence and recklessness by the pe
In 1929, Meyer Mishkin owned a shop in New York that sold silk shirts to workingmen. When the stock market crashed that October, he turned to his son, then a student at City College, and offered a version of this sentiment: It serves those rich sc
Twenty-six years after Ronald Reagan first set his controversial fiscal policies into motion, the deceased president’s massive tax cuts for the ultrarich at last trickled all the way down to deliver their bounty, in the form of a $10 bonus, to Haz
“When journalists jump on a story like this, they will publish just about anything, no matter how poorly thought out.” Hilarious critique of tech media incompetence. (Note to the delicate: somewhat raunchy.) Hat tip: Jeremy Keith.
‘In the relatively narrow field of my interests – ambient informatics, the networked city – can be seen something profound writ small: among fully-developed nations, the US stands out as having generally rejected ‚Äúfuturistic‚Äù interventions in ever
“The most comprehensive page of information on vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin” on the web. Since Gov. Palin is new to just about everyone in the country, little is known about her record and her policies. This special section has in-depth
“This faux pas, while humorous, isn’t really that funny in the big picture. Publishing rights are certainly an important part of identitywho can see what you’re doing and writing is a major issue, not just in social networks but in the Web at lar
Save $100 on An Event Apart Chicago when you register by September 15. Join Andy Clarke, Curt Cloninger, Jason Fried, Robert Hoekman Jr., Cameron Moll, Sarah Nelson, Derek Powazek, Jeff Veen, Rob Weychert, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Jeffre
“From its Classical uses in posters and broadsheets, to the visual delights of the Modernist Avant-Garde, Wood Type has a charm all its own! Loving its textural beauty and allure, ourselves, we created Wood Type Impressions, an easy to use digital
In July 2007 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) accepted AIGA Design for Democracy’s research and best practice recommendations for ballot and polling place information design. Guidelines and editable samples were distributed to 6,000 e
“[T]raditional graphic-design criticism is no longer needed and, in retrospect, possibly never was. It took the Web ‚Äì which permits anyone to express an opinion and also permits designers to create what photographers and painters have always been
The new font embedding feature introduced with Safari 3.1 has already caused heated debates in the type industry. But what do web designers think about it? Do they want to use it? Will they be willing to pay for webfonts? Ralf Herrmann surveyed we
First the Accessibility Institute, now this. Las Manitas closed forever on August 31 according to Cynthia Perez (one of the owners). The restaurant will probably be replaced with a complex of three new Marriott hotels.
Vogue India’s August issue presented a 16-page vision of supple handbags, bejeweled clutches and status-symbol umbrellas, modeled not by runway stars or the wealthiest fraction of Indian society who can actually afford these accessories, but by av
“Internet Explorer 6 will be SEVEN years old on August 27th. It came out a few weeks before the Twin Towers fell. It came out before the Nintendo GameCube. It came out before the first iPod. It’s time to put a deadline on dropping IE6.”
New site! “A comprehensive, up-to-the-minute picture of what voters are actually thinking and feeling…. We gauge the mood of the nation and predict the outcome of elections from the perspective of where it matters the most: with voters on the ground.”
To celebrate the upcoming first anniversary of the DWWS group on Facebook, we’re giving away free copies of Designing With Web Standards, 2nd Edition. Facebook users, please leave a short comment telling us why you think the book is important, and
Happy Cog created a rich, interactive, ‚Äúsingle-page‚Äù experience that merged the solitary pleasures of reading and book-buying with the joys of community‚Äîall while never losing site of the user’s ability to find related products quickly and easily.
“Dear Lulu [is] a fantastic and imaginative resource that puts digital printing to the test through a Do-It-Yourself presentation that fits right in with philosophy of print on demand that makes it such an alluring proposition for designers lookin
“GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — In a small nondescript office on West Friendly Ave., a group of designers produces tiny artistic masterpieces that millions of people interact with every day.” Nice TV news video clip showing our heroes and their beauti
“The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear tha
ne could do worse than having a comic strip about a bubble-headed blonde that ran in the back pages of Playboy as one’s most well known accomplishment. But if your name was Will Elder, who died May 14 at age 86, you could do a whole lot better. An
Some misinformation in the original article has been corrected. Good article and discussion. Not nearly enough attention is being paid to web typography, EOT, @fontface, and type foundry licensing agreement concerns.
A long-time Mac expert on what you can do when your iPhone bugs out (answer: not much). “In increasing order of difficulty, here are the things I do to try to recover from the various iPhone 2.0.x maladies I’ve experienced.” Note: for most of my i
A call to action against TrustyPig for stealing the online branding of SmartyPig, a Des Moines based web startup whose service is a ‚Äúsocial savings bank‚Äù. TrustyPig blatantly stole SmartyPig’s Happy Cog designed website, logo and all.
Moderator: Aarron Walter, The Web Standards Project (WaSP). Far too often, students aspiring to be web professionals leave school with a degree yet without adequate training to prepare them for the real world. The Web Standards Project (WaSP) anno
This bug afflicted my home Mac after MobileMe did a drive-by shooting of my mail files and preferences. Instead of Inbox Zero, I have Inbox Infinitely Expanding. It is impossible to delete mail, thanks to this bug. Be there fixes here?
Clearview replaces Highway Gothic on America’s Interstate highways. How a graphic designer and a typographer and their obsession with fonts and legibility led to a painstaking effort to clean up America’s road signs, one letter at a time. Hat tip:
This didn’t actually fix the problem Apple understatedly refers to as a “MobileMe sync issue.” (All your contact data gets wiped off your iPhone.) Resetting the iPhone and then ignoring it for an hour did the trick for me. Your mileage may vary.
Since a secret emergency meeting of computer security experts at Microsoft’s headquarters in March, Dan Kaminsky has been urging companies around the world to fix a potentially dangerous flaw in the basic plumbing of the Internet.
No longer needing to know “weird, obscure” hexadecimal codes doesn’t matter to web designers, but the live color picker is a genuine improvement. Live UI changes always beat “enter value, hit save, hit reload.”
The Orphan Works Bills will remove copyright from our works and works we’ve done on behalf of clients. For U.S. artists and writers, this site makes it easy to communicate with members of Congress. There is also help for international artists and
This account has been set up for Jeffrey Zeldman by NowPublic because he is a member of the Most Public Index for New York City. The feed is a combination of information from his feeds and photos and videos others have posted of Jeffrey.
Learning Web Standards just got easier. Opera’s new Web Standards Curriculum, released in association with the Yahoo! Developer Network, is a complete course to teach you standards-based web development, including HTML, CSS, design principles and Ö
Browser bugs driving you mad? Then, hopefully, we have the cure. At this browser guide, you can find (and contribute) detailed information about browser bugs in CSS, HTML and the DOM from Internet Explorer, Netscape 4 and up!
A lot of what I heard at AEA this time around seemed to speak to the still nascent but growing maturity of web design as a discipline. One major concern? Education. Jeffrey Zeldman hit on this in his conference opener, pointing out how most instit
LukeW: “At An Event Apart Boston 2008, Eric Meyer walked through common characteristics of several Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) frameworks and outlined lessons that can be learned from their structure.”
LukeW: “Jeffrey Zeldman’s Understanding Web Design talk at An Event Apart Boston 2008 highlighted factors that made it challenging to explain the value and perspective of Web designers but still managed to offer a way to describe the field.”
“In my Web Application Hierarchy presentation at An Event Apart Boston 2008, I walked through the importance of visual hierarchy, visual principles for developing effective hierarchies, and utilizing applications of visual hierarchy to communicate
Make Way for Ducklings is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. First published in 1941, the book tells the story of a pair of mallard ducks who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Pub
Fourth Story will produce stories and content that spans multiple formats, including books, websites, online games, DVDs, audio/digital downloads and social networks. Its first series is The Amanda Project, an interactive, collaborative fictional
Look what they’ve done to .Mac, Ma. They’ve turned it into something not just useful but awesome. It’s now a cloud, with push mail, push contacts, and push calendar. No docking required. Change info on your iPhone, your home Mac or your work Mac, Ö
“While auto-syncing can be a fantastic feature, it can also be infuriating. As I write this, I’m sitting at work. On my desktop is an MP3 file I downloaded today that I’d like to listen to on my way home, on my iPhone. But I can’t ‚Äî not without er
There several companies, including LinkedIn, providing social networking corporate intranets and websites. Imagine these get really common, and they use openID, and rest [of the] online world [that] matters has become openID based single-sign-on…
“If you read this site via RSS, you may notice that now you can only read the first couple lines instead of the whole post. That’s because apparently, amazingly, we still have not figured out how to use RSS and abide by copyright law on the web.”
