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One Hug

JUST WEEKS ago, my daughter’s mother moved out of state. The kid’s been having a tough time with it, and with school, and with her upcoming tenth birthday, which won’t work out the way she hoped. And then, over the weekend, her laptop and mine both broke—hers by cat-and-ginger-ale misfortune, mine by gravity abetted by […]

Online Training to Make Sites and Apps Accessible

ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Austin-based Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this. If enough of us fund their new IndieGogo project, they’ll gain the resources they need to create online […]

Original Hip Hop Art

WHY THE INTERNET was invented: this single-page, no-frills website presents a trove of original, old-school hip hop party posters mainly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, and featuring legendary rappers before they got famous. Word to your mother. Hat tip: Fred Gates Design.

Netdiver returns

PIONEERING design ‘zine Netdiver is back, baby! Founded by my friend and colleague Carole Guevin in 1998, Netdiver was one of the first web ‘zines to seriously explore and promote design and design culture on the web. In its pages, you would discover pretty much everything exciting that was happening in web and digital design, […]

The Color Purple

WHEN my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. I was a grownup, and could only supply a grownup’s answer: “I love the way light looks in late afternoon,” I might say. Or, “Red and black can make powerful statements in graphic design.” Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do. […]

I Cry Inside

MY DAUGHTER cries and begs me not to leave on my business trip. I hold her and tell her I will return soon. My grandfather died in a plane crash between New York and California. My mother, who was eleven, had begged him not to leave. He lied and told her he would cancel the […]

Video: It’s a Great Time To Be A UX Designer by Jared Spool

IN THIS 60-minute video caught live at An Event Apart Austin 2013, Jared M. Spool explains why “It’s a Great Time To Be A UX Designer.”

Big Web Show № 117: The Real Macaw – Stop Writing Code, Start Drawing It

IN BIG WEB SHOW Episode № 117, Tom Giannattasio, Founder/CEO of Macaw, “the superhot web design tool of the future,” joins me to discuss a paradigm shift: can we really draw semantic HTML and succinct CSS? How it works. Pixels, percentages, ems, or rems? Designing a design tool. How to quit your job. From Kickstarter […]

The Practice

Typekit Practice is a fine new typography resource. Congrats & thanks @nicewebtype @typekit ! — Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) April 18, 2014

A List Apart № 393: Inventing & Documenting Design Patterns

A LIST APART Issue № 393 is about documenting design patterns with a style guide and creating new ones with the z-axis. Creating Style Guides by SUSAN ROBERTSON A style guide, also referred to as a pattern library, is a living document that details the front-end code for all the elements and modules of a […]

Big Web Show № 116: The Difference Between Ideas and Products

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 116 (“Everything Web That Matters”), I chat with Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept., a NYC agency that designs and builds digital products for brands and agencies, and that created the popular Bike Department app for iOS. We discuss… Creating products for clients instead of yourself. Four […]

The Gory Details

SO MY DAD had another seizure—it’s been about six months since the last one; nobody knows what causes them or how to prevent them. It was 4:00 AM Monday morning. He fell heavily, like a sack of bricks, and cracked open his skull above his right eye. There was blood everywhere on the tiled floor […]

A Temporary Reprieve

MY PHONE SHOWED three consecutive voicemails from my dad’s wife. I told myself, this can only mean one thing. Fortunately, it meant something else. You know your father is getting on in years when a fall and bleeding and a hospital stay are good news.

Achieving Empathy for Institutions with Anil Dash

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 115 on Mule Radio, I talk with Anil Dash, a hugely influential entrepreneur, blogger, and web geek living in NYC. Things we discuss include: How government, media, and tech shape the world, and how we can influence them in turn. Our first meeting at SXSW in 2002. How selling CMS […]

Designing and Developing “The Web at 25” Website

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 114 on Mule Radio, designer Mike Pick and front-end developer Tim Murtaugh talk to me about how they created The Web at 25 website for the W3C in just five and a half weeks. Mike and Tim are the real deal: a great web design and development team from whom […]

Evolving Responsive Web Design

In What We Mean When We Say “responsive” and Defining Responsiveness, Lyza Danger Gardner and Jason Grigsby cut to the heart of a disagreement I had three years ago with Ethan Marcotte, the creator of Responsive Web Design and author of Responsive Web Design, a book I published in 2011. Ethan told the world that […]

From Britain With Love: Front-end Style Guides with Anna Debenham

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 113, developer Anna Debenham and I discuss Adventure Time, Code For America, starting a web career at age 14, checking websites in game console browsers, producing 24 Ways, and the delights of Spotted Dick and Victoria Sponge. Anna is the author of Front-end Style Guides, creator of the Game Console […]

They Made Me a Criminal

THE JAIL DOOR SLAMMED and I was left in a women’s holding cell with seven teenage girls. There were no benches so we sat on the floor. I was fifteen but looked twelve. With long hair on my head and not a whisker to my chin, I resembled a homely girl, although the plainclothes officer […]

Big Web Show № 112: Responsive Images Get Real with Mat Marquis

THE GOAL of a “responsive images” solution is to deliver images optimized for the end user’s context, rather than serving the largest potentially necessary image to everyone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been quite so simple in practice as it is in theory. In Big Web Show № 112, I sit down with Mat Marquis, chair of […]

Big Web Show № 111: Web Design Comes of Age with Andrew Clarke

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 111, Andrew Clarke and I discuss ten years of web design history, approaches to public speaking, running a successful freelance design business, the importance of writing, CSS3 easter eggs, growing your small studio, responsive web design, and more. Enjoy! Sponsored by Squarespace and Hover.

Big Web Show № 110: CSS and JavaScript: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 110, Nicole Sullivan and I discuss CSS Conf, building scalable systems that won’t break, designing for speed and performance, learning Ruby, Object Oriented CSS, a CSS Style Guide, Type-o-matic, practical takeaways from stunt CSS, pairing as a work method, sexism and racism tests, and setting aside biases when selecting conference […]

The Page, The Stage

EVERY YEAR I give a new talk at An Event Apart. And every year I panic. After nearly two decades, public speaking no longer frightens me. But deciding what needs to be said gets tougher, and more terrifying, each year. In 1998, when Hasan Yalcinkaya hired me to give my first public web design talk […]

Big Web Show № 109: Bring Me The Head of Tim Berners-Lee

IN BIG WEB SHOW № 109, Robin Berjon and I enjoy a calm, rational conversation about EME, DRM, the MPAA, and the W3C. Enjoy. The episode was sponsored by Squarespace. Links mentioned: “Please Bring Me More of That Yummy DRM Discussion” by Robin Berjon About Robin Berjon Robin Berjon (@robinberjon) on Twitter “We Are Huxleying […]

The joy of content creation (and the hazards of building in someone else’s sandbox)

AN INSPIRING STORY of content creation, which is also, although this particular tale ends happily, a warning about the hazards of building in someone else’s sandbox. Stampylongnose makes wonderful videos about Minecraft (among other things) and is the first independent content creator in my young daughter’s world. She follows him like you followed your first […]

It’s 2014. Is Web Design Dead?

IN A RECENT article on his website, Web Standards Killed the HTML Star, designer Jeff Croft laments the passing of the “HTML and CSS ‘guru’” as a viable long-term professional position and urges his fellow web design generalists to “diversify or die.” The reason the Web Standards Movement mattered was that the browsers sucked. The […]

The Black Hole of The Valley

STOP ME if you’ve heard this one: Guy goes into a venture capital firm, borrows money. Uses money to turn neat idea into product. Gives away product (or sells well below cost) to build a following and thus a demand. Customers love product, imbue it with their life energy and creativity. Community grows, but not […]

Cloudy With A Chance of Blueballs

I RECENTLY SHARED a positive view of what’s happening at Adobe. I’m still a huge fan of the company’s image editing software, and I remain optimistic about their new direction. But I’m unhappy about the two-device limitation Adobe Cloud places on software. While the company is more liberal than it used to be (e.g. a […]

This is a Website

LAST NIGHT at dinner, my friend Tantek Çelik (and if you don’t know who he is, learn the history of your craft) lamented that there was no longer any innovation in blogging—and hadn’t been for years. I replied by asking if anyone was still blogging. Me, I regret the day I started calling what I […]

An Event Apart San Francisco – Live

Tweets about “#aeasf”

Design Is A Relationship

MIKE MONTEIRO is a man on a mission. He wants to improve design by fixing the core of it, which is the relationship between designer and client. Too many of us fear our clients—the people whose money keeps our lights on, and who hire us to solve business problems they can’t solve for themselves. And […]

Intelligent Interfaces: Fantastical Designer Michael Simmons

IN Episode № 105 of The Big Web Show on Mule Radio, I talk with Michael Simmons, co-creator of the Fantastical app (#1 Apple Store app), about iOS 7, designing Fantastical, reinventing calendar software, staying inspired on a long-term project, how to do a huge launch with no budget, Apple’s long-term design strategy, and more. […]

Blue Beanie Day is Coming!

ALL IT TAKES is a toque and a dream. Join your fellow web designers and developers around the world on Saturday, 30 November 2013, as we march in virtual solidarity in support of web standards. The countdown to this worldwide celebration begins today, with the opening of the Blue Beanie Day 2013 photo pool on […]

Animate This: Val Head on CSS, Pittsburgh, and The Big Web Show

DESIGNER/DEVELOPER Val Head and I discuss her new book A Pocket Guide to CSS Animations (Five Simple Steps, 2013); the Web Design Day conference; working as a hired gun; JavaScript and CSS animation; the great city of Pittsburgh; what it takes to run a workshop; and more. Enjoy Episode № 104 of The Big Web […]

An Event Apart 2014 Schedules Posted

IT’S NOT NEWS that all eight An Event Apart conferences in 2014 are open for registration. But this is new: we’ve now published complete schedules and speaker lineups for the first three shows of the year. Learn from some of the smartest people in our industry. Go deep on topics like emerging responsive image standards, […]

Why Sass? · An A List Apart Article

WE ARE PLEASED to present an excerpt from Sass For Web Designers by Dan Cederholm, available now from A Book Apart. Why Sass? · An A List Apart Article.

Font Lover’s Pizza: The Font Bureau’s Nick Sherman on Type and the Web

TYPE NERDS, unite! Join Nick Sherman (The Font Bureau, Webtype, Fonts In Use, A List Apart) and me for a pleasant hour geeking out on responsive type, 21st century hinting, typefaces designed from scratch for onscreen reading at small sizes, things you still can’t do on the web, EDID and other standards, typefaces used in […]

Big Web Show № 102: Sass for Web Designers with Dribbble’s Dan Cederholm
I Remember Mama

TODAY IN 2000 the lady who brought me into this life left it. Pneumonia was listed as the cause of death, but she was really killed by Alzheimer’s, a disease that, to all intents and purposes, had already taken her life back in 1993. What died in 2000 was not my mother, although I mourned […]

Big Web Show № 101: Let’s Kill Some Dreams—Advertising & The Web with Jeremy Fuksa

DESIGNER, producer, and radio host Jeremy Fuksa and I discuss advertising’s view of the web, the web’s view of advertising, and new design processes for our multi-device web overlords. Enjoy. Keep Hope Alive Check all episodes on Mule Radio. Subscribe to The Big Web Show on iTunes. Subscribe to The Big Web Show’s RSS feed.

Meaning and Non-Meaning

I’M AT THE MakingWeb conference in Oslo, Norway. Nearly all of the presentations here have been in English, but the one I’m listening to now is in Norwegian, a language of which I speak not a word. The ambient flow of phonemes teases my jet lag and makes my lids heavy. Yet each time I […]

ALA № 384: Unsuck Flat UI; Master Digital Project Momentum

Flat UI and Forms by JESSICA ENDERS Though some decry flat user interfaces as pure fashion, or as the obvious response to skeuomorphic trends, many designers have embraced the flat approach because the reduction in visual styling (such as gradients, drop shadows, and borders) creates interfaces that feel simpler and cleaner. Trouble is, most flat […]

Big Web Show № 100: Dan Brown Works With Others

Author, lecturer, studio co-founder, UX wiz, and web design pioneer Dan Brown is my guest in Episode № 100 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”). Listen in as Dan and I discuss collaboration strategies, the path from HTML to UX, growing a design studio business, Brian Eno and more. And then… Check […]

Where Ideas Come From: Foursquare’s @Naveen on The Big Web Show

IN EPISODE № 99 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai and I discuss mobile apps and the quantified self; the genesis of bookmarking places; creating mobile UIs in the bad old days before smartphones; how Delicious’s bookmarking helped inspire Foursquare; what was really innovative about the iPhone from […]

Big Web Show № 98: Designer Debbie Millman

I CHAT with internet radio pioneer, design author, and brand maven Debbie Millman about broadcasting, writing, teaching, publishing, learning to be happy in your own skin, and the importance of early failure to long-term success and happiness. Enjoy Debbie Millman on The Big Web Show. (Want more Debbie? Check Observer Media–Debbie’s legendary audio interviews with […]

Not a Thing in Texas

6:00 AM, AUSTIN. My nine-year-old vegetarian daughter just phoned from New York to inform me that matzo ball soup is made with chicken broth. She has just learned this fact, and wanted me to know so I wouldn’t accidentally eat food made from animals while I’m away. I thanked her and assured her that matzo […]

Big Web Show № 97: Research For Tomorrow with Erika Hall

IN EPISODE № 97 of The Big Web Show, Erika Hall (Just Enough Research, Mule Design Studio) and I chat about why funding startups nobody needs is killing innovation; how designers can use research to stop bad ideas and find great ones; Russell Brand; and the secret history of Unsuck It. Listen on Soundcloud or […]

A List Apart № 383: It Ain’t Easy Being Green

A LIST APART № 383 tackles our impact on the biosphere: Sustainable Web Design by JAMES CHRISTIE Do you know your website’s carbon footprint? Or how to lower it? Emissions standards have been set for the automotive, construction, and telecommunications industries, yet the internet’s carbon footprint is growing out of control: a whopping 830 million […]


@kirilnyc @naveen Soho Apple store circa 11:30pm — Jordan Elpern-Waxman (@jelpernw) September 20, 2013 “HOMELESS FOLK sleeping in front of the SoHo Apple Store. What a perfect commentary on our society,” I thought. Then I realized these aren’t the homeless. They’re upwardly mobile consumers vying to be the first to buy a new model […]

That’s Me All Over

BY SOME FLUKE I appear in two internet radio broadcasts this week: The Gently Mad Podcast: Jeffrey Zeldman “Jeffrey Zeldman is an author, designer and founder of Happy Cog. He talked with Adam about the state of the web industry, how it has changed over the years and how raising a daughter has impacted his […]

Click It

HERE’S A WEBSITE one of my students designed when she was in Seventh Grade. (She’s 27 now.) Notice that Angelfire still sells ads on it. Wonder how well they perform.

Just The Two Of Us: Monteiro & Me on Big Web Show No. 96

IN EPISODE No. 96 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I chat with my friend Mike Monteiro, author of Design Is A Job, and co-founder of Mule Radio, about the joy of client services; how to sell great work; the relaunch of the show on the Mule Radio Network; and the one […]

The Lords of Vendorbation

Vendorbation ven·dor·ba·tion /ˈvendər-ˈbā-shən/ noun : Unusable web-based intranet software foisted on large populations of users who have no say in the matter. For example, the “dynamic” website for your kid’s school, on which you can never find anything remotely useful—like her classroom or the names and email addresses of her teachers. Merely setting up an […]

Chicago, Chicago

AN EVENT APART Chicago—a photo set on Flickr. Pictures of the city and the conference for people who make websites. Notes from An Event Apart Chicago 2013—Luke Wroblewski’s note-taking is legendary. Here are his notes on seven of the ten presentations at this year’s An Event Apart Chicago. #aeachi—conference comments on Twitter. Chicago (Foursquare)—some of […]

Research Engine Optimization

IN ISSUE No. 381 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Connected UX by AARRON WALTER Your inbox overflows with customer emails suggesting features and improvements. Instead of benefiting, you feel overwhelmed by an unmanageable deluge. You conduct usability tests, user interviews, and competitive analyses, creating and sharing key insights. Yet within months, […]

Vision & Flow: ALA 380

IN Issue No. 380 of A List Apart for people who make web sites: Getting to Flow by BREANDÁN KNOWLTON Projects go much better when you and your client are in a flow state. But how can you get there? Breandán Knowlton believes the conditions for creating good work aren’t a mystery, and that with […]

How Tweet It Is: An Event Apart DC in 140 Chars

IF YOU MISSED An Event Apart DC, here’s your chance to glean nuggets of knowledge shared by attendees at the event. Tweets about “#aeadc”

Deep Thoughts

Flat design is destroying the woodgrain background industry. — Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) August 6, 2013

Reality 2.0

GOING TO BE SAD when all these social networks I’ve been pouring my life into get shut down by basic economics or bought by Yahoo.

Zeldman Quarterly No. 1

#ZEL01, MY FIRST CURATED gift for Quarterly subscribers, has dropped. It contains a book of classic Blue Note jazz LP record cover designs, a jazz LP record (each recipient gets a different one), a framed Mondrian print inspired by that artist’s first encounter with jazz, and a letter from me telling the story behind the […]


ME: Why’s your girlfriend’s sweater on the back of your chair? MALE OFFICE MATE 1: It’s my sweater. MALE OFFICE MATE 2: He’s Metrosexual. ME: I experimented with that in college.

Build Your App offline first: Jake Archibald of Google Chrome on The Big Web Show

IN EPISODE No. 95 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I interview Jake Archibald of Google Chrome about upcoming web caching standards, how the network connection is merely a layer of progressive enhancement and why you should build your app offline, communicating with non-developers, accessibility standards at BBC and The Guardian, the […]

Lea Verou on Big Web Show

LEA VEROU and I discuss the creative process behind her “CSS Secrets” series and the book of the same name she is writing for O’Reilly; loving JavaScript and math; her professional path, beginning with coding Visual Basic at age twelve; using CSS to lay out a print book about CSS; creating Open Source projects like […]

ALA Summer Reading

AS PUBLISHER of A List Apart for people who make websites, I’m delighted to present our second annual ALA Summer Reading Issue—a deep pool of editor’s picks from the recent archives of A List Apart, sprinkled with some of our favorite outside links. If you’re designing, developing, strategizing, or creating content for today’s multi-device web, […]

Think Outside The Silo

IN TODAY’S A List Apart for people who make websites, we are pleased to present… Designing for Services Beyond the Screen by ANDY POLAINE You redesign the website for an airline, but who is designing the check-in machines, the CRM systems used by call center staff, the print materials, or the policies the cabin crew […]

Dog Day Morning

THE DOGS leave today. While my ex has been away this month, I’ve watched her two small dogs. And so have my two cats—especially the black alpha. Add an active eight year old girl to that menagerie and you have 34 busy but blissful days. That time ends now. This morning my daughter and the […]

Bootstrap creator Mark Otto: Big Web Show 93

MARK OTTO, creator of Bootstrap, is my guest on Episode No. 93 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). Currently designing things at GitHub and previously at Twitter and ZURB, Mark may be found on the web at and on Twitter as @mdo. URLS

Response to an anonymous note left on my apartment door, complaining of noise.

Dear Neighbors: While my ex-wife is in treatment for a serious illness, I am watching her two small young dogs. They get along well with my two cats and soothe my young daughter during her mother’s absence. I am sorry that the dogs sometimes bark when I am at work. They are probably somewhat afraid. […]

Coastermatic’s Tash Wong and Tom Harman on The Big Web Show Episode No. 92

AMERICAN DESIGNER Tash Wong and British designer Tom Harman are the co-founders of Coastermatic and my guests in Episode No. 92 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). Tash and Tom recently resided in Brooklyn, NY and completed their MFAs in Interaction Design at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where I was […]

10 Commandments of Web Design (Notes by Luke Wroblewski on a Talk by Yours Truly)

“ITERATION isn’t just for visual design. It also helps you uncover insights. A List Apart found people are often commenting and re-tweeting articles before they read them. They learned this by iterating on where the share and comment links exist on the page.”—LukeW | An Event Apart: 10 Commandments of Web Design.

Don’t Cry For Me, San Diego
Ryan and Tina Essmaker of The Great Discontent

RYAN AND TINA Essmaker are my guests for Episode No. 91 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). Ryan is a designer and the co-founder of The Great Discontent. By day he works with Crush + Lovely as head of products, and manages No Little Plans, The Great Discontent’s parent company. Tina is […]

Adobe Love

I CAME to AdobeMAX in Los Angeles to give a talk to a room full of designers. Before arriving, I thought of Adobe as a historically important 20th century company that was slowly leaking relevance—a company web designers in the era of responsive design have begun to think of with a combination of fondness and […]

The Big Web Show No. 90: Paul Ford on emulators, archives, and the web

THE AMAZING PAUL FORD is my guest in Episode No. 90 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). In a fast-moving hour, we discuss computer system emulators on the web, designing web archives, the value of context in software and literature, the new tribalism, the fallacy of history, buying records when you are […]

McGrane: Kill Your CMS

THE ERA of “desktop publishing” is over. Same goes for the era where we privilege the desktop web interface above all others. The tools we create to manage our content are vestiges of the desktop publishing revolution, where we tried to enable as much direct manipulation of content as possible. In a world where we […]

60 Minutes of Luke

IT’S ANOTHER Full-length Friday! In this 60-minute video caught live at AEA Boston, Luke Wroblewski (Mobile First) explores multi-device design from the top down (desktop to mobile) and bottom up (using mobile to expand what’s possible across all devices): An Event Apart News: AEA Video: Luke Wroblewski (author, Mobile First) – Mobile To The Future.

Happy Cog: Building Hand-Crafted Websites

OUR FRIENDS at Typecast shot a video of some of Happy Cog’s designers discussing readability in design and the importance of great type tools to our process. Happy Cog: building hand-crafted websites from Typecast on Vimeo.

Become a Web Developer: Avi Flombaum of The Flatiron School on Big Web Show 89

AVI FLOMBAUM, dean of The Flatiron School, is my guest in Big Web Show Episode No. 89. A 28-year-old Rubyist, Skillsharer, storyteller and entrepreneur, Avi founded Designer Pages and NYC on Rails before creating The Flatiron School—a 12 week, full-time program designed to turn you into a web developer. Listen to Episode No. 89 of […]

Big Web Show: Greg Storey

GREG STOREY of Happy Cog is my guest in Episode No. 88 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). We discuss the Austin tech and design scene; real and virtual office models; Greg’s upcoming book (with Carl Smith) for people transitioning to web design; new methods of publishing on multiple platforms; and the […]

ALA 373: Hack Your Maps, Grow Your Design Business

WE INTRODUCE new web design skills and share design business growth strategies in Issue No. 373 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Hack Your Maps by YOUNG HAHN Ever taken apart a digital map? Worked with a map as a critical part of your design? Developed tricks, hacks, workarounds, or progressive enhancements […]

Big Web Show: Squarespace

SQUARESPACE CEO and founder Anthony Casalena is my guest in Episode 87 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). We discuss the platform’s capabilities and the three markets it serves (consumer, designer, developer); the journey from one-person start-up to 120-person company; the launch of Squarespace’s ecommerce platform; how to design a start-up that […]

Big Web Show: Monkey Do!

IN EPISODE No. 86 of The Big Web Show, I interview Monkey Do studio’s Michael Pick and Tim Murtaugh. Mike, Tim, and I discuss the A List Apart redesign, responsive images and type, CSS Zen Garden, organic design processes, the future of CMS systems, designing a food truck app, and more. TIM MURTAUGH has been […]

140 Characters is a Joke

THERE IS ALWAYS more to the story than what we are told. I am not omniscient. It is better to light a single candle than to join a lynch mob. Other people’s behavior is not my business. Truth is hard, epigrams are easy. Anything worth saying takes more than 140 characters. Blogging’s not dead. F____ […]

Third-party metadata, honest web aesthetics

IN ISSUE No. 72 of A List Apart for people who make websites: “Like”-able Content: Spread Your Message with Third-Party Metadata by CLINTON FORRY Spread your content and control its appearance on Facebook and Twitter. Use third-party metadata tools (Facebook OG, Twitter Cards) without feeling dirty. Material Honesty on the Web by KEVIN GOLDMAN Kevin […]

Dribbble’s Dan Cederholm on Big Web Show No. 85

DAN CEDERHOLM is my guest on Big Web Show No. 85, sponsored by Dan is co-founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community for sharing screenshots of your work, and the founder and principal of SimpleBits, a tiny web design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based web design, he has worked […]


A VIRUS spoofing my return email address has apparently been emailing many people. I know this because some of these viral email messages bounce back to my Gmail account as undeliverable. Mistaking these reports for actual messages sent by me, Gmail has decided I’m too active a user, and forbidden me to send any more […]

ALA 371: Performance is All

IMPROVE UX through front-end performance, and front-end performance through symbol fonts, in Issue No. 371 of A List Apart: Improving UX Through Front-End Performance by LARA SWANSON Adding half a second to a search results page can decrease traffic and ad revenues by 20 percent, says a Google study. For every additional 100 milliseconds of […]

Work Life

“‘My mom launched a company,’ it read in her inventive spelling.” A moving, empowering true story on business, motherhood, and making a difference. CEO Dalton Caldwell on The Big Web Show

DALTON CALDWELL is my guest on today’s Big Web Show, sponsored by Happy Cog™. In one of the most interesting discussions we’ve ever had on the show, we go deep on the essence of social software, ponder if everything that starts out great on the web turns to crap, explore how different business models inevitably […]

Curse of the Zeldman Curse

I HAVEN’T GRIPED about a run of bad luck with Apple products for some time, because I haven’t experienced such a run in years. So I was due. So pretty much all the Apple products I own are now malfunctioning, each in its own special way—a way that interacts cunningly with the malfunction in another […]

Big Web Show 83: Scott Jehl of Filament Group

SCOTT JEHL of jQuery and Filament Group fame is my guest in today’s Big Web Show podcast. We discuss Scott’s latest thinking about “responsible responsive design,” whether responsive design is destroying creativity on the web, working with CSS flexbox, what’s new with the jQuery Mobile project, why people fear JavaScript and love jQuery, the size […]

Big Web Show 82: Creative Director Cindy Chastain

CINDY CHASTAIN, Creative Director & Experience Strategist at R/GA—plus actress, screenwriter, and freelance strategist—is my guest in today’s Big Web Show podcast, sponsored by Happy Cog. @cchastain R/GA Linkedin slideshare Lanyrd: bio Lanyrd: past speaking engagements Loveless – the movie Loveless – IFC review Happy Cog

You ought to be in pictures: An Event Apart Atlanta 2013

Enjoy! An Event Apart Atlanta 2013 Flickr Pool. An Event Apart Atlanta has been three days of design, code, and content for people who make websites. If you couldn’t be with us, read Jeremy Keith’s write-ups of the Day 1 sessions and Luke Wroblewski’s write-ups of Days 1 and 2. Follow today’s live action on […]

And now for something completely different

IN THESE PAGES I have written on many subjects, but I never expected my ass to be one of them. The untimely passing last year of Hillman Curtis changed that. Hillman was a friend, an inspiration, an artist admired by many designers and filmmakers. Over a brief but luminous career, he invented himself first as […]

A List Apart 5.0 – Highlights From The First Ten Days

ON JANUARY 25, for the fifth time since 1998, we overhauled A List Apart, the periodical for people who make websites. In addition to its traditional well-vetted articles, the new 5.0 model sports fresh streams of content in a responsive format designed by Mike Pick and Tim Murtaugh. If you are just joining us, here […]

Big Web Show 81: SwissMiss

IN EPISODE No. 81 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”) I interview Tina Roth Eisenberg, creator of swissmiss and tattly, founder of Creative Mornings, and cofounder of teuxdeux. We discuss discovering your path as a designer; why the motto “let it go or fix it” can help you create great product ideas; […]

Big Web Show 80: Daring Fireball’s John Gruber

IN EPISODE No. 80 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”) I interview Daring Fireball author John Gruber about his background in computer programming and journalism; the joy of designing print layouts with QuarkXPress and the transition from print to web; why investors who are angry at Apple have it wrong; why some […]

Worst Snow Ever

WORST snow ever. If you are eight and want to play. Because it has already melted. Climate change, you suck the Charlie Brown out of this world.

The Theme Line of Dr Moreau

I DREAMED I was designing an identity system for the mad scientist Dr Moreau, who kept changing his ridiculously long theme line after I’d arranged the type. “No, no, no! I’m not saving life, I’m creating it!”

Big Web Show 79: Eric Meyer

IN EPISODE No. 79 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I interview CSS guru, Microformats co-founder, O’Reilly and New Riders author, and An Event Apart co-founder Eric A. Meyer (@meyerweb) about upcoming CSS modules including grid layout, flexbox, and regions; his career trajectory from college graduate webmaster to world-renowned author, consultant, and […]

Bear Shot in Design Studio

“New office mascot: @zeldman rocking a bear costume” by Phillip Reyland. Photographed at A Space Apart, NYC. Bear suit courtesy of Shopify. No animals were harmed. Happy Twenty-Thirteen, everybody.