After the keynote, we were just as surprised and delighted as you probably were to find our very own application, Twitterrific, featured heavily on Apple’s website. It seems after flying high and far, sometimes to shady destinations, the little bl
“LogoLounge has become an indispensable research tool, reference guide and online portfolio for the international who’s who in identity design community. It is the site of record, information and inspiration for logo design. From legends to up-and
“This proof-of-concept shows a coverflow effect using the new CSS transformation feature from Webkit (featured in Safari 3.1). Needless to say that it won’t run in other browsers at this point (however, adapting it to canvas should be quite easy,
To the builders of the 21st-century World Trade Center it is both an obstacle and an engineering marvel of 19th-century New York: the massive granite river wall that opened Manhattan’s edges to a world of seagoing commerce.
Weezer enlisted the help of the biggest Internet celebrities for the first video off their new album. These aren’t cleverly edited clips. This is the real deal. Every one from Tay Zonday to Miss Teen South Carolina are really in the video. The son
Surprisingly rockin’ fashion blog on The New York Public Library’s website. Paula Baxter is the Curator of the Art & Architecture Collection at NYPL. Her previous exhibitions were “A Rakish History of Men’s Wear” and “Decoration in the Age of Napoleon.”
“The 1949 musical ‚ÄúSouth Pacific‚Äù at Lincoln Center reminds us that those whose memory we honor are always at the mercy of the leaders who send them into battle.” Frank Rich is a great writer and this is as good as anything you may read on this US
“We had a front-row seat to this very strange day, and we want to describe the whole thing for you because it says a lot about the state of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, about the media and about politics in the Internet age.” – The Caucus – New York
In a 2 to 1 decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the existing currency system violates the federal Rehabilitation Act. The judges said that the Treasury Department must find a way to
An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, has posted its San Francisco schedule. Join us for two jam-packed 9.5-hour-long days of learning and inspiration with Heather Champ, Kelly Goto, Jeremy Keith, Luke Wroblewski, Dan
AKA “An Andalusian Dog.” The infamous first film collaboration by Salvador Dali and Luis Bu√±uel is a staple of festivals, retrospectives, and college film classes, and the silent mother of all music videos. Hat tip: Fred Gates.
The sun is shining, the trees are leafing, the early birds are getting the worm‚Äîit all means spring. And speaking of early birds, the early bird deadline for An Event Apart Boston is fast approaching! If you’re planning to be there, as so many peo
Molly Wright Steenson is a design researcher and architectural historian who studies interactivity and responsiveness in architecture. She is pursuing a PhD in architecture at Princeton University. She also conducts research and develops design st
SMART/MODELS looks at design-minded businesses through the eyes of five firms who represent business models from the standard to the far-flung. Learn how each of them have cut through bottom-line pressures. Presented by AIGA/NY.
While all the presidential candidates were railing about lost manufacturing jobs in Ohio, no one noticed that America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, was opening its newest factory in the former East Germany ‚Äî 540 high-pay
“Most of the electorate understands that the U.S. is in sorry shape, which is why more than 80 percent of poll respondents say we’re on the wrong track. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has nothing to do with any of that. The idea that his nonsense may sh
P22 Sneaky is the newest font by award winning type designer Michael Clark. Sneaky is a connecting-script and sibling of his popular “Pooper Black” type which shares a similar flow and casual elegance.
“Don’t ask users to provide structure, unless it’s useful to them. But do design your applications in such a way that structure is generated without extra effort on the user’s part. And mine structure that already exists, even if it’s messy and in
“The purpose of the Web Standards Design + Development group is to form a strong network of individuals who have taken the initiative to become craftsmen of their trade. Today it is a list of names, tomorrow it will be a force for good‚Äîor at the v
The size of the average web page has more than tripled since 2003. From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K (see Figure 1), some 233% (Domenech et al. 2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008). During the same five-year period, the nu
While 61% of Americans say the effects of global warming have already begun, just a little more than a third say they worry about it a great deal, a percentage that is roughly the same as the one Gallup measured 19 years ago.
Wireless communication is changing the way people work, live, love and relate to places‚Äîand each other. A special report by The Economist. Well worth reading, if only to clarify things you already think and know.
This week in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten writes about the lives of elevators, and tells the story of Nicholas White, who was trapped in an elevator in New York City’s McGraw-Hill building for forty-one hours. Here is a condensed look at White’s
Show the world you know your type. Helvetica Neue explained for the layman. In weights descending from Ultra Black 95 to Ultra Light 25, Max Miedinger’s redesign of his own 1957 classic has never been so fashionable.
In 1999, I was at a web agency, working on the design of SearchLion, an abortive project for The New York Public Library. Although I was the agency’s creative director, I never got to meet with the client, and the project died within a few weeks o
Two weeks ago … funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, su
Can sketching be an appropriate IA tool? “Presenting a sketch of a proposed design direction to clients gives them a more consumable design deliverable; the inherent imperfections of the drawing magically break down the barrier between consultant
Matches accessibility experts with companies that would like a brief review of their site for accessibility. In return, the site owner is asked to contribute a minimum of $500 to The John Slatin Fund. John was a wonderful man and a friend.
Above, the new face of British currency, announced by the Royal Mint. The striking new designs, selected from an open competition that attracted four thousand entries, are the work of a 26-year old graphic designer named Matthew Dent. They are Mr.
Magnolia will restrict signups to only OpenID users In an effort to block SPAM. But Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame says, “At best this is a Club solution, meaning it’ll be effective as long as Magnolia is not a worthwhile enough target or not en
Apple has captured most of the top spots in a brand opinion survey of nearly 2,000 readers – largely marketing professionals – published by the branding company Interbrand on its Brandchannel.com Web site. Apple was ranked first in almost all the
Located in a legendary building on historical property at 527 Decatur Street, the Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter’s only microbrewery and the location of An Event Apart New Orleans’s Opening Night Party, sponsored by Media Temple.
New York Times interactive presentation chronicles what happens after people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit are finally freed thanks to DNA evidence exonerating them. Profound, tragic, important reporting‚Äîand excellent experience design.
A spanking new video by legendary designer and sixth Beatle Andy Clarke, released by Peachpit Press. Shows how to take your layout “to the next level using typography, microformats, advanced CSS selectors, layout techniques employing floats, posit
Neil Aspinall, who left an accounting job to become the Beatles’ road manager when the group was still a local dance band and who went on to manage the band’s production and management company, Apple, died Sunday night in Manhattan. He was 66 and
The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.
Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 Take Over Historic Astor Hall on Friday, March 21 to Herald New Era of Video Games at The New York Public Library. The grand Astor Hall of the Beaux-Arts landmark Humanities and Social Sciences Library will be aliv
An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, is pleased to announce the detailed schedule for An Event Apart Boston 2008. Join us June 23rd & 24th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for two jam-packed 9.5-hour-long days of
One of the best things about An Event Apart is the attendees, who travel from far and wide not only for the great content and speakers, but also to spend time in the company of their fellow craftspeople of the web. We’d like to introduce you to on
For the past few months, we’ve been working with our friends at Happy Cog ‚Äî Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danzico ‚Äî to redesign WordPress from the ground-up. The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will remain fami
The building swell of registrations for An Event Apart New Orleans can mean only one thing: the earlybird deadline is fast approaching. Don’t get left out. If you’re planning to come, now is the time to claim your spot.
Oldie but goodie: ‘One common request that duplicates browser functionality is a ‚ÄúPrint this page‚Äù link. Most developers have probably added such links more than once during their career. Doing so isn’t necessarily ‚Äúwrong‚Äù, and it won’t bring seri
The birthplace of hip-hop may be saved from gentrification, for the time being. In an unusual move, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has rejected the sale of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, a culturally iconic west Bronx apartme
Something astonishing is now visible on Vesey Street: the Vesey Street staircase. Also known as the ‚ÄúSurvivors’ Stairway‚Äù for its vital role in the evacuation of hundreds of people from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the staircase has b
It is a tribute to its CEO that Apple, which ten years ago seemed headed for the slag heap, is No. 1 on this list. Steve Jobs has always had a knack for weaving magic out of silicon and software. But who knew he could build a $24 billion (in sales
Q. Why shouldn’t web application designers have the same leeway as desktop application developers? It isn’t immediately obvious how to achieve every possible task in Photoshop or Excel. As builders of sophisticated, powerful web applications, shou
‚ÄúI’ve never seen such an irrational, impractical move on the part of the United States,‚Äù said Rasul Baksh Rais, a political scientist at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. ‚ÄúThe whole country has voted against Musharraf. This was a refer
Consumer confidence plunged in February to a 16-year low, as rising inflation forced Americans to spend more and save less. Income growth slowed in January and consumer spending was flat when adjusted for inflation, the Commerce Department said. F
pixelingo is a small studio founded by Carolyn Wood, providing copywriting, content strategy, user experience, and web design services for small (and, on occasion, gigantic) businesses, nonprofits, and creatives.
Do you have a USB printer that works the way you expect it to when connected to your computer, but not when it’s connected to your AirPort base station for printer sharing? In that situation, this article helps you troubleshoot issues with printer
Ocassionally, syncing with .Mac may not behave as expected, causing a sync to take longer than expected, or for data to not sync successfully between computers. When troubleshooting situations such as this, resetting .Mac Sync data is a good step
‘As many users of syncing products know, sync can be tricky. Items can sometimes get duplicated or not synced at all, and getting the system working again can be an exercise in witchcraft. Apple’s .Mac syncing features are sometimes no exception t
“Need more incentive to come to New Orleans in April? Jasmine. Sweet olive. Honeysuckle. Street car rides down St. Charles to Audubon Park. Boiled crawfish at Frankie & Johnny’s. 5 napkin roast beef po boys. Liuzza’s. Mandina’s. Jacques-Imo’s. The
You’ve probably seen Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s ‚ÄúChange We Can Believe In‚Äù and ‚ÄúStand for Change‚Äù banners. The typophiles among you have realized that the ‚Äúchange‚Äù font Obama’s campaign uses is Gotham, designed by Hoefler & F
Almost 60 years after the commercial release of its first instant camera, Polaroid Corporation announced last week that it would cease manufacturing instant film. Here’s a commercial from my childhood to remind us of how magical Polaroid once was.
Sometimes your iPhone just decides to stop storing photos in your current roll. You take a photo, then you go to look at it and all you see is a blank square. Then you click on it and it just goes to home or something. A lot of people seem to get
Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these ‚Äúgreen‚Äù fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded.
Great, easy-to-follow, three-part series on the real meaning of web semantics, and the implications for HTML, by John Allsopp, author of “Dao of Web Design” and Microformats: The Book, co-founder of Web Directions North, and ancient swordsman of T
“We currently index the public Web for XHTML Friends Network (XFN), Friend of a Friend (FOAF) markup and other publicly declared connections. By supporting open Web standards for describing connections between people, web sites can add to the soci
So you’ve just built a totally sweet new social app and you can’t wait for people to start using it, but there’s a problem: when people join they don’t have any friends on your site. They’re lonely, and the experience isn’t good because they can’t
“Jeffrey Zeldman, the web design and standards expert behind zeldman.com, alistapart.com and myriad other websites, delivered the opening keynote at Web Directions North on January 30th in downtown Vancouver. After fighting for standards and acces
“Come on, Apple, acknowledge that you have professional users whose livelihoods depend on your programs and the information you publish about them. I’m not saying you have to overwhelm Software Update users with detail that most people couldn’t po
Dan Cederholm has had to regretfully bow out of An Event Apart Boston (you can catch him at AEA San Francisco instead). Replacing the Bulletproof One is author and code wizard Ethan Marcotte (Airbag, Unstoppable Robot Ninja), on the existing subje
Now online: the main content of Emigre #30 (“Fallout”). “This milestone issue from 1994 was a response to the (in)famous ‘Ugly’ essay written by Steven Heller for Eye magazine. For those of you who missed the typographic debates of the 90s, or for
“The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks. The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability – where users can take their data fr
Remember? Sure you do. It’s the campaign that DOM sniffing built. Some current members of The Web Standards Project removed it from the WaSP’s archived site (thus defeating the purpose of having an archived site, we think), but it is still availab
Remember? Sure you do. It’s the campaign that DOM sniffing built. Some current members of The Web Standards Project removed it from the WaSP’s archived site (thus defeating the purpose of having an archived site, we think), but it is still availab
NetNewsWire 3.1 is the latest release of the long-developed news aggregator of RSS and Atom feeds. And it’s now free. NewsGator, which acquired Seattle developer Brent Simmons’s NetNewsWire software in 2005 and hired Simmons, announced updates for
Contact form spam is bad for everyone, but with this script you can rest easy knowing your form is safe, accessible, and valid. Feature-rich, standards-compliant, newly updated by creator Mike Cherim. Download it for free!
Let’s be clear about this: designing the open social Web has nothing to do with encouraging users to violate the TOS of another Web service. Putting users in control of (and teaching them to take responsibility for) their own data and giving them
“Graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors, a Nobel Prize winner and many, many UnBeige favorites will be featured on the show, which, incidentally, was voted a ‘favorite podcast’ on PSFK’s IF Marketing Podcast survey.”
“The growth of social networks ‚Äî and the Internet as a whole ‚Äî stems largely from an outpouring of expression that often feels more like ‘talking’ than writing: blog posts, comments, homemade videos and, lately, an outpouring of epigrammatic one-
“As networked social applications mature, they’re evolving more nuanced ways of constructing and maintaining an identity. Two of the major factors in online identity are How you present yourself, and Who you know.” I’m also reminded of the way Som
The design conference for people who make websites, An Event Apart, launches its 2008 schedule with An Event Apart New Orleans. Two days of web standards, best practices, and creative inspiration, featuring 12 great speakers.
Jackpot link. Missed this when it first came out. Greenfield is among the very best thinkers and writers we have. He critiques social networking services for falling short of the complexity of our real social lives, and for inflicting psychic harm
Free online music utility converts any text to music. Composition is displayed in musical notation and played in MIDI on your choice of instrument. The P22 MTCG was programmed by designer Colin Kahn from an idea conceived by P22 creative director
Leopard-compatible Snapz Pro 2 doesn’t work properly after migrating to Leopard. This badly written, inaccurate (“launch the game”) guide tells steps to take before calling manufacturer or ascending to roof with high-powered rifle and box of Mallomars.
“CommandShift3 is like Hot or Not. Except, instead of clicking on hot babes, you click on hot websites.” Fun! But it critically lacks the ability to actually view the sites in question (not just screen shots). I can’t judge websites on screen shot
At the third quarter mark for 2007, AIGA’s Design Leaders Confidence Index registered its lowest rating since it was created in April 2005. This drop mirrors other readings of the current economy, amid concerns about the mortgage industry and jitt
The 2008 Nominating Committee, chaired by Clement Mok (San Francisco), requests nominations to the AIGA board to be submitted by December 15, 2007. Five seats with a term of July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011 are open.
Hundreds of demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudanís capital, poured into the streets on Friday demanding the execution of a British teacher who was convicted of insulting Islam because her class of 7-year-olds named a teddy bear Muhammad.
Last night, Facebook backed down and announced that the Beacon feature would no longer be active for any transaction unless users click “ok.” Beacon is a core element of Facebook’s attempt to parlay the personal and behavioral information it colle
“Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program.” Thanks to all who joined the group or wrote
Dining and dancing for design. John Hodgman (“I’m a PC”) will auction off custom calligraphy by Marian Bantjes, a private tour of the MoMA poster collection, your pixel-portrait by Christoph Niemann, and much more.
Now, MoveOn is poised to launch a new offensive against Facebook, claiming that early screenshots of Beacon posted by TechCrunch indicated that the advertising application once included a “global opt-out” that would allow members to block it entir
My update to my original article, now available as HTML instead of Flash text. (Oh, Irony, mistress of my heart, how I love you.) The article is still good, although the original, which I wrote for Adobe in 1999, was better. The issues have not ch
Krugman on Wall Street: ‘This slump was both predictable and predicted. ‚ÄúThese days,‚Äù I wrote in August 2005, ‚ÄúAmericans make a living selling each other houses, paid for with money borrowed from the Chinese. Somehow, that doesn’t seem like a sust
Brooks: “Someday Rudy Giuliani will look back on this moment and wonder why he didn’t run as himself.” The trouble in both parties is that centrists, to survive the primaries, must play to the base, betraying their own principles and alienating th
Evolution Mobile wants to pay a freelancer to steal one of Aaron Gustafson’s sites. Stealing is never cool. Trying to hire someone to steal because you don’t have the skill to steal it yourself is some fifth dimensional kind of lame.
“On the New Yorker website, Louis Menand reflects on the late Norman Mailer’s life and career. Mailer himself rarely contributed to The New Yorker, though. Until Tina Brown’s tenure, Mailer had published only two short poems in the magazine….”
Bill Evans, who died in 1980, is playing a concert in NYC according to iLike’s event listings in Facebook. Obviously there’s another musician named Bill Evans and iLike’s database doesn’t know a famous dead Bill Evans from a less famous live one.
On the new Apple keyboard: “As beautiful as it is, I have but one small beef: Apple moved the volume keys from the top right of the keyboard. It seems like such an insignificant thing, but it screws with the use patterns I’m accustomed to.”