Red All Over

ALL I REMEMBER from my dream is flushing a red towel down the toilet. It was evidence of some crime. There was a moment of horror, midway through, when it seemed that the towel would get jammed in the pipe, requiring the services of a plumber—whom I would then have to kill, because he knew […]

A List Apart Issue No. 367: Apple’s Vexing Viewport

In A List Apart Issue No. 367, Peter-Paul Koch, Lyza Danger Gardner, Luke Wroblewski, and Stephanie Rieger explain why Apple’s new iPad Mini creates a vexing situation for designers and developers who create flexible, multi-device experiences. Each week, new devices appear with varying screen sizes, pixel densities, input types, and more. As developers and designers, […]

To Leiden, To Leiden

THEY’RE SLEEPING in New York. They’re sleeping all over the world. Even here in Leiden, The Netherlands, they’re still mumbling and drooling in their beds. But not me. I’m awake and packing for my return home to NYC after three glorious days here in this ancient university town, where I was privileged to speak at […]

Design Problem

Golden Tulip hotel, Leiden Centre, Schipholweb 3, The Netherlands Related: To Leiden, To Leiden

Creative Commons turns 10

HARD TO BELIEVE, but it was ten years ago that I first heard Lawrence Lessig give a talk at SXSWi about an idea he had to save content from death by copyright law. At the time, copyright law and digital creativity were at odds, and tens of thousands of cultural artifacts were disappearing from the […]

Design is Copy is Design

ART AND COPY have been joined at the hip since Bill Bernbach launched the creative revolution in the 1960s. But on the web, not so much. It’s great that some of the brightest minds in our industry continue making the point that copy matters, and that “one of the most overlooked designers in any field […]

ALA No. 366: better design through translation; better contracts through design

IN ISSUE No. 366 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Designing Contracts for the XXI Century by VERONICA PICCIAFUOCO What’s the ugliest part of client/designer relations? Why, the contract, of course. Redesign yours to reach better, faster, more amiable and more equitable business agreements. Translation is UX by ANTOINE LEFEUVRE While good […]

Chairman’s Message on Sixth International Blue Beanie Day

If the print aesthetic had won—if the technologies supporting that aesthetic, slice-and-dice table layouts and Flash, had continued to reign supreme—our web use would almost certainly still be limited to the desktop, and web content would very likely be constrained to the whims and abilities of a single, aging desktop browser. With no competition, there’d […]

Big Web Show 78: Bloomstein on content strategy

IN EPISODE No. 78 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I interview Margot Bloomstein, author of Content Strategy at Work: Real-World Stories to Strengthen Every Interactive Engagement (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012), about her professional transition from design to content strategy; the vagaries of the consulting life; how mentoring and non-traditional academic backgrounds can […]

Big Web Show 77: @sazzy

IN EPISODE No. 77 of The Big Web Show, I interview returning guest Sarah Parmenter about designing an app for the homeless; the challenges of multi-device design; teaching HTML and CSS to young people; designing a complex reader app; the ideal number of employees for a small design studio; Brooklyn vs. small-town UK; and more. […]

In Defense of Descendant Selectors and ID Elements

Except when I occasionally update Designing With Web Standards, I quit writing hands-on, nuts-and-bolts stuff about CSS and HTML years ago. Publishing abhors a vacuum: other designers and developers took my place. For the most part, this has been a good thing—for them and for our industry. The best writers about code have always been […]

Notes and Images from An Event Apart San Francisco

THE SEVENTH and final An Event Apart show of the year 2012—three days of forward thinking and inspiring insights on multi-device design, content strategy for mobile, the next CSS, and more—is now winding down at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel. The show may end, but the memories will linger … enhanced by digital artifacts like these: […]

For Your Listening Pleasure

THE BIG WEB SHOW is back, baby! In spite of hurricanes, blackouts, and the vagaries of international travel, my 5by5 audio podcast about “everything web that matters” has returned to weekly broadcasting. Here are the latest episodes for your edification and listening pleasure: Episode 76: Jen Robbins Creator of four classic web design books (in […]

Content Strategy for Mobile three ways from Sunday

IT’S A Karen McGrane world! Today, as A Book Apart unveils Karen McGrane’s amazing new Content Strategy for Mobile, the entirety of A List Apart Issue No. 364 is dedicated to Karen and her vision for future-friendly web content: Uncle Sam Wants You (to Optimize Your Content for Mobile) Thirty-one percent of Americans who access […]

Two New Yorks

I MOVED to Manhattan during the crack epidemic of 1988. The heroin epidemic of the early 1970s produced CBGB, Studio 54, punk rock and hip hop. The crack epidemic produced crack addicts. If we complained loudly enough to the police, they would chase the crack dealers away for a few days. Crack-addicted hookers replaced them: […]

Après le déluge

TODAY MY DAUGHTER and I brushed our teeth with real, running water. It was heaven. Hurricane Sandy killed people and destroyed homes in New York and New Jersey. As a sideline, it left everyone in Manhattan below 39th Street without electric power. That means no elevator service in high-rise apartment buildings. No modem, no Wi-Fi, […]

My Brother is a Monster

MY MOTHER played piano and cello. My father draws, paints, and sculpts; plays trumpet and guitar; and led an advanced R&D lab in the 1970s, developing robotics and rocket parts. You know what I do, but I also play keyboards and other instruments, studied music theory, and composed and produced music in my own studio […]

Greetings from London

HELLO FROM LONDON, where I’m visiting family and friends, speaking at Future of Web Apps, and exploring this magical city. Pete Zeldman London – a list on Foursquare (in progress) London October 2012 – photo set on Flickr (in progress) #fowa on Twitter #fowa on Instagram Future of Web Apps – London

That Brooklyn Thing

THE YEAR Brooklyn Beta opened, a misunderstanding and a coincidentally timed paying gig prevented me from attending. The following year, two paying gigs, scheduled back to back, kept me away. This year was going to be different. This year I cleared my decks. This year there were no gigs, no client meetings, no major medical […]

Will the last digital canvas please turn out the lights?

DESIGNERS. WE LOVE CANVASES. It’s what we know. Even the cave wall had predictable, fixed dimensions. On the web, in the past few years, we’ve finally had to acknowledge that the canvas is not fixed, that each user’s canvas is different, and that fixed-width design—while safe and comfortable because it’s what we know—really doesn’t make […]

Communication Breakdown

REDUNDANT MECHANISMS that fail to communicate with one another can make using Mac OS X Lion more confusing than it should be. Consider the screenshot shown here. While Apple’s Software Update knows that I have downloaded the latest version of iPhoto (“Your software is up to date”), Apple’s App Store, pulling from a different database, […]

In Search of a Genuine Web Aesthetic & Designing For High Density Displays

IN A VERY special issue of A List Apart for people who make websites, Paul Robert Lloyd asks us to put the “design” back in “responsive design” and seek out a genuine web aesthetic. And Dave Rupert shares ways to be thoughtful, not knee-jerk, about high-pixel-density displays, in Mo’ Pixels Mo’ Problems. Illustration by Kevin […]

PBS Off Book video: The Art of Web Design

Whitney Hess, Jason Santa Maria, and I discuss the past two decades of design history, framing the web’s emergence and explaining the transition from a print-based world to a digital one.

To Lisbon!

I’M OFF to Lisbon, Portugal, for Refresh LX, “an affordable conference for busy web designers.” See you soon!

Insites: The Book Honors Web Design, Designers

“INSITES: THE BOOK is a beautiful, limited edition, 256-page book presented in a numbered, foil-blocked presentation box. This very special publication features no code snippets and no design tips; instead, 20 deeply personal conversations with the biggest names in the web community. “Over the course of six months, we travelled the US and the UK […]

A Parental Dilemma

MY DAUGHTER has been talking about her eighth birthday party since she was seven and a half. It will be a small party, on a Saturday at noon, with just her closest friends. Last night I found out her BFF won’t be there, because the girl attends a class Saturdays at noon, and her mom […]

My 9/11

AS I OFTEN do on this day, I here post a link to my story of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York, one of nine million stories from that day: My story is not heroic. I saved no one on that day. It is not tragic. I lost no one. The story I published […]

Duty Now For Future: A List Apart No. 361

IN ISSUE No. 361 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Envision better business models for digital newspapers and magazines in What Ate the Periodical? A Primer for Web Geeks by David Sleight. Then test your site in game console browsers and prepare for devices that haven’t been invented yet in Anna Debenham’s […]

Developer versus designer

TO A developer, the problem is a clumsy stacking of concurrently loading web views, interfering with the smooth functioning of JavaScript. To a designer, the problem is the idea sucks.

Unsung Heroes of Web and Interaction Design: Derek Powazek

WE TAKE the two-way web for granted today, but it wasn’t always this way, and the democratizing power of HTML wasn’t manifested overnight. Derek Powazek is one of the pioneering designers who helped bring the two-way web into being. Informed web designers admire Derek’s now-defunct 1996 personal storytelling site {fray} as one of the first […]

The Great Discontent & Me

In celebration of TGD turning one tomorrow, we’re going back to our roots. Jeffrey Zeldman—the “godfather of web standards”—has already left an indelible mark on the web industry and those of us who work in it, but what of his life before that? We met Jeffrey at A Space Apart, where he recounted a journey […]

Lawson on picture element

Those eager to bash Hixie and the WHATWG are using the new spec as if it were a cudgel; “this is how you deal with Hixie and WHATWG” says Marc Drummond. I don’t think that’s productive. What is productive is the debate that this publication will (hopefully) foster. Bruce Lawson’s personal site: On the publication […]

From an imaginary novel

I AM Jewish but my parents named me Jesus, which they pronounced Hay-Seuss, with an emphasis on the Hay. You can imagine the joy of being me in public school. First day of kindergarten, Miss Terwilliger called out, “Jesus. Jesus? Jesus!” And I sat there like a stuffed dummy, because I didn’t recognize the name. […]

From Chicago, With Love

HEY, FRIENDS. I write from the magical city of Chicago, where I’m enjoying the first Happy Cog Summit. Next week, following our meet-up cum strategy session cum karaoke party, comes An Event Apart Chicago, three days of peace, love, and web standards (plus more Chicago magic). I won’t be writing here much while these events […]

HTML5 Video Player II

JOHN DYER’S MediaElement.js bills itself as “HTML5 <video> and <audio> made easy”—and that’s truly what it is: HTML5 audio and video players in pure HTML and CSS. Custom Flash and Silverlight players that mimic the HTML5 MediaElement API for older browsers. Accessibility standards including WebVTT. Plugins for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, jQuery, BlogEngine.NET, ruby gem, and […]

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An Event Apart posts 2013 schedule: 8 cities, 8 shows

AN EVENT APART, the design conference for people who make websites, announces its 2013 schedule: eight cities, eight shows. Registration is now open for: Atlanta – February 18-20, 2013 Seattle – April 1-3, 2013 San Diego – May 20-22, 2013 Boston – June 24-26, 2013 Washington, DC – August 5-7, 2013 Chicago – August 26-28, […]

Photos and Drawings from An Event Apart DC 2012

AN EVENT APART is the design conference for people who make websites. Enjoy these photos and drawings from An Event Apart DC, now concluding at the Westin Alexandria. The next An Event Apart three-day conference event takes place later this month in Chicago. See some of you there!

Leo Laporte interviews JZ

IN EPISODE 63 of Triangulation, Leo Laporte, a gracious and knowledgeable podcaster/broadcaster straight outta Petaluma, CA, interviews Your Humble Narrator about web standards history, responsive web design, content first, the state of standards in a multi-device world, and why communists sometimes make lousy band managers.

Product Management for the Web; Beyond Usability Testing

IN ISSUE NO. 357 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Beyond Usability Testing by DEVAN GOLDSTEIN To be sure we’re designing the right experience for the right audience, there’s no substitute for research conducted with actual users. Like any research method, though, usability testing has its drawbacks. Most importantly, it isn’t cheap. […]

Saul Bass pitches AT&T

CULTURAL HISTORY GEM: Saul Bass’s Original Pitch for the Bell Systems Logo Redesign, 1969. Article and curation via Hat tip: Tim Murtaugh.

New on Foursquare: great architectural experiences

Great Architectural Experiences is a list I’ve begun on Foursquare. Currently there are 29 33 35 entries. The list is not limited to buildings. After all, some of New York’s greatest architectural experiences include crossing Brooklyn Bridge on foot; walking for miles along 5th Avenue north of 59th Street; and observing the shifting dynamics of […]

Proposed standards for the care and feeding of user generated content

THIS MORNING Contents Magazine launched the beginning of something both good and important: a set of guidelines that could lead to a safer world for user-created content. Contents believes (and I agree) that products and services which make a business of our stuff—the photos, posts, and comments that we share on their platforms—need to treat […]

HTML Marches On

IN A LETTER dated July 19, 2012, WHATWG leader and HTML living standard editor (formerly HTML5 editor) Ian Hickson clarifies the relationship between activity on the WHATWG HTML living standard and activity on the W3C HTML5 specification. As my dear Aunt Gladys used to say, you can’t ride two horses with one behind.

A List Apart news

Presenting Sara Wachter Boettcher, ALA’s new editor-in-chief. WITH THE RELEASE on July 10, 2012 of the A List Apart Summer Reading Issue (a collection of favorite articles from 355 issues of the magazine), ALA’s editor-in-chief Krista Stevens has hung up her spurs and moved on. Over six significant web years, Krista’s passion for great writing […]

My mind and welcome to it

IN MY DREAM I was designing sublime new publishing and social platforms, incandescent with features no one had ever thought of, but everybody wanted. One of my platforms generated pages that were like a strangely compelling cross between sophisticated magazine layouts and De Stijl paintings. Only, unlike De Stijl, with its kindergarten primary colors, my […]

Tweak This!

99designs, the Australian company that has made a fortune soliciting spec work (“crowd sourced graphic design”) from naive designers, and selling $99 logo customizations to small businesses, has just invested $460,000 in a new service: Tweaky, “the marketplace for website customization,” is the ultimate connector between companies that need quick, simple adjustments to their websites, […]

Come out and see me.

IF YOU MISSED An Event Apart Austin, you can still see me speak about web and interaction design and the future of web content at one of these fine events near you: An Event Apart DC August 6–8, 2012 An Event Apart Chicago August 27–29, 2012 Refresh LX, Lisbon, Portugal September 20–21, 2012 Future of […]

An Event Apart Austin 2012

FOLLOW THE ACTION at An Event Apart Austin – three days of design, code, and content for people who make websites, now taking place in Austin, TX. A Feed Apart Just the tweets. Content First “In his opening keynote at An Event Apart in Austin, TX 2012 Jeffrey Zeldman talked about the need to keep […]

Mobile to the Future

Notes on Luke Wroblewski’s “Mobile To The Future” presentation today at An Event Apart Austin: First there was print, then recordings, then cinema, radio, TV, and the internet. Mobile is the seventh and latest form of mass media. And the smartphone is the fastest spreading technology in history. More iPhones are activated every day than […]

A July Fourth Message

HAPPY ORDINARY DAY to my friends in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei , Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, […]

Responsive Typography

“NOT EVERYTHING always works in your favor when you design for the screen. Interaction design is engineering: it’s not about finding the perfect design, it’s finding the best compromise.” Responsive Typography: The Basics | Information Architects

Facebook goes native

“IF I WERE advising them on these decisions, I would have had them look at what people actually want from Facebook — fast access to their friends’ photos and posts — and … helped them design an HTML5 web experience that actually works for mobile.” .net magazine: Facebook iPhone app to go native By Tanya […]

Responsive and Mobile Now

A FEW GOOD LINKS from a day-long workshop by Luke Wroblewski: New! Off Canvas Multi-Device Layouts by Luke Wroblewski and Jason Weaver The EMs have it: Proportional Media Queries FTW! by Lyza Gardner Responsive IMGs Part 2 — In-depth Look at Techniques by Jason Grigsby Multi-Device Layout Patterns by Luke Wroblewski Off Canvas – A […]

Interacting Responsively (and Responsibly!)

AT AN EVENT APART Boston, “Scott Jehl discussed ways we can improve web performance by qualifying capabilities and being smart about how assets are loaded in browsers [and] shared a … new tools he helped create that can help address these issues.” Enjoy Luke Wroblewski’s notes on Scott’s talk.

Divorce never sleeps

SO THE EX just moved to Manhattan’s most iconic private housing community. It is a large residential complex of oversized, renovated apartments set in an 80-acre private park. The sprawling collection of red brick buildings abuts the East River and the neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, the East Village, Alphabet City, and Kips Bay. It is […]

See me in New York today, in Boston next week

I AM EXCITED to participate this morning in Reasons To Be Creative, NYC, where I’ll give a talk on “The End of Web Design;” and at An Event Apart Boston starting Monday, where I’ll make the case for “Content First” in web design. Reasons To Be Creative New York June 14–15, 2012 An Event Apart […]

Live today at 3PM Eastern: Readability naked and trembling on Big Web Show

LIVE TODAY AT 3:00 PM (technology willing), tune in to 5by5 live as I interview Rich Ziade, founder, hero, and villain behind the Readability reading platform, whose latest controversial move, announced earlier today, is to give $150,000 to charity. I’ll ask Rich to answer charges that Readability crosses a line in the emerging orbital content […]

Readability ends reader fee program, gives uncollected funds to accessibility and writing charities

TODAY MY FRIENDS at Arc 90 announced that, as of June 30, 2012, Readability will no longer accept reader fees. Further, they will donate any uncollected funds to charities that support reading and writing. They’ll start by donating $50,000 to 826 Valencia and another $50,000 to Knowbility. Readability has taken a lot of flack, and […]

Build Books With CSS3; Design a Responsive Résumé

“WE ARE ALL PUBLISHERS,” claims Issue No. 353 of A List Apart for people who make websites. Design books with CSS3; craft a responsive web résumé. Building Books with CSS3 by NELLIE MCKESSON While historically, it’s been difficult at best to create print-quality PDF books from markup alone, CSS3 now brings us the Paged Media […]

Friday Photo

ERIC ETHERIDGE photographed by Jeffrey Zeldman in Flatiron.

Publication Standards

ENJOY A LIST APART’S SPECIAL two-part issue on digital publication standards. Publication Standards Part 1:The Fragmented Present by NICK DISABATO ebooks are a new frontier, but they look a lot like the old web frontier, with HTML, CSS, and XML underpinning the main ebook standard, ePub. Yet there are key distinctions between ebook publishing’s current […]

Readlists: behind the scenes

FROM THE HOME PAGE of today’s newly announced, totally disruptive, completely free product powered by Readability: “What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone.” For some time now, people who miss the point have seen Readability as an app […]

Serial entrepreneur Dan Benjamin on Episode 70 of The Big Web Show

DAN BENJAMIN is my guest on Episode No. 70 of The Big Web Show, the weekly podcast on “everything web that matters.” Dan is a broadcaster, screencaster, writer, software developer, designer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of 5by5 Studios, an internet broadcasting network where he hosts a handful of shows with people like John […]

Web Design Manifesto 2012

THANK YOU for the screen shot. I was actually already aware that the type on my site is big. I designed it that way. And while I’m grateful for your kind desire to help me, I actually do know how the site looks in a browser with default settings on a desktop computer. I am […]

The Unbearable Lightness of HTML5 – or, the priority of constituencies versus the great dictator

LET’S DIG A BIT DEEPER into the latest conflict between web developers who are passionate about the future of HTML, and the WHATWG. (See Mat Marquis in Tuesday’s A List Apart, Responsive Images and Web Standards at the Turning Point, for context, and Jeremy Keith, Secret Src in Wednesday’s, for additional clarification.) The WHATWG […]

Wednesday Links

For your pleasure: Jason Grigsby: The Immobile Web Jason Grigsby (@grigs) discusses the next frontier: web-enabled televisions. Key points from this important BDConf speech transcribed by Brad Frost. With Slideshare video. Jeremy Keith: Secret Src As usual, Jeremy Keith is the cluefullest person in the room when it comes to the sexual politics of HTML5. […]

Responsive Images and Web Standards at the Turning Point – Mat Marquis in ALA

IN A SPECIAL ISSUE of A List Apart for people who make websites: Responsible responsive design demands responsive images — images whose dimensions and file size suit the viewport and bandwidth of the receiving device. As HTML provides no standard element to achieve this purpose, serving responsive images has meant using JavaScript trickery, and accepting […]

My Glamorous Life: The Power Compels You

I DREAMED that my friend Jason Santa Maria took a job at a popular new startup that had exploded onto the world scene seemingly overnight. A fascinating visual interface was largely responsible for the popularity of the company’s new social software product. It was like a Hypercard stack that came toward you. A post full […]

Keep your site’s type right; let users work offline

IN ISSUE No. 350 of A List Apart for people who make websites: keep your web type looking right across browsers, platforms, and devices; let users do stuff on your site even when they’re offline. Say No to Faux Bold by ALAN STEARNS Browsers can do terrible things to type. If text is styled as […]

A plane crash in slow-mo

I WAS SOBER SIX MONTHS when my Uncle George took me to lunch and told me he believed his sister, my mother, had Alzheimers. She was 60. Via frequent short visits to Pittsburgh and more phone calls than we’d shared in decades, I helped my dad accept that he needed to take her to the […]

Big Web Show 69: Chris Cashdollar on

HAPPY COG Creative Director Christopher Cashdollar is my guest in Episode No. 69 of The Big Web Show, the weekly podcast on “everything web that matters.” In 35 lively minutes, Chris and I discuss the joys and challenges of redesigning typography mega-site; nimble versus waterfall; process versus inspiration; running a creative department that is […]

Jeffrey Zeldman on tour

SEE ME SPEAK about web design, interaction design, publishing, and the future of web content. Let’s meet in one of these nice cities: Go Beyond Pixels St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada May 25, 2012 Reasons To Be Creative New York June 14–15, 2012 An Event Apart Boston June 18–20, 2012 An Event Apart Austin July 9–11, […]

Tantek Çelik on Mozilla & Microformats: Big Web Show

TANTEK ÇELIK is my guest on Episode No. 68 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”). Currently web standards lead at Mozilla, Tantek is one of the founders of both the open standards community and the Global Multimedia Protocols Group, and an invited expert to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Cascading […]

Content Strategy Double Header: A List Apart 349

IN ISSUE NO. 349 of A List Apart for people who make websites, savor the content strategy sweetness as you dip into a double dose of Rachel Lovinger, a prime motivator behind the content strategy movement. Tinker, Tailor, Content Strategist by RACHEL LOVINGER What does content strategy mastery look like? As in any field, it […]

Redesigning in Public Again

I FINALLY GOT A COUPLE OF HOURS free, enabling me to do something I’ve been itching to try since I first saw the web on a modern mobile device: redesign this website. First I cranked up the type size. With glorious web fonts and today’s displays, why not? Then I ditched the sidebar. Multiple columns […]

Designing Apps With Web Standards (HTML is the API)

The Web OS is Already Here… Luke Wroblewski, November 8, 2011 Mobile First Responsive Web Design, Brad Frost, June, 2011 320 and up – prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a tiny screen’s stylesheet as its starting point. Andy Clarke and Keith Clark. Gridless, HTML5/CSS3 boilerplate for mobile-first, responsive designs “with beautiful […]

Mike Monteiro’s “Design Is A Job” is finally available to buy or preview.

CO-FOUNDER of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, his brief book Design Is A Job is packed with knowledge you need to know. This is one of the most in-demand titles we at […]

Responsive Prototyping with Foundation

IN ISSUE NO. 348 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Dive into Responsive Prototyping with Foundation There are hundreds of devices out there right now that can access the full web, as Steve Jobs once put it. They come with different capabilities and constraints, things like input style or screen size, resolution, […]

Fico by | an icon font for responsive web designs, Retina display

FICO, by, is a font with 52 simple, commonly used icons and glyphs, served on the web via @font-face. Small (under 12K when gripped, in one HTTP request) and color-agnostic (you can even use gradients and shadows), it is perfect for responsive designs with media queries, and for creating a rich visual feel without […]

CSS & Mobile To The Future | Embrace Users, Constrain Design | An Event Apart Seattle 2012 Day II

TUESDAY, 3 APRIL 2012, was Day II of An Event Apart Seattle, a sold-out, three-day event for people who make websites. If you couldn’t be among us, never fear. The amazing Luke Wroblewski (who leads a day-long seminar on mobile web design today) took excellent notes throughout the day, and shares them herewith: The (CSS) […]

Web, Mobile, Responsive, Content | Notes from An Event Apart Seattle Day 1

IF YOU couldn’t be among us for An Event Apart Seattle 2012 Day 1 on Monday, 2 April 2012, these notes by the illustrious Luke Wroblewski will almost make you feel you were there: Content First – Jeffrey Zeldman In his opening keynote at An Event Apart in Seattle, WA 2012 Jeffrey Zeldman talked about […]

A List Apart No. 347 | Style Tiles & Self-Critique

DESIGN BETTER with Issue No. 347 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Artistic Distance by PAUL BURTON Pimpin’ ain’t easy; neither is self-critique. If you are passionate about what you create, it is impossible to completely disassociate yourself from your work in order to objectively evaluate and then improve it. But the […]

Why I am letting my Google IO invitation expire

HI, [REDACTED]. Thanks for writing to express your concern about my failure to redeem my Google IO promo code. It’s kind of a funny story. I received a Google IO invitation (copied and pasted below) but didn’t follow up on it because the invitation did not say anything about what Google IO is, who it […]

Web Type Will Save Us (Or, Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Retina Display?)

WITH RETINA DISPLAY technology on the verge of ubiquity and some of today’s best web design minds rightfully fretting about it (see PPK, Stephanie Rieger, Brad Frost, and Stuntbox if you’ve missed this latest Topic Of Concern), it seems to this old web slinger that web type is poised to replace photography as the dominant […]

Post-Induction Party Pix by Annie Ray | SXSWi 2012

I THREW A PARTY on the last night of SXSW Interactive 2012 to celebrate my induction in the Hall of Fame. Photos © Annie Ray, The entire photo gallery is available for your viewing pleasure at Also at Flickr and on Facebook. Pardon My Linkage For more about this year’s SXSW Interactive, my […]

Jeffrey Zeldman Inaugural Hall of Fame Testimonial Video (4:00)

Jeffrey Zeldman tribute video – on his induction into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame from Jeffrey Zeldman on Vimeo. VIDEO: SOME MEMBERS of the web design and development community share thoughts about yours truly on the occasion of my induction into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. This video was played on the big […]

Behind The Music: The Jeffrey Zeldman Dolls

Jeffrey was looking for us to do a more tailored, short run of the doll we had initially designed of him-215 to be exact. They were to be given away as gifts at the Hall of Fame after party being held at South by Southwest (right about now is where you can hear our jaws […]

The Impossible Year | Jeffrey Zeldman with Mini-Zeldman Doll Polaroid…

JOHN MORRISON: Jeffrey Zeldman with Mini-Zeldman Doll Polaroid SLR 680SE / Impossible PX-680 Color Shade Jeffrey became the first person inducted into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. Afterwards there was a party with mini-Zeldman dolls. The Impossible Year | Jeffrey Zeldman with Mini-Zeldman Doll Polaroid…

Massively Mobile Progressive Enhancement | Is Your Site Future-Friendly? | Brad Frost & Stephanie Rieger in A List Apart

ISSUE NO. 346 of A List Apart for people who make websites is all about massively mobile progressive enhancement. Are your site’s content and design future friendly? For a Future-Friendly Web by BRAD FROST It is time to move toward a future-friendly web. Our current device landscape is a plethora of desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, […]

Today at 5PM | Go Forth & Make Awesomeness: Core Values & Action | SXSW Interactive 2012

LESLIE JENSEN-INMAN (@jenseninman), Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee, created this panel and graciously invited me to be her guest. An alternate name for the panel could be Quit Bitching and Go Make Cool Shit. It’s about personal creative empowerment via sweat, the internet, and the communities it engenders. Discover how to: embrace your passion, […]

Big Web Show No. 66 | David Sleight on publishing, devices, and the web

IN BIG WEB SHOW Episode No. 66, Jeffrey Zeldman interviews veteran web designer and publishing creative director David Sleight about how traditional publishers can transition to creating successful digital experiences, and the (mostly conceptual) obstacles they will have to overcome to do so. Topics discussed in this episode include: why publishers alternately blame technology and […]

Big Web Show No. 65 | Tim Brown of Typekit and Nice Web Type

IN EPISODE NO. 65 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I interview Tim Brown of Typekit and Nice Web Type on where we are with web fonts, real web type in real web context, using Dribbble to develop a tone of voice, how saving small snippets of other people’s content can turn […]

Web type links from an interview with Typekit and Nice Web Type’s Tim Brown

MY BIG WEB SHOW INTERVIEW with Tim Brown of Typekit and Nice Web Type will be posted tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are some of the links our rapid-fire idea exchanged touched upon: FacitWeb on Typekit: Responsive typography: Modular scales — meaningful numbers for layout: More Meaningful Typography: Build talk: Web Font […]

Replacing the -9999px hack (new image replacement)

IN THE BEGINNING was FIR, AKA Fahrner Image Replacement (note that one of the following links returns a 404): The Daily Report’s 2003 redesign uses (and our book explained) an image replacement technique intended to combine the benefits of accessibility with the power of graphic design. We christened this method Fahrner Image Replacement (FIR) in […]

A List Apart No. 345: Responsive content: thinking beyond pages; from research to content strategy to meaningful project deliverables.

IN ISSUE NO. 345 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Future-Ready Content by SARA WACHTER-BOETTCHER The future is flexible, and we’re bending with it. From responsive web design to thinking, we’re moving quickly toward a web that’s more fluid, less fixed, and more easily accessed on a multitude of devices. As […]

The Big Web Show #64: Jenn Lukas – You Code, Girl!

IN EPISODE No. 64 of The Big Web Show, I interview front-end developer Jenn Lukas about how to tell if you’re a designer or coder; in-house versus product development versus consulting; Girl Develop It, a code teaching activity for budding women web developers; the designer/developer collaboration; tabs or spaces; jumping on the SASS bandwagon; staying […]

Big Web Show Podcast #63: Michael Surtees and me on Interaction Design, Apps, and Blogging

I INTERVIEW Michael Surtees, founding partner and creative director at Gesture Theory, co-creator of Deckpub (“the future of publishing on iPad”), and author of Design notes in Episode No. 63 of The Big Web Show, my weekly podcast on “everything web that matters.” We discuss managing a small, nimble design practice; getting clients; balancing client […]

A List Apart No. 344: the new Webkit monoculture

ISSUE NO. 344 of A List Apart for people who make websites asks the musical question, “Webkit monoculture: threat or menace?” The Vendor Prefix Predicament: ALA’s Eric Meyer Interviews Tantek Çelik by ERIC MEYER, TANTEK ÇELIK During a public meeting of the W3C CSS Working Group, Mozilla web standards lead Tantek Çelik precipitated a crisis […]

Kristina Halvorson – Message and Medium: Better Content by Design

IN THIS presentation, live at An Event Apart, Kristina Halvorson teaches you to identify your key business messages, understand how they inform your content strategy, and learn how they impact multi-channel content development and design. Kristina Halvorson – Message and Medium: Better Content by Design.

Big Web Show Podcast #62: Kristofer Layon and me on Mobile Web Design

AUTHOR KRISTOFER LAYON (@klayon) joins me to discuss his book, Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation in Episode No. 62 of The Big Web Show, my weekly podcast on “everything web that matters.” In a lively hour-long discussion, we learn why “standards-based layouts are already responsive;” discuss the Kano Model and how it […]

A better Photoshop grid for responsive web design

IN MAKING the move to responsive web design, one of the potential hurdles is the rather awkward maths for calculating the percentage-based widths necessary for fluid layouts. If, for example, you’re designing with a 960px grid in Photoshop and you have six columns, each 140px wide, you divide 140 by 960 to get your percentage-based […]

Mobile Web Resources

ONE of the most frequent questions we get asked about the mobile web is ‘Where do I go to learn about all this stuff?’ So here’s an extensive list of helpful tools and resources that can help you create great mobile web experiences.” Mobile Web Resources | Mobile Web Best Practices.

Notes from An Event Apart Atlanta 2012

LUKE WROBLEWSKI’S notes on most of the sessions from An Event Apart Atlanta, 2012, Feb. 6–8, 2012. Thanks, buddy! Properties of Intuitive Web Pages — February 7, 2012 An Event Apart: The Future of CSS — February 7, 2012 An Event Apart: CSS Best Practices — February 7, 2012 An Event Apart: Buttons are a […]

Fluid grids, orientation & resolution independence

IF YOU’VE spent any time building responsive websites with fluid grids, you will have encountered the shock of seeing your beautiful portrait layout distort when viewed in landscape mode (or vice-versa.) This happens because whilst the layout and embedded content (images, video etc) are sized in relation to the pixel width of the viewport, the […]

My Glamorous Life: Lucy Ricardo, C’est Moi

TRYING A NEW breakfast place. I tell the cashier, “Extra crispy bacon.” “Extra bacon,” she says. “No, not extra bacon. Extra crispy bacon,” I say. A fast-paced volley of shouted Spanish follows, between the cook, the cashier, and the server. A customer in line behind me chimes in. He is either describing my order to […]

A List Apart: a change is gonna come, I can feel it

TODAY, TWO invaluable contributors to A List Apart move on, and a new member joins our ranks: Aaron Gustafson (@aarongustafson), author of Adaptive Web Design (the clearest, most beautiful explanation of progressive enhancement I’ve ever read) and nearly a dozen brilliant A List Apart articles, has been a technical editor at A List Apart for […]

A List Apart: Pricing Strategy for Creatives

FREELANCERS AND STUDIO HEADS, learn what your rates say about your brand, and discover how to make more money by raising your rate strategically. A List Apart: Pricing Strategy for Creatives by JASON BLUMER. Illustration by Kevin Cornell for A List Apart Magazine.