I love 37signals. They have integrity, clarity, and transparency. Here they explain how a traffic accident impacted a transformer powering some of their host boxes, taking Basecamp offline for a few hours last night. Knowing what happened is good,
Restoring the iPhone removes the operating system and all your data. A clean copy of the OS then gets installed. Lastly, you can restore (most of) your data from backup. For a full iPhone, the process takes about 30 minutes. It is the court of las
Aarron Walter’s Building Findable Web Sites: Web Standards SEO and Beyond “has three primary goals: (1) Help people find your web site. (2) Help people find what they are looking for once they arrive at your site. (3) Bring your audience back to y
“Here we are now, monetize us.” Great (if too brief!) discussion on building a following and then surprising users with invasive or privacy-violating changes. “The great problem with launching a service and figuring out how to monetize it later is
The father of a fallen Marine was awarded nearly $11 million in damages by a jury that found leaders of a fundamentalist church had invaded the family’s privacy and inflicted emotional distress when they picketed the Marine’s funeral.
“As counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl — the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles — is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary.”
Immersive gallery: The reopening of the Greek and Roman galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the culmination of a 15-year, $220 million project. The galleries house art created between 900 B.C. and the early fourth century A.D.
The chronic lung condition sends far fewer kids to city hospitals now than 10 years ago, but no one seems to have noticed. Environment refers to the places where New Yorkers live; our surroundings; the air, water and land that make our existence p
As the United States and Iran are locked in a battle for power and influence across the Middle East — with the fear of an Iranian nuclear weapon looming in the background — FRONTLINE gains unprecedented access to Iranian hard-liners shaping gove
“In a celebration of the Public Domain, the Internet Archive’s Bookmobile will be coming to a town near you, bringing with it the ability to access, download, and print one of the almost 20,000 public domain books currently available online.”
‘The best thing about being an Apple observer is that even when the company does make a long-awaited announcement, it inevitably leads to new questions regarding what exactly they mean. Apple punditry is the Kremlinology of the tech world. So it i
A guy with spinal muscular atrophy playing World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 2004 using only his thumb. A woman with ALS controlling her computer with a switch taped to her cheek. A girl with athetoid cerebral palsy who can write and draw th
‘Apple announced a October 26 release date for Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) today, along with more detailed information on the new system, including over ‚Äú300 New Features‚Äù. Let’s look a little closer at the features in the Fonts category and give them
David Sleight, online creative director at Business Week, discusses the print magazine’s redesign, including typefaces used (one old favorite and one that was new to me). “Type wonks may recognize Quiosco from the 2007 Type Directors Club Competit
‚ÄúWe face a true planetary emergency,‚Äù Mr. Gore said in the statement. ‚ÄúThe climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a hig
At a sparsely attended hearing at City Hall this morning, representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority appeared before members of two City Council committees to discuss plans to wire subway stations so that commuters will be able
Create tagged PDF documents. Authors interested in producing accessible content with InDesign CS3 begin by adding structure to documents using the InDesign tagging facility. InDesign offers a number of ways to structure documents by adding tags.
“Amazon could have built this store 10 years ago ‚Äî the music labels simply wouldn’t allow it. What’s happened now is that the music label executives ‚Äî at least at Universal and EMI ‚Äî have finally gotten it through their thick skulls that it’s the
“My guess is that a large reason why Apple is building a Great China Wall to block out 3rd party developers, is the spotlight is on their first cell-product.
If 3rd party apps create problems for a handful of users phones, although rational logic
“While it can be argued that you, as a result of your committments to AT&T, must actively counter the efforts of hackers and developers who have released apps that unlock iPhones from the AT&T network, there is no argument for punishing legitimate
Amazon now sells DRM-free MP3 music files. Emusic.com has done this for years, of course‚Äîand for far less money per file. But Amazon has access to commercial artists on major labels; emusic.com is (necessarily) indie-focused.
Bollinger was strongly criticized for inviting Ahmadinejad to Columbia, and had promised tough questions in his introduction to Ahmadinejad’s talk. But the strident and personal nature of his attack on the president of Iran was startling.
Become a mentor‚Äîit’s a rare chance to make a difference in the life of a talented and ambitious young artist. Applications are due by Friday 28 September. The opportunity to become a member is available to AIGA members only.
OAuth is like a valet key for all your web services. A valet key lets you give a valet the ability to park your car, but not the ability to get into the trunk or drive more than 2 miles or limit the RPMs on your high end German automobile. In the
The New York Times just dropped TimesSelect, their online premium content subscription program. The program ran for two years and was generating about $10 million a year in revenue. Content previously restricted to subscribers is now available to
Many web users do not know they can resize text; this lack of knowledge can lead to accessibility problems. This simple, clear video can help. Please link and point to it; feel free to embed it in accessibility statement pages; distribute it widely!
Abstract: The Toronto subway has a typographic heritage all its own, starting with a unique font. But, with renovation after renovation and after a series of new station additions, signage and wayfinding in the system are a total mess. The latest
NY Times, on a day-old story: “Baghdad’s authority to bar Blackwater USA, a security company that was involved in the deaths of eight Iraqis, appeared to be in question.” Feels like a tipping point, though tipping toward what?
When leaked photos of the latest iPod nano first appeared on enthusiast blogs, it quickly gained the nickname “little fatty,” owing to the squat shape required to accommodate a wide-screen video display.
“If the Luxembourg court validates the Commission’s order, Microsoft could face a future in which its product design decisions and licensing policies are subject to scrutiny by governments around the world. If the court sides with Microsoft, it co
Joe O’Donnell’s glowing legacy outlived him by less than a week. The man recalled by some as ‚ÄúThe Presidential Photographer‚Äù with a knack for having a camera to his eye at just the right moment, became instead someone described as a fraud who hija
“If HTML 5 causes existing content to break, then that will be evidence of a flaw in the specification. Conversely, if a new browser causes existing content to break, then that will be evidence that the creators of that browser didn’t follow the s
P22 Type Foundry announces Underground Pro, an extensive font set based on Edward Johnston’s iconic 1916 type design for London Transport’s Underground Railway system. It includes 6 weights, with advanced support for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic languages.
The Web Standards Project is a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all. Its mission statement, written in 1998, has now been translated into Spanish by Francisco Aguirre. Thank
“Photomoma is a virtual museum. It consists solely of photographs of works found within the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. While such a museum is nothing new‚ÄîMoMA themselves have a virtual gallery of all their items‚ÄîPhotomoma focuses on th
“The suspects ‚Äî two German citizens and a Turkish resident of Germany ‚Äî were in advanced stages of plotting bombing attacks that could have been deadlier than the terrorist strikes that killed dozens in London and Madrid, police and security offic
Many of the drivers are upset about a requirement that cabs install new technology -‚Äì including credit card readers and G.P.S.-equipped passenger information and navigational screens that display advertising and allow riders to track their route –
Fred Gates and Daniel Warren announce the opening of Bias Contemporary Art New York. Initial gallery offerings will be made online, with offline shows planned for the future. The gallery’s first two shows feature graf “writer” and artist AVone and
“Through this fund drive to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association we speak loudly as a group letting clients, friends and family know that while we may be constantly attached to our laptops with white earbuds glued to our ears, we are
Green Options, a community dedicated to environmental resources, education, and discussion, gets a handsome and readable makeover‚Äîand one that’s as standards-compliant as the CMS lets it be. Good content, good design, good glass-nearly-full success story.
Editor of Boxes & Arrows, director of experience for AIGA, information architect at Razorfish, Barnes & Noble, and Happy Cog, and much more: Liz Danzico is a brilliant and connected thinker‚Äîand a featured speaker at next week’s Event Apart Chicago
Today, Peachpit announced Bulletproof Web Design, Second Edition by Dan Cederholm (0-321-50902-1, www.peachpit.com/title/0321509021), an update of the popular guide to problem-free, versatile coding in XHTML and CSS.
In NYC. Honor design and designers. Presenters include Kurt Andersen, Paola Antonelli, Bill Grant, John Maeda, Scott Santoro, Paula Scher, Laura Shore and Lucille Tenazas. Medalists are Ed Fella, Ellen Lupton, Bruce Mau, and
This proposed SXSW panel is about building respect for web design as a profession, helping others understand what you do, and working more harmoniously with practitioners of the various disciplines that go into making a great online user experience.
With the Chicago show right around the corner (and about three seats short of selling out), we’re concerned that people might have missed the publication of our complete San Francisco schedule. That would be a dark shame, because it’s wonderful in
“Urging spouses to stay on base during deployments is not unique to overseas bases…. But it also demonstrates, General Hertling said, how the gap between American society and its volunteer military has widened as the Iraq war has dragged on.”
“Far from being caught in a pincer between pro-American governments in Kabul and Islamabad, al-Qaeda and its fellow travellers have consolidated a stronghold that encroaches on the territory and may in time threaten the survival of both.”
“The deliberate targeting of civilians for no direct military purpose is just a crime. This remains true regardless of the justice of the cause, and whether the killing is done by states, armies, groups or individuals. The world should never tire
51 page invoices are so not right. If people keep blogging this, eventually AT+T will figure it out. (Question: Has Al Gore checked his iPhone bill? One call from him to the CEO of AT+T might nip the whole thing in the bud.)
“During one of my lunch breaks at work, I came up with a concept for a web application that would be used on the iPhone. I had a difficult time finding an image of the iPhone with the exact dimensions for the screen inside so I took it up myself t
“This morning, Amazon announced that their aStore product (part of the selling tools available to folks enrolled in the Amazon Associates program) would allow full customization of the look and feel via CSS.”
Doing speculative work seriously compromises the quality of work that clients are entitled to and violates a tacit, long-standing ethical standard in the communication design profession worldwide. AIGA strongly discourages the practice of requesti
“There’s now one less Internet millionaire in Nolita, but two more brunet waifs to take his place,” this report on rich people and their pads begins. The news, to me, is that Razorfish just sold to Microsoft as part of a $6 billion deal. I missed that.
We all have ideas about the design and usability of WordPress, but what happens when actual testing gets applied to the problem? Liz Danzico’s presentation from WordCamp 2007 shows Happy Cog’s work on the information architecture and usability for
“The most vexing shortcoming of the iPhone is its lack of text selection and clipboard features. But … while they’re essential, it’s good that the 1.0 iPhone shipped without them.” Essential interface design reading at Daring Fireball.
Tantek, a giant in the web standards, microformats, and browser development communities (not to mention a leading force behind much that is good in Technorati) looks back on his first five years of bloggity blog.
Three major browser vendors‚ÄîApple, Opera, and the Mozilla Foundation‚Äîcame together as the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group
(WhatWG) to develop an updated and upgraded version of classic HTML. More recently, the W3C took note of
“Stretcher bearers! Stretcher bearers!” The widescreen technicolor melodrama starring Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward, and Gregory Peck, loosely based on several Hemingway short stories, is available for viewing or downloading to Mac, PC, or iPod video
All the blogs in the Technorati Top 20 list of popular blogs fail the well-known W3C Markup Validation test. This probably means that complying to the W3C standards is not a priority for the most popular content creators on the planet.
”It’s a nice feature for Macintosh users,” said P. J. McNealy, a senior analyst for Gartner G2, an e-commerce research group. ”But to the rest of the Windows world, it doesn’t make any difference.” ‚Äî via Tim Murtaugh’s Excuse for a Blog
Fixed bugs not listed. In my experience, iPhone update fixes Address Book sync bug where some new contacts don’t sync; does not fix Address book sync bug where some contact photos don’t sync; does not fix bug where Mail automatically downloads mes
EMusic, the nation’s second-largest online music seller after Apple’s iTunes, plans to announce a deal with AT&T today that will allow people to buy songs from independent labels through their cellphones, without the need to go through a personal
Ignore The Register’s determination to paint the iPhone as fatally flawed and overhyped, and you’re left with the information that the iPhone software and firmware update released yesterday is known to address some security flaws in the iPhone’s S
Microformats add machine-readability to everyday web pages while preserving human-readability. They allow tools to make more sense of your web pages, while not changing the visual appearance for visitors to your site one whit. Google Maps now adds
“Great interfaces are written. If you think every pixel, every icon, every typeface matters, then you also need to believe every letter matters. When you’re writing your interface, always put yourself in the shoes of the person who’s reading your
“Iraq’s national government is refusing to take possession of thousands of American-financed reconstruction projects, forcing the United States either to hand them over to local Iraqis, who often lack the proper training and resources to keep the
“Apple sold a record number of Macs last quarter, to the tune of 1.76 million, 64% of them notebooks. That’s a heck of a lot of MacBooks.” (My Dad, a longtime Windows/DOS user, just bought one as well.)
Among social networking applications on the web, why is it so difficult to go from friend to friend? The answer reveals the two models of organizing network contacts in social software. Good reading for all designers and IAs.
Earlybird savings on An Event Apart Chicago end this Friday. Registration for the two days of web standards, best practices, and inspiration is regularly $895, but you can get it (and the meals, parties and swag that go with it) for just $795 if y
Jackpot link (and related to “Things on Things,” just posted). Cover Browser intends to catalog the cover of every comic book (and every book, game, DVD, magazine…) ever printed. There are already 77,000 entries in their archive. Via Veer.com.
“There’s a lack of depth on the internet, a world with an atmosphere just one pixel thick that has reached out across all forms of media and turned everything into a vast, shallow pool that stretches as far as the eye can see. All visual culture i
Satire of an exhausted “Web 2.0” visual trend, or useful graphic design tool? It’s both! Ajax-powered visual design tool lets you create, preview, and download seamless, striped background images, with or without gradients.
Dan Cederholm is the brilliant mind behind Bulletproof Web Design and Web Standards Solutions and he’s going to be bringing his highly acclaimed talk, ‚ÄúInterface Design Juggling‚Äù, to the Chicago stage. We took a few minutes to dig deeper into what
Speaking at WordCamp 2007, Happy Cog’s Liz Danzico will deliver a Usability Analysis of WordPress as the penultimate address of the two-day conference. WordCamp is a high-level conference for WordPress users and developers.
Quick! Can you name the 17 popular methods of CSS image replacement (and the 84 objections to each one)? Of course you can. And by wearing this shirt, you can let the world know. Swap that ‚Äúgeek loser‚Äù image for a new ‚ÄúCSS expert‚Äù image that is su
“Blogs ‚Äî the primary engine of Web 2.0’s so-called ‚Äúcitizen media‚Äù revolution ‚Äî are ten years old this week,” says Andrew Keen. Hmm. Mine’s twelve years old. Sorry for wrecking civilization, dude.
Twittered by millions. You’ve already seen it. New York Times technology columnist (and former off-Broadway pianist/conducter) David Pogue dumps his old mobile phone for the iPhone in this sing-a-long video, set to the familiar strains of “My Way.
“Some analysts claimed that the iPhone launch would be a failure if Apple failed to sell 100,000 iPhones during the first weekend. … [T]hat number was exceeded in just the first two to three hours. Blackfriars’ prediction is that Apple will sell
‘One of my favorite Woody Allen quips from his tragically short period as a stand-up comic is the punch line to his hyperbolic story about taking a speed-reading course and then digesting all of War and Peace in twenty minutes. The audience begins
Free self-paced course in CSS. Come every Monday for 10 minutes over the next 12 weeks for a solid grounding in the hand coding of CSS, and a deeper understanding of the principles of standards-based web development.
Despite fears about the Blackberry, work hasn’t invaded home life so much as social networks have invaded the workplace. Migrants, not geeks, are the most aggressive adopters of IM and webcams. And more. Anthropologists investigate the use of comm
“At the suggestion of a reader, we ran the text of both speeches through the tag-cloud generator, a program that displays the most commonly used words in varying sizes, depending on how often they’re spoken.”
Is that Helvetica in your pocket, or are you just glad to sell me? Typefaces used by big companies and publications. Awesomely useful information for designers and business people alike. via xplane.com’s XBlog.
D. Keith Robinson on staying creative; Emily Cohen on successful creative briefs; and much more. Editor Daniel Schutzsmith’s Graphic Define Magazine encourages professionals in the graphic, web, and interactive industries to share tips, strategies
Hyperlinking the collective memory: Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its ar
“With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information. Such is the situation with Apple’s new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user’s full name and acc
Time Magazine on what Ruby on Rails does. Of course they get it wrong. They always get it wrong. All these magazines get everything to do with the web wrong. Then you think about their coverage of more important things, like the Darfur conflict.
When consumers were given a choice of three models, of varying complexity, of a digital device, more than sixty per cent chose the one with the most features. Then, when the subjects were given the chance to customize their product, choosing from
Learn to create products that influence and reflect a particular business strategy and develop basic business strategies of your own. Taught by Victor Lombardi. One of several classes now on offer from Smart Experience: Internet, Mobile, and Softw
iChat Video interview: five internet influentials answer five questions in 20 minutes. Tim O’Reilly from O’Reilly Media, Steve Rubel from Edelman and Micropersuasion, Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress, Marten Mickos the CEO of MySQL, Eric A.
d.Construct is an affordable, one-day conference aimed at those building the latest generation of websites. The event discusses how to design websites that not only work, but are an enjoyable experience for the user. Clever site design is worth ch
“Helvetica’s message is this: you are going to get to your destination on time; your plane will not crash; your money is safe in our vault; we will not break the package; the paperwork has been filled in; everything is going to be OK.”
Ian Hickson: “There are people strongly arguing that HTML should be a purely presentational language, much, much more presentational than the proposed WHATWG draft. In fact, unless someone argues against it, it’s likely that the W3C spec will be e
Jeff Cutsinger: “[S]emantic markup is best practice because of its fruits, not because it is semantic. … The knowledgeable author can use semantic elements to the exclusion of presentational markup with great effect. But the vast majority of use
“UX books and topics for possible books … nominated by members of the UX community who we’ve invited to participate. Our goal is to eventually gather the collective opinion of the entire UX world on what UX books matter, and which ones need to b
Against the advice of its attorneys, Digg is allowing its users to link to information, the public sharing of which is illegal under intellectual property law. Gutsy. “If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.”