A List Apart: Responsive Images: How they Almost Worked and What We Need

RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGNERS, don’t miss Mat Marquis’ essential article in today’s A LIST APART, for people who make websites: Responsive Images: How they Almost Worked and What We Need. Mat shows why responsive images as we currently use them don’t quite cut it – and shares a way forward that involves the creation of a […]

Dyson to NY: drop dead

DYSON’S WEBSITE won’t sell me a vacuum cleaner. It claims New York, a U.S. state it provides in its own drop-down menu, is “not a valid state.” I have previously ordered Dyson products from the Dyson website and shipped them to a different address in New York. I have an account and everything. But the […]


CAR JUST HIT ME as I was crossing street. Van carrying old people. Driver didn’t see me. Van struck my head. # I punched door. Driver and passengers stared at me. Time slowed way down. I gestured for driver to pull over.# Asked woman on street if I was bleeding. She said no. Told van […]

A List Apart Issue No. 342: A Pixel Identity Crisis; An Important Time for Design; Building Twitter Bootstrap

In a triple issue of A List Apart for people who make websites, it’s time for designers to seize the day! Transcend mobile platform differences, harness the power of an open-source front-end toolkit, and band together to change the world: An Important Time for Design by CAMERON KOCZON Cameron Koczon says designers have now been […]

Ding dong, SOPA is dead.

DING DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD. For now, at least, the “ill-conceived lobbyist-driven piece of legislation” known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is no more: Misguided efforts to combat online privacy have been threatening to stifle innovation, suppress free speech, and even, in some cases, undermine national security. As of yesterday, though, there’s […]

Selling Design – an online reading list

TOMORROW, WHICH IS also my birthday, I begin teaching “Selling Design” to second-year students in the MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts, New York. Liz Danzico and Steve Heller created and direct the MFA program, and this is my second year teaching this class, whose curriculum I pull out of my little […]

The maker makes: on design, community, and personal empowerment

THE FIRST THING I got about the web was its ability to empower the maker. The year was 1995, and I was tinkering at my first website. The medium was raw and ugly, like a forceps baby; yet even in its blind, howling state, it made me a writer, a designer, and a publisher — […]

State of the web: of apps, devices, and breakpoints

IN The ‘trouble’ with Android, Stephanie Rieger points out the ludicrous number of Android screen sizes on a typical UK client’s website and comes to this conclusion: If … you have built your mobile site using fixed widths (believing that you’ve designed to suit the most ‘popular’ screen size), or are planning to serve specific […]

Hitler reacts to SOPA
Migrate if you like, but Touristeye is not a Gowalla partner.

RECENTLY A COMPANY CALLED Touristeye has been emailing Gowalla users, encouraging them to migrate their data to Touristeye now that the Gowalla service is closing down. The emails tell you how a Gowalla friend (who is named) has just migrated her/his data to Touristeye and invite you to join her or him. Although Touristeye does […]

The Big Web Show No. 61: Khoi Vinh of Mixel and

NOW ONLINE for your pleasure! In Episode No. 61 of The Big Web Show (“everything web that matters”), I interview Khoi Vinh, co-creator of Mixel, former Design Director, co-founder of NYC design studio Behavior, and more. In this episode we discuss Khoi’s career, including his fine-art background, art school, and design classes, his time […]

My glamorous life: some holiday!

THIS WEEK I will finally sign my divorce papers. It’s like that old Woody Allen joke, “The food here is terrible – and such small portions.” I didn’t want to get divorced, and I’ve been waiting two years to do it. It’s a friendly little divorce that started out as a simple mediated settlement, but […]

Mobile App Usage: the data will surprise you

AS THE NUMBER of native mobile applications keeps growing, it’s worth looking at how they get used. To that end, here’s a few stats about people downloading apps and what what they do with them afterward. via LukeW | Data Monday: Mobile App Usage.

MSIE auto-updates: a holiday gift to web developers everywhere.

THE STATE OF THE WEB is about to get a whole lot better, as the living dead release their stranglehold on the Windows desktop and a new generation of beautifully standards-compliant IE browsers rolls out automatically to tens of millions of computer users: Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to […]

Required Reading. Multi-Device Web Design: An Evolution

LUKE WROBLEWSKI: As mobile devices have continued to evolve and spread, so has the process of designing and developing Web sites and services that work across a diverse range of devices. From responsive Web design to future friendly thinking, here’s how I’ve seen things evolve over the past year and a half: LukeW | Multi-Device […]

Why Mobile?

FROM A LUKE Wroblewski-led mobile workshop currently in progress at An Event Apart San Francisco: There are more mobile devices than there are people in the world. 1.3 billion mobile page views a year. Facebook says a few years form now “almost everyone at Facebook will focus exclusively on mobile.” 1 in 10 mobile smartphones […]

What I Learned About the Web in 2011

AS THE YEAR draws to a close, we asked some A List Apart readers to tell us what they learned about the web in 2011. Together their responses summarize the joys and challenges of this magical place we call the internet. A List Apart: What I Learned About the Web in 2011. Illustration by Kevin […]

Take two minutes to stop SOPA before it passes this week

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do today: help STOP SOPA once and for all. The Stop Online Piracy Act could pass this week. U.S. friends reading this, call your Representatives now to be heard before the bill is finalized and voted on. makes it easy. Go there and do this. We thank you.

Live Blogging An Event Apart San Francisco

RIGHT HERE I’ll be sharing links, write-ups, and ideas from An Event Apart San Francisco – three days of design, code, and content for people who make websites. Keep watching this space! A Feed Apart – live tweeting AEA SF 2011 Notes by Andrew – live blogging AEA SF 2011: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow: Luke […]

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas: An Event Apart San Francisco, Palace Hotel, Dec. 12-14

HERE I AM at the Palace on Market Street for another thrilling installment of An Event Apart. An Event Apart San Francisco features twelve great speakers and sessions. Following the two-day conference comes an intense learning session on Mobile Web Design led by Luke Wroblewski (author, Web Form Design). Starting Monday, December 12, 2011, follow […]

Pro Tip
Shop Web Standards

GET YOUR STANDARDS ON! John Rainsford, working with your humble narrator, has crafted a sweet collection of limited edition products, designed to let you show your love and support for web standards. What are you waiting for? Shop Web Standards now. And we thank you.

Foursquare accept friend requests: worst interface in the world

Foursquare accept friends: worst interface in the world from Jeffrey Zeldman on Vimeo.

Big Web Show No. 59: Mike Monteiro on art & design

MULE DESIGN DIRECTOR, conceptual artist, author, and Twitter provocateur Mike Monteiro and I discuss design vs. fine art, using constraints to produce artwork, his new book, working with (not necessarily pleasing) clients, whether great comedians work blue, and much more in Episode 59 of THE BIG WEB SHOW. 5by5 | The Big Web Show #59: […]

Everything I know about interaction design, I learned from my cats.

CATS CAN’T TALK, but it turns out they are great interaction designers. I’ve been laid up with a hernia and bronchitis and I’ve let a few chores go. Such as prompt daily cleaning of the litter box shared by my cats, Snow White and Giovanni. This morning they found a way to catapult the litter […]

Say No to SOPA!

A LIST APART strongly opposes USHR 3261 AKA the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an ill-conceived lobbyist-driven piece of legislation that is technically impossible to enforce, cripplingly burdensome to support, and would, without hyperbole, destroy the internet as we know it. SOPA approaches the problem of content piracy with a broad brush, lights that brush […]

Getting Started with Sass – A List Apart

CSS’ simplicity has always been one of its most welcome features. But as our sites and apps get bigger and become more complex, and target a wider range of devices and screen sizes, this simplicity—so welcome as we first started to move away from font tags and table-based layouts—has become a liability. Fortunately, a few […]

A Book Apart holiday sale: 30% off entire collection

THE FIRST SIX essential new classics from A Book Apart — brilliant, brief books by Jeremy Keith, Dan Cederholm, Erin Kissane, Ethan Marcotte, Aarron Walter, and Luke Wroblewski — make the perfect gift for the web geek in your life. During our holiday sale, buy all six books and save 30%! A Book Apart Holiday […]

Fifth International Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards – #bbd11

GET YOUR BEANIE ON! The Fifth International Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards takes place around the globe on 30 November 2011. How can you participate? Glad you asked! Details are now available on the spankin’ new official Blue Beanie Day web page.

Veen: Building Typekit on relationships

TYPEKIT FOUNDER JEFFREY VEEN has always shared knowledge freely, whether writing great books about web design and user experience, or (in this case) happily sharing a key secret of his business’ success: raising money isn’t about raising money – it’s about people. Building Typekit on relationships by Jeffrey Veen.


IT IS NOT “IRONIC” when an article about web standards is published in an online magazine formatted in Flash, or PDF, or some other non-HTML format. It is not “ironic” when an article on responsive design appears on a website that is not responsively designed. It is not “ironic” when an article on three essential […]

Survey for people who make websites

THIS WEEK some friends launched Contents Magazine. Last night other friends threw a party to announce the new (free) Readability. Every day, around the world, hundreds of thousands of web people make magic, working in a digital medium that sometimes perplexes my brilliant engineer father and would have seemed like witchcraft to my grandmother, may […]

SXSW love me long time

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST Interactive (“SXSWi” or simply “South by” to its friends) has somewhat brazenly announced that I will be the first inductee in its new Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the 2012 Interactive Awards presentation in March of next year. There will be flowers and virgins. Well, flowers. SXSW Interactive […]

A Sea of Blue Hats

“LONDON, ONTARIO Digital Interactive Game and Web Conference Day 1. Jeffrey Zeldman delivered the keynote in the Web stream downstairs at London Convention Centre. Later that day, SxSW announced his upcoming Hall of Fame Induction March 13, 2012!” Jeffrey Zeldman at DIG 2011 Photo Gallery.

Air Travel As We Know It

My thrice-delayed, once-cancelled flight home has been resurrected and is boarding. No one was ever so happy to be flying coach to Newark.

.net Magazine’s Top 25 Web Design Books

CONGRATULATIONS TO A List Apart technical editors Aaron Gustafson and Ethan Marcotte, whose Adaptive Web Design and Responsive Web Design were ranked #1 and #2 in .net Magazine’s “Top 25 Books for Web Designers and Developers” of 2011. Other top-ranked web design books include CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm, Designing for the Digital […]

5th annual Blue Beanie Day is November 30, 2011

New! Official Blue Beanie Day 2011 page, with banners and instructions.

HTML5 dumps TIME element

“It’s with great sadness that I inform you that the HTML5 <time> element has been dropped, and replaced by a more generic – and thus less useful – <data> element. The pubdate attribute has been dropped completely, so there is now no simple way to indicate the publication date of a work.” Much more at […]

Shutting off Compass Calibration in Location Services can stop iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on iOS5 from sucking battery life and running hot.

I have an iPhone 4 and fwiw, mine was losing 10% per 2 hours and running warm as soon as I upgraded to iOS 5. In my case the culprit was quite easy to track-down. The new OS Location Services has a new sub menu: System Services. These services by default do not show the […]

New MobiUs Browser For iOS Makes Mobile Web Apps Act More Like Native Apps

“Mobile development firm appMobi is launching a new HTML5-powered browser for iOS on Monday which will bring additional capabilities typically found only in native apps to the mobile Web. The MobiUs Web App Browser, as it’s being called, works both as a standalone browser alternative or in conjunction with Apple’s mobile Safari, similar to the way browser […]

That’s love.

FOR TWO YEARS, our daughter was bullied in school. The school didn’t notice and our daughter didn’t complain so we didn’t know. Finally a mom saw and told us. After that, things happened quickly. One result is that we changed schools. During those first two years, our daughter shut down emotionally and psychologically from the […]

On An Event Apart DC 2011

Jeffrey Zeldman – An Event Apart: Content First ( – Luke Wroblewski Jeremy Keith – An Event Apart: Design Principles ( – Luke Wroblewski Andy Budd – An Event Apart: Persuasive Design ( – Luke Wroblewski Ethan Marcotte – An Event Apart: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow ( – Luke Wroblewski Karen McGrane – An Event Apart: Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive […]

An Event Apart DC

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A Book Apart: Designing for Emotion & Mobile First

WE ARE THRILLED to present the two newest volumes from A Book Apart (“brief books for people who make websites”): Make your users fall in love with your site or application via the precepts packed into Aarron Walter’s new Designing for Emotion. From classic psychology to case studies, highbrow concepts to common sense, DfE demonstrates […]

ALA: Personality in Design

IN AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from his new book, Designing For Emotion, Aarron Walter shows how to turn design interactions into conversations, imbue mechanical “interactions” with human elements, and use design and language techniques to craft a living personality for your website or application. A List Apart: Articles: Personality in Design.

A List Apart: Organizing Mobile by Luke Wroblewski

THE ORGANIZATION OF MOBILE web experiences must align with how people use their mobile devices and why; emphasize content over navigation; provide relevant options for exploration and pivoting; maintain clarity and focus; and align with mobile behaviors. In this excerpt from his brand new A Book Apart book, Luke Wroblewski explains how. A List Apart: […]

Meet the 10K Apart Winners

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS of the second annual 10K Apart contest (“Inspire the web with just 10K”) presented by MIX Online and An Event Apart. Responsive apps under 10K Last year’s 10K Apart challenged readers to create the best application they could using no more than 10K of images, scripts, and markup. We wanted to see […]

Help Amit defeat leukemia.

ON THURSDAY, AMIT GUPTA, the kind-hearted and extremely talented creator of Photojojo and the Jelly co-working community, announced that he has leukemia and needs South Asian bone marrow to survive. Finding it will be tough, as South Asians are grossly underrepresented in the national bone marrow registry. Friends of Amit’s around the world are working […]

In which I unwittingly befoul an otherwise fitting tribute to the late, great Mr Jobs

“SHARE YOUR MEMORIES of Steve Jobs” read the email from Faith Korpi, producer of the 5by5 network to which I contribute a podcast. I thought she meant memories of actually interacting with the guy. I had one such experience: Steve fired me from a freelance project. That being my only “memory” of Steve Jobs, I […]

Facebook: the real semantic web?

Longtime tech pundit and thinker Esther Dyson posted on Twitter today that Facebook was launching the “semantic Web” without calling it that. Good, because hardly anyone ever understood what that meant. But Zuckerberg in effect summarized it in common parlance and defined what the semantic Web is: “Last year we announced the open graph, so […]

Freelance Nation

IT’S BEEN CALLED the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the “e” standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S. workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the […]

Kiss a jet age masterpiece goodbye

WHILE ABC has conspicuously begun to celebrate the early jet age, the Port Authority has begun to tear it down. Terminal 6 at Kennedy International Airport — a crisp island of aesthetic tranquility by the master architect I. M. Pei — is being demolished. The boarding gates are already piles of rubble. The main pavilion, […]


Have Slides, Will Travel

OCTOBER brings the smells of burning leaves, the warmth of hot cider, and much speaking for yours truly: On October 12, I’ll deliver the keynote address at Do It With Drupal 2011 at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights, sharing the stage with the likes of Josh Clark, Angela Byron, and Jeff Robbins. Then […]

Deck Ad Deal: Champagne Eyeballs on a Beer Budget

CALLING ALL STARTUPS. Got a product or service that appeals to the digitally with-it? Put your message in front of millions of web-smart, design-savvy individuals via the premier network for reaching creative, web, and design professionals. The DECK serves up over one-hundred million ad impressions each month and is uniquely configured to connect the right […]

A Better Franklin

I’VE TWEAKED the layout here with ITC Franklin Condensed from Webtype. It’s funny. My daughter always asks what’s my favorite color, and I can never answer, ’cause I love them all. With color, it depends on context and it’s all about combination. But a favorite font? You bet I’ve got one. It’s Franklin Gothic, and […]


FROM 1996 TO 1999, I interviewed movie stars and web designers. Between 1998 and 1999, I published my favorite interviews in this little site. Then I stopped. Here it is, just as it was — frames, buttons, cheesy JavaScript effects and all: The 15 Minutes Project.

Download in the Dumps (AKA Killing Me Softly With Adobe)

In which our intrepid reporter is unable to download and reinstall Adobe software he owns and paid for because Adobe. I REMOVED Adobe CS5 from my studio Mac after it took on water damage during tropical storm Irene. Just as I was going to replace the machine, the water damage seemed to go away. (It […]

A List Apart 335: Banish your inner critic; tear down the wall between designer and client

BANISH THE INNER CRITIC that blocks your creativity and tear down the wall between you and your client that design buzzwords create. It’s easy with help from Issue No. 335 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Banishing Your Inner Critic by Denise Jacobs Everybody has one: the inner critic that tells you […]

Boston Globe’s Responsive Redesign. Discuss.

AS EVERY WEB DESIGNER not living under a rock hopefully already knows, The Boston Globe has had a responsive redesign at the hands of some of today’s best designers and developers: The spare Globe website has a responsive design that adapts to different window sizes, browsers and devices, and it has a built-in Instapaper-type feature […]

Ten Years Ago Today

On 27th Street, a couple is passionately kissing. Behind them, the sky is filled with white smoke. Everyone has left work. It’s like the Fourth of July. And then again it’s nothing like the Fourth of July. At 33rd & Lex, a woman in an electric green dress squats down to take a snapshot of […]

My Hero

EPIC BLOG POST from Blake Watson, a web designer with spinal muscular atrophy type 2, tremendous courage and faith, and an awesome mom: We Still Have Our Dreams at

The Multi-Size Web

HERE IS a fine collection of articles, frameworks, and other tools for a “mobile first” approach to (mainly responsive) web design. Well done, Mr Haidara. The Multi-Size Web: a Computing bag by Eric Haidara at Bagcheck.

A List Apart 334

IN ISSUE NO. 334 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Marry Your Clients: Learn to keep the client/agency relationship warm and passionate over time. Being Human is Good Business: Turn word of mouth into your strongest brand asset through genuine, personalized, compassionate customer service. Illustration by Kevin Cornell for A List Apart […]

Ava’s first comic strip

Bucktooth character: “I wonder what is in this box. It is cute.” Other character: “That is a brick.” Bucktooth character: “Oops, I’ve been trying to open it all day.” Ava’s first comic strip | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

My Desktop (for Dan Benjamin)

My Desktop (for Dan Benjamin) | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Happy Cog Web Designers Join Ganapati Kulam

“YESTERDAY AND TODAY the Ganapati Kulam held a two-day intensive kick-off meeting with three members of Happy Cog, a leading web-design firm that the monastery hired for a complete, professional redesign of this Himalayan Academy/Kauai’s Hindu Monastery website using funds raised during last year’s Digital Dharma Drive.” Today at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, 9/01/2011: Happy Cog […]

Big Web Show No 55: Living with a hidden disability

MARISSA CHRISTINA joins Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin to discuss her path as a web designer diagnosed with a debilitating vestibular disorder, and her blog, documenting living with a hidden disability. The Big Web Show #55: Marissa Christina – 5by5.

Fast Company on Adobe Muse

“DESIGN GURU Jeffrey Zeldman, says while he likes Muse for its ease of creating layouts, it still doesn’t answer his plea for a better Internet. ‘Software can’t generate HTML that is search-engine friendly, accessibility-friendly, and portable between desktop and mobile,’ he says. ‘Only web design professionals who understand semantic markup, responsive and adaptive web layout, […]

HTML5 Video Player

Free & Open Source Lightweight. NO IMAGES USED 100% skinnable using CSS Library independent Easy to use Easy to understand & extend Consistent look between browsers Full Screen & Full Window Modes Volume Control Forced fallback to Flash (even when there is an unsupported source) HTML5 Video Player | VideoJS.

Clear Blue Sky

A STATE of emergency has been declared, but it’s a magical day in New York City. Any grownup who can do so is playing hooky to bask in the perfect sun and gentle breeze. Death, damage, and flooding are expected. We’re preparing for days, maybe weeks without power or water. Any fool could make a […]

The Web Comes of Age – DIBI Keynote Address by Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman – The Medium Comes of Age from Codeworks Ltd on Vimeo.

ALA: A Primer on A/B Testing

DATA IS AN invaluable tool for web designers making decisions about the user experience. A/B tests, or split tests, are one of the easiest ways to measure the effect of different design, content, or functionality, helping you create high-performing user experience elements to implement across your site. Lara Swanson shows how to make sure you […]

A List Apart: Making up Stories – Perception, Language, and the Web

WE LEARN AND RETAIN information through stories because they turn information into more than the sum of its parts. But what makes a story a story, and what does it mean for the digital world we’ve built? Elizabeth McGuane and Randall Snare weave an enchanting tale of attention, comprehension, inference, coherence, and shopping in Issue […]

New Approaches To Designing Log-In Forms

LUKE WROBLEWSKI: “For many of us, logging into websites is a part of our daily routine. In fact, we probably do it so often that we’ve stopped having to think about how it’s done… that is, until something goes wrong: we forget our password, our user name, the email address we signed up with, how […]

The Wind-Down

LISTENING to Coltrane. Taking a break after assembling American Girl doll bunk beds. The tuxedo cat has appropriated Ava’s American Girl doll tent as his personal summer house. Ava is making up a song about wishing on a star. End of summer. Happy.

Site update 20 August 2011

GOOD MORNING! I’ve added some nifty external links to my About page. Enjoy.

Podcast 95: Who is Jeffrey Zeldman? | Lullabot

IN THIS ENJOYABLE interview, beautifully conducted by Lullabot’s Jeff and Jared, we discuss the history of web standards; how SEO sells accessibility; the art of collaboration; the three major inflection points of design on the web; mobile, responsive, and adaptive web design; and much more. Podcast 95: Who is Jeffrey Zeldman? | Lullabot.

Everything you know about mobile is wrong!
Don’t Be Evil (Wink).

WHILE VIEWING STATS on TweetMeme, I noticed a banner ad that said, “New York—explore it again like you used to.” Intrigued, I clicked the ad. It took me to the web page shown above. (Click to view full size.) At the top was a message thanking me for subscribing. Ouch! I had not subscribed, I […]

Advanced web design links

FROM MY TWITTER STREAM of late: The Heads-Up Grid is an overlay grid for use during in-browser website development, built with HTML + CSS + JavaScript. # Golden Grid System – a folding grid for responsive design. h/t @malarkey # Nice responsive redesign! Well done, Meltmedia! # RT @jasonsantamaria: I’m writing a […]

Must-read: Switching the display of content and navigation based on browser size

JEREMY KEITH: “Right after I wrote about combining flexbox with responsive design—to switch the display of content and navigation based on browser size—I received an email from Raphaël Goetter. He pointed out a really elegant solution to the same use-case that makes use of display:table.” Elegant indeed! Follow the delightfully simple code and explanation at […]

AEA Minneapolis Sketchnotes

AEA Minneapolis Sketchnotes by Mike Rohde.

An Event Apart Minneapolis 2011: The Flickr Photo Pool

Jared Spool Dances to Beyonce! Photo by John Morrison. As seen in An Event Apart Minneapolis 2011 Flickr group pool.

An Event Apart: Design Principles

LUKE WROBLEWSKI: “In his Design Principles presentation at An Event Apart in Minneapolis, MN 2011, Jeremy Keith outlined the design principles behind the World Wide Web and how they continue to shape its future. Here are my notes from his talk:” LukeW | An Event Apart: Design Principles.

Web Governance: Becoming an Agent of Change – A List Apart

SHIPPING IS EASY, making real change is hard. To do meaningful web work, we need to educate clients on how their websites influence their business and the legal, regulatory, brand, and financial risks they face without strong web governance. Learn why web governance is important to us as web professionals and how to influence your […]

Designing Fun – A List Apart

HOW DO YOU DEFINE FUN on the web? Fun means different things to different people. Debra Levin Gelman says that to create fun, we need to allow users to create, play, and explore. Learn how to help your client define fun, rank its importance on their site, and user test it to create a delightful […]

CSS Best Practices – An Event Apart

LUKE WROBLEWSKI: “In her ‘Our Best Practices Are Killing Us’ presentation at An Event Apart in Minneapolis MN, Nicole Sullivan walked through common CSS best practices that have outlived their usefulness and what we can do instead to improve CSS performance and maintenance long term. Here’s my notes from her talk:” LukeW | An Event […]

10K Apart – Responsive Edition

AS THE TITLE indicates, this year’s 10K contest requires that your applications be “reasonably responsive” (yes, it’s vague by design). The Responsive Design movement Ethan pioneered is still learning how to walk in the real world. We felt it best to leave some wiggle room to encourage new discoveries. Visit the contest. Read more about […]

Two Years Ago: HTML5 SuperFriends Meet in New York

IMG_4991.JPG | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Downtime at Disney World

DAY TWO, mid-day, taking a breather in our hotel room. Listening to my daughter play with her tiny new Disney figurines. In the distance, the gull-like shrieks of children in the hotel pool.

My week on narcotics

THE DREAMS YOU HAVE when you’re withdrawing from narcotics make David Lynch look like an After School Special hack. How I got on narcotics was outpatient, noninvasive surgery on a double hernia. I got the double hernia from a mistake I made in the gym, or maybe I slipped in the bath and caught myself […]

A Book Apart Photo Pool on Flickr

LET YOUR NERD FLAG FLY! Now there is a Flickr group for A Book Apart readers. Come one, come all. Share beauty shots of your A Book Apart collection. Share unboxing photos. Share pictures of your fine self interacting with our awesome books. If you love reading our brief books for people who make websites, […]

Essential iPhone Photo Apps

“EVER SINCE the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone has become my primary camera. Aside from its terrific image quality, it’s the abundance of photo apps that make it shine. I get asked a lot about what apps I use, which are good, etc. Here’s my list.”—Jim Barraud Essential iPhone Photography Apps

How could I refuse?

Message: To Whom it may Concern, I recently discovered your “Home” page here: Would you please consider adding a link to my website called It is a resource that provides hundreds of printable and online applications for retail stores, department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants, shops, etc. Its a great way for people […]

Responsive Design. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

ON 25 MAY 2010, when Ethan Marcotte coined the phrase “responsive web design,” he defined it as using fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries to deliver elegant visual experiences (e.g. layouts and type treatments) that accommodate the reality of our post-iPhone, post-Android, post-iPad digital landscape: Rather than tailoring disconnected designs to each of an […]

RFPs and Proposals, Oh, My!

ISSUE NO. 330 of A List Apart for people who make websites tackles the thorny problem of using paper or PDF to convince potential clients you’re the right team for the job. RFPs: The Least Creative Way to Hire People by Greg Hoy If you work in any kind of service industry you’ve undoubtedly come […]

Cameron Diaz and Me

THE FIRST PART has long been known: Saw Cameron Diaz on her way to the gym. I was wearing the shirt I’d slept in, walking my dog, holding a bag of shit. Now, here’s the rest of the story: My dog, a mangy old rescue Shih Tzu named Emile, had finished his business and was […]

Print in Digital Clothing

The iPad was supposed to be the saviour of magazines, but so far, most magazine apps have been “same same, but digital.” Sparksheet Creative Director Charles Lim argues it’s time for designers to shed their print shackles and think digital first. via Print in Digital Clothing: The Problem with Magazine Apps | Sparksheet.

My Favorite Mac Software (on Bagcheck)

Mac Software I Can’t Live (or Work) Withoutby Jeffrey Zeldman Updated! See all 28 items

A Design Apart: Q&A with Jeffrey Zeldman | On Redesigns and the Inseparable Link Between Design and Content

“REDESIGNS REQUIRE STRATEGY, otherwise they are merely reskinning. We don’t do reskinning. We do strategic redesigns that help the people who use your website achieve their goals. Strategic redesign starts with research. The notion that a design is ‘dull’ and needs to be ‘freshened up’ by a ‘burst of creative inspiration’ reveals a lack of […]

This media life – and death

IN A GORGEOUSLY PACED ESSAY at n+1, “the magazine that believes history isn’t over just yet,” an amazing young (22?) writer named Alice Gregory reviews a novel by Gary Shteyngart while simultaneously describing her exhausted and shattered mental life as a Twitter- and Tumblr-following, iPhone-carrying, socializing-while-isolated Internet addict, i.e. modern young person: This anxiety is […]

Who are the wizards who built this website?

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Dueling messages (or, content strategy matters)

“UPDATED SERVICE ADVISORY – EAST RIVER FERRY CAPACITY LIMITS – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ,” the top banner on the East River Ferry’s website nervously advises. Immediately below this warning comes the gentle and slightly vacuous headline, “Relax. We’ll Get You There.” The two headlines tell contrasting stories that completely contradict each other. No print […]

Many Black New Yorkers Are Moving to the South –

THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN has propelled a striking demographic shift: black New Yorkers, including many who are young and college educated, are heading south. About 17 percent of the African-Americans who moved to the South from other states in the past decade came from New York, far more than from any other state, according to census […]

Apple accepts Javascript in EPUB ebooks in iBookstore

Last night my photography ebook, “Barcelona Beyond Gaudí” was accepted into the iBookstore. While I’m personally very excited, I’m also professionally excited (!), since this means that Apple accepts Javascript in EPUB files for iBooks. There is so much that Javascript will let us do in ebooks.Walrus Studio in Paris has an intriguing demo video showing text that […]

A Content Strategy Roadmap – An Event Apart

IN HER PRESENTATION at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Kristina Halvorson talked about how to integrate content strategy into a typical Web design worksflow. Here’s my notes from her talk: LukeW | An Event Apart: A Content Strategy Roadmap.

Crafting the User Experience

“IN HER PRESENTATION at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Sarah Parmenter discussed how principles from human psychology can reframe how we think about Web Design. Here’s my notes from her talk:” An Event Apart: Crafting the User Experience.

An Event Apart: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow

“IN HIS PRESENTATION at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Ethan Marcotte talked about applying responsive web design principles and workflows to the redesign of a major newspaper Web site. Here’s my notes from his talk on The Responsive Designer’s Workflow:” LukeW | An Event Apart: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow.

An Event Apart: Using Flexible Boxes – Eric Meyer

“IN HIS ‘USING FLEXIBLE BOXES’ presentation at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Eric Meyer outlined how you can start using the CSS flex-box specification now and how to take into account the limitations and inconsistencies that currently exist when you do so. Here are my notes from his talk:” LukeW | An Event […]

Design Principles

Collected by Jeremy Keith. Required reading. Design Principles.

An Event Apart: On Web Typography

IN HIS TALK at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011, Jason Santa Maria outlined the current state of web fonts and how to approach typography online. Here’s my notes from his talk: LukeW | An Event Apart: On Web Typography.

An Event Apart: CSS3 Animations

IN HIS “SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES” presentation at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Andy Clarke showcased what is possible with CSS3 animations using transitions and transforms in the WebKit browser. Here are my notes from his talk: LukeW | An Event Apart: CSS3 Animations.