“Though I use my training in Graphic Design daily and often find much of what I do professionally to be based on visual language and aesthetics, it is only one of many services I offer my clients. Being labeled a Graphic Designer feels a little li
“Monday’s New Yorker on Sunday is usually only available to the select few of the Manhattan media elite who are sped their new issues hot off the presses. Now everyone can have a similar experience on the web.”
“Along with heightened functionality and AJAX everything, comes a new aesthetic to visually communicate to the user that he or she has arrived at a Web 2.0 site. The only catch is, it’s not a new look at allwe have seen this before. I’ve compiled
“The term semantic-html is a mouthful, and belies both how simple it is, how well established it is among modern web designers, and the fact that it has benefits far beyond the obvious doing the right thing for the Web by using semantic markup. We
In all the years people have been creating websites, nobody bothered to gather statistics about who does this work, using what skills, under what conditions, and for what kinds of compensation. Presenting A List Apart’s first annual web design sur
“I looked at the sea of female faces at the conference in New York and my thought was that I hoped some of them would find their way to front of the room, in front of the microphone, because I want to hear what they have to teach me.”
“I am the former Graphics Director for Newsweek and this interview was done during my final week at the magazine. The meeting you will see is the Friday morning ‘run-through’ when work by the design, graphics and photo departments is presented to
nascentguruism is where Steve Marshall, a 24 year old web developer, writes about technology, the web, and whatever else comes to¬†mind. His site uses a baseline grid; this version of it makes that grid visible. (via comments in this issue of A List Apart)
Design Tools Monthly is the executive summary of graphic design news, with subscribers in over 41 countries. The site from which subscribers download PDFs of each issue, plus software and fonts (sample content: a 25.7 MB file on what’s new in Adob
Jeff Croft: “The foundry … has added DRM [Digital Rights Management] for their fonts, and placed ludicrous restrictions on them, such as the inability to embed them in PDFs and incompatibilities with font management programs like Suitcase. … I
“WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – People who use the Internet to read the news have a greater attention span than print readers, according to a U.S. study that refutes the idea that Web surfers jump around and don’t read much. The EyeTrack07 surve
In 2005 the Morgan Library received 43 early-twentieth-century German and Austrian drawings through the bequest of Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb (1928‚Äì2004). The bequest, shown in its entirety from April 20 through September 2, 2007, includes major w
From March 22 to June 10, 2007, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture presents Bruno Mathsson: Designer and Architect, the first exhibition in the United States to examine the work of this leading figure
Event Apart co-founder Eric Meyer after Boston: “I see the attendees at AEA as the craftsmen and women of the web. Sure, there are shops mass-producing sites, the way a factory churns out cheap clocks. That’s fine if you just want something to put
Grapefeed’s experiences at An Event Apart Boston, including a nerve-grinding, last-minute scramble to an alternate train station when the Back Bay station was sealed off because of a gas leak. (Same thing happened to me.)
“An Event Apart Boston was a great experience. Whenever I’m at a conference, I get an insatiable urge to drop whatever I’m doing with my life and become an expert at whatever the speaker’s talking about. Anyway, a few notes.”
At 35 years old Bruce Livingstone is a pioneer in the world of stock photography having created iStockphoto, the first successful micropayment stock licensing business. After selling iStockphoto to Getty images last year for $50 million, Bruce con
“I’ve been answering questions all day at An Event Apart about the new CS3 products. Even better, I gave away … three advance copies of CS3 Web Premium to three lucky attendees. An Event Apart is a really great mix of disciplines all centering o
A new website has been created for photojournalist Bill Biggart, the only working professional photographer to perish while covering the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse in 2001.¬†His last image was shot just moments before his death.¬†This and many
“Web 2.0 may indeed be waning as a meme…. But it would be ironic if web hype were to be deflated, not because of these real trends, but because of a blogging venture capitalist’s foolhardy reliance on dubious Alexa numbers.”
From the “Get Unstuck” panel at SXSW Interactive 2007. Filmed in glorious widescreen jowl-o-vision, Zeldman talks about winning accounts by understanding the brand, and allowing the current ratio of projects to designers to empower you to choose y
Brief, large-format QuickTime movie. In this excerpt from the SXSW Interactive “Get Unstuck” panel, moderator Liz Danzico poses a question from the audience: what do you do when you’ve spent heaps of money on a project everyone except the CEO real
“And then came prepone (ref). I’d never come across the word and thought it sounded silly, but more importantly it was used in the fictional context of advancing the release date of software (and that certainly never happened at Ariba). Hearing it
Moderator Liz Danzico leads panel members Kristian Bengtsson, Chris Messina, Luke (“LukeW”) Wroblewski and Jeffrey Zeldman on a spirited discussion about getting unstuck. MP3 posted by Kristian Bengtsson.
Luke W: “Functioning Form is a blog about interface design. That is to say, it is where art and technology emerge as experience, where message and medium meld, and where interactions are useful, usable, and enjoyable.”
“Sorry Steve, Here’s Why Apple Stores Won’t Work,” BusinessWeek wrote with great certainty in 2001. “It’s desperation time in Cupertino, Calif.,” opined TheStreet.com. “I give [Apple] two years before they’re turning out the lights on a very painf
iConcertCal is a free iTunes plug-in that monitors your music library and generates a personalized calendar of upcoming concerts in your city. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS X and supports worldwide searches.
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the
On Sunday 11 March at 3:00 pm, I’ll be signing my little heart out, along with Shawn Henry (Integrating Accessibility Throughout Web Design), Brendan Dawes (Analog In, Digital Out) and other splendid folk.
‘Nissan’s double-truck, struck me as peculiar. In the full color ad, the automaker presented five Japanese youth hanging out in a Shimokitazawa, Tokyo barber shop with a subhead stating, “The Black Experience is everywhere. NISSAN, SHIFT_respect”.’
The Elegant Star Pattern Pack features 10 high quality brushes that can be used to create beautiful borders or patterns for your promotional materials or website. Also included in the pack are individual .png files that can be used to define your
“We knew this day would come–in fact, we were so prepared for this day to come that we spent a little extra time on the AIGA site the other day, saying goodbye to its sweet, stodgy interface. We don’t know how long ago that site had been around,
A place where those who are interested in becoming speakers (particularly in the web world) can get advice, mentoring and help. A meeting place for those who are interested in helping others become speakers.
The Iconfactory and ARTIS Software announce an all-new, fast-paced, addictive game for Mac OS X ‚Äì Frenzic. In the spirit of classic puzzle games such as Tetris and Bejeweled, Frenzic tests both the mind and the reflexes.
With 35,000 members across 400 branches in thirteen countries on five continents, Comhaltas Ceoltiri ireann is the largest promoter and preserver of traditional Irish music, dance, and culture. They chose Happy Cog to design a site conveying the r
June 21st‚Äì22nd, Bell Harbor International Conference Center. The speakers: Tim Bray, father of XML; Google’s Jeff Veen; Andy Budd of Clearleft; Khoi Vinh, design director at NYTimes.com; Mint creator Shaun Inman; Newsvine CEO/ESPN redesigner Mike
“Two asinine criticisms of Steve Jobs’s ‘Thoughts on Music’ are that (a) it’s a shameless attempt to jump on the anti-DRM bandwagon ‚Äî i.e. that Jobs and Apple are merely attempting to take credit for the already inevitable move toward non-DRM musi
pple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world’s major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry’s security blanket. Steve Jobs, Apple’s ch
‘Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.’ ‚Äî Brian Eno (Music for Airports liner notes, September 1978)
The Web Standards Project’s Aaron Gustafson: “I was in Redmond on Friday to meet with a few folks on the Internet Explorer team to discuss improvements we (as in the WaSP DOM Scripting and Microsoft task forces, and the JS Ninjas) wanted to see in
The University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition of the work of wartime photographer John Collier Jr includes this wonderful component, allowing you to create and publish your own war propaganda video. Hat tip, the Rogue Librarian.
“I’ve been using Adblock Plus for about two weeks now, and it still feels like I’ve slipped into a Hollywood movie in which an anarchist superhero comes from the future to rid humans of ads forever. Naturally, a brilliant and evil ad executive vil
A list of best practices for websites, from the Opquast community. Opquast is a free online application that checks your site for conformance with best practices. (Obviously such testing isn’t perfect, but it may be useful.)
NPR : Border Fence Firm Snared for Hiring Illegal Workers. A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. (via Daring Fireball.)
“Like a lot of people my age (for now, let’s just say that I need almost both hands to count the number of US presidents who have served in my lifetime), my initial exposure to classical music came via the hijinks of Bugs Bunny and friends.”
Bruce Fraser, noted author and lecturer, passed away on Saturday, December 16th, 2006. He was at home with his wife Angela and friends. Bruce, a Buddhist, will be cremated and his ashes returned to Scotland. Friends and family are working on an in
The point of the Clock of the Long Now is not to measure out the passage, into their unknown future, of the race of creatures that built it. The point of the Clock is to revive and restore the whole idea of the Future, to get us thinking about the
Chris Anderson, a writer at Wired Magazine, coined the phrase “the long tail” and has been working on a book about it. In this post on his blog about the writing of the book(!) he discusses what open source publishing might look like. Most of thes
Kinescope and Snicker are loosely based on title lettering in Fleischer Studio’s animated Superman films from the forties. Launderette is based closely on lettering used in the titles of the 1944 Otto Preminger film, Laura. Me want all three!
Fred Gates: News Corp takes a short pause from lecturing us about the “secular”, “anti-tradionalist”, Christmas-hostile left-wing media to send a secular, anti-traditionalist, Christmas-hostile “holiday party” invitation that is anything but Chris
Chilling Effects aims to support lawful online activity against the chill of unwarranted legal threats…. The Chilling Effects project seeks to document that “chill” and inform C&D recipients of their legal rights in response.
Leo Robert Klein: “People want the features but they don’t want the complexity. Furthermore, they’ll prove extremely reluctant to try out a site, if in order to accomplish their goals they’ve got to master every feature on the thing. If this weren
Yet another pirated content site where you can download an illegal free version of Designing With Web Standards, 2nd Edition. When the publisher issues a cease and desist, the pirates just move to a new server. The weird thing is, this repository
Trent Lucier writes: “If you’ve browsed the web design section of any bookstore lately, you’ve seen him staring at you. The blue hat. The mustache. The blinding neon background. He’s Jeffrey Zeldman, publisher of the influential web development ma
The [U.S.] government discriminates against blind people by printing money that all looks and feels the same, a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could change the face of American currency. Hat tip: Sean Jordan.
Established in 2003, The Jubilee Center is the only after school and summer safe haven for children in Hoboken’s public housing neighborhood; a neighborhood with a history of violent crime and drug-related arrests. The Center provides free, qualit
Diggdot.us, a site that mashes up digg, del.icio.us and Slashdot, has received a cease and desist letter from digg’s lawyers. Other similar mirrors have received the same. As a result, diggdot.us has changed its name to Doggdot.us, however, it conÖ
(Michael Bierut, moderator.) Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the editor and art director of McSweeney’s. Chip Kidd, the longtime art director at Alfred A. Knopf, has been called, ‚Äúthe closest thing to a r
‘Insisting that it is not in poor taste, FOX Television will air an interview with News Corp head Rupert Murdoch promoting his upcoming book If I Approved It, which seems to stoke the intense controversy surrounding a recent decision to pull an OJ
“One morning you wake up and have had enough. You’ve had enough of fighting an outdated CMS, you’ve had enough of a heavy and equally outdated design, you’ve had enough, even, of the rhetorical corners you’ve from time to time painted yourself int
Synapse magazine. The electronic music magazine. 1970s music. Synthesizers. Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Kraftwerk, Ralph Hutter, Florian Schneider, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Frank Zapa, Captain Beefheart, Devo, Tomita, Don Preston, Roger Powell, Todd Ru
Lars Pind notices that Amazon has begun using “speaking URLs” instead of meaningless ones, and wishes they’d also remove the session data from their URLs. A reader explains how Amazon uses session data in those URLs to track its users at a deeply
“Any dolt can identify a fake Marc Jacobs Stam, or a vinyl Louis Vuitton Speedy, but it takes a very special, too-smart-for-her-own-good dolt to be burned by irregulars.” Or, why that Luella smelled like fish.
An Event Apart will present major two-day conferences in 2007. Starting with An Event Apart Boston. March 26‚Äì27, 2007, Marriott Copley Place. Featuring Steve Krug, Dan Cederholm, Molly Holzschlag, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Cameron Moll, Ethan Marcotte,
“Zero out of Technorati’s top 10 blogs feature those icons. And only two out of the 15 entries in the current crop at Digg’s Top Today page offer ‘Digg me’ icons. This focus on campaigning over content seems like a classic case of misplaced priori
“Many New Yorkers with the means to do so flee the city when they have children, seeing the suburbs as a way to stay committed to public education without compromising their standards for safety and academics. Yet a small but growing number of suc
Joe Clark’s looking for some micropatronage love. Toronto accessibility guy and my ‘esteemed colleague’ launches a micropatronage drive. Use his hilarious banner ads, chip in a little something via paypal or just send good thoughts to help him out
Joe Clark’s looking for some micropatronage love. Toronto accessibility guy and my ‘esteemed colleague’ launches a micropatronage drive. Use his hilarious banner ads, chip in a little something via paypal or just send good thoughts to help him out
In retrospect, the defining moment of the 2006 campaign may well have been back in April, when Mr. Colbert appeared at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Call it a cultural primary. His performance was judged a bomb by the Washing
This map is based on Mark Lucovsky’s Vitamin article. It’s more a proof of concept than anything else. I had this crazy idea of building something that would be of interest for the “right-on-top-of-us” An Event Apart Austin.
It should be one of the great political issues for this century ‚Äî the vandalism we’re committing to our planet because of our refusal to curb greenhouse gases. Yet the subject is barely debated in this campaign.
President Bush signed a bill to authorize a 700-mile border fence last week, thus enshrining into federal law a key part of the Republicansí midterm election strategy. The party of the Iraq war and family values desperately needs you to forget aboÖ
By Andrew Kirkpatrick, Richard Rutter, Christian Heilmann, Jim Thatcher, Cynthia Waddell, and many more. The classic accessibility guide has finally been updated. I bought the first edition and have given it to clients. The new edition is even mor
Tim Berners-Lee announces W3C reforms: “It is really important to have real developers on the ground involved with the development of HTML. It is also really important to have browser makers intimately involved and committed. And also all the
“Much has been written about mobile devices. Much has been written about developing websites for the so-called ‘standards era’ of the web. However, little has been written about the two colliding. This book aims to fill that void.” by Cameron Moll. Whoo!
Macintouch readers voice concerns and raise questions about the “open-sourcing” of Eudora (seemingly mainly the sale of the Eudora name to the makers of Thunderbird, and the discontinuation of the Eudora we know).
“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change i
135 respected global leaders — former presidents, prime ministers, foreign and defence ministers, congressional leaders and heads of international organisations — have today joined in a call for urgent international action to comprehensively res
“When content is forced through a entry-commment-trackback-pagerank strainer it all comes out looking the same no matter how the templates are designed. Sure this format is functional but it’s more like a Maersk shipping container than a Volvo s50
“It is not just that Congress is about to give the president the authority to collect anyone, including an American citizen, off the street to be indefinitely imprisoned as an enemy combatant. It is even more the speed with which this is being don
So let me get this straight: The Democrats give up the chance at filibustering one of the worst bills in recent memory because they were afraid that the President would paint them as soft on terrorism. After the bill passes, the President plans to
Here’s what happens when this irresponsible Congress railroads a profoundly important bill to serve the mindless politics of a midterm election: The Bush administration uses Republicans’ fear of losing their majority to push through ghastly ideas
Had a baby (or a preschooler whose photos are still on your hard drive and stories barely in your head)? Go to baby.sharedbook.com or to create a hard- or soft-cover, professionally published memory book.
“Client bashing is popular among designers, programmers, and consultants, but I’m curious: When was the last time you were a client? How did you feel about trusting the end product to someone else? How would you rate yourself as a client? What was
“If Net Neutrality didn’t do enough to get you squirming HR5319 AKA Deleting Online Predators Act AKA DOPA should serve as proof that Congress should no longer be allowed to vote on any laws governing the internet. In case you missed the news, DOP
AppZapper for Mac OS X lets you confidently try new apps while knowing you can uninstall them easily. Drag one or more unwanted apps onto AppZapper and watch as it finds all the extra files and lets you delete them with a single click.
AsylumNYC presents all non-US artists with the opportunity to exhibit and live in New York City, providing a solo show¬†at a recognized New York institution and the legal aid necessary to obtain an artists visa in the United States.
Concise, uniquely conceived blog entries, elegantly written and cleverly embedded in photos which function as parallel blog entries. The creator is a thoughtful and multitalented web developer, portrait photographer, and book author.