“Digital Design Forum a Real Hit”

DIBI Conference in the press via Gavin Elliot on Flickr. And a good time was had.

An Event Apart: What Every Web Designer Should Know

IN HIS OPENING KEYNOTE at An Event Apart in Atlanta, GA 2011 Jeffrey Zeldman talked about the skills and opportunities that should be top of mind for everyone designing on the web today. Here’s my notes from his talk on What Every Web Designer Should Know: LukeW | An Event Apart: What Every Web Designer […]

An Event Apart Atlanta 2011

YOU FIND ME ENSCONCED in the fabulous Buckhead, Atlanta Intercontinental Hotel, preparing to unleash An Event Apart Atlanta 2011, three days of design, code, and content strategy for people who make websites. Eric Meyer and I co-founded our traveling web conference in December, 2005; in 2006 we chose Atlanta for our second event, and it […]

Jane – Kafka for Lovers

JANE IS A FAMOUS British comic begun during WWII to improve troop morale. The title character is a plucky English lady who always seems to lose her clothes at inopportune moments. This strange predeliction was enough to keep the fighting men happy and helped inspire them defeat the Gerries back in those horrible yet strangely […]

W3C Finalizes CSS 2.1; Meyer, Gustafson, Pope, and Malarkey weigh in.

“CASCADING STYLE SHEETS Level 2 Revision 1 (CSS 2.1) Specification (or CSS 2.1 to its friends) has become a real boy, with W3C stamping its seal of approval and making the spec a W3C Recommendation. But in an age of rapidly iterating browsers that are already working hard to win the race regarding CSS3 compatibility, is […]

Bye-bye, Britain

SO LONG, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, London, and Walton-on-Thames. Your roundabouts dizzied me, your web design event inspired me, and your brilliant friendly people warmed my heart. See you soon! (Meanwhile, thanks for these memories: UK June 2011 – a photo set on Flickr.)

Responsive Web Design – The Book

SOME IDEAS SEEM inevitable once they arrive. It’s impossible for me to conceive of the universe before rock and roll or to envision Christmas without Mr Dickens’s Carol, and it’s as tough for my kid to picture life before iPads. So too will the internet users and designers who come after us find it hard […]

NY Times subscriber email. Not so good on iPhone. #typography #thinkofthechildren

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16 years online

ON MAY 31, 2011, this website turned sixteen years old. Thank you for indulging me. (And thanks to Sean M. Hall for reminding me.) Here is a reflection written when the site turned 13. And here, from 2007, is a mini-retrospective of The Daily Report beginning with 31 August 1997 (entries from 1995–1996 are gone […]

One blog post is worth a thousand portfolio pieces.

I HIRED JASON SANTA MARIA after reading this post on his site. The year was 2004. Douglas Bowman, one of my partners on a major project, had just injured himself and was unable to work. I needed someone talented and disciplined enough to jump into Doug’s shoes and brain—to finish Doug’s part of the project […]

Progressive enhancement: all you need to know is here

ONE GLORIOUS AFTERNOON in March, 2006, as a friend and I hurried past Austin’s Downtown Hilton Hotel to catch the next session of the SXSW Interactive Festival, a young stranger arrested our progress. With no introduction or preliminaries, he announced that he was available to speak at An Event Apart, a conference for web designers […]

Big Web Show No. 50: Jenville

O’REILLY AUTHOR, INTERVIEWER OF ROCK STARS, and longtime web and UX designer Jen Robbins (, @jenville) is our guest in Episode No. 50 of The Big Web Show, to be recorded in front of a live internet audience on Thursday, June 2, at 12:30 PM Eastern via Jen began designing for the web in […]

Big Web Show No. 49: Popularity

“GUT-PUNCHING HONESTY.”- @Boyd Waters “One of the best BWS episodes yet.” – @Piers Rippey Dan Benjamin and I discuss the intersection of community and popularity on the web and in terms of podcasts and social media. The Big Web Show Episode No. 49: Popularity.

An interview with Jeffrey Zeldman

WALT DISNEY AND ME, a typical day, running Happy Cog, building An Event Apart, what’s next for A Book Apart, and more: DIBI, the design/build conference, presents An interview with Jeffrey Zeldman for your pleasure. (I swear it’s a coincidence the last two posts have begun with inset photos of yours truly.)

On Creative Direction

IN MY APPRENTICE DAYS, I worked for Marvin Honig, a Hall of Fame copywriter who created indelible commercials for Alka-Seltzer, Cracker Jack, and Volkswagen during the 1960s and 1970s, and who assumed creative leadership of Doyle Dane Bernbach upon legendary founder Bill Bernbach’s death. It was not one of those bloody successions that stain the […]

Letter of the Month

Hi Jeffrey, Back in 2004 we had been running Headscape for three years. Things were going well but personally I was a little dissatisfied with my career. I just wasn’t as excited about the web as I had been and was lacking a new challenge and direction. Anyway, we won a new client that was […] Facebook is doing it wrong.

eMUSIC.COM IS TRYING to insert a Facebook “Like” button bearing my picture on artist profile pages I view when signed in to my account. Unfortunately, their iframes and CSS work together like fish and bicycles. The result is an ugly, unusable fragment of a Like button, with useless browser chrome and other bits of nonsense. […]

Carolyn Wood moves on

CAROLYN WOOD IS LEAVING A List Apart. Over three brilliant years, Carolyn created the position of acquisitions editor and made it shine, bringing the magazine and its readers such articles as Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte, More Meaningful Typography by Tim Brown, Orbital Content by Cameron Koczon, CSS Floats 101 by Noah Stokes, Designing […]

And Baby Makes Art

Family, by Ava Zeldman

Twitter and Facebook Kill RSS

It seems Twitter has completely removed the ability to consume their feeds via the open standard of RSS in favor of their more proprietary API formats. At the same time, Facebook seems to have done the same. via Stay N Alive: Twitter and Facebook Both Quietly Kill RSS, Completely.

HTML5, CSS3, UX, Design: Links from An Event Apart Boston 2011

Meeting of the Minds: Ethan Marcotte and AEA attendee discuss the wonders of CSS3. Photo by the incomparable Jim Heid. THE SHOW IS OVER, but the memories, write-ups, demos, and links remain. Enjoy! An Event Apart Boston 2011 group photo pool Speakers, attendees, parties, and the wonders of Boston, captured by those who were there. […]

Now You See Me…

SHOWING AND HIDING CONTENT using JavaScript-based page manipulations for tabbed interfaces, collapsible elements, and accordion widgets is a common development pattern. Learn how your choice of hiding mechanism can influence content accessibility in assistive technologies like screen readers in an excerpt from Aaron Gustafson’s Adaptive Web Design. A List Apart: Articles: Now You See Me.

CSS3 Animation Hit List


All Our Yesterdays

In his All Our Yesterdays presentation at An Event Apart in Boston, MA 2011 Jeremy Keith outlined the problem of digital preservation on the Web and provided some strategies for taking a long term view of our Web pages. Here are my notes from his talk… via LukeW | An Event Apart: All Our Yesterdays.

More Meaningful Typography

TIM BROWN in A LIST APART: A MODULAR SCALE is a sequence of numbers that relate to one another in a meaningful way. Using the golden ratio, for example, we can produce values for a modular scale by multiplying by 1.618 to arrive at the next highest number, or dividing by 1.618 to arrive at […]

Jared Spool: The Secret Lives of Links

… The back button is the button of doom. The user clicks the back button when they run out of scent, just like a fox circling back. But foxes succeed ‘cause rabbits are stupid and they go back to where they live and eat, so the fox can go back there and wait. Users hit […]

Ethan Marcotte: The Responsive Designer’s Workflow

A responsive site isn’t flipping between a set of fixed layouts. It’s liquid. Breakpoints that you haven’t thought of will still work. You have to figure out what is the most appropriate experience for what device. Stephen Hay wrote a great post called There Is No Mobile Web. His point is that the rise of […]

Luke Wroblewski: Mobile Web Design Moves

A few years ago, Morgan Stanley published a report in which they predicted that somewhere in 2012 more mobile devices would be shipped than PCs. Well, it happened two years earlier than predicted. As Eric Schmitt has said, everything to do with mobile happens faster. There’s been a 20% drop in PC usage, with the […]

Veerle Pieters: The Experimental Zone

The next speaker at An Event Apart in Boston is Veerle Pieters. I’m going to try liveblogging some of what she’s got to say. Veerle’s talk is called The Experimental Zone and it’s all about experimentation in web design. People often ask her how she comes up with, say, certain colour combinations but she doesn’t […]

Whitney Hess: Design Principles — The Philosophy of UX

The second speaker at this mornings An Event Apart in Boston is Whitney Hess. Here goes with the liveblogging… Whitney’s talk is about design principles. As a consultant, she spends a lot of time talking about UX and inevitably, the talk turns to deliverables and process but really we should be establishing a philosophy about […]

Jeffrey Zeldman: What Every Web Designer Should Know — A Better You At What You Do

I’m at An Event Apart in Boston where Jeffrey Zeldman is about to kick things off. I figured I’d try my hand at a little bit of good ol’ fashioned liveblogging… Jeffrey’s talk is called What Every Web Designer Should Know—A Better You At What You Do. He asks “what does it mean to be […]

Good morning, Boston!

Aerial view of Boston’s Back Bay and Prudential area from 36th floor of the Marriott. Good morning, Boston! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Nominations open for the 2011 .net Awards

SUGGEST YOUR FAVORITE sites, apps and people and celebrate the best of the web. Nominations for the 13th .net Awards are now open at We want you to help us find 2011’s best of the web and there are 16 categories to choose from. This year there’s a renewed focus on emerging talent with […]

Big Web Show Episode No. 47: Foodspotting Founder Alexa Andrzejewski

FOODSPOTTING FOUNDER ALEXA ANDRZEJEWSKI (@ladylexy) is our guest in Episode No. 47 of The Big Web Show, to be recorded in front of a live internet audience on Thursday, April 28, at 3:00 PM Eastern via Foodspotting, a visual local guide that makes finding and sharing food recommendations as easy as snapping a photo, […]

“Mobile” versus “Small Screen”

As we try to become more responsive with our designs, a lot of attention has been focused on providing “mobile” styles. We’ve all been adding viewport meta tags to our templates and @media screen and (max-device-width: 480px) to our stylesheets. It’s very tempting (and scope-friendly) to tell a client that we can adjust their site […]

Adactio: Journal—Content First

There’s a general agreement that the “mobile” user is not to be trifled with; give them the content they want as quickly as possible ‘cause they’re in a hurry. But the corollary does not hold true. Why do we think that the “desktop” user is more willing to put up with having unnecessary crap thrown […]

How to carve a 3 x 4 grid

THIS POSTER illustrates a change in design practice. Computation-based design—that is, the use of algorithms to compute options—is becoming more practical and more common. Design tools are becoming more computation-based; designers are working more closely with programmers; and designers are taking up programming.” Designed by Thomas Gaskin. Creative direction by Hugh Dubberly. Algorithms by Patrick […]

Ah, Facebook, you naughty minx.
The Big Web Show No. 46: Get Your Web Type on with FontDeck co-founder Richard Rutter

RICHARD RUTTER, designer, technologist, information architect, writer, and co-founder of Fontdeck and Clearleft, joins Dan Benjamin and me to discuss the technical, aesthetic, and business aspects of putting real type on the web in Big Web Show Episode No. 44, now at and iTunes for your listening pleasure.

A List Apart No. 326: Orbital content is the next big thing; empowering audiences via the backchannel

In Issue No. 326 of A List Apart for people who make websites: liberate your content to get ahead of the curve in 21st century publishing, and empower live audiences with backchannel wizardry. Orbital Content by CAMERON KOCZON Bookmarklet apps like Instapaper and Readability point to a future where content is no longer stuck in […]

F*ck you, pay me

2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Mobile v Small Screen, Edible City beta, HTML5 Reset, Science Blogs, Monkey Do

BABY GOT FRONT-END! Tim Murtaugh, Dan Benjamin and I discuss “mobile” versus “small screen,” HTML5 and HTML5 Reset, Science Blogs, the Edible City beta, and more. The Big Web Show #45: Tim Murtaugh.

The Politics of DOCTYPEs

Are Doctypes the New Lunch Tables? – Cognition: The blog of web design & development firm Happy Cog.

HTML5 Rift

And the saga continues: Re: Mozilla Proposal for HTML5 Spec Licence from Steve Faulkner on 2011-04-14 ([email protected] from April 2011).

How to work with a designer who is new to the web and wants to control everything

Q. Working with print designer who is just getting into web and they want to control everything. Any advice on how to deal with them? – @FossilDesigns A. I ASSUME YOU’RE CODING what your colleague designs. Gently explain how pixel-perfect design falls apart on the web, using visual examples. Start with a design that looks […]

Complete Audio: Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel from SXSW Interactive 2011

Download the audio file. Mandy Brown, Roger Black, Daniel Mall and I discuss the state of web design and publishing at SXSW Interactive, Sunday March 13, 2011. Photos courtesy Adactio. Audio element courtesy HTML5. Sorry, no transcript is available at this time.

320 and up—a device agnostic stylesheet for responsible responsive design

“320 and Up prevents mobile devices from downloading desktop assets by using a tiny screen’s stylesheet as its starting point. … Inspired by Using Media Queries in the Real World by Peter Gasston, ‘320 and Up’ is a device agnostic, one web boilerplate.” —320 and up by Malarkey

The Big Web Show Episode No. 45: Tim Murtaugh of HTML5 Reset and MonkeyDo

HTML5 RESET DEVELOPER TIM MURTAUGH (@murtaugh, is our guest on The Big Web Show Episode 45, to be recorded in front of a live internet audience on Thursday, April 14, at 3:00 PM Eastern via Tim is the creator of the open-source HTML5 Reset, a set of baseline HTML and CSS templates to […]

Edward Hopper, Soir Bleu

Edward Hopper 1882-1967, Soir Bleu, 1914. Oil on canvas, Overall: 36 × 72in. (91.4 × 182.9cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1208. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins Whitney Museum of American Art | View […]

Our Jobs In Cyberspace: Craft Vocabulary vs. Storytelling

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS designing websites and applications, I still don’t think in words like “affordance.” And when my colleagues use a word like that, my mental process still clatters to a halt while I seek its meaning in a dusty corner of my brain. (When someone says “affordance,” there’s always a blank where thought […]

Webvanta Video: Jeffrey Zeldman on the State of Web Design

From the floor of An Event Apart Seattle 2011: “Mobile is huge. The iPhone, iPad, and Android are huge. On the one hand, they are standards-facing, because they all support HTML5 and CSS3, so you can create great mobile experiences using web standards. You can create apps using web standards. On the other hand, there […]

The Big Web Show Episode No. 44: Designer Sarah Parmenter

SARAH PARMENTER (@sazzy, is our guest on The Big Web Show Episode 44, available for your listening and dancing pleasure at Sarah owns You Know Who, a small design studio based in Leigh-on-Sea, specializing in the User Interface Design of websites, iPhone, and iPad applications. Her wide-ranging discussion with co-host Dan Benjamin and me […]

A Day Apart: Live Notes on Mobile Web Design with Luke Wroblewski

A FEW QUICK NOTES from the first hour of A Day Apart: Mobile Web Design, an all-day learning session led by Luke Wroblewski (aka Day III of An Event Apart Seattle), Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle, WA: Audience questions for Luke How to take a website for desktop to mobile? Do we need to care […]

LukeW | An Event Apart: Web 2.1 The Medium Comes of Age

“In his opening keynote at An Event Apart in Seattle, WA 2011 Jeffrey Zeldman provided a historic perspective on the development of the Internet, Web, and Web standards culminating in today’s exciting opportunities for Web designers and developers.” LukeW | An Event Apart: Web 2.1 The Medium Comes of Age.

An Event Apart Seattle 2011

I’m enjoying An Event Apart Seattle 2011 and you’re not. Despair not, help is available: For real-time Twitter aggragation, watch Enjoy AEA Seattle photos in our Flickr group. Watch Luke Wroblewski dance. Watch An Event Apart dance for Luke Wroblewski. Nod along to the interstitial audio playlist.

Big Web Show 43: Krista Stevens of Automattic & A List Apart

KRISTA STEVENS (@kristastevens) is our guest on The Big Web Show Episode 43, recording today, March 24, before a live internet audience on at 3:00 PM Eastern. (New time!) Krista is an Automattician. A reader, writer, editor. Geek. Four-eyed bookworm. Hopeless introvert. True believer. The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”) records live every […]

Adactio on Responsive Design as a “Sea Change”

I WISH I had written Adactio: Journal—Sea change. I advise every web designer who hasn’t yet done so to read it.

An Event Apart SXSW Interactive 2011 Guidebook – back cover ad

This ad appeared on the back cover of the SXSW Interactive 2011 guide, given to all 20,000 attendees of SXSWi in March, 2011. An Event Apart SXSW Interactive 2011 ad on Flickr

Jeffrey Zeldman signs a contract the modern way.

Jeffrey Zeldman Signs a Contract the Modern Way from Monkey Do! on Vimeo.

First three A Book Apart books

Jeremy Keith – HTML5 For Web Designers Dan Cederholm – CSS3 For Web Designers Erin Kissane – The Elements of Content Strategy First three A Book Apart books | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel at SXSW

“WE KICKED OFF WITH a discussion on web platforms, perhaps the most widely-changing aspect of the web in the past 18 months. Zeldman began with a story about his efforts to check in to his upcoming flight to SXSW from a taxi cab in New York. He entered his details into his airline’s mobile app […]

You are all in publishing!

ON SUNDAY, while leading a discussion on the future of web design and publishing, I noticed a slightly confused look appearing on some faces in the audience. The discussion had been billed as “Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel,” and I thought perhaps there was a disconnect for some in the audience between “design” and […]

You have checked into Zeldman

The Zeldman badge. Ladies. And on Gowalla.

Questions, Please: Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel today at SXSW Interactive

HEY, YOU WITH THE STARS in your eyes. Yes, you, the all too necessary SXSW Interactive attendee. Got questions about the present and future of web design and publishing for me or the illustrious panelists on Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel at SXSW Interactive 2011? You do? Bravo! Post them on Twitter using hashtag #jzsxsw […]

The Twitters of Southby

20110312-NodeXL-Twitter-sxsw by Marc Smith. From: Connections among the Twitter users who recently mentioned sxsw when queried on March 12, 2011 scaled by numbers of followers. A larger version (zoom for details) is available here:

Après Thursday, le déluge – or, recapturing the intimacy of SXSW

SXSW INTERACTIVE is an amazing festival, conference, and annual gathering of the tribes—a place to see, be seen, and find out not only what’s happening on the web, but what will happen in the coming 18 months. The festival’s explosive growth—from minor music festival adjunct to megalopolis attracting over 20,000 interactive attendees this year—mirrors the […]

Ava’s Story

Here is a story my daughter wrote in school today. I’ve corrected the charming first-grade spelling. I was going to school with my Dad. I did morning meeting lunch recess and I went to Miss Vickie’s. We made stories. I wrote about Toys-R-Us. It was the end of the day. My dad picked me up […]

A List Apart No. 325

In Issue No. 325 of A List Apart for people who make websites, we present an excerpt from The Elements of Content Strategy and a primer on how to keep your layouts afloat. A Checklist for Content Work by ERIN KISSANE There’s really only one central principle of good content: it should be appropriate for […]

A Book Apart No. 3: The Elements of Content Strategy, by Erin Kissane

BACK IN THE WEB’S Pleistocene period, I received an e-mail from a young content strategist. “Excuse me,” she wrote, “but there is a grammatical error in the current issue of A List Apart.” While I was used to reader mail challenging the ideas in our articles, it was the first time anybody had bothered themselves […]

Migrating from a conventional Facebook account to a public figure (“fan”) page – a report from the trenches

BECAUSE FACEBOOK LIMITS USERS to 5,000 contacts, I had to migrate from a conventional user account to what used to be called a “fan” page and is now called an “Artist, Band or Public Figure” page. (Page, not account, notice.) There’s a page on Facebook called “Create a Page” that is supposed to seamlessly migrate […]

Frank Rich and the price of paywalls for writers

“INCREASINGLY, the motivations of writers and the motivations of the businesses they work for are at odds with each other. Journalists, enabled by the web, are increasingly defining success according to exposure, and news organizations are increasingly defining success according to the limitation of exposure.” — Frank Rich and the price of paywalls for writers

Like and Friend are broken in Facebook.

I CANNOT LIKE Happy Cog’s new Facebook page, due to Facebook’s unexplained and arbitrary limitation on how many things a user is allowed to Like. In Facebook’s world, it seems I Like too many things, and that’s bad—even though a chief value of Facebook to advertisers is as a platform where users connect to brands […]

Episode 40: Andy Rutledge

ANDY RUTLEDGE (personal site, Twitter) is our guest on The Big Web Show Episode 40, recording today, March 3, before a live internet audience at Andy is a designer, composer, author, speaker, bonsai artist, capitalist, and co-founder of Unit Interactive. Before entering the design profession, he worked for 12 years as GM of a […]

Sippey on Digital Archiving

Future generations of digital product people would benefit from this approach to digital archiving; to understand the decisions we made, the tradeoffs we had to live with, and the context in which we operated. It’s why reading Tracy Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine is still useful to us today, while spending time with […]

Five Milestone Font Families

Departures: Five Milestone Font Families by Emigre

FTC to investigate iTunes in-app purchases

I’m looking at you, Smurfs. Parental complaints over iTunes App Store in-app purchases in children’s games such as “Smurfs’ Village” have prompted the Federal Trade Commission to look into the matter, according to a new report. — AppleInsider | FTC to investigate iTunes in-app purchases after receiving complaints.

New Sources of Social Awkwardness

MY 6-year-old connected her iPad Smurfs game to my Facebook account, and now she’s sending “I Smurf You” cards to my Facebook contacts.

A Very Short Story

MY DAUGHTER sat laughing in the dark, her face and hands covered in blood. Just a nosebleed but it aged me 10 years.

Sinatra Prototyping, Web App Encryption: A List Apart No. 324

In Issue No. 324 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Web Cryptography: Salted Hash and Other Tasty Dishes by LYLE MULLICAN One of the most powerful security tools available to web developers is cryptography—essentially a process by which meaningful information is turned into random noise, unreadable except where specifically intended. A web […]

It’s My Tumblr (and I’ll blog if I want to).

Enjoy Kafka For Lovers.

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Meow Mix

I’VE TRAINED my cats to think they’re in charge, and to think they exact a tribute of two breakfasts from me each morning. Initially I feed them each half a small can of salmon. The white cat finishes first, and scratches at the cabinets for more. As if in response, I feed them each a […]

Ignighter, a Dating Site, Finds Love in India –

“In January 2010, we made the decision that we are an Indian dating site,” Mr. Sachs says. And now, with almost two million users — and 7,000 more signing up daily — Ignighter is considered India’s fastest-growing dating Web site. To put it another way, it gets as many users in a week in India […]

Hold off upgrading MobileMe iCal

UNLESS YOU ENJOY waking up to a blank calendar, hold off upgrading MobileMe iCal for now. Prior to the latest update, I enjoyed flawless, seamless calendar integration across my desktop and laptop computers, iPhone, and iPad. I could enter an appointment on any device and know that it would show up immediately on all the […]

Borders’ Bankruptcy Shakes Publishing Industry

“After Borders, the 40-year-old retail chain that helped define the age of the book superstore, filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, the struggling book industry was left wondering what was next — and maybe even who was next.” Borders’ Bankruptcy Shakes the Publishing Industry –

Episode 39: Crowd Fusion’s Brian Alvey live on The Big Web Show

BRIAN ALVEY (home, Twitter) is our guest on The Big Web Show Episode 39, recording live Thursday, February 16, at 12:00 PM Eastern at Brian is CEO of Crowd Fusion, a publishing platform that combines popular applications like blogging, wikis, tagging and workflow management, and a leader in the content management world. He co-founded […]

Blowing HTML up my own ass

I WANT TO export my feed to my Tumblr blog and point to a Readability view of each resulting Tumblr post using a shortened link created with Happy Cog’s URL shortener in my Twitter feed, which is automatically imported into my Facebook news stream. Then I want to import my Facebook news stream back […]

Video: Rich Ziade & Jeffrey Zeldman discuss Readability at School of Visual Arts

RICH ZIADE AND I discuss the disruptive nature of Readability. From MFA Interaction Design on Vimeo. Share your thoughts.

Readability 2.0 is disruptive two ways

RELEASED LAST WEEK, Arc90’s Readability 2.0 is a web application/browser extension that removes clutter from any web page, replacing the typical multi-column layout with a simple, elegant, book-style page view—a page view that can be user customized, and that “knows” when it is being viewed on a mobile device and reconfigures itself to create an […]

Teaching at School of Visual Arts

I teach a class called “Selling Design” in the MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts in New York. Although the class’s name focuses on persuasion, it’s really about learning where great ideas come from, recognizing and fostering our best ideas, choosing the right partners to collaborate on those ideas, and finding and […]

Episode 38: Macworld’s Jason Snell live on The Big Web Show

Macworld editorial director Jason Snell is our guest on The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”) Episode #38, recording live Thursday, February 10, at 12:00 PM Eastern. Jason, co-host Dan Benjamin and I will discuss the future of publishing, Macworld’s evolving digital strategy, and of course our favorite computers, phones, apps, and tablets. Jason […]

Nazi Graphic Standards

“Designers and design historians told me over the years that they had heard about the existence of a Nazi graphics standards manual. No one could say they actually saw it, but they knew of someone who had. So it grew into something of a Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster tale, until one day I […]

Web Forms for Kids; SVG for Everybody

In Issue No. 323 of A List Apart for people who make websites, learn to love (and make cool stuff with) SVG and design web registration forms for kids. Cross Platform Scalable Vector Graphics with svgweb by Jim Ray Pity Scalable Vector Graphics. It’s been an official standard since before IE6 was released yet has […]



My Backpack

…AND WHAT’S INSIDE. A work- and workout backpack by Jeffrey Zeldman at Bagcheck. Bagcheck is a fun and easy way to share the stuff you love with the people you love.

What’s on my iPad

WHAT’S ON MY iPad. Screen 1: the home screen.

That’s my face on the cover.

Designing Brand Identity—cover detail. Hat tip: Toke. Comment?

Happy Cog Hosting

HOSTING IS HARD. So why exactly are we offering hosting? Why get into a business that requires tremendous patience, extraordinary responsiveness, and technological wizardry? Mr Hoy tells all in the cleverly titled announcement, Happy Cog Hosting.

Bit o’ nostalgia for the old folks

LONG BEFORE FLICKR “invented” the banterish copy platform, uncannily optimized for mobile devices a decade before they existed, coming at you from out of the past, it’s the 11 February 1998 edition of Jeffrey Zeldman Presents. Hat tip: Monsieur Charles Roper.

An Event Apart presents Hardboiled Web Design with Andy Clarke – uncompromising CSS3 and HTML5 for today’s websites

You’ve read the book, now see the event: An Event Apart presents Hardboiled Web Design with Andy Clarke. This full-day workshop will challenge you, change your approach to web design, and give you the tools you need to make CSS3 and HTML5 a reality for your company and clients. “Hardboiled Web Design” offers a fresh […]

Big Web Show, Talk Show Shirts!

SHOW YOUR LOVE for The Talk Show, The Big Web Show, and the network and Internet pal that bring them to you—by buying fine, authentic, officially sanctioned 5by5wear in the spanking new 5by5 Store. Accepting orders until 11 February 2011, shipping the following week.


THANKS TO THE WORK of the WHAT WG, the orations of Steve, the acclaim of developers, and a dash of tasteful pamphleteering, the W3C finally has a hit technology on its hands. Indeed, it has a cluster of hot technologies, the latest incarnation of what we’ve been calling “web standards” since we began fighting for […]

Franklin Goes Dutch (Fonts In Use)

Dutch design studio Experimental Jetset carried out the graphic design for Pioneers of Change—a festival of Dutch design, fashion, and architecture which took place on New York’s Governors Island in September 2009. The design system, which included a website, printed programs, and wayfinding elements, made prominent use of Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed Nick Sherman discusses a smart application […]

The glory of the doodle, the grandeur of the sketch, in A List Apart No. 322.

In Issue No. 322 of A List Apart for people who make websites: respect the doodle, honor the sketch—use the power of visual thinking to create and share ideas: The Miseducation of the Doodle by Sunni Brown The teacher who chastised you for “mindless doodling” was wrong on both counts. Far from shutting down the […]

Episode 35: Jen Simmons on Drupal, experience design, and how designing websites has changed since 1996.

JEN SIMMONS is our guest today, January 20, 2011, in Episode No. 35 of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin. Tune in to at 12:00 PM Eastern (new time!) to be part of the live recording. Jen (, @jensimmons), is a designer who builds stuff too. She designed and created the new […]

We Didn’t Stop The Fire.

OUR LIBRARY IS BURNING. Copyright extension has banished millions of books to the scrapheap. Digital permanence is a tragically laughable ideal to anyone who remembers the VHS format wars or tries to view Joshua Davis’s 1990s masterpieces on a modern computer. Digital archiving is only as permanent as the next budget cycle—as when libraries switched […]

The worst of times

Like prior messengers, Martin Luther King spoke of love. He preached love and lived love when his country boiled with hatred, when the seams of civility were frayed almost beyond mending. When the poor lived in fearful desperation, violence defeated reason on all sides, and you could not hear a prayer for all the shouting. […]

Big Web Show Episode 34: Craig Mod on the Form of the Book

CRAIG MOD is our guest today January 13, 2011 in Episode No. 34 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and recorded at 12:00 PM Eastern (new time!) before a live internet audience. Mod (, @craigmod) is a writer, designer, publisher, and developer concerned with the future of publishing […]

A List Apart No. 321: Craig Mod on Digital Books, Cassie McDaniel on Design Criticism

Craig Mod (Flipboard, Art Space Tokyo) comes to grips with the challenges of designing great digital reading experiences and presents the initial release of Bibliotype, an HTML baseline typography library for tablet reading in A Simpler Page. And Cassie McDaniel shows how to let client criticism actually improve your design instead of just watering it […]

Own Your Data

Captured from Twitter, here is Tom Henrich’s partial reconstruction of my conversation with Tantek Çelik, Glenda Bautista, Andy Rutledge and others on the merits of self-hosting social content and publishing to various sites rather than aggregating locally from external sources. via Own Your Data / technophilia

Reality Check.

HERE’S A REALITY check for those of us who can’t believe fax machines are still necessary in 2011. I have just learned, to my astonishment, that half the lawyers in New York create their documents in WordPerfect. That is not a typo. The version of WordPerfect they use saves in its native format. It can […]

2010: The Year in Web Standards

WHAT A YEAR 2010 has been. It was the year HTML5 and CSS3 broke wide; the year the iPad, iPhone, and Android led designers down the contradictory paths of proprietary application design and standards-based mobile web application design—in both cases focused on user needs, simplicity, and new ways of interacting thanks to small screens and […]

Rainbow kitteh!

Rainbow kitteh!

The Big Web Show: Mandy Brown is up. Dana Chisnell is next.