“The title is a tad facetious, as I have better things to do every week than produce a Gawker-style recap. Nonetheless, these occasional postings will update you on the very latest in outrage, intrigue, inanity, and incompetence on the part of the
Site of “The World’s Premier New Music Convention” uses style sheet switching to swap content, showing the event’s two sides (night and day). Software writen in Processing created the background graphics by analyzing audio frequencies. Site design
“It’s just another data point, along with the errors found in our credit reports and medical records, that demonstrates the fragility of reality in a world of decentralized information. This mistake is intractable because it has propagated itself
Open source software module originally designed as a simple way to post photos online. With version 2.0, it has been completely overhauled to support detailed annotation (“footnotes”) of objects (such as artwork or photos), including citations, di
“I work hard just to get barely satisfactory HTML and CSS out there and working, so I donít see why I should say sorry to little Colin Collegeboy with nothing better to do all day than email busy people to point out that they are less than perfect.”
Named in memory of Australian web pioneer Nigel McFarlane, the McFarlane Prize recognizes and encourages excellence in web design by Australian web developers. This year’s prize will be awarded to an Australian designer or team for a site launched
One night in the awful boy-smelling cabin, as we were drifting to sleep, the counselor (this was obviously before his death), having been asked to advise us on some point of cleanliness or morality, simply said, “The main thing is that we are all Ö
“Based in Brooklyn, New York, the Reanimation Library is a library, an art project, and a resource that provides other people with printed material for their art and research projects. It is highly interactive. It wants to be touched and played wi
“Found in an alleyway by Mike Lee and then lovingly preserved for posterity by Jen Sharpe, The Kriegsmann Files contain an amazing collection of 178 eight by ten promotional photographs of a variety of bands, magicians, strippers and other perform
“The so-called experts who decided that New York’s emergency plans are among the worst in the country and helped slash the city’s federal funding patted themselves on the back for doing a heckuva job.”
What’s more important – keeping cops on the busy, world-famous Brooklyn Bridge or installing surveillance cameras in a small Alaskan fishing village? That’s what Rep. Anthony Weiner wants to know in light of Homeland Security’s decision to slash t
“At the height of the Cuban Missile Crises, Kennedy received two letters from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ‚Äî one conciliatory and open to compromise, the other blustery and full of threats and invectives. Kennedy chose to ignore the second …
Apple Computer won the right to keep its logo on its iTunes digital music store Monday when a British judge rejected the claims of Apple Corps, the guardian of the Beatles’ musical interests, over the use of the apple logo.
“The traditional media’s first reaction to satirist Stephen Colbert’s uncomfortably harsh mockery of President Bush and the press corps at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner was largely to ignore it.”
Jane Jacobs, the writer and thinker who brought penetrating eyes and ingenious insight to the sidewalk ballet of her own Greenwich Village street and came up with a book that challenged and changed the way people view cities, died yesterday in TorÖ
Repost. Over 450,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books,
Blog post by river, a girl from Iraq: “The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area.”
As the media tracks Iran’s growing nuclear arsenal and its potential as an ideological powder keg, the Islamic Republic looms larger than ever in the American imagination. Yet the country remains grossly misunderstood.
A new study released by the Economic Strategy Institute explains why U.S. companies can’t compete in key new business sectors, and offers a variety of regulatory and investment prescriptions (via Thomas L. Friedman).
“Marketing experts pay heed: A video clip produced by a teenage girl has become a mini-blockbuster on a popular video upload site while also helping to introduce Logitech Web cameras to a legion of young people.”
Fast, feature-packed, powerful (and strangely little-known) publishing system with support for standards and without the five-figure price tag. 200 standard features, extensive plugin library, and support for “killer add-on modules.”
During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, writes the intelligence community’s former senior analyst for the Middle East, the Bush administration disregarded the community’s expertise, politicized the intelligence process, and selected unrepresent
Rosenfeld Media is a publishing house dedicated to developing short, practical, and useful books on user experience design. Our books will explain the design and research methods that web professionals need to make informed design decisions.
The Dialog Box section of the Adobe Motion Design Center features influential voices from the community with insights on critical topics like experience design, web usability, emerging technologies, and industry best practices.
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos to the world, securely and privately show photos to your friends and family, or blog the photos you take with a cameraphone.
The purpose of AIGA is to set the national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political and cultural contexts. AIGA is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and cult
“Because users don’t care about your org chart: Developing a unified web site or intranet for a large, decentralized organization is the Holy Grail for many of today’s Internet professionals. This daylong seminar is for managers and web profession
Web design and user experience consultancy specializing in targeted, effective content and standards based design. Publishers of A List Apart Magazine, co-founders of the Event Apart design conference. Founded by Jeffrey Zeldman (zeldman.com), aut
There’s a new aneventapart.com in town, featuring a 2009 schedule and a reformulated design. I designed the new site and Eric Meyer coded. (Validation freaks, only validator.nu is up to the task of recognizing the HTML 5 DOCTYPE used and validating against it; the validator.w3.org and htmlhelp.com validators can’t do this yet. Eric chose HTML 5 because it permits any element to be an HREF, and this empowered him to solve complex layout problems with simple, semantic markup. Eric, I know, will have loads more to say about this.)
Family branding concerns drove the previous design. Quite simply, the original An Event Apart site launched simultaneously with the 2005 redesign of A List Apart. Jason Santa Maria‘s stripped-down visual rethink was perfect for the magazine and is imitated, written about, and stolen outright to this day. It was a great design for our web magazine because it was created in response to the magazine’s content. It didn’t work as well for the conference because its design wasn’t driven by the kind of content a conference site publishes. But it was the right conference design for 2005 because the goal at that time was to create a strong brand uniting the long-running web design magazine with the new web design conference that sprang from it.
New goals for a new environment
In 2009, it’s less important to bolt the conference to the magazine by using the same layout for both: by now, most people who attend or have thought about attending An Event Apart know it is the A List Apart web design conference. What’s important in 2009 is to provide plenty of information about the show, since decisions about conference-going are being made in a financially (and psychologically) constricted environment. In 2005, it was enough to say “A List Apart has a conference.” Today more is needed. Today you need plenty of content to explain to the person who controls the purse strings just what you will learn and why a different conference wouldn’t be the same or “just as good.”
The redesign therefore began with a content strategy. The new design and new architecture fell out of that.
Action photos and high contrast
The other thing I went for—again, in conscious opposition to the beautifully understated previous design—was impact. I wanted this design to feel big and spacious (even on an iPhone’s screen) and to wow you with, for lack of a better word, a sense of eventfulness. And I think the big beautiful location images and the unafraid use of high contrast help achieve that.
Reinforcing the high contrast and helping to paint an event-focused picture, wherever possible I used action shots of our amazing speakers holding forth from the stage, rather than the more typical friendly backyard amateur head shot used on every other conference site (including the previous version of ours). I wanted to create excitement about the presentations these brilliant people will be making, and live action stage photos seemed like the way to do that. After all, if I’m going to see Elvis Costello perform, I want to see a picture of him onstage with his guitar—not a friendly down-to-earth shot of him taking out the garbage or hugging his nephews.
Mr. Williams emphasized many times that, despite its buzz, Twitter is still a tiny, two-year-old company with just 25 employees. “It’s good that the expectations are high, but give us a minute,” he joked.
Imagine loneliness so intense that you begin to notice the attractiveness of headset wearers in stock photos. Imagine time so heavy on your hands that you create a website dedicated to your sad little obsession. Imagine no more. Discover Headset Hotties. (From those wonderful people who brought us Instant Rimshot.)
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Real type on the web?
A proposal for a fonts working group is under discussion at the W3C. The minutes of a small meeting held on Thursday 23 October include a condensed, corrected transcription of a discussion between Sampo Kaasila (Bitstream), Mike Champion (Microsoft), John Daggett (Mozilla), Håkon Wium Lie (Opera), Liam Quin (W3C), Bert Bos (W3C), Alex Mogilevsky (Microsoft), Josh Soref (Nokia), Vladimir Levantovsky (Monotype), Klaas Bals (Inventive Designers), and Richard Ishida (W3C).
The meeting started with a discussion of Microsoft’s EOT (Embedded OpenType) versus raw fonts. Bert Bos, style activity lead and co-creator of CSS, has beautifully summarized the relevant pros and cons discussed.
For those just catching up with the issue of real type on the web, here’s a bone-simple intro:
Microsoft’s EOT (based on the same standard CSS mechanism) works harder to avoid violating your licensing agreement, and has long worked in Internet Explorer, but is not supported in other browsers, is not foolproof vis-a-vis type foundry licensing rules, and may also cause PC security problems.
The proposed fonts working group hopes to navigate the technical and business problems of providing real fonts on the web, and in its first meeting came up with a potential compromise proposal before lunch.
Like everyone these days, the W3C is feeling a financial pinch, which means, if a real fonts working group is formed, its size and scope will necessarily be somewhat limited. That could be a good thing, since small groups work more efficiently than large groups. But a financial constraint on the number of invited experts could make for tough going where some details are concerned—and with typography, as with web technology, the details are everything.
I advise every web designer who cares about typography and web standards—that’s all of you, right?—to read the minutes of this remarkable first gathering, and to keep watching the skies.