BIG WEB SHOW EPISODE 32 is now online for your listening and viewing pleasure. Mandy Brown (Typekit, A Book Apart) joins Dan Benjamin and me to discuss the value of customer support, the present and future of type on the web, font choice on reader platforms, what traditional print publishers can learn from the new […]

Episode 32: Mandy Brown on publishing, Typekit, and more

MANDY BROWN (@aworkinglibrary) is our guest today, Thursday December 23, 2010 in Episode No. 32 of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and recorded at 1:00 PM Eastern before a live internet audience. Mandy is co-founder and editor for A Book Apart and a contributing editor for A List Apart for people who […]

For The Children!

DREW McCLELLAN’S 24 WAYS IS THE ADVENT calendar for web geeks, publishing a daily dose of web goodness throughout December. This year’s 24 ways is being turned into a beautiful printed annual. All proceeds benefit UNICEF children’s charities. The sale ends December 31, 2010. Please buy this collector’s item and spread holiday cheer to those […]

Blue Beanie Day Haiku Contest, Revisited

IN NOVEMBER, as part of the 4th Annual Blue Beanie Day to support web standards, we announced a web standards haiku contest, with prizes donated by Peachpit/New Riders (“Voices That Matter”) and A Book Apart. Entries were posted on Twitter with the hashtag #bbd4, with judging to follow in December. It should have been easy. […]

See me at the DIBI conference, UK

HEY, KIDS! GUESS WHO’s the keynote speaker at DIBI (pronounced “dibby”), the two-track Design It Build It web conference, June 7–8, 2011 at The Sage Gateshead venue in the Northeast of England? That’s right, it’s little old me. Join me for two tracks of design and development pleasure: Design It track speakers include Faruk Ates, […]

Music is the best.
Style versus design, revisited

STYLE VERSUS DESIGN READS like it was written this morning. In fact, I wrote the original version in 1999, when I had a monthly web design column going at In 2005, Adobe asked if I’d mind updating the piece. I changed a couple of words and they agreed that the revision worked. For although […]

Layer Tennis Championship Today.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for the game of all games, a design denouement one incredible year in the making, the ultimate test of two unlikely heroes with even less likely names. Noper vs. Reyes. Layer Tennis 2010 Season 3 championship. Fought live, with live commentary by yours truly. Presented by Adobe CS5 via Coudal Partners. […]

Coudal on The Big Web Show

THE BIG WEB SHOW Episode 31 featuring Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners, Inc. is now online for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Yahoo is shutting down Delicious

… And “merging” Upcoming to make way for exciting, can’t-miss features like Yahoo! Babel Fish, Yahoo! Deals, and Yahoo! Avatars. Photo: Hat tip: Andy Baio. Burn, Alexandria, burn!

Science illustrations, cost and royalty free

The IAN symbol libraries contain over 1500 custom made vector symbols designed specifically for enhancing science communication skills. The libraries are designed primarily for use with Adobe Illustrator (requires version 10 or better), however we also offer eps and svg versions for non-Illustrator users. The symbols allow diagrammatic representations of complex processes to be developed […]

Flipboard Update Preview

FLIPBOARD, AS YOU DOUBTLESS know, is a social media magazine for iPad. Part RSS reader, part iPad publication uniquely curated by each reader, the app brings serendipity, discovery, and typographic excellence to the experience of keeping up with one’s friends on Twitter, Facebook, and so on. This morning (last night in Japan), a new, improved […]

Episode 31: Jim Coudal

JIM COUDAL is our guest Thursday December 16, 2010 in Episode No. 31 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and recorded at 1:00 PM Eastern before a live internet audience. Jim Coudal runs Coudal Partners, a small creative group in Chicago. They used to make things for clients […]

An Event Apart Gives Thanks

To thank you and the universe for five brilliant, sold-out shows in 2010, we’ve partnered with Network for Good to donate $5,000 to Computers for Youth (CFY), a non-profit foundation that brings computing and educational resources into the homes of children who wouldn’t otherwise have these advantages. Read more.

Reviving Caslon

How much should a revival of a typeface look like the original asks William Berkson, creator of Williams Caslon, in this fascinating history of a famous typeface and of one type designer’s voyage of discovery. ATF’s Caslon 540 is a beautifully conceived revival of some of the larger size Caslon designs. And Matthew Carter’s Big […]

UX: The Enemy Within

PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED to hear that I speak at conferences about content strategy and yet still do interaction design work for clients. Why can’t I love them both? I loved them both when I called them information architecture.” Karen McGrane—UX: The Enemy Within

A List Apart: Smartphone Browser Landscape

USERS EXPECT WEBSITES to work on their mobile phones. In two to three years, mobile support will become standard for any site. Web developers must add mobile web development to their skill set or risk losing clients. How do you make websites mobile compatible? The simple answer is to test on all mobile devices and […]

Testing Content (A List Apart 320)

WHETHER THE PURPOSE of your site is to convince people to do something, to buy something, or simply to inform, testing only whether they can find information or complete transactions is a missed opportunity: Is the content appropriate for the audience? Can they read and understand what you’ve written? Angela Colter shows how to predict […]

Foreknowledge of things trivial – or, the lamentable desk clerk.

I KNEW THAT MORAL PIPSQUEAK of a desk clerk would forget my wake-up call. Knew it, knew it, knew it. When I told him our room number and said we’d need a wake-up call at 7:00 AM, and he said, “No problem, sir,” but didn’t look me in the eye and didn’t repeat my room […]

Et tu, Jon Stewart?

The iTunes Store now features a Daily Show app. When you click to purchase it, the store tells you it doesn’t exist/isn’t available under this name. Apparently, Apple or MTV Networks has withdrawn the app—and the news never made it to the database. How is this possible? The error message indicates that the app “may […]

Top Web Books of 2010

“It’s been a great year for web design books; the best we can remember for a while, in fact!” So begins Goburo’s review of the Top Web Books of 2010. The list is extremely selective, containing only four books. But what books! They are: Andy Clarke’s Hardboiled Web Design (Five Simple Steps); Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 […]

Anatomy of the Friend Spam Dark Pattern

“ is social cataloging service for books. In this post you will see how they’ve used the friend spam dark pattern, but how they’ve also failed to make it go viral. This makes it interesting to carry out a post mortem and work out what they should have done.” —Anatomy of the Friend Spam […]

Touch-based App Design for Toddlers

As always, Luke Wroblewski nails it:   When kids interact with software they explore and engage with anything that looks interesting. Especially if it looks like content. Graphical user interface components don’t. Consider the example of Dr. Seuss’s ABC book on the iPad. The intro screen uses colorful blobs to bring attention to large hit targets. […]

Wikileaks Cablegate Reactions Roundup

Andy Baio helps us make sense of Wikileaks by providing an absolutely brilliant roundup of facts, coverage, personal responses, and visualizations from around the world. Andy is a journalist/programmer living in L.A. He works at Expert Labs, helped create Kickstarter and Upcoming, and has made an album, among other things.

Dr. Seuss does Star Wars

Enjoy! Hat tip: Erika Hall

NYC Must-See

People who are coming to New York for the first time always ask me what they should see. So I’ve made a little list. Here are eighteen of my favorite places in New York City.

Cure for the Common Webfont, Part 2: Alternatives to Georgia

For nearly fifteen years, if you wanted to set a paragraph of web text in a serif typeface, the only truly readable option was Georgia. But now, in web type’s infancy, we’re starting to see some valid alternatives for the king of screen serifs. What follows is a list of serif typefaces that have been […]

Episode 30: Jason Santa Maria

JASON SANTA MARIA (website, Twitter) will be our guest Thursday December 9th, 2010 during Episode No. 30 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and recorded at 1:00 PM Eastern before a live internet audience. Jason is a self-described Graphic Designer living in sunny Brooklyn, New York. He is […]

Divitis We Fall

Highlight and Note from Michael Thorne (@mikkelz_za) “Another classic example of divitis kicks in when a designer catches the ‘tables are bad, CSS is good’ virus and righteously replaces 200 tons of table markup with 200 tons of nested divs.” Note: Been there. Done that. Never again. #DWWS (via @zeldman) Amazon Kindle: Michael Thorne shared […]

iPhone 4 holiday background

Here’s a little something I made for the holidays. Download the original, sync to your iOS 4 device, and enjoy!

Episode 29: Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress, will be our guest Thursday December 2nd, 2010 during Episode No. 29 of The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and recorded at 1:00 PM Eastern before a live internet audience. Matt is, well, Matt is awesome, and you can read about him here. […]


Issue No. 319 of A List Apart for people who make websites tackles the intersection between web apps, WAI-ARIA, JavaScript, and accessibility. ARIA and Progressive Enhancement by DEREK FEATHERSTONE For seven years, progressive enhancement has been how we build sustainable, interoperable, and accessible web solutions. Now that the release of ARIA is approaching, let’s see […]

Don’t forget Blue Beanie Day!

The Fourth Annual International Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated this Tuesday, November 30. That gives you just over 24 hours to … Take a self-portrait wearing a blue beanie (toque, tuque, cap) and upload it to the Blue Beanie Day 2010 pool on Flickr. Add a blue beanie to […]

UK Judge: Search is Theft

paidContent UK’s NLA Ruling Summary: How PRs Break Copyright Law Online offers the highlights of a 148-paragraph ruling by the British High Court “that PRs who subscribe to paid news monitors are breaking UK law by effectively copying a substantial part of online news articles.” The product in question is Meltwater News, an online global […]

Big Web Show #28: Finding Your People

In Episode No. 28 of The Big Web Show, Dan Benjamin and I talk about what we’re thankful for, awards, visibility, public speaking (and why you should do it), Pub Standards, meetups (and why you should start or join one), and how to make a change in your career and the industry.

Video: 2010 .net Awards, London

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Web type news: iPhone and iPad now support TrueType font embedding. This is huge.

TrueType font embedding has come to iPhone and iPad, Hallelujah, brothers and sisters. That is to say, Mobile Safari now supports CSS embedding of lower-bandwidth, higher-quality, more ubiquitous TrueType fonts. This is huge. Test on your device(s), then read and rejoice: The Typekit Blog: iOS 4.2 improves support for web fonts iOS 4.2 is also […]

Finally, cross-browser visual control over forms.

Now we have something else to be thankful for. Nathan Smith of Sonspring has created a library that gives designers and developers “some measure of control over form elements, without changing them so drastically as to appear foreign in a user’s operating system.” Smith calls his new library Formalize CSS: I’ve attempted to bridge the gap […]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with The Big Web Show

JOIN DAN BENJAMIN AND ME Thursday 25 November on at 1:00 PM Eastern for a special Thanksgiving episode of The Big Web Show. The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”) is recorded live in front of an internet audience every Thursday at 1:00 PM ET on Edited episodes can be watched afterwards, […]

Gift Ideas: Japanese Beauties

“Representing the Japanese ideal of beauty, the women featured in these colorful illustrations and photographs beam with reassuring smiles and glowing complexions. Though haircuts and clothing styles changed through the years, the women’s faces have retained the same familiar features Japanese society has come to know and love.” TASCHEN Books: Japanese Beauties.

Help deserving web designers find fame.

THE UNDER-KNOWN HAVE EVERYTHING going for them except recognition. Let’s do something about that. Name talented web designers who deserve wider attention. Include at least one URL and a Twitter-length comment as to why their work merits wider study. Post to this thread. Thanks.

To my friend who thinks I should not accept awards.

OLIVER REICHENSTEIN—iA to Twitter friends like me—thinks it is wrong for experienced designers to accept design awards. Oliver says: All awards should go from old uncles (like me or @zeldman or who ever) to young people. They need it. A fair point. To which I reply: When Happy Cog wins an award, it is going […]

Design Agency of the Year

I TOOK THIS PHOTO TONIGHT in London at the 2010 .net Awards, where Happy Cog took home the award for Design Agency of the Year, besting Centersource and our good friends at Clearleft (who took the prize last year). My partners Greg Hoy and Greg Storey were beside me to accept the award. Fellas, it’s […]

English Letter

Steaming suit, listening to A Love Supreme, watching birds circle rainy plaza in wet grey morning London. Perfect, perfect.

London Calling

London, 2010 – a travel photo set in progress on Flickr.

CSS3 & CSS 101 in A List Apart 318

In Issue No. 318 of A List Apart for people who make websites, Noah Stokes (@motherfuton) offers Ye Compleat Refresher Course on CSS Positioning, and we proudly offer an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Dan (@simplebits) Cederholm’s CSS3 for Web Designers (A Book Apart, 2010, published today).

A Book Apart No. 2: CSS3 For Web Designers, by Dan Cederholm

DAN CEDERHOLM IS THE FIRST front-end developer I’ve ever worked with who got everything right. Typically when one person is designing in Photoshop and another is converting that design to code, the coder makes at least one or two decisions that the designer will feel moved to correct. For instance, the designer may have intended […]

Awesome web apps in 10k or less

The 10K Apart Challenge had a simple premise: Could you build a complete web application using less than 10 kilobytes? … A joint effort between An Event Apart and MIX Online, the 10K Apart reaped 367 web applications in 28 days—everything from casual games to RIAs—that demonstrate, even with their tiny footprints, what is truly […]

Blue Beanie Day Haiku Contest – Win Prizes from Peachpit and A Book Apart

Attention, web design geeks, contest fans, standards freaks, HTML5ophiles, CSSistas, grammarians, bookworms, UXers, designers, developers, and budding Haikuists. Can you do this? Do not tell me I Am source of your browser woes. Template validates. Write a web standards haiku (like that one), and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #bbd4 between now and […]

Sound Taste

I ADORE MUSIC, especially rock, electronic, indie, hip-hop, and jazz, including: MF DOOM, Beck, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, DJ Vadim, The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, John Lurie, Beirut, of Montreal, Eels, Madvillain, Nick Lowe, Minutemen, King Crimson, Bob Dylan, Muslimgauze, Elvis Costello, Muse, The Clash, The Beatles, Kid Koala, Sugar Minott, […]

Episode 27: Andy Clarke – It’s Hardboiled

ANDY CLARKE JOINS Dan Benjamin and me to talk about his new book Hardboiled Web Design, how to handle clients, and a fresh way to design with HTML5 and CSS3 in Episode 27 of The Big Web Show, now playing on and iTunes. Andy is the founder of Stuff and Nonsense, a small web […]

Support the families of the fallen, if Facebook lets you.

ONSTAR WILL DONATE up to $250,000 to the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. For every person who fans OnStar, they will donate a dollar to the families. This is a great cause; I encourage you to fan Onstar and help the families of the fallen. Sadly, I can’t do so […]

Managing Facebook Like. Or not.

I’M ON FACEBOOK. I want to see everything I supposedly “like” and prune the list of things I don’t. There should be a page where I can do this—that’s UX Design 101—but instead there’s just a sidebar box on my profile page showing a rotating, random sampling of liked items. The box is fine as […]

Xiaoxi (Nancy) Zhang, illustrator

Xiaoxi (Nancy) Zhan

A message from P Diddy

Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” – J.Zeldman LTTP 12.14.10!/iamdiddy/status/1835882504003584

Wikipedia sucks on web design.

“WEB DESIGN” NEEDS HELP. Authoritative though it may be on countless other topics, when it comes to web design, Wikipedia sucks. In short, Wikipedia’s entry on “Web Design” needs your help. You know what to do.

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Gary Vaynerchuk on The Big Web Show Episode 26

GARY VAYNERCHUK is our guest on Episode #26 of The Big Web Show, taped live before an internet audience at 1:00 PM ET Thursday 4 November at Gary is the creator of Wine Library TV, the author of the New York Times bestselling book Crush It!, and the co-founder with his brother AJ of […]

Away From My Desk

I am in glorious California where it bends down to kiss Tijuana, about to begin Day II of An Event Apart San Diego, the fifth and final sold-out AEA conference event of 2010. If you are here with me, party on, Garth. If not, the links below will help you soak up some of the […]

Happy Cog wins Best in Class

Happy Cog has won a “Best In Class” Interactive Media Award for the official Philadelphia tourism site, in the travel/tourism category. According to the IMA: The Best in Class award is the highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. It represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. In order to […]

Weirdest Type Design Ever?

Movie poster captured by Heather Shaw. There are several variations, all equally baffling. I’m hoping there’s a concept behind it—that it’s bad design to make a point.

BBEdit Revised, Reviewed.

I RECENTLY ATE dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in 20 years. If you are in a position to do likewise, I highly recommend the experience. So much had changed, yet so much was still wonderfully the same. We were still the same joyously creative young fools, yet time had seasoned us. No longer […]

Making the web more awesome: Karen McGrane on the big web show this week

Karen McGrane, designer of The New York Times website and managing parter at Bond Art + Science is our guest on Episode #25 of The Big Web Show, taped live before an internet audience at 1:00 PM ET Thursday, 28 October at We will discuss putting publications online (Karen has worked with The Atlantic, […]

“Similar to You”

IN THE TRADITION of “People who bought ‘Assmasters’ also bought ‘Assmasters II,’” Twitter has chosen four of my Twitter friends and is presenting them to me as being “Similar to You.” Pray what does this odd-in-this-context phrase, with its “Related Products” vibe, mean? Does it mean if I like myself, I would also like these […]

Champagne Wishes and Vaseline Dreams

Match 10 of Coudal Partners’ Layer Tennis presented by Adobe CS5, featuring Jennifer Daniel vs. Mike Monteiro and narrated as-it-happens by yours truly is taking place live, right now. This match raises money in the fight against breast cancer. Watch, donate, enjoy! Go!

Todd Dominey on The Big Web Show

Todd Dominey, CEO and founder of SlideShowPro, is our guest on The Big Web Show, taped live before an internet audience at 1:00 PM ET today, Thursday, 21 October 2010, on the 5by5 network at SlideShowPro is a software development company that specializes in photo and video media publishing tools for designers, photographers, and […]

Pixy Stix | Jason Santa Maria

I wrote a true story of  love, obsession, heartbreak, and candy and my friend Jason Santa Maria art directed it. I’m proud of this tiny, fast-reading story, which is like condensed essence of me (and all these years later, nothing has really changed) and I love what Jason’s done with the page. Please enjoy Pixy Stix, the […]

A List Apart 2010 Survey For People Who Make Websites

The data that you provide and we analyze is the only significant information about web design as a profession published anywhere, by anyone. Please take the survey for people who make websites.

iPad as the new Flash

iPad. Never have so many embraced a great product for exactly the wrong reasons. Too many designers and publishers see the iPad as an opportunity to do all the wrong things—things they once did in Flash—without the taint of Flash. In the minds of many, the iPad is like Flash that pays. You can cram […]

HTML5 For Web Designers en Français

A Book Apart is pleased to present HTML5 Pour Les Web Designers. It is of course the French translation of our best-selling first book, Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 For Web Designers, courtesy of French publisher Eyrolles. Kindly comment on Twitter.

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Making of a Star Wars classic

On Set: Empire Strikes Back | Vanity Fair.

Paul Ford on The Big Web Show

Paul Ford is our guest on The Big Web Show, taped live before an internet audience at 1:00 PM ET tomorrow, 14 October 2010, on the 5by5 network at Paul is a freelance writer and computer programmer. He was an editor at Harper’s Magazine from 2005–2010, and brought Harper’s 159-year, 250,000-page archive to the […]

An Event Apart 2011

Registration is now open for all six An Event Apart conferences in 2011. Join us for three days of the latest web standards, best practices, and creative inspiration in… Seattle – March 28-30 Boston – May 2-4 Atlanta – June 13-15 Minneapolis – August 8-10 Washington, DC – October 24–26 San Francisco – December 12-14 […]

4th Annual Blue Beanie Day

Join us 30 November 2010 for the Fourth Annual Blue Beanie Day to support web standards. All it takes is a toque and a dream.

Cognition: Behind the Music

Happy Cog president Greg Storey describes the thinking behind our latest little experiment in online publishing and community: Last week we launched Cognition, a studio blog, that replaced the traditional open-mic text area commenting system with two options: Either post a response via your own Twitter account or link to a post on your own […]

Cog blog offloads comments.

The agency launched by a blog finally has a proper one of its own. Happy Cog gently introduces Cognition. Speaking of experiments, there’s our comments section. [W]e’ve collocated our comments on Twitter. Share a tweet-length response here, and, with your permission, it will go there. If you are moved to respond with more than 140 […]

’Tis a gift to be SimpleBits

Dan Cederholm is our guest on The Big Web Show, taped live before an internet audience at 1:00 PM ET today, 7 October 2010, on the 5by5 network at An world-renowned web designer, author, and speaker and a giant in the field of CSS-based design, Dan is co-founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant […]

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A List Apart: Findings from the Web Design Survey, 2009

The world knows that the web has changed everything. It is disrupting assumptions and turning art, politics, business, and publishing on their heads every second of every day, in ways we cannot yet see, and at speeds that defy our ability to understand and Google’s power to index it all. But the world has not […]

Episode 21: Just The Two Of Us

We’re mixing it up for today’s episode of The Big Web Show. Instead of interviewing one or more amazing web innovators per our standard practice, Dan Benjamin and I will interview each other. I’ve known Dan since Netscape 1.0 was the best browser money could buy. He is a fascinating, complex, profoundly multi-talented gentleman. If […]

Blood and Bone

MY EX-WIFE is one of my heroes. Six years ago today, during 33 hours of labor in a stiflingly hot room, she brought forth our daughter. When my body rebels in the gym, I think of her courage and push out another rep. When a lift or stretch hurts, I remember what she did and […]

Designer Flow Chart Picks Typefaces For Your Projects

Tired of staring at your font collection, wondering what a trained graphic designer would do with all those typefaces? Unsure whether Times or Miller is the more appropriate choice for that vaguely left-leaning newspaper you have to design? Want to make sure that info-graphic you’re designing looks hot? Then, friend, you need So You Need […]

The future of web standards

“Cheap, complex devices such as the iPhone and the Droid have come along at precisely the moment when HTML5, CSS3 and web fonts are ready for action; when standards-based web development is no longer relegated to the fringe; and when web designers, no longer content to merely decorate screens, are crafting provocative, multi-platform experiences. Is […]

HTML5 For Web Designers is a hit in the US iTunes store.
960 Pixel Grids Made Easy

Listen up, web designers. From Stuntbox with love comes Gridulator, a dandy free web application that calculates multi-column grids for all your pixel-based web layout needs. Creator David Sleight explains how it works: Tell Gridulator your layout width and the number of columns you want, and it’ll spit back all the possible grids that have […]

Animated Me

Thanks, Michel Bozgounov.

Awesome Internet Design

Attending the SXSW Interactive festival in 2011? Be sure to see Jeffrey Zeldman’s Awesome Internet Design Panel. He brought us The Web Standards Project, A List Apart, Designing With Web Standards, A Book Apart, and so much more. Now legendary blogger, designer, and creative gadfly Jeffrey Zeldman brings us a SXSW panel. You, the people, […]

Scientific American redesign

Happy Cog’s redesign of the Scientific American website, featuring wicked web fonts Prelude and Brunel, is alive! Roger Black Studio did the print redesign and supervised the project; Font Bureau created Prelude; Paul Barnes designed Brunel and Webtype hinted it. For the Happy Cog team: UX design: Whitney Hess Graphic design: Mike Pick Front-end code: […]

Episode 20: Designing Web Applications, Managing Teams, and Creating Readability

Rich Ziade, creator of the popular reading tool Readability, guests on Thursday’s today’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and taped before a live internet audience. Richard Ziade is the founding partner of Arc90, a consulting firm, product shop, and idea incubator based in New York City. Arc90 has a reputation […]

ALA 314: Web Forms Magic

Issue No. 314 of A List Apart For People Who Make Websites is all about your form. Ryan Seddon shows how to reduce errors and guide users to success via new methods made possible by HTML5 and CSS3. Harness HTML5 form input types and attributes to set validation constraints to check user input, and use […]

An Event Apart, The Musical

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Thanks for sharing

i’m UNfollowing you on twitter — here’s why LOVE your stuff!!! however, your twitter posts have taken over my twitter stream: a good 30% of my stream is YOUR stuff. so i’ve decided to UNfollow you, sorry. thought: you could write a script of some sort to set up a Zeldman LITE twitter account, with […]

It’s a wonderful life

When you write “This post has earned one meager response,” meager describes the quality of the response received when, I think, your intent is to describe quantity of responses received. Recast? Thomas Osborne

Five Billionth Flickr photo

Flickr members upload more than 3,000 images every minute. Here is the five billionth.

Of Thee I Sing

According to Lanyrd and this Amtrak ticket, I’m on my way to Washington, DC, home of the 9:30 Club, Embassy Row, museums and monuments, and the site of An Event Apart DC—three days of design, code, and content for people who make websites. I love DC the way someone who used to live there loves […]

The Self-Published Author

I didn’t have much of a marketing plan other than e-mailing my friends and writing to people who had book-review sites and asking them if they would like a free copy. But the word got around. Soon I was deluged with e-mail, and within days I started getting checks in the mail. Many dozens of […]

Pages now exports to ePub

Listen up, desktop ePublishers! Apple’s iWork 9.0.4 update gives Pages the ability to export to ePub format, for use in Stanza, iBooks, or any standard ePub reader. The update is free.

Episode 19: Beyond Usability with Aarron Walter

Designer Aarron Walter guests on Thursday’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and taped before a live internet audience. Aarron is the author of one of my favorite web design books, Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond (New Riders, 2008). It’s the book that explains the connection between “search […]

ALA 313: CS, CMS, H&J, OK!

In Issue No. 313 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Better content management systems start with content strategy; typographically beauteous web pages may benefit from hyphenation and justification. Strategic Content Management by JONATHAN KAHN Any web project more complex than a blog requires custom CMS design work. It’s tempting to use familiar […]

My other iPad is a Kindle

The new Kindle has a lot going for it. It’s inexpensive compared to a full-featured tablet computer like the iPad; you can slip it in your back pocket, where it’s more comfortable than an old-style paperback; and it includes a Webkit browser. This last point is where folks like us start to give a hoot, […]

Episode 18: Roger Black on web type and templates

Legendary art director Roger Black guests on tomorrow’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and taped in front of a live internet audience. Roger co-founded the following new companies: Webtype, creators of high-end fonts for online typography; Treesaver, a platform that uses CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and the principles of responsive design […]

HTML5 For Web Designers: The eBook

Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 for Web Designers is now available as an epub at If you bought the paperback, watch your inbox for a special discount on the ebook. (To take advantage of this offer, enter the discount code in page 2 of the shopping cart’s checkout process, after you put in your billing information.) […]

Announcing Lanyrd

No, it isn’t a Happy Cog project (it’s by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe) but we couldn’t love Lanyrd, the social conference directory any more if we’d created it ourselves. Lanyrd uses Twitter to tell you which conferences, workshops and such your friends are attending or speaking at. You can add and track events, and […]

HTML5 Pour Les Web Designers

Sacrebleu! The French edition of the ebook of Monsieur Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 For Web Designers is in the top five sellers in the iTunes Store Français. To answer your other questions: an eBook version in English is coming to next week, will soon thereafter also be sold via the iTunes Store, and will be […]

Episode 17: Web Meritocracy

Bay area designer Tracy Osborn (@limedaring) is our guest on Thursday’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and taped in front of a live internet audience. Tracy is the kind of young entrepreneur who bears watching, and an exemplar of the empowering energy of the web. In virtually every other sphere […]

A most unfortunate company name
Pick a Peck of Panels

Voting is underway for next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, and members of Happy Cog have proposed eighteen panel ideas shown here. Follow the links to vote for your favorites, increasing the likelihood you’ll see them on the schedule in March 2011. Voting ends 11:59 PM CDT on Friday, August 27, 2010. Project […]

Help content, iPad apps

In Issue No. 312 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Twitterific’s Craig Hockenberry compares web apps to iPhone apps,and tells iPhone app developers what they need to know to succeed, in Apps vs. the Web. And Lyle Mullican shows how to convert frustrated users into loyal customers by strategizing, writing, and maintaining […]

iPad Fonts Petition

Dear Apple: It is a triumph of engineering and marketing and general cause for joy that Apple provides highly functional iPad versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for a mere $9.99 apiece. Alas, the iPad versions’ inability to import or transfer fonts diminishes the apps’ value and utility. You, Apple, have done much to foster […]

How to use TextMate

For nearly 13 years, I created websites with PageSpinner, a charmingly old-fashioned HTML coding environment from the days of Netscape 1.0. But two years ago, seeking updated web page encoding and other modern conveniences, I switched to TextMate, “the missing editor for MacOS X.” PageSpinner greatly helps coders (but offends the aesthete’s eye) with Microsoft-Word-like […]

Like a prayer

An essay in three tweets: Morality isn’t how you think, it’s what you do about your violent carnal greedy cowardly natural impulses. # Good religion attempts to explain our deep connection to others. Bad religion scares us out of being monkeys. # God loves my sin more than it shames me. Ladies. #

Social Network Creep

If you’re intrigued, as I am, by the trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming The Social Network, and if part of what compels you about the trailer is the musical score—a choral version of Radiohead’s “Creep”—you’ll be happy to know you can purchase said song via On The Rocks is the album, “Creep” is the […]

We’re speechless

In What I learned at An Event Apart Minneapolis, Marc Drummond writes: A really good session, in my opinion, is not about the how, it’s about the why. … A really good session, through arguments and examples, stories and slides, humor and deep thoughts, compels you to try something new. A great session exposes you […]

I guest-edit .net magazine

A List Apart and .net magazine have long admired each other. So when .net editor Dan Oliver did me the great honor of asking if I wished to guest edit an issue, I saluted smartly. The result is now arriving in subscriber post boxes and will soon flood Her Majesty’s newsstands. In .net magazine Issue […]

HTML5, CSS3 default templates

Free for use in all web projects, professional or personal, HTML5 Reset by Monkey Do! is a set of HTML5 and CSS templates that jumpstart web development by removing the styling native to each browser, establishing basic HTML structures (title, header, footer, etc.), clearing floats, correcting for IE problems, and more. Most of us who […]

Return to Sender

About 40 copies of HTML5 For Web Designers out of the first 10,000 sold have been returned to us because the recipients moved, or there was an error in their address. Returns come from every continent on the globe. Japanese returns are quietly beautiful. French returns are vaguely contemptuous. Returned books – A Book Apart

The Big Web Show Episode 16: Serious Doodles

Sunni Brown (website, Twitter) is our guest on Thursday’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted by Dan Benjamin and taped in front of a live internet audience. Sunni is a business owner, author, and information designer, and her consultancy, BrightSpot I.D., specializes in visual thinking and the broad range of its applications. She is […]

Color logos

Gosh knows how they reproduce in newspaper or how effectively they can be translated into favicons, but there’s no denying that there are some lovely works in’s gallery of color logos.

Earliest Web Doc is HTML5

“Links and Anchors,” the very first document published on the web, is almost valid HTML5. Hat tip: Jeremy Keith. P.S. Got yours yet?

The Big Web Show Episode 15: Social Media, Social Capital

Tara Hunt, social media entrepreneur, author of The Whuffie Factor, cofounder of Citizen Agency, and one of Fast Company’s “women in tech—nine thought leaders who are changing our ideas about technology” is our guest on today’s episode of The Big Web Show, co-hosted as always by Dan Benjamin, and taped in front of a live […]

A List Apart 311: Say No to Clients and Kick Ass

Something remarkable awaits you in Issue No. 311 of A List Apart for people who make websites. Two wonderfully readable articles tackle the thorny subject of client relationships, providing practices, insights, and tips which, when taken to heart, will help designers, UXers, and (frankly) clients do their jobs better: One of the toughest parts of […]

HTML5 Fuzzies

Yesterday, in response to something Tantek Çelik said here, Jeff Croft wrote a thoughtfully provocative piece arguing that informed web designers should encourage—or at least not worry about—the widespread misuse of the term “HTML5″ as a buzzword covering everything from CSS3 and web fonts to excitement about the new Webkit-powered mobile platforms: …I think there’s […]

HTML5 Test

How well does your browser support HTML5? Find out by visiting, created by Niels Leenheer with thanks to Henri Sivonen and his HTML5 parser tests. Hat tip: Ralph Resnik.

Best chart ever

xkcd: University Website.

10K Apart – inspire the web!

Just launched and just wonderful! The 10K Apart contest (“Inspire the web with just 10K”) presented by MIX Online and An Event Apart hearkens back to Stewart Butterfield’s 5k Contest of yesteryear while anticipating the HTML5-powered web of tomorrow … and encouraging us to design that web today. We want beauty. We want utility. We […]

Design Apps for Fun and Profit

Update! Episode 14 is now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla, is our guest at 1:00 PM ET today, July 29, in Episode 14 of The Big Web Show. Whether you’re a social media user/creator, an entrepreneur, an application developer, an iconist or illustrator, a freelancer with […]

Minneapolis Remembered

The show’s over but the photos linger on. An Event Apart Minneapolis was two days of nonstop brilliance and inspiration. In an environment more than one attendee likened to a “TED of web design,” a dozen of the most exciting speakers and visionaries in our industry explained why this moment in web design is like […]

The puzzle of Japanese web design

With respect to clarity, simplicity, and boldness of line, the Japanese have been a thousand years ahead of us in fine art and graphic design. Our best painters learned minimalism, cartooning, and much else from the Japanese during the “Orientalism” period of the late 19th century. Before that, western fine art was judged in part […]

UI Design Framework for Web Designers

Vincent (no last name given) has designed a beautiful, extremely useful, feature-rich interface design framework for web designers who create their initial design mock-ups in Adobe Illustrator. And it’s free for personal or commercial use (credit link required). The set includes: GUI library – Hundreds of vector elements for interface design Minimal UI icons set […]

Thursday Links

HTML5 audio and video WordPress plugin lets you embed media for native playback in supported browsers; content degrades gracefully in unsupported browsers. 10 Tips for Designing Mobile Websites. Great stuff. The downside of free fonts. Flipboard, superhot new “social iPad magazine,” will be powered by semantic data. Nick Usborne: “Why I don’t much like the […]

HTML5 and CSS3 virtual classes

IF YOU’RE BONING UP on HTML5 and CSS3, you’ll want to consider two remarkable learning experiences taking place live on the web this summer: Learn HTML5 with John Allsopp Here is a great educational opportunity that’s also an amazing value. Experience eight structured sessions, two live Q&A sessions, private discussion forum, practical exercises and more, […]

Episode 13: Voices That Matter

Editor Michael Nolan walks writer Aarron Walter through the fine points. Photo: Ari Stiles. All our Big Web Show interviews are personal to me and feature people who make a difference in our community, but this week’s guest is especially special. Michael J. Nolan (@mikaln) is the acquisitions editor who “discovered” me, and who has […]

HTML5 For Web Designers Sells Out

The first printing of Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 For Web Designers has sold out. For a book about web forms, semantics, and the history of markup, it’s done pretty well: The book sold 1,000 copies during the first hour of pre-sales. It sold 5,000 copies during the first 24 hours of pre-sales. The first printing sold […]


Starting in the fall of 2010, the Continuing Education Department of The Cooper Union, in conjunction with the Type Directors Club, will offer a Certificate Program in Typeface Design. More information about this remarkable program is available at The gorgeous typefaces used on the Coopertype website are FB Franklin Web (Benton Sans) designed by Tobias Frere-Jones & […]

iPad Mellotron

In Heaven, if I should get there, I will play the Mellotron. Meanwhile, I play the Mellotronics M3000 HD, a $12 Mellotron for iPad (and soon for iPhone and iPod touch as well) by Synthtopia. From the manufacturers: The M3000 is an uncannily accurate, beautiful-sounding and immensely playable instrument, packed with 13 huge, authentic voices […]

Episode 12: Web Conferences

Thursday 15 July 2010 at 1:00 PM ET, Dan Benjamin and I will try to find out what makes web design conferences tick by interviewing the founders of two of the best. During the live taping of Episode 12 of The Big Web Show, the weekly podcast on everything web that matters, our guests will […]

Happy Cog redesigns

Free overnight shipping; a liberal return policy; friendly service: it’s no secret that positions the customer as the cornerstone of their brand promise. Yet despite their success, was a website with a problem: their business growth had outpaced the slowly-evolving aesthetic of their website. While the site enabled customers to make their purchases […]

Nicole Sullivan on CSS

Update! Episode 11 featuring Nicole Sullivan on CSS optimization is now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at If writing good CSS is tough, fixing someone else’s (or multiple someones’) bad CSS is a rarified art calling for the skill of a surgeon, the sensitivity of a Stradivarius, the patience of a saint, […]

CSS3: Love vendor prefixes, resize full-screen backgrounds

Learn to love vendor prefixes and create full-screen backgrounds that resize to fit the viewport in Issue No. 309 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Prefix or Posthack by ERIC MEYER Vendor prefixes: Threat or menace? As browser support (including in IE9) encourages more of us to dive into CSS3, vendor prefixes […]

An InDesign for HTML and CSS?

In “CSS is the new Photoshop” (?), Adobe’s John Nack correctly observes, as have many of us, that “Cascading Style Sheets can create a great deal of artwork now, without reliance on bitmap graphics.” Nack quotes Shawn Blanc, one of several concurrent authors of the phrase “CSS is the new Photoshop,” who cites as evidence […]

SlideShowPro adds HTML5

Most of us web folk are hybrids of one sort or another, but Todd Dominey was one of the first web designers to combine exceptional graphic design talent with serious mastery of code. Being so good at both design and development that you could easily earn a fine living doing just one of them is […]

37signals’ Jason Fried live today on The Big Web Show

I have known 37signals CEO Jason Fried since he was a young copywriter who reminded me of me, only smarter and more confident. Like many of you, with a mixture of awe and pleasure, I have watched him change our industry, along with book publishing and business generally. Dan Benjamin and I are delighted to […]

So you want to be an epublisher

You scream, I scream, we all scream for epubs. As with all internet bounty, it’s even more exciting to produce than to consume. So after you’ve glutted yourself on all those free Jane Austen novels and children’s books, and gone into hock re-creating your library on iPad, why not give something back by doing a […]

Episode 9: Web Standards

Today at 1:00 PM EDT, join Dan Benjamin and me live as we interview designer, developer, author, lecturer, and bon vivant Ethan Marcotte (bio | blog | Twitter) for Episode 9 of The Big Web Show. Ethan is the author of an upcoming A Book Apart treatise on responsive web design; my co-author on Designing […]

Responsive design is the new black

The blog of Mr Simon Collison, retooled as responsive web design. The wide version. The blog of Mr Simon Collison, retooled as responsive web design. The narrow version. See more versions in Mr Collison’s “Media Query Layouts” set on Flickr. Read the article that started it all. Coming soon as a book by Mr Ethan […]

Real Publishers Ship
Big Web Show Roundup

The Big Web Show is a weekly video podcast on Everything Web That Matters, co-hosted by 5×5 network founder Dan Benjamin and yours truly. Here’s a roundup of recent shows: In Episode 2: HTML5, Dan and I talk with Jeremy Keith, designer, writer, featured An Event Apart speaker, and author of HTML5 for Web Designers. […]

I ♥ NY

New York Life Tower as seen from Happy Cog

Free CSA images

It won’t help your next web design project, but if you’re working in print, now you can use incredible images from the CSA library free when you print on French paper. “This vast selection of rights managed black & white images are perfect for solid-color offset, letterpress, or silkscreen printing. Free CSA High Resolution Tiff […]

Improving Comments

In 2008, Derek Powazek, who knows more about community on the web than just about anyone, shared 10 Ways Newspapers Can Improve Comments. It was a great read then, and still is, distilling of 15 years of online community experience into a brief, punchy list. If comments on your site aren’t where you want them […]

Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan

“A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in the suburbs churned out textiles and other goods. “There was a tradition of law and order, and a government capable of undertaking large national infrastructure projects, like building hydropower stations and […]

Whitney Hess, Ethan Marcotte, and Jason Fried on The Big Web Show

Update! Episode 8, featuring Whitney Hess, is now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at This Thursday 17 June at 1:00 PM EDT, join Dan Benjamin and me live on The Big Web Show as we interview Whitney Hess (bio | blog | Twitter) on on the ins and outs of user experience […]

Episode 7: Jared Spool

Episode 7 of The Big Web Show is now online for your listening and viewing pleasure. In this most excellent episode, co-host Dan Benjamin and I talk with special guest Jared Spool about usability testing in the real world, with practical advice for designers, UI engineers, and developers alike. Jared Spool is the founder of […]

iMac dies after Safari update

There is a new Safari update. After I installed it, my home iMac cannot reboot. For about an hour, the iMac was stuck in the grey Apple screen (sometimes with, and sometimes without, a progress bar). The progress bar would “finish,” then the Mac would restart back into the grey Apple screen. I decided to […]

The Great Salami Caper

In the late 1980s, while making efforts to move to New York City, I came up with the winning ad campaign for Hebrew National Kosher Salami. Only I didn’t win. Hebrew National held a contest to see if people outside Madison Avenue could come up with a great ad idea for their 83% fat free […]

Icon: For Love of Barbie
It’s a process

After finishing her late-night snack, she left the empty bowl beside her in the bed “for Emile’s spirit to nibble on.”

Web Standards Italian Style

Sviluppare Siti Con Gli Standard Web: Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition, Italian translation. Shop for it. Prefer English? Order from Order from Barnes & Noble Order the Kindle Edition

Fink on Web Fonts

In Issue 307 of A List Apart for people who make websites: Web Fonts at the Crossing by Richard Fink Everything you wanted to know about web fonts but were afraid to ask. Richard Fink summarizes the latest news in web fonts, examining formats, rules, licenses, and tools. He creates a checklist for evaluating font […]

Web Standards, 1452–2011

And I’m off on a mini road trip to Penn State and its annual web conference, where I’ll be honored to deliver the opening keynote on standards-based web design, from 1452 to the present. The Penn State Web 2010 Conference (@PSUWebConf) takes place Monday and Tuesday, June 7 and 8, 2010 at the Penn Stater […]

Battle of the e-Book readers: Stanza vs. iBooks

Above, page one of “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the first story in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as seen in Stanza, a free reader for iPad and iPhone. Stanza has a simple interface for finding, buying (and downloading free) e-books. Stanza lets you control font size and choose from a number of […]

Bit o’ nostalgia for the old folks

Thanks, Mr Sippey!

From Gmail with Love

It shouldn’t be this much work, but hats off to Nick Cernis for showing us the trick to enabling multiple “from” addresses under a single Gmail account in Mail on the iPad and iPhone.

When Ads by Google Go Wrong

When Ads by Google Go Wrong

Episode 6: Mobile First

Update! Final audio and video are now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at This Thursday, June 3, 2010, at 1:00 PM EDT, join Dan Benjamin and me for the taping of The Big Web Show Episode Six, as we chat with leading interaction designer Luke Wroblewski about designing for the mobile space, […]

Rise Above

M.I.A. Takes to the Streets: a slide show at Photos: Ryan McGinley for The New York Times.

Choose Death

When I returned from Boston, my little white dog was much sicker. It’s the lungs. There’s a constant honking gasp, except when he’s sleeping. The doctors said this would happen, they just didn’t say when. Despite the constant meds and steady love, there comes a time when the animal can’t breathe—and nothing medical can be […]

Web Education on Big Web Show

Update! Final audio and video are now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at Liz Danzico (@bobulate), author of Bobulate, and chairperson of the MFA in Interaction Design program at New York’s School of Visual Arts, is today’s guest on The Big Web Show. Join co-host Dan Benjamin, Liz, and me live at […]

Girls ‘n Boys

The crowd at An Event Apart Boston 2010. Attendees, add yourself to this picture.

Twitter Top 140

“Here it is, our next Web Trend Map. No Metro lines, no URLS. This time, it’s the 140 most influential people on twitter, sorted by #name #handle #category #influence #activity. Plus: When they started tweeting and what they first said. …” Where does the data come from? “We analyzed the data in our Web Trend […]

Remote User Testing

User research doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. With online applications, you can test your designs, wireframes, and prototypes over the phone and your computer with ease and aplomb. A List Apart: Articles: Quick and Dirty Remote User Testing by NATE BOLT

Responsive Web Design

Hot dang! Use fluid grids, flexible images, and CSS media queries to create elegant user experiences that fit any browser or device’s viewport. By Ethan Marcotte, co-author of Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition. A List Apart: Responsive Web Design

A Feed Apart 2.0

As promised, a super-hot update to A Feed Apart, the official feed aggregator for An Event Apart, is up and running for your web design conference pleasure. You can now tweet from inside the application, and can even arrange meet-ups and make other social connections there. Must-read: Designer Ali M. Ali talks about the interface […]

Boston Bound

Morning finds me bound by train for Boston, capital of Massachusetts, land of Puritans, patriots, and host of the original Tea Party. Center of high technology and higher education. Where the John Hancock Tower signs its name in the clouds, and the sky-scraping Prudential Tower adds a whole new meaning to the term, “high finance.” […]

Win A Book Apart

Now through May 27, when you use Gowalla on your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre, or iPad to discover and share places with your friends, you might win a copy of Jeremy Keith’s HTML5 for Web Designers. How it works couldn’t be simpler. If you aren’t already a player, download Gowalla. Then, when using Gowalla […]

BWS4: Content Strategy

The final cut of The Big Web Show “Episode 4: Content Strategy,” recorded in front of a live internet audience earlier today, is now online for your viewing pleasure. Hosted, as always, by Dan Benjamin and me, this episode features Kristina Halvorson, CEO, Brain Traffic and author, Content Strategy for the Web (New Riders, 2010); […]

Something’s coming

Could be! Who knows? There’s something due any day; I will know right away, Soon as it shows.

And now, Google

THE long-planned inevitable has now been announced. With open-source-licensed web fonts, web font hosting, and add-a-line-to-your-header ease of configuration, Google has joined Typekit, Font Squirrel, Ascender, Font Bureau and others in forever changing the meaning of the phrase, “typography on the web.” The Google Font Directory lets you browse all the fonts available via the […]

The Grand Gift

The Grand Gift of Silence.

Episode 3 forever

The Big Web Show Episode 3, featuring the delightful Melissa Pierce on using the internet to reinvent yourself, is now available for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Web Design and Fitness

Three times a week I work out hard with a trainer at a gym. It’s like sex. I don’t mean it feels good. On the contrary, it hurts. And I don’t mean there’s cuddling after. What makes my hard workouts like sex is that they’re followed by a spacey bliss in which there is no […]

Like it says contains just that. Some are so bad, they’re good. Via

Apple Responds

Via See also: TechCrunch: Adobe, You Brought An Advertisement To A Gun Fight, by MG Siegler, 13 May 2010 Thoughts on Flash, Steve Jobs, April 2010 The Big Web Show Episode 2: HTML5 For Web Designers HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith (A Book Apart, June, 2010) Flash, iPad, and Standards, […]

The Big Web Show: Melissa Pierce

Photo: Steve Garfield / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Update! Final audio and video are now available for your listening and viewing pleasure at This is a wonderful episode about filmmaking and using the internet to reinvent yourself. Don’t miss it. Live tomorrow, Thursday May 13, at 1:00 PM Eastern, my co-host Dan Benjamin and I […]

Life is Beautiful

I haven’t slept. For much of last night, my daughter Ava cried out in her sleep with nightmares. Eventually her cries would wake us both. Instead of going back to sleep, Ava would chat with me about her day. I wish I could remember all the amazing things she told me at 2:00 AM. Around […]


TypeFaces web designer playing cards are the shiz! I want!

Episode 2: HTML5 For Designers

Now online for your listening and viewing pleasure: in Episode 2 of The Big Web Show, Dan and I chat with Jeremy Keith—designer, developer, content creator, agency co-founder, speaker extraordinaire, and author of HTML5 for Web Designers (A Book Apart, 2010). In this hour-long video podcast, we explore the goals, process, and inspiration behind the […]

Big Web Show Today

Live today at 1:00 PM Eastern, watch Jeremy Keith, author of HTML5 For Web Designers, discuss markup and other matters with Dan Benjamin and me on The Big Web Show. Your live calls are welcome. The Big Web Show Episode 1: Web Fonts HTML5 For Web Designers Jeremy Keith

AEA Minneapolis

An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, has posted its Minneapolis 2010 schedule. Join Eric Meyer and me and ten amazing guest speakers on July 26-27, 2010 for two great days of design, code, and content: Monday, July 26 9:00am–10:00am Put Your Worst Foot Forward Jeffrey Zeldman, author, Designing With Web […]

A List Apart No. 305

In Issue No. 305 of A List Apart for people who make websites, Jack Cheng finds creative genius embedded in our everyday tools, habits, and spaces; and Jeremy Keith offers “A Brief History of Markup”—AKA Chapter One of his new A Book Apart Book, HTML5 For Web Designers. Illustration by Kevin Cornell for A List […]

Filth & Glory. NYC in the 70s.

Transit Authority K-9 Police use German Shepherds on the subway to deter crime. ~ image copyright © Allan Tannenbaum The body of Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is carried from the Chelsea Hotel, 1978. ~ image copyright © Allan Tannenbaum These and numerous other unforgettable images are available in DIRTY, DANGEROUS […]

HTML5 For Web Designers

WHEN MANDY BROWN, Jason Santa Maria and I formed A Book Apart, one topic burned uppermost in our minds, and there was only one author forthe job. Nothing else, not even “real fonts” or CSS3, has stirred the standards-based design community like the imminent arrival of HTML5. Born out of dissatisfaction with the pacing and […]

Letter to My Trainer

Dear Hannah: I am having my second major gout outbreak since I was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. An angry red ball filled with uric acid has disfigured my right toe, pushing it out of alignment. It hurts to walk. It hurts to lie in bed. I’m walking like Walter Brennan in To […]

Happy 15th birthday, DragThing

On 1 May 1995, young James Thomson released the first version of DragThing, “the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop.” On 1 May 2010, a still young James Thomson celebrated his product’s 15th birthday the way any good indie software developer would: with a free update. It’s been over six years since […]

Get a real guitar, hippie

As seen on Flickr.

A Feed Apart preview

Ali Ali describes the design process behind the forthcoming revision to A Feed Apart, the official Twitter aggregator for An Event Apart. Read about it now, experience it very, very soon.

Big Web Show No. 1 up!

FOR YOUR viewing and listening pleasure, The Big Web Show’s Episode 1: Web Fonts is now online. Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin grill Ethan Dunham of Fontspring and Font Squirrel and Jeffrey Veen of Typekit (and other sites, too numerous to name) about one of your favorite subjects, “real fonts on your website” in this, […]

Steve Jobs and Me on Flash

Assume I retweeted Steve Jobs’s thoughts on Flash. Note Steve’s concluding paragraph: New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind. Sounds […]

Live Today: Web Fonts Dialog

Update! Final audio and video are now available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Live today, Dan Benjamin and I grill Ethan Dunham of Fontspring and Font Squirrel and Jeffrey Veen of Typekit and numerous other good things on the web about one of your favorite subjects, “real fonts on your website.” Be part of […]

Swiss Design

Swiss Origins – Graphic Design Highlights, 1933-1970 at Aqua-Velvet.

State of Web Development 2010

The report from Web Directions’ second “State of Web Development” survey covers “technologies, techniques, philosophies and practices” employed by today’s web professionals. Download the complete (anonymized) set of responses in CSV format, gaze fondly at a PDF infographic overview, or read a detailed analysis online. The State of Web Development 2010

More Mod on the Digital Book

A Reading Heatmap: Key passages illuminated by layering all readers’ highlights for the same text. LAST MONTH, he wowed us with Books in the Age of the iPad, a call to make digital books as beautiful as printed ones. This month, Craig Mod is back with Embracing the Digital Book, an article (or blog post […]

Roll your own iBooks with ePub

In A novel concept: Roll your own iBooks with ePub, Macworld’s Dan Moren tells how to create your own e-books as easily as you export a PDF or GIF from an authoring program like Office or Photoshop: Earlier this week, Storyist Software released an update to its eponymous writing software that supports export directly to the ePub […]

Like Buttons Falling From the Sky

CNN announces what you should know about Facebook’s changes: Buttons with the word “like” and a thumbs-up icon on them are going to start popping up all over the Internet [web]. By clicking one, you indicate that you find the content interesting, relevant or helpful. Basically, you would recommend it to a friend. Before Wednesday, […]

Even Money

When a designer has no client, (s)he can sometimes do the best work. MONOmoda reviews a US money redesign by Michael Tyznik. The use of the Amendments to the Constitution is quite striking and smart. Compare and contrast. Hat tip: Mau.

A List Apart No. 304

Issue 304 of A List Apart for people who make websites squeezes JavaScript and delves into faceted navigation: Better JavaScript Minification by NICHOLAS C. ZAKAS Like CSS, JavaScript works best when stored in an external file that can be downloaded and cached separately from our site’s individual HTML pages. To increase performance, we limit the […]

Gawdz of Rawk!

Gawdz of Rawk on Flickr

Go fly a kite

Oops! I forgot to write a blog post about the new $100 bill when I tweeted about it last night. It’s ugly as hell. And a perfect example of design-by-committee.

Stop chasing followers

The internet is not a numbers game. It’s about dialog, persuasion, and influence. You don’t want a million people reading your HTML5 blog. You want members of the HTML5 working groups and key influencers from Google, Apple, and Microsoft reading your HTML5 blog. Likewise, it’s better to have twenty meaningful comments than a thousand +1s. […]

Touch Gesture Reference Guide

The Touch Gesture Reference Guide is a unique set of resources for software designers and developers working on touch-based user interfaces including iPhone, Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, Android, and more. The guide contains an overview of the core gestures used for most touch commands. It tells how to use these gestures to support major […]

My glamorous life

My small old shi’zu watches intently as I embed the five pills that keep him alive in little balls of hypoallergenic canned food—a process that takes five minutes and must be repeated three times a day. As I work, I smile down at him and sing, “Daddy’s makin’ meatballs.”

Link Relations in HTML5

Mark Pilgrim has turned the WHAT Working Group’s blog into a tool of genuine outreach and tremendously helpful (even entertaining) information. His “Road to HTML5″ column “explain[s] … new elements, attributes, and other features in the upcoming HTML 5 specification” with frank clarity and developer-focused practicality. The April 17th installment all about link relations. And […]

Verdana Pro (and Con)

Although Matthew Carter is overseeing the project and David Berlow of The Font Bureau is leading development, I’m feeling twitchy about Verdana Pro, a new print family from an old screen face. Start there: Verdana was born of the screen. In particular, as all reading this know, it was born of the needs of the […]

Mr on the Microphone

Mister on the Microphone on Flickr. AKA prepping for The Big Web Show, coming very, very soon.

Sleep never sleeps

Dreamed my parents were getting divorced. I’d be asking my momma why, and she would turn into my wife. The conscious mind deals with what is in front of you, the unconscious processes what has yet to be behind you.

Web charts with HTML5 + Flash

ZingChart hopes to end the war between HTML5 and Flash in web-based charting: Today we launched the first charting library that renders charts and graphs in both HTML5 <canvas> and Flash. Rather than join the Flash vs. <canvas> debate, we built a version that renders charts in both frameworks. With the recent launch of the […]

The Big Web Show is coming!

Calling all ears! Calling all eyes! The Big Web Show is coming! The Big Web Show is coming! Hosted by Dan Benjamin (creator of The Pipeline) and yours truly and produced by 5by5 Studios, The Big Web Show will be a lively panel discussion on all things web. It will feature the kinds of topics […]

Design Lessons from iPad

It’s only Wednesday but we already have our link of the week. Although they call it merely a “quick write-up” (and it is a fast read), iA’s mini-compendium of design insights before and after the appearance of the iPad at their office should be required reading for all web, app, and/or interaction designers. In the […]

Layer Tennis Around the World

Around the world in ten layers with Coudal Partners: Ten designers in ten cities, fifteen minutes at a time. A single Photoshop file will circumnavigate the globe starting in Portland and ending in Tokyo with yours truly, Jeffrey Zeldman, providing the layer-by-layer commentary. Don’t miss this one, live Friday, starting at 2pm Chicago time. Coudal […]

Clark on Apple’s weak type

Apple has a typography desk. It is not exactly crowded with developers vying for every square centimetre, but it really exists. Have you ever heard of it? … Then compare Microsoft, which has two divisions focussed on type and reading (Typography and Advanced Reading Technologies). Esteemed colleagues Simon Daniels and Kevin Larson are but two […]

Powagirrrls No. 20

Netdiver Magazine does a superb job of surfacing talent. Powagirrrls is their long-running series showcasing designing women. You could lose many hours here. Meet women who rock the design industry.. with more than pink design! See Netdiver Powagirrrls No. 20.

Opera loves my web font

And so do my iPhone and your iPad. All it took was a bit o’ the old Richard Fink syntax and a quick drive through the Font Squirrel @Font-Face Kit Generator (featuring Base 64 encoding and SVG generation) to bring the joy and wonder of fast, optimized, semi-bulletproof web fonts to Safari, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, […]

Letterhead Love: The Chop Shop

Letterhead Love: The Chop Shop. Little blue hat tip: I’m Just Creative, an identity design blog by Graham Smith.

Of Google and Page Speed

Our visually and behaviorally rich sites are about to lose precious Google juice, reports in a new piece titled Page Speed Factored into Google Search Rankings: Google’s addition of a page speed signal to its search rankings algorithm officially links performance with search engine marketing. The loading speed of a web page affects user […]

Opera hates my web font

So I’ve wanted to use a condensed, bold Franklin typeface for my site’s headlines since, well, forever. So I bought Fontspring’s fine Franklin Gothic FS Demi Condensed and licensed it for @font-face use for a mere $2.99, an incomparable value. It looks great in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox, but not so nice in the latest […]

The dog ate my bookmarks

It’s been years (or is it weeks?) since something odd, implausible, and inexplicable happened to one or more of my Apple computers that doesn’t happen to anyone else’s. You know you want to hear this. So yesterday morning I’m in my hotel, finishing some work on my laptop before leaving for the airport, when MobileMe […]

Best AEA yet

An Event Apart Seattle, our first three-day show, was our best yet. Not only was every speaker engaging and every topic relevant, but there was a thematic unity between presentations as leading-edge topics came to the fore. What came out at AEA Seattle 2010 will be the best practices of 2012. Fortunately, this year’s next […]

Courts Imperil Net Neutrality

In a ruling that could derail the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to craft net neutrality rules, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the agency lacked authority to sanction Comcast for throttling peer-to-peer traffic. … Broadband advocates who had urged the FCC to take action against Comcast condemned the appellate ruling, saying that it could prevent […]

An Event Apart Seattle
Should Publishers Attend SXSW?

In Should Publishers Attend SXSW?, Lorraine Shanley of Publishing Trends answers her own question this way: Yes, because sxsw offers a chance to see options for the future—amazing gaming, interactive software, inventive marketing, creative content development and deployment. But as Will Schwalbe … said, “If publishers come to sxsw to create their own sessions track, they’ll learn nothing. If […]

Screw the haters

Tasteful and true: iPad wallpaper by Anders J. Svensson at Veer’s The Skinny.

Friday Font: TeeFranklin

Gloriously available for @font-face embedding, TeeFranklin by Suomi Type Foundry at Fontspring is a family of 14 weights/styles that may be perfect when you want to offer something a tad different from Helvetica and Franklin while retaining many of the qualities that make those fonts great.


I get just enough brain-dead, sub-literate, off-topic rants here that I’m considering removing comments altogether. Discuss. April Fools. Comments are now closed.

Web Standards Trinkets

Support Web Standards: A collection of limited edition products, created so you can show your love and support for web standards.

DWWS3e Live on Boagworld

There’s been a lot more opportunities for just thinking outside the very strict design parameters that we usually work with. Then just thinking about not just designing for any particular device but a particular context. Because even if you are on a mobile phone, if you’re viewing something on a subway in the morning versus […]

On Basecamp

In an interview at 37signals, I discuss how the Happy Cog team uses Basecamp to coordinate projects across three studios and maintain accurate client communications.

What the FAQ?

In Issue No. 303 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, we question the received wisdom about FAQs, and learn that, in the land of the colorblind, contrast is king. Contrast is King by LESLIE JENSEN-INMAN Being colorblind doesn’t mean not seeing color. It means seeing it differently. If colorblindness challenges the colorblind, […]

Test Print

Coming soon to a web store near you.

Brandon Grotesque

Brandon Grotesque is a sans serif family of six weights plus matching italics, designed by Hannes von Döhren. Influenced by the geometric-style sans serif faces that were popular during the 1920s and 30s, the fonts are based on geometric forms that have been optically corrected for better legibility. Brandon Grotesque has a functional look with […]

Content wants to be paid for

Content wants to be free like communism works, like sex is just for fun, like a few days of snow disprove global warming. That the web’s existence makes all content free is a Brooklyn Bridge most of us have bought, but it just ain’t true, as Erin Kissane makes clear in Content is Expensive at […]

George Lois Tee

TypographyShop presents the first design in its new series, the Ten Commandments of George Lois, created with the approval and cooperation of the hall of fame art director himself. The new shirt reads: “Great ideas can’t be tested. Only mediocre ideas can be tested.” Sport it at your next client meeting. Wear it, live it. […]


Presumably in order to avoid having to pay the child model and secure a release, Google deliberately blurred the Gap Kid model’s face on the giant outdoor Gap Kids poster before uploading this photo (and hundreds of seamlessly interwoven related photos) to Google Maps Street View. It’s hard to say if the human beings on […]

A List Apart: Just the Stats

Continuing with our “data, and what we can learn from it” theme, here are A List Apart‘s four most popular individual pages this week (excluding the home page, with 178,270 page views). Pay particular attention to the publication dates: Article Page Views This Week Flash and Standards: The Cold War of the Web by Daniel […]

Love Me Long Time

Those who say web users don’t spend time reading web pages haven’t met readers like you folks. According to Google Analytics, fans spent five minutes, fifty-five seconds reading the relatively short post, “My Love/Hate Affair With Typekit.” If Jakob Nielsen is right, and readers take in no more than 20% of the words on […]

In The Wind

When the young Bobby Womack told Sam Cooke he didn’t understand [Bob] Dylan’s vocal style, Cooke explained that: “from now on, it’s not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It’s going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth.” via Bob Dylan – Wikipedia

Only in dreams

I dreamed about you again last night. I guess it will pass.

Crowdsourcing Dickens

As an experiment in new new media thinking, I recently crowdsourced a new new literature version of Charles Dickens’s musty old old old lit chestnut, Great Expectations—the familiar tale of Pip, Ms Havisham, the convict Magwitch, et al. Creative excellence and spin-worthy results required a pool of 10,000 people who had never read Great Expectations. […]

Hockney and Friends

Circa 1963, Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and David Goodman; photo by Dennis Hopper. Scads more in “DAVID HOCKNEY | STYLE” at The Selvedge Yard.

My Love/Hate Affair With Typekit

GEORGIA and Verdana, Lucida and (to a lesser extent) Arial and Times New Roman have served us well. For fifteen years, these cross-platform default fonts have been faithful stewards of our desire to read, write, design, and publish web pages. Yet we designers have always wanted more. As far back as 1994, we hoped for […]

Gowalla My Dreams

What if Gowalla and Foursquare could communicate seamlessly with Address Book? What if Google Maps contained the postal address, company names, and primary phone numbers of every pin on the map? All this information could be marked up in Microformats and standard HTML on optional detail pages you could visit with a click from your […]

Hate and Love

Left, Mike Monteiro. Right, yours sincerely. Captured at SXSW by Scott Beale. (My SXSW photos. Scott’s SXSW photos.)

Ed Bott’s Lament

In “IE9: Microsoft’s new browser gets no respect at all,” ZDNet’s Ed Bott sees seething contempt where I intended even-handed calm, and asks why my discussion yesterday of the tone of a months-old IE announcement failed to discuss yesterday’s keynote at MIX10, which I didn’t see. Ed, for the record: I didn’t see the MIX10 […]

A SXSW Story

One of the things about SXSW Interactive is that you are constantly meeting new people. One day at breakfast, I was introduced to a friend of a friend, who said: “Your book is dangerous.” “That’s kind of you to say,” I replied, “but exactly how is Designing With Web Standards dangerous?” “Oh,” he said. “You […]

IE9 preview

Is it getting hot in here? Or is it just the flames? In An Early Look At IE9 for Developers, Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer, reports on performance progress, web standards progress (border-radius, bits of CSS3, Acid 3 performance), and “bringing the power of PC hardware and Windows to web developers in the […]

Photos from SXSW

SXSW 2010: A photo set on Flickr (in progress). The festival began this afternoon at 2:00 PM Central. Lots more photos will appear over the next few days.

Book By Its Cover

Book By Its Cover is a glorious new blog devoted to the beauty of books.

Popular Science Archives

Popular Science has partnered with Google to offer its entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Posted via web from Does This Zeldman Make My Posterous Look Fat?


It’s that time again. Spring and pheromones are in the air, and 11,000 web geeks are about to descend on beauteous Austin, TX for our industry’s version of the TED Conference plus Spring Break, SXSW Interactive. Along with nearly all of Happy Cog, I’ll be there. Join us, won’t you? Friday, March 12, at 3:30 […]

True Self

Happy Cog’aoke 2 / Lesson Four: ‘Over the Top’ from Happy Cog on Vimeo. See all the videos on OK! Happy Cog’aoke, and join us in Austin for the best party of SXSW.

Multiple Partners

Happy Cog’aoke 2 / Lesson Three: Multiple Partners from Happy Cog on Vimeo. See all the videos on OK! Happy Cog’aoke, and join us in Austin for the best party of SXSW.

E-books, Flash, and Standards

In Issue No. 302 of A List Apart for people who make websites, Joe Clark explains what E-book designers can learn from 10 years of standards-based web design, and Daniel Mall tells designers what they can do besides bicker over formats. Web Standards for E-books by Joe Clark E-books aren’t going to replace books. E-books […]

Future of Online News

Many website designers run their own niche blog, and if the content is unique enough, a designer might be able to sell subscriptions to it. The content has to be very high quality, though, and few design blogs meet that standard. A List Apart is one that does, and it could potentially turn a profit […]

Zeldman on Publishing

P Is for Publishing. And publishing, as you’ve heard, is dying. … But “the printed word will be around long after many of our digital creations are gone,” Zeldman says, “either because books don’t require monthly hosting and blogs and websites do … or because the languages and platforms for which a particular digital creation […]

Van Damme, that’s good design

Web designer Tim Van Damme, founder of Made by Elephant and blogger at Max Voltar, has skyrocketed from relative oblivion to comparative fame in little over a year. Before you succumb to jealousy, consider the man’s work. Consider, for example, his spanking new redesign of Gowalla, Austin-headquartered AlamoFire’s nifty, location-based social networking game for iPhone, […]

Digital books: the medium changes the message

“Content with form—Definite Content—is almost totally the opposite of Formless Content. Most texts composed with images, charts, graphs or poetry fall under this umbrella. It may be reflowable, but depending on how it’s reflowed, inherent meaning and quality of the text may shift.” —Craigmod, Books in the Age of the iPad

Viva Gonçalves!

André Gonçalves is a graphic designer and this is his website. ♥

Girl in the Abstract Bed


Model Site

Web designer Joshua Lane, currently best know for doing fancy web stuff at, has overhauled his personal site in ways that are aesthetically pleasing and visually instructive. Like all good site redesigns, this one starts with the content. Whereas the recent redesign emphasizes blog posts (because I write a lot and that’s what […]

New Franklin in Town

There’s a new Franklin in town. It’s TeeFranklin, designed by Tomi Haaparanta for T26. Haaparanta specializes in what we used to call grunge fonts, but you’d never know from his Franklin, which is classic and pure. In terms of available weights and styles (not to mention fanatical attention to detail), Haaparanta’s new font can’t compare […]

New Slab in Town


Betting on the web

Must-read analysis at Daring Fireball anatomizes the “war” between Flash and web standards as a matter of business strategy for companies, like Apple and Google, that build best-of-breed experiences atop lowest-common-denominator platforms such as the web: It boils down to control. I’ve written several times that I believe Apple controls the entire source code to […]

The First Time

A friend’s young son had just used the toilet and wiped himself for the first time. She congratulated him on being a big boy. To which he replied: “Mother. Surely you don’t expect me to do this for the rest of my life.”

Doctorow on Pricing

In Publishers Weekly, blogger, novelist, and bon vivant Cory Doctorow discusses price discrimination(“the idea that you make more money by segmenting your customers based on how much they’re willing to spend”) and demand elasticity (“the straightforward idea that new customers will come into your shop if you lower prices”) and the roles played by hardcover and […]



Mid-Century Modern

via From Does This Zeldman Make My Posterous Look Fat?

You cannot copyright a Tweet

Contrary to popular belief and Twitter’s terms of service, you cannot copyright a Tweet. Under US law, copyright is granted on publication to “original works of authorship” finalized in “fixed forms of expression” but this does not extend to names, titles, or short phrases (PDF). As messages sent via Twitter cannot be longer than 140 […]

Pixen: Bitmap Graphics in Style

via Pixen is an innovative graphics editor for the Mac. It’s designed from top to bottom for pixel artists—people who make low-resolution raster art like the sprites you see in old video games. But it’s great for artists of all arenas: Pixen is like a very powerful MSPaint or a simpler, more agile Photoshop. […]

David Berlow Type Specimens

“A collection of David Berlow’s prolific typographic work as co-founder of Font Bureau is showcased in this impressive booklet, a celebration of him receiving the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA) Typography Award in 2007. Specimen pages show styles of each family for easy comparison of weight, width, copyfit and aesthetic.” From Does This Zeldman Make […]

Tumblr v. Posterous

Business Insider: Why Tumblr Is Kicking Posterous’s Ass Posted via web from Does This Zeldman Make My Posterous Look Fat?

Recent Tweets

The Ultimate Hipster Irony Why You Can’t Work at Work | Jason Fried | Big Think: Seeing too many ultra-minimal/undesigned blogs labeled “beautiful” cuz they use a @typekit font or two. Uh-uh. I love what @typekit is doing for the web, how it’s shaping the agenda *and* delivering the needed tools. In other […]

Danzico on Berkun

Whether it’s in front of a huge audience or a handful of executives, smooth public speaking is essential to a successful web design career. Yet most of us are more afraid of speaking in public than we are of death. In a lively give-and-take, Liz Danzico interviews Scott Berkun, author of Confessions of a Public […]

Fold, Spindle

Another generation of technology has passed and Unicode support is almost everywhere. The next step is to write software that is not just “internationalized” but truly multilingual. In this article we will skip through a bit of history and theory, then illustrate a neat hack called accent-folding. Accent-folding has its limitations but it can help […]

Books Not Dead

Headed to SXSW Interactive? Concerned about the future of books, magazines, and websites? Attend “New Publishing and Web Content,” a panel I’m hosting on the creative, strategic, and marketing challenges of traditional and new (internet hybrid) book publishing and online magazine publishing, and how these fields intersect with content strategy and client services. Joining me […]


I dreamed that my friend R__ turned into a giant, invisible duck. His only hope lay with a mystical lady doctor. While she worked on a magical cure, he stayed hidden in a small safe house. A matched group of wooden advertising collectibles from the 1930s—curly-haired girls and kittens with bows in their fur—decorated the […]

60+ Free WordPress Themes

Via Pulling the trigger just got easier. Now anyone can have a beautifully designed, standards-compliant WordPress site. The 60-plus recently created free WordPress themes (AKA template collections) listed by InstantShift’s Daniel Adams are categorized by function and style: “Clean and Minimal,” “Artistic and Fancy,” “Magazine Style,” “Portfolio Style,” “News and Social Media Style,” “Showcase […]

Going up

Ian Corey in the hundred-year-old elevator at Nuthouse Hardware. Via Posted via web from Does This Zeldman Make My Posterous Look Fat?

Icon Design Problem

Quick: what’s a good, one-color icon shape that says “clear”? A circle with an X? A circle slash? No, this isn’t delete — this is like clearing the list in Safari’s download window. Just removing things you don’t need to see anymore. A little brush, dustpan style? Without color, it reads as a paintbrush, and […]

FontShop 51

In Behance Gallery: Find the latest FontFont Releases at the FontShop (50 and 51) or download the 64-page FIFTY|1 Release Magazine.


It’s hard to listen to this recording and realize it came from a human throat.

Wish I’d invented it

Arc90 Lab’s Readability is a simple and essential tool that “makes reading on the web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading.” Just choose your settings, install the bookmarklet in your browser’s toolbar, and enjoy content on even the busiest, most poorly-designed sites. In the past, I’ve cited Readability as a signpost […]

How sick?

How sick am I today? This sick.

A List Apart 300

Issue 300 of A List Apart for people who make websites solves password-related usability problems with a dash of JavaScript, and employs content strategy to help your site do the right thing at the right time: The Problem with Passwords by LYLE MULLICAN Abandoning password masking as Jakob Nielsen suggests could present serious problems, undermining […]

Free advice: show up early

Delay happens. The train is late, the flight is cancelled, the traffic is murder. Travel is the leading edge of entropy, and entropy is the universe’s final comment on the meaning of it all. If the universe is expanding and there are snow delays on Route 1, it’s not your fault that you’re 15 minutes […]


The first part of my post of 1 February was not an attack on Flash. It described a way of working with Flash that also supports users who don’t have access to Flash. I’ve followed and advocated that approach for 10 years. It has nothing to do with Apple’s recent decisions and everything to do […]

Free advice: buy a dongle

There is still no Wi-Fi on the northeast corridor Amtrak trains that carry hundreds of thousands of business travelers each day. So quit whining and get a USB 3G modem. It’s free with monthly service, which is tax-deductible. For the $60/month I pay Verizon, I can connect my laptop to the internet from any train, […]

Laying Pipe

Dan Benjamin and yours truly discuss the secret history of blogging, transitioning from freelance to agency, the story behind the web standards movement, the launch of A Book Apart and its first title, HTML5 For Web Designers by Jeremy Keith, the trajectory of content management systems, managing the growth of a design business, and more […]

Flash, iPad, Standards

Lack of Flash in the iPad (and before that, in the iPhone) is a win for accessible, standards-based design. Not because Flash is bad, but because the increasing popularity of devices that don’t support Flash is going to force recalcitrant web developers to build the semantic HTML layer first. Additional layers of Flash UX can […]

Nice Web Type For iPhone is a light yet essential mobile site for people who design websites, love type, and struggle to keep up with the dizzying world of web fonts. In it, Tim Brown, author of Nice Web Type, creator of Web Font Specimen (what’s that?), and latterly type manager for Typekit, curates the Design Twitterverse to share […]

Hear This!

Dan Benjamin, creator of wonderful websites, apps, broadcasts, and platforms and longtime friend of A List Apart and your host, introduces a new venture. 5 by 5 Studios is a new internet broadcasting network, home to shows like EE Podcast, Tack Sharp, The Dev Show, The Ruby Show, and Utility Belt, releasing new episodes every […]

SVG: A Second Look

In a special double issue of A List Apart, for people who make websites, Shelley Powers takes a second look at SVG and likes what she sees. You may, too. Many of us think of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as an also-ran: fine for charts and tables, but not much else. Yet SVG can actually […]

Posthumous Hosting and Digital Culture

The deaths of Leslie Harpold and Brad Graham, in addition to being tragic and horrible and sad, have highlighted the questionable long-term viability of blogs, personal sites, and web magazines as legitimate artistic and literary expressions. (Read this, by Rogers Cadenhead.) Cool URIs don’t change, they just fade away. When you die, nobody pays your […]

A List Apart Arabic

Since 1998, A List Apart has sought to serve the international web design and development community with educational, insightful, and sometimes visionary articles on web standards, emerging ideas and technologies, and best practices in content, usability, and design. One barrier has long prevented us from fulfilling our goal to the utmost. But today we transcend […]

Lost in Space

Jeffrey Zeldman onstage at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Onno de Jong from last night’s AIGA/NY talk and birthday celebration, curated by Jason Santa Maria.

The Favorites Project
Cog’aoke is coming. Again.

It’s the return of Cog’aoke. Video: Ian Corey.


Tuesday, 12 January, live from DUMBO, Carin Goldberg, Mike Essl and I take to the stage to share about “the one that got away.” Come hear our tales of woe, and see work that never saw the light of day. Tuesday 12 January 2010 6:30–9:00 PM Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn […]

Ad Heaven

Gender advertisements of the 1970s are but one category and decade among hundreds available to blow your mind at the Vintage Ad Browser. You can even search by color, which works remarkably well. Artifact-heavy low-res JPGs on the site link to higher-quality versions on third-party sites. All images are shown under fair use.

Information Wants To Be Second-Rate

Thousands of … filmmakers and writers around the country are operating with the same loose standards, racing to produce the 4,000 videos and articles that Demand Media publishes every day. The company’s ambitions are so enormous as to be almost surreal: to predict any question anyone might ask and generate an answer that will show […]

Quote and Comment

Actually, the crowd Kurtz was talking about is people who won’t patronize pay sites; that’s not a fallacy, it’s just… what they do. And if you charge your traffic goes down. That’s not a delusion of the nameless crowd you prefer to argue with but a well established fact of life on the open web. […]

Fantasy Interfaces

Mark Coleran designs, creates, and animates fantasy user interfaces for film. Hat tip: @Murtaugh.

Three Days in Seattle

Three, count ’em, three days of design, code, and content. That’s what we’ve got lined up for you in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Including a special one-day workshop on HTML5 and CSS3, led by Jeremy Keith and Dan Cederholm (pictured above, extolling the virtues of caffeine and CSS). The complete schedule for An Event Apart Seattle […]


The change you experienced last night at midnight is available to you every moment of every day. Dan Benjamin,1 January 2010

Ten years ago tonight

Ten years ago, my girlfriend flew home to celebrate new year’s eve in San Francisco, but I had to stay in New York to work, so we spent the turn of the millennium apart. A friend of a friend threw a party. I attended, grumpily, as shown here. Ten years ago, but it may as […]

Internet Image Control

In 2010, you are whatever the Net says you are. Deal with it. Let’s assume that you want to deal with it; that is, you care about the picture the Net paints of you. I think that most of us should care, and I can think of three approaches to influencing the Net’s view: Branding, […]

Heart trouble

My marriage resulted in a daughter, Ava, and a dog, Emile. My daughter, thank God, is fine. But Emile has become ill, first with pneumonia, which he survived, and now with pulmonary hypertension, which is going to kill him. The pneumonia manifested as coughing, fainting, dramatic weight loss, and lack of energy. A week in […]

Design Decade

Not everything that happened in the 2000s sucked. Los Angeles writer and design gadfly Alissa Walker looks back at a decade in which the design field redesigned itself, “transforming from an industry that created better objects to one that created better experiences.”


Philadelphia is a happening little city, the cradle of liberty, and the site of Happy Cog East. It’s also a city that gets unfairly overlooked—like a beauty whose sisters are supermodels. But I have a plan. I want to rebrand Philadelphia as !adelphia. I can see the logo. I can see half a dozen ad […]


When I moved to this teeming borough of painters, drunks, junkies, queers, nudie photographers, novelists, girlfriend-supported guitarists, bikers, drummers, sax players, gang members, and ad folk, I little imagined that it would one day be considered a safe, boring island of stockbrokers, playing straight man to Brooklyn’s hipster.

Real Fonts and Rendering: The New Elephant in the Room

My friend, the content strategist Kristina Halvorson, likes to call content “the elephant in the room” of web design. She means it’s the huge problem that no one on the web development team or client side is willing to acknowledge, face squarely, and plan for…. Without discounting the primacy of the content problem, we web […]

Font Geek? There’s an app for that

If the geek on your list loves playing The Rather Difficult Font Game by Kari Pätilä, and if that geek owns an iPhone or iPod Touch, she will adore The Font Game app, created by Kari Pätilä (game designer, web stuff), John Boardley (ilovetypography founder), and Justin Stahl (iPhone development). With 657 font samples, three […]

Fab Font Favelet

This is a bookmarklet made for web designers who want to rapidly check how different fonts and font styles look on their screen without editing code and refreshing pages.  Download the amazing and oh-so-practical Soma FontFriend bookmarklet.

Wig out

Seen on Graham Norton, Anderson Cooper 360, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Business Week, CosmoGirl, and more, Julie Jackson’s Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs makes the perfect holiday gift. Alas, it is temporarily out of stock. But for just 99 cents, you can download the Kittywigs iPhone app. It lets you put straight or curly […]

Live on your dial

Today only, join Ethan Marcotte and yours truly at 3:00 PM EST for a live Q&A on standards-based design and Designing With Web Standards. Hurry, this free event is limited to the first 250 registered participants. Short URL:

Take our survey. Please.

Each year since 2007, we’ve asked you, the members of the web design community, a few dozen questions about your professional life, and compared your answers to those of your colleagues. The data you provide and we analyze is the only significant information about our profession as a profession to be published anywhere, by anyone. […]

A Look Back

Machine-tagged photos from An Event Apart San Francisco 2009, ranked by “interestingness.” By Kris Krug, Pete Karl II, Jeffrey Zeldman, and others. Featuring Nicole Sullivan, Andy Budd, and many more. Short URL:

Content, Contracts

In Issue No. 297 of A List Apart “for people who make websites,” Erin Scime explains how the principles of museum curatorship can inform and shape how we approach content on the web: “The Content Strategist as Digital Curator.” And Bjørn Enki describes how electronic contracts can speed workflow and acceptance, and tells how to […]

On compulsion

Everyone respects and has air kissed everyone else, no one harbors hard feelings, the whole burning bush in a mousetrap is passing into one more half-forgotten legend of the internet, except for this: Dear folks who compare using Favrd to having a problem with drugs and alcohol, please stop. Checking to see if people liked […]

A Feed Apart

Live from San Francisco, it’s An Event Apart, for people who make websites. If you can’t join us here today and tomorrow, enjoy the live feed, designed and coded by Nick Sergeant and Pete Karl. Also: An Event Apart San Francisco Flickr pool, featuring the photography of Kris Krug plus the attendees of AEA. An […]

The Stars Look Down

It wasn’t the first time and won’t be the last. Like an angry Hebrew God, he creates things and then, in fits of pique, destroys them. Sometimes, on the web, communities end because money runs out. Not the case here. Sometimes they end because one company buys another, and that is almost never good for […]

Someone could write a study on how moving and changes in marital status can cause a domain to lapse, and that someone could be me.

18,967’s a crowd

View all 18,967 comments.

Bulletproof @font-face

Real type on the web. All the kids are doing it. But maybe we’re doing it wrong. After testing several CSS @font-face syntax variants, including one used on this site, Paul Irish says the following is clearly best: @font-face { font-family: ‘Graublau Web'; src: url(‘GraublauWeb.eot’); src: local(‘Graublau Web Regular’), local(‘Graublau Web’), url(‘GraublauWeb.otf’) format(‘opentype’); } Read […]

Blue Beanie Day 2009

Bonne journée du chapeau bleu! Now you know how to say “Happy Blue Beanie Day” in French. Monday 30 November is International Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards. Get your toque on, post a photo, and pop a beanie on your Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook avatars to help spread the word. Let’s take […]

Last Tangle in Firefox

Snow Leopard + FontExplorer X screws up fonts in Firefox (especially Helvetica).

This is My Brain on Flickr

Short URL:

A Zing Too Far

Fred Blasdel said: You’ll always draw ire for having stumbled into being the Chief of the cargo-cult side of Web Standards, with so-called ‘XHTML’ as the false idol. You did a lot of good, but not without ambiguating the nomenclature with a lot of feel-good bullshit. You often find yourself as a mediator between designery […]


I am sad that my five-year-old wrote on our door in permanent marker. She knows better. I’m proud that she is learning to write. And that she chose to write these two words—her name and mine. When she showed me her work, I had a choice: reprimand her for writing on the door. Or tell […]


Weeping Green Lantern, Mattoon, Ill. From x-ray delta one’s photostream on Flickr. Short URL:

On Self-Promotion

You are a shameless self promoter!” he said. I can’t speak to the “shame” part, but for the rest: guilty as charged. Self-promotion may appear revolting, but it’s the only promotion that’s guaranteed in this business. Do it right, and only haters will hate you for it. To get, you must give. Love your work […]

Reviewers Needed

Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition needs your help!

A Design Apart Q&A

“Content informs design; design without content is decoration. Content has the same relationship to design that product has to advertising. Good ads are based on the product; good designs come from and facilitate the content. This is one reason we bring content strategy to every design assignment, and one reason we insist on working with […]

As we were

Title images from the early years of A List Apart “for people who make websites” are now available for your viewing pleasure.

FontShop Fonts on the Web

FontShop announces that they are ready to deliver their font library as web type: [S]tarting today, Typekit users can pick from dozens of FontFonts, including FF Meta, FF Dax, and FF Netto. Plus, the Typekit service lets you test any of those FontFonts on your page before you publish. And tomorrow? Typekit is just one […]

More Web Fonts

Ellen Lupton and Jeffrey Zeldman talk about web fonts, part 2. That is all. This has been a belated part of Web Type Day.

Web Type: Lupton on Zeldman

Today in Print, Ellen Lupton interviews Jeffrey Zeldman (that’s me) on web typography, web standards, and more. Part one of a two-part interview. Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in […]

Get Real With Real Fonts

Web fonts are here. Now what? In Issue No. 296 of A List Apart for people who make websites, Nice Web Type’s Tim Brown debuts Web Font Specimen, a handy, free resource to see how real fonts really look on the web; and Jason Santa Maria discourses on web type, showing how to avoid using […]

Web Type Day is Coming

Tomorrow, 17 November 2009, I’ll be speaking at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, delivering the keynote address at its Interlab ’09 conference. Tomorrow is also Web Type Day at Please stand by. Short URL:

Mission of Promo

The third edition of Designing With Web Standards has hit the shelves; excerpts and interviews are hitting digital airwaves everywhere. Among the latest: Creative Expert interviews Zeldman and Marcotte about DWWS3e, live, with call-in questions. Very nice. Broadcast 30 October, 2009; podcast published 31 October 2009. Author Talk: Jeffrey Zeldman Interview, an audio podcast at […]

Kickstart Sundman’s Creation

John Sundman is looking for your financial support so he can finish writing and publish his fourth novel, Creation Science.

Registration is now open for An Event Apart 2010.

Crazy man at Starbucks

Shot by Mr Greg Storey.

Once more into the breach
Less babble, more learning

Stop bewildering them with babble: communicate the business value of UX research to clients. Beyond keywords and killer headlines: make your rich content sites learner-friendly.

House Party

Real fonts on the web: House Industries supports WOFF format.

Beep ’n Me, Live

Join Ethan Marcotte and me tonight at 8:00 PM EDT on the CreativeXpert Live Show, an interview and podcast with live listener call-in via Skype and Twitter.

Fonty font font

It’s fonty-fresh!

Toque o’ the Morning

Download the zipped photoshop file illustrated by Kevin Cornell, and dress your Facebook or Twitter avatar for Blue Beanie Day!

Dirty Little Secret of Success

A longing for love and approval. That’s the dirty little secret of success.

Myths and Warnings

Learn what usability testing is and isn’t good for; discover the five warning signs of a bad client relationship (and what to do about them).

Am I Blue

The classic Zeldman orange avatar has gone blue to celebrate the release of Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition.

Chicago Deep Dish

AEA Chicago, wrapped.

Real type, real drag

@font-face and browser performance: the bad news. tells you your IP details and uses Modernizr to determine your browsers’ support for the latest CSS & HTML5 features.

Saving Papers

How to save print.

Chicago Sells Out

An Event Apart Chicago has sold out.

Let the Users Do It

Retrieve user-generated content and embrace user feedback to enhance your designs—just like magic.

Search Party

Triple Issue No. 292 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, is all about search.

For your pleasure

Reviving an old tradition, we once again present downloadable desktop images for your computer screen and pleasure. Number one in a series: Meet Harry.

Blood and bone

In remembrance.

HTML5 Redefines Footer

In response to the Super Friends’ request, the HTML5 working groups have redefined footer. This is a wonderful usability improvement to the spec.

HTML5 For Smarties

The HTML5 specification runs on for over 900 pages, and much of what it covers, while vital to browser makers, is meaningless to people who create websites. If thousands of irrelevant details in the HTML5 spec have you crossing your eyes and crying for Mama, Michael™ Smith’s HTML 5: The Markup Language (also available in a single page format) is just what the HTML5 doctor ordered.

17 Tweets

Just like it says.

MFA Interaction Design, Day 1

Last night, the School of Visual Arts’ spanking new MFA program in Interaction Design opened its doors to 18 special students.

Loving HTML5

Half of standards making is minutia, and the other half is politics. Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always suspected that Atom was born, not so much of necessity, as from ideological conflicts between the XML crowd and the founders of RSS. Likewise, I reckoned that HTML5 was at least partially Hixie’s revenge against XHTML. The first 500 times I read the emerging HTML 5 specification, I looked at it through the goggles of this and other prejudices.

DWWS 3e mini-site updates

The new mini-site for the 3rd Edition of Designing With Web Standards has been updated, with additional information about the substantially revised web standards guidebook, and with tweaks to the CSS which, one hopes, now bring embedded web font goodness to Internet Explorer users, as well as our friends on Safari, Firefox, and Opera.

Kindling II

Two salient points, omitted from the previous discussion and verified this morning, are worth mentioning.

Cogs at South-by

With over 2,000 proposed panels from which a mere 300 will be culled, there’s no shortage of content for next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. Panels featuring Happy Cog personnel include the juicy candidates listed below. Follow the links to vote for your favorites. (Voting for a panel increases the likelihood that it […]


The process by which books are converted to Kindle format introduces errors which do not get corrected. Every publisher knows this, though none will say so on record. The problem is one of economics. The cost of a printed book covers some degree of proofing and checking—not enough, but some. The cost of a Kindle book does not support quality control, and the multi-step conversion process, handled in bulk by third parties, chops out content and creates other errors that no one fixes because no one is there to do QA.

What’s new in DWWS 3e

The 3rd Edition of Designing With Web Standards is coming soon to a bookstore near you. This significant revision to the foundational web standards text is packed with new ideas.

As You Were
ALA 290: Motown & JavaScript

R-E-S-P-E-C-T for content strategy, plus Snook on JavaScript MVC. In Issue No. 290 of A List Apart, for people who make websites.

Click My Lit Panel

In “New Publishing and Web Content,” a SXSW Interactive Panel, I will lead publisher and entrepreneur Lisa Holton, creative director and designer Mandy Brown, novelist and Harper’s editor (plus big web geek) Paul Ford, and editor and content strategist Erin Kissane in an honest and freewheeling exploration of the creative, strategic, and marketing challenges of traditional and online publishing (and how content strategy and design can help).

Web fonts and standards

Will middlemen help or hurt the adoption of web font licensing standards and cross-browser support?

Vote for best of web

Whereas awards for graphic design, art direction, and advertising routinely honor the finest work in their respective fields each year, awards for web work disappoint. The .net magazine awards 2009 are that rare exception, put together by people who actually live and breathe the web.

Styles Council

I just spent an intense and magical two days discussing web standards with Nicole Sullivan, Dan Cederholm, Jeremy Keith, Eric Meyer, Wendy Chisholm, Tantek Çelik, and Ethan Marcotte in Happy Cog’s New York studio. (Photos.)

it takes a train

When asked why there’s so much pain
Jesus and Buddha will tell me the same:
“Shit happens, and people change.”

Shorten this

Roll your own mini-URLs.

NYC microformats workshop

Attend the first-ever microformats workshop to be held in New York City. n Event Apart fans get 40% off the advance price of $195 (regular $375) with discount code aea40 when you order by midnight tonight.

Write When Inspired

In writing four books and an unknown quantity of articles and blog posts, I’ve discovered the simple secret to maintaining quality. I share it with you here in mnemonic nursery rhyme fashion

Links for a Thursday

Free tool to create EOT Lite webfonts; interview with CSS web comic whiz; Apple exonerated of censoring iPhone dictionary; “a new breed of documentary photographers.”

Past Blast

We’ve got mail!

ALA 289: Redesign yourself

In Issue No. 289 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: 90% of web design is redesign. The hardest redesigns are the ones you do for yourself. In this special issue, we look at how two of the great ones handled the challenge of redesigning their own sites.

Happy Cog and Airbag merge

Happy Cog™ and Airbag Industries, two leading and influential web design firms, announce that they are merging, effective today, August 3, 2009. The resulting super-agency will be called Happy Cog, and will maintain studios in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

From an internal perspective, this merger of people and resources means we can now bring boutique-style craftsmanship to any size job. If you’re a client, you no longer have to choose between “big enough” and “good enough” when selecting a vendor.

The Amanda Project

Designed by Happy Cog and launched today, The Amanda Project is a media social network, writing project, and book series combined.

Editorial Intern Wanted

We’re looking for one good intern. Experience the publication process from first draft through galleys and launch; learn from industry and community leaders who are funny, smart, and nice.

Dear Daddy
In-Box Twenty

What’s inside.

Why Standards Fail

An old (2000) essay by CSS co-creator Bert Bos, ostensibly written to explain the principles behind W3C standards development, actually sheds light on what separates great design from the muck we normally wade through. It also serves as a warning to Bert’s fellow W3C wizards not to seek the dark magic of abstract purity at the expense of the common good. Tragically for these wizards and we who use their technologies, it is a warning that many developers of W3C specifications continue to overlook.

ALA 288: Access & semantics

In Issue No. 288 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: How to integrate accessibility with front-end development instead of treating it as an afterthought—an item on a checklist. And why not every form of writing can be expressed in semantic HTML.

Web fonts, HTML 5 roundup

Excellent, informative third-party posts on web fonts, CSS3, and HTML 5.

Web Fonts Now, for real

David Berlow of The Font Bureau has proposed a Permissions Table for OpenType that can be implemented immediately to turn raw fonts into web fonts without any wrappers or other nonsense. If adopted, it will enable type designers to license their work for web use, and web designers to create pages that use real fonts via the CSS @font-face standard.

Brighter Planet beta

The Happy Cog-designed social network for Brighter Planet is now in public beta. Come on down, kick the tires, and hang out with like-minded people.

HTML 5 is a mess. Now what?

Lawson explains just why HTML 5 is a mess. And I ponder what we should do about it. Moving forward, compatibly.

Pain is my alarm clock

The pain that wakes me comes with the territory. The pain is good pain. It is the pain of taking care of yourself. The pain of recovery.

HTML 5: nav ambiguity resolved

An e-mail from Chairman Hickson resolves an ambiguity in the nav element of HTML 5.

Web standards secret sauce

Firefox and Opera are great browsers that have greatly advanced the cause of web standards, but because they are choices in a space where most people don’t make choices, their power to convert is necessarily somewhat truncated. Webkit, in the form of Safari, has been a surprising force for good on the web, raising people’s expectations about what a web browser can and should do, and what a web page should look like.

Firefox test page

Firefox developers, a test page demonstrating the Firefox bug has been created for your browser fixing pleasure.

Firefox forces orange background flash

Imposing an ugly flash of orange background on all readers, using any browser, seemed to be the price necessary to work around a content bug in Firefox.

In defense of web developers

XHTML 1.0 is not dead, and people who use it are not fools.


1999: XHTML is the language of the web’s future. 2009: Not so much.

Design management

A fine portfolio, delightful career, and the satisfaction of providing a genuine service, can be yours.

The new old minimalists

Is minimalism in web design back, or did it just never go away?

Sour Outlook

Participate in the Outlook’s Broken project. All it takes is a tweet.

Beauty and Code

In Issue No. 286 of A LIST APART, for people who make websites, Patrick Lynch explains why beauty matters in design, and Mark Birbeck introduces us to RDFa (part one of a two-part primer).

Web standards curriculum

A living, open curriculum to teach students the skills of the web professional.


For the third edition of Designing With Web Standards, I’ve brought in a co-author: the brilliant and talented Ethan Marcotte.


The redesign is up.

ALA 285: Database design, team building

Better user experience through database design. Better teams through gaming.

HTML 5 Gallery

A showcase of sites using HTML 5 markup.

NSFW tag in HTML 5

A “Not Safe for Work” Tag has been proposed for HTML5.

Apple OS X 10.5.7 overheats some Macs

Apple OS X 10.5.7 overheats some Macintosh computers, creating instability and preventing backups.

Quick survey on OS X 10.5.7 bug triggers

Fellow Mac users, let’s see if we can isolate the triggers of the OS X 10.5.7 blues.

OS X 10.5.7 update: unsafe at any speed

Apple’s OS X 10.5.7 update is dangerously unpredictable. Although many Mac users have updated without incident, many others, including me, have had nothing but trouble.

SuperDuper! Mac Backup

Even if your computer craps out, there’s no reason to lose your work. Rated five stars on VersionTracker,  SuperDuper! is the dead-simplest and most reliable backup program for Macintosh I know. With a click, it makes a fully bootable backup of your hard drive. If disaster strikes your data, or if someone steals your laptop, […]

iPhone synthesizer

Amazing! Jordan Rudess demonstrates and performs with Bebot, a new multi-touch performance synthesizer for iPhone.

iPhone wallpapers

For font freaks.

All About Floats

Practically everything you need to know about CSS layout in a single, simple page.

Real fonts on the web, part 2

Introducing Typekit.

“Google Bets Big on HTML 5″

Striving to avoid the mistake Microsoft made when it bet on binary applications over the web, Google is counting on HTML 5 adoption to expand the capability of web applications.

.net interview

“There was a point in the 90s when I felt like a sucker for doing HTML and CSS.”

ALA 284: scaling video, avoiding burnout

Learn how to resize video on the fly. Identify the signs of burnout and learn how to prevent it.

Web fonts now (how we’re doing with that)

Fonts you can legally embed in your website using the CSS standard @font-face method. Why you’d want to. State of the art.

I know that guy

Jeffrey Zeldman, photographed by Daniel Byrne for .Net Magazine.

Floats, clears, and color flashes

Fixed orange background flash on redesign without resorting to “:after” clearing.

A new answer to the IE6 question?

Andy Clarke proposes a novel approach to the problem of IE6.

Redesign template finals

Two down.

Customer service, not Ruby on Rails

The secret of 37signals’s success.

Orange you glad

Working on the footer of the redesign.

Designing from the content out 2

Today I designed and quickly prototyped a simple masthead.

In defense of the low-fiber tweet

Please close the door quietly on your way out.

Crowd wisdom, design smarts

Powazek plumbs the wisdom of community and Ritzenthaler takes the guesswork out of design in Issue No. 283 of A List Apart, for people who make websites.

AEA Seattle after-report

Relive those AEA Seattle memories (or enjoy the show vicariously) via sketches, photos, and Tweets.


City of Puget Sound, Jimi Hendrix, and the space needle, here I come for An Event Apart Seattle 2009.

Men like it fast, women like it good

Study: Men prefer fast download speed to easy navigation. Women prefer ease of use, easy navigation, and accessibility.

Joe Clark on Corporate Anti-Design

“Bowman’s experience shows there actually is something worse than having epic bad taste.”

Pardon My History

Behold the splendor of the early web:

Alternate color scheme

For those who find the orange background objectionable.

Redesign in progress

The body and bottom of the next design are now finished. Tomorrow I start working on the top.

On Board

If you enjoy A List Apart and, please doff your chapeau in the direction of our sponsor, the 37signals Job Board.

ALA 282: Life After Georgia

Can we finally get real type on the web? Zeldman interviews The Font Bureau’s David Berlow. Plus Stephen P. Anderson shows how the value of beauty in design transcends aesthetic pleasure.

“Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book

“Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from


With Digg relenting, the Digg bar’s assault on our content, ranking, and traffic will soon fade like every other lousy idea on the web, and we can once again retire our unframing scripts.

Desktop No. 211

In the tradition of our classic 1990s wallpapers, please enjoy Zeldman Desktop No. 211 for your home or office screen beautification needs.

Tiny URL, Big Trouble

Joshua Schachter explains.

Ready For My Closeup

Behind the scenes at a shoot for .Net Magazine.

Meshes of the Afternoon

Part of this complete breakfast.

What are web standards?

A fun new clip from the BigThink marathon Zeldman interview.

ALA Survey Findings Up!

Now online for your reading pleasure.

More Zeldman Fun From BigThink

Tune in to the Zeldman interview channel at BigThink.

Visualizing Web Currents

Information Architects Japan present Web Trend Map 4 – Final Beta, a map of leading currents of web thought and commerce.

Micro-semantics for fun and profit

An initiative to use an asterisk as a semantic reference for “source.”

Design Matters

Next time a client says design doesn’t matter, share this with them: Tropicana Line’s Sales Plunge 20% Post-Rebranding (Ad Age).

“Jeffrey Zeldman on Open Source Design”

I discuss “open source design” in an excerpt from a long interview at Big Think.

Taking Your Calls, Live at 6

Fred Gates interviews me and we take your calls, live, tonight.

Your Guide to An Event Apart Boston

The complete schedule for An Event Apart Boston is now online for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Improved “Freelance to Agency” podcast

Now with significantly enhanced audio quality.

“Freelance to Agency” Podcast

Presenting the full audio recording of “From Freelance to Agency: Start Small, Stay Small”, a panel at SXSW Interactive featuring Roger Black, Kristina Halvorson, and Whitney Hess, and moderated by yours truly.

Eat fine meals, ride fast trains, be a web professional

WOW’s Bill Culver interviews Scott Fegette and me about the joys, sorrows, challenges, and opportunities of a professional web career.

Browser compatibility updates

DOM whiz Peter-Paul Koch has been working overtime preparing detailed findings on CSS and DOM compatibility in modern browsers.

On Spec

Spec = asking the world to have sex with you and promising dinner date to one lucky winner.

Little Z on BigThink

BigThink interviews Jeffrey Zeldman today.

A List Apart 280

Discover elegance, embrace imperfection and nurture great content through community building.

Zeldman on your dial

Join me on Blog Talk Radio.

Superhot standards-based redesign

Killer Seed Magazine redesign by Mike Pick and Tim Murtaugh.

41 Shades of Blue

Douglas Bowman leaves Google.

Tobacco, booze, sexism, and ascenders

Simonson on the type used in Mad Men.

Flying North

I was in the Austin airport, looking for my gate, when a raspy voice rang out.

10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Design School

10 Things They Don’t Teach You in Design School. Via Designmeme. (Sorry for lazy post, but I’m at SXSW Interactive.)

Web Standards Test: Top 100 Sites

How many of the top 100 sites validate?

There goes your afternoon

An archive of incredible films.

Happy birthday, Pete Zeldman!

Watch an off-the-cuff performance by the master.

What the internet is all about

Anger is the Swiss Army Knife of Emotions T-shirt at Flickr is the greatest series of web pages ever. Scroll through all comments (currently three pages of them). May offend sensitive viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Kind of Blue – 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago, Miles released an album of pure modal improvisation.


Sorry I haven’t written much here, lately, but I’ve been working on the third edition of a book you may know.

ALA 279: liquid grids, solid social structures

Liquefy your grids and socialize your web apps.


Gorgeous logos by Brian Miller (with Bill Gardner) of Gardner Design.

Buy Books for Kids

Place your $20 bet and help us buy a truckload of new books for poor kids.

Coming to a theater near you

Jeffrey Zeldman’s public appearances in 2009.

Body Talk

Things I hate about me.

ALA 278: design for readers; stay alive

Design for readers. Stay alive in hard times.

Spicy cauliflower soup (vegetarian)

This spicy vegetarian soup is perfect when you have a head cold, or just to warm up a winter day.

State of the web

Web designers and developers share philosophies, technologies, and best practices.

Darwin and others


Art direction plug-in for WordPress

Art-direct individual entries in your WordPress blog without hacking the publishing tool or expending energy on time-consuming workarounds.

Saved from the deep

Recovered Ma.gnolia bookmarks.

ALA No. 277: design, debug, details

Advanced Debugging with JavaScript. The Details That Matter.

Family ties

While my great grandfather hid in a rain barrel, a Ukrainian villager raped my great grandmother. Some time later, my grandfather was born.


“I wish her naught but happiness.”

Happy Cog is hiring: designer wanted

Are you the designer we seek?

ALA No. 276: Web design education

Web design education is stuck in the stone age. Survey higher education’s web design curriculum problem and participate in the movement to create a sustainable foundation for the future.

MFA Interaction Design deadline

Today, January 15, marks the first application deadline for students to apply to the MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts. The school will continue to accept applications on a rolling admissions basis as space allows, but don’t count on spaces staying open long—the program is limited to fifteen students.

Jeffrey Zeldman’s Web Standards Advisor

Newly launched Dreamweaver Extension validates HTML, CSS, and microformats and checks for subtleties of standards compliance in nine different areas—everything from structural use of headings to proper ID, class and <div> tag use.

Jason Has Left the Building

Beginnings and endings.

ALA 275: Duty Now For The Future

What better way to begin 2009 than by looking at the future of web design? In Issue No. 275 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, we study the promise and problems of HTML 5, and chart a path toward mobile CSS that works.

An Event Apart redesigned

There’s a new in town, featuring a 2009 schedule and a reformulated design. I designed the new site and Eric Meyer coded. (Validation freaks, only is up to the task of recognizing the HTML 5 DOCTYPE used and validating against it; the and validators can’t do this yet. Eric chose HTML […]

Time Warner Cable canceling Noggin?

Although Time Warner Cable’s uncountable levels of existential suckage could induce vomiting in a giraffe, reality is never as clear-cut as a crawl on Noggin.

Recession tips for web designers

“For web designers, there are four keys to surviving bad economic times: do good work, charge a fair price, lower your overhead, and be sure you are communicating with your client. As a reader of 24 ways, you already do good work, so let’s focus on the rest.”

It’s a gift! Desktop for your pleasure.

Happy holidays!

Understanding web design, live on video

Jeffrey Zeldman: Understanding Web Design is a good quality video capture of my presentation at Gain: AIGA Business and Design Conference.

The gift of carbon neutrality

Take action on climate change by giving the gift of carbon neutrality for a day, with free offsets donated by Brighter Planet.

Laying off George

George Oates is responsible for much of what is great about Flickr. George Oates is just about the last person any sane company would lay off. I don’t know what to think about Yahoo after reading how they laid off George Oates.

ALA 274: The emerging content strategist

A website without a content strategy is like a speeding vehicle without a driver. Learn why content matters and how to do it right.

Making Modular Layout Systems

Jason Santa Maria details his approach to building a modular system for laying out pages with CSS—“a handy way to predictably tame content without becoming predictable.”

Workers of the web!, the amazing resource for web developers, turned 10 on Sunday, 14 December.

Get The Pains

A new book from the author of Acts of the Apostles.

“Invent something new”

Jeffrey Zeldman: Inventing Something New on the Planet” is an interview at

Web Design World

Boston bound.

20 signs you don’t want that web design project

Most clients are good clients, and some clients are great clients. But some jobs are just never going to work out well. Herewith, a few indicators that a project may be headed to the toilet.

Wednesday Links

Technology survey for web designers; better web comments; a photo shoot; Twitter, Facebook, internet junk.

ALA No. 273: trad vs. agile

How traditional, research-based IA leads to better site design—and why many are abandoning traditional methods in favor of agile design.

Extreme Markover

…pits the talent and expertise of standards-based web designers against the challenges faced by underfunded nonprofits.

Blue Beanie Day is here

Today is of course Blue Beanie Day. Thank you for supporting web standards.

10 Best Things About Coming Depression

Like it says.

Kids say the darnedest things. Say the darnedest things. Say the darnedest things.

Parenting a four-year-old is like living with Rain Man.

Blue Beanie Day II

Announcing the second annual second annual Blue Beanie Day! Please join us on Friday, November 28, 2008 to show your support for web standards and accessibility.


Two brilliant user experience pros join Happy Cog Studios.

ALA 272: Accessible web video, better 404

What will it take to make web video accessible by default? And can a 404 page do more than just tell users something went wrong?

Real type on the web?

A proposal for a fonts working group is under discussion at the W3C.

Postage stamps by type designers

Neville Brody, Wim Crouwel, Adrian Frutiger, Eric Gill, Erik Spiekermann, and Hermann Zapf are among the creators of postage stamps by type designers on display at Kat Ran Press.

Is your (website’s) underwear showing?

It’s astounding how many web designers forget to specify a background color on their site.

ALA 271: words and scripts that work

The fundamental things apply.

Um, don’t blog, or something

Wired, which ceased to be relevant in 1999, says you shouldn’t write a blog because, um, Calacanis and Scoble.

Fast high-speed access for NYC internet professionals

I’m home watching a sick kid and waiting for Time Warner Cable to come make a third attempt to install a cable modem.

Come up and see me

So it turns out I’ll be speaking about web design this Saturday at the sold-out AIGA Gain Conference. Yes, that conference. [tags]AIGA, GAIN, events, speaking, design, business, conference[/tags]

Regarding the dishwasher

It is as if everything is broken, and everyone knows it, and we perpetually postpone the reckoning.

ALA No. 270: progressive enhancement 2; work at home

Progressive enhancement with CSS. Working from home: readers respond.

Housing Works launch

Sometimes we get to participate, in however small a way, in something much larger and more important than ourselves.

Climate Matters

During the last couple of months, dozens of Vimeo members created videos to inspire the next American president to take action on climate change. Here are the 16 finalists; winners will be announced Tuesday.

A List Apart No. 269: understanding progressive enhancement; 10 years of ALA

In Issue No. 269, master the basics of progressive enhancement and look back in orange at the first ten years of A List Apart.

An Event Apart Chicago sells out

An Event Apart Chicago, the final AEA event of 2008, has sold out.

ALA 268: rethinking standards

Fine-tuning the mechanics of progressive enhancement, and rethinking the assumptions of standards-based design.

A List Apart is changing

A List Apart, for people who make websites, is slowly changing course.

A modest proposal

It is illegal to make false claims in a TV or radio commercial unless you are running for political office.

Dear AIGA, where are the web designers?

For all the brand directors, creative directors, Jungian analysts, and print designers, one rather significant specimen of the profession is missing.

The lessons of September 11, 2002

On September 11, 2002, I found myself in a place as strange as Vegas. I was there to speak at a web conference. They must have gotten a good deal on the rooms, it being the first anniversary of the attacks….

Mental models. Yipes! Stripes!

In Issue No. 267 of A LIST APART, For People Who make Websites, Mental Models author Indi Young tells how to get out of your own way and hear what your users are telling you … and Jessica Enders re-tests design and usability assumptions concerning the widely practiced shading of alternate rows.


Cost to replace an out-of-warranty iPhone 1.0 with a refurbished version of the same model: $199. Minimum wait time: two hours. Cost to replace it with a “new” model: also $199. Minimum wait for that one: an hour.

Communication Marches On

A failure to connect.

A bug in Google Chrome

For web standards and web content, we once again live in interesting times. Welcome, Chrome!

Tracking Elections From the Ground Up

PollTrack is a new website that combines poll tracking data and written analysis to decipher “what voters are actually thinking and feeling” in the lead-up to the election.

A Town Called Gale

Has your child committed murder? Move to Gale!

Save the Accessibility Institute

Join Knowbility in urging the University of Texas to reconsider its decision to close the Accessibility Institute, founded and led with distinction by the late Dr. John Slatin. Sign the petition.

SiteAssist Professional

Released Wednesday, August 27th, SiteAssist Professional creates entire CSS-based websites in minutes. Since that sounds ridiculous and impossible, I’ll say it again: the product creates CSS-based websites in minutes.

Running woman and madman

Two incidents mark my morning walk to work.

ALA 266: next generation sprites, metaphors

CSS Sprites, the next generation. Cartography, the next metaphor for webmaking. Dave Shea and Aaron Rester aim high and score in Issue No. 266 of A List Apart, for people who make websites.

Photos from An Event Apart San Francisco

Take a dip in the Flickr photo pool from An Event Apart San Francisco 2008. Day Two is about to begin.


Darden Studio has relaunched its website and released Jubilat, a fabulous slab serif. We’ve been beta-testing Jubilat all year; it’s my principal typeface for An Event Apart in 2008. (Last year’s principal An Event Apart typeface was Darden Studio’s Freight Sans.) New to Joshua Darden’s work? Try Birra Stout, a free font.

In the bag

Early tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco. Headed into my laptop bag, along with my MacBook, are… An iPod Classic containing 8624 “songs” (I like music) and 46 “movies.” Sample titles: A Mighty Wind, A Night at the Opera, Helvetica, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Lost in Translation, North by Northwest, Rushmore, Spirited Away, Stardust Memories, Stranger […]


Pssst. New Happy Cog Studios design. Books-A-Million Online Bookstore. It looks even better when you start using it. Details soon at

ALA No. 265: better experience

A List Apart No. 265 is about improving user experience for the deaf and discussion for all.

Pick a Panel

The SXSW panel picker launched today. SXSW Interactive is probably the world’s biggest web shebang, and the panel picker is how the festival begins winnowing out which panels, out of hundreds submitted, will actually be presented to the public. A few potential panels feature Happy Cog personnel…


Ava, who is nearly four, is not so bothered about Daddy’s monster toe, but great-grandma’s passing still troubles her.


The notion that usability is the easy part—something you just add on after doing the hard part of writing the code—is hardly limited to the open source community.

The Survey for People Who Make Websites

Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide. Please take the survey and encourage your friends and colleagues who make websites to do likewise.

Lower East Side Lit

Monday, July 28, at 7:00 PM, in the company of my fellow field testers, I’ll be giving a reading at Coudal Partners’s Field Tested Books Live. Join us on the rooftop of the Delancey at 168 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 (map). Admission is free.

Here it comes again

Coming Tuesday 29 July to A List Apart: the second annual survey for people who make websites.

Protest the Orphan Works Bills

You think your design work gets stolen now? Wait ’til infringement becomes the law of the land. The Orphan Works Act defines an “orphan work” as any copyrighted work whose author any infringer says he is unable to locate with what the infringer himself decides has been a “reasonably diligent search.” In a radical departure from existing copyright law and business practice, the U.S. Copyright Office has proposed that Congress grant such infringers freedom to ignore the rights of the author and use the work for any purpose, including commercial usage.


One of my happiest memories is the day I quit my job. No longer was I a mere office shlub, meekly thanking life for the cold mashed potatoes it deigned to drop onto my plate. I was somebody now—somebody with a destiny. I was a web designer. Times being what they are, more and more of us are working at home, not always by choice.

Your US tax dollars at work

The Computing Community Consortium “supports the computing research community in creating compelling research visions and the mechanisms to realize these visions” and steals copyrighted design layouts from A List Apart magazine.

Customer support on the march

You know that new thing where you call customer support and a robot tells you that there’s no need to wait; just leave your phone number and you’ll be called back in three minutes? So you do it, and three minutes later, the robot calls you back and asks you to hold while your call is connected? And then you sit on hold for twenty minutes waiting to get connected?

Not at his desk

Have left town for a funeral. Will be gone a week. Updates may be sparse.

Around the Word with Web Talent

My first book didn’t sell very well but it had an effect on people’s hearts. Web designers around the world circulated a single copy of Taking Your Talent to the Web, adding their autographs, drawings, photos, and other verbal and visual messages to every page—even the covers and spine.

ALA No. 262: Binding & Subversion

In Issue No. 262 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, Ryan Irelan invites us to collaborate and connect with Subversion, and Christophe Porteneuve explains how to get out of binding situations in JavaScript.

Lube Tube

Friedrolling: vt. Gratuitously posting Basecamp referral links disguised as tweets or blog posts.

Office Koan No. 37

Speakeasy will only honor my request to discontinue DSL service in my old office if I call the company from my old phone number, which I no longer have access to because I moved out.

Life Needs a Rewind Button

The new office is so new to me that I entered the address incorrectly while ordering CS3 suites for the studio. Amazon is consequently rush-delivering Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, and Fireworks to the wrong address, and it’s too late to change the address on the order. Someone in Harlem is going to be very happy.

What happened here

This gently declining space that has been nothing but an office since December and will soon be nothing at all to me, this place I will empty and vacate in the next few hours, has seen everything from drug withdrawal to the first stirrings of childbirth. Happiness, anguish, farting and honeymoons. Everything. Everything but death.

AEA Boston 2008 session notes

Linked session notes and downloads from An Event Apart Boston 2008.

So long, Boston. We’ll be back.

An Event Apart Boston 2008 is over but the memories and photos linger on. Eric and I started An Event Apart because we saw the need for a live, concentrated, learning and sharing experience about best practices and inspiration for the standards-based web design community. Thanks to brilliant speakers, phenomenally dedicated and supremely competent staff, […]

Video: Jeff Veen on Data Overload

Live onstage at An Event Apart New, Jeff Veen explains the magnitude of data we process every hour, and the responsibility of designers to help us make sense of it.

Dialog from life

“I want a baby sister.”

Art direction on the web?

On Tuesday morning, while Malarkey was furiously getting himself permanently uninvited to Håkon Lie’s Christmas parties, and the jungle drums spoke of nothing but Firefox 3, Jason Santa Maria quietly slipped a torpedo into the harbor. He didn’t just redesign his website, he issued a call to arms. And what he called for was real art direction on the web.

Video: Cameron Moll on natural mapping

Onstage at An Event Apart New Orleans, 2008, designer Cameron Moll discusses what happens when a computer novice bumps heads with a computer expert. HD video by Bonnemaison of Baltimore, MD. Edited by Ian Corey. The next show is An Event Apart Boston, June 23–24, 2008.

ALA 261: CSS layout redux; in praise of prototyping

CSS layout is awesome, except when your layout calls for a header, a footer, and columns in between. “Faux Absolute Positioning” combines the strengths (and removes the weaknesses) of absolute positioning and float-based layouts. Plus: the rise of Ajax and rich internet applications has thrown the limitations of traditional wireframing into painful relief. “Sketching in Code: the Magic of Prototyping” can help you focus on what you’re building and convey its impact and “magic” to that all-important stakeholder.

Number Nine

Early this morning, in my last deep sleep, I was tormented by a nightmare concerning our three-year-old. In my dream, she was chasing some happy bauble. Call it a big floating bubble filled with sunshine. The bubble blew out of the park. She ran after it. I ran after her. The bubble floated above a […]

Video: Got Live in New Orleans

Caught live at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008, video clips featuring Andy Clarke on web layout and yours truly on journalism and the web are now online for your viewing pleasure at An Event Apart’s website. More video clips are on their way. Keep watching the skies.

Hope is the daughter of dawn

Awake at 4:30 AM at the end of a four-day heat wave. Sweating, but not from the weather. Running a business during a recession gets you out of bed with the chickens. I have always moved counter to my time. I started Happy Cog as the dot-com boom went bust. We bought our first home […]

Video: Eric Meyer on generated content

Live onstage at An Event Apart New Orleans, 2008, web design conference co-founder and CSS expert Eric Meyer explains why the W3C’s recommendation to allow browsers to insert quotation marks doesn’t actually make a whole lot of sense.

Where do you begin?

Q. I’m searching for your archive. Whenever I find a really good blog, I like to start at the beginning so I can understand better some of what you’re talking about. And I can’t find any link to your archives. A. Thanks for writing….

Return of the Son of Moto

We regret that we cannot debug the style sheets of the universe.

ALA 260: Bolton vs. Boulton

In Issue No. 260 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Writing an Interface Style Guide by JINA BOLTON Ever designed or developed a beautiful interface only to find your hard work ruined months later by gaudy graphics or invalid markup? With proper documentation you’ll have a better chance at seeing your interface […]

Dear New York Times Mobile

Dear New York Times Mobile Edition: While we applaud your use of typographically correct punctuation—a cause we ourselves have long advocated—we’d appreciate it even more if you would do it like professionals. Author in Unicode, the cross-platform standard. Please stop using proprietary Windows characters in a bumbling, amateurish attempt to generate typographically correct open and […]

UX Zeitgeist (beta)

A colleague who is interested in learning more about user experience (UX) design, information architecture, and usability, asked what sites he should visit. I suggested he check the UX Zeitgeist (beta) section of Rosenfeld Media. Not only is it UX Zeitgeist interesting and informative in its own right; it’s also a reasonable who’s who, with […]

Fish tacos FTW nom nom nom

If Twitter is a medium for text-messaging, then content such as “Dude, where are you? We’re in the mezzanine” is perfectly appropriate, and “Fish tacos FTW nom nom nom” is practically overachievement. If it’s micro-blogging, then you may be obliged, like any writer, to consider your reader’s need for value. I look at it as the world’s smallest magazine, published by me.

Maybe that’s why they call them Kodak moments

It was the last day of our daughter’s first year of school. Party time. All the three-year-olds dressed like dolls; teachers relieved and sad; parents misty-eyed, promising to stay in touch over the summer. Moments like these are once in a lifetime. Fortunately I carry an iPhone. Unfortunately, my iPhone’s camera is once again taking blanks instead of photographs.

A Tweet Too Far

Ariel Waldman’s “Twitter Refuses to Uphold Terms of Service” makes a disturbing read and a depressing revelation. To summarize: Twitter’s Terms of Service (TOS), modeled on Flickr’s, forbid one Twitter user to harass another. If you harass, you lose your account, according to the TOS. Yet Twitter user Ariel Waldman experienced painfully offensive harassment from […]

ALA 259: Career and Content

In Issue No. 259 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: The Cure for Content-Delay Syndrome by Pepi Ronalds Clients love to write copy. Well, they love to plan to write it, anyhow. On most web design projects, content is the last thing to be considered (and almost always the last thing to […]

Flowers in your hair

An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, has posted its San Francisco 2008 schedule. Join us August 18–19, 2008 at the Palace Hotel for two jam-packed 9.5-hour-long days of learning and inspiration with Heather Champ, Kelly Goto, Jeremy Keith, Luke Wroblewski, Dan Cederholm, Tantek Çelik, Jeffrey Veen, Derek Featherstone, Liz Danzico, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman.

CSS Menu Writer debuts

Launched today, WebAssist Professional’s CSS Menu Writer™ for Dreamweaver takes the pain out of creating standards-compliant horizontal or vertical navigation menus with nested fly-outs. I got to spend an hour with the program prior to its release, and was impressed with its flexibility and extreme ease of use. For instance, creating primary and secondary menu […]

A List Apart saved from the deep

Due to an almost magical series of administrative, record-keeping, and usability errors, the domain registration for A List Apart momentarily lapsed this morning. It was like a disturbance in the Force, or a warp in the Matrix. While the site continued to display correctly here in New York City (and in many other places), it […]

Content precedes design

Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.

ALA 258: art of community, science of design

What does it take to build an online community like Flickr’s? And how can we tell if interface design conventions we take for granted actually help or hurt users? In Issue No. 258 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, George Oates, a key member of the core team that shaped the Flickr […]

An e-mail from Chip Kidd

I’ll never forget the day Chip Kidd sent me an e-mail. Chip Kidd, author of The Cheese Monkeys, the book that does for design school what Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust did for Hollywood. I wrote about Chip Kidd’s work and he sent me a polite e-mail in response. He called me “Mr Zeldman.” […]

Stick out your tongue

While employed at a famous New York advertising agency twenty years ago, a partner and I created a TV commercial touting an over-the-counter medicine client’s revolutionary new cold and flu remedy for young children. Only when the shooting and shouting was over did we learn that the product did not, in fact, exist. The commercial […]

The vanishing personal site

OUR PERSONAL SITES, once our primary points of online presence, are becoming sock drawers for displaced first-person content. We are witnessing the disappearance of the all-in-one, carefully designed personal site containing professional information, links, and brief bursts of frequently updated content to which others respond via comments. Did I say we are witnessing the traditional […]

An Event Apart New Orleans: thank you and adieu

An Event Apart New Orleans is over, but the memories and photos linger on. Maybe it was the people. Maybe it was the extraordinary speakers. Or the staff, who made everything hum and shine. Or the keenly focused film crew. Maybe it was the sponsors. Or that crazy party. Maybe it was just the king […]

ALA 257: the why and how of Ruby on Rails

Issue No. 257 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, is about the why and how of Ruby on Rails. Learn how to get started with Dan Benjamin, and find out from Michael Slater if your web app hits the “RoR sweet spot.”

Breach of Peace (Freedom Riders site launch)

In the spring and summer of 1961, several hundred Americans—the Freedom Riders—entered Southern bus and train stations to challenge their segregated waiting rooms, lunch counters, and bathrooms.

The feed is gone

For a busy blogger, some content creation shortcuts work, and others don’t.

A show about nothing, part 11

Adjusting position of dirty glasses and plates in dishwasher. “Geometry or physics?” I asked. “Generalized anxiety disorder,” she replied.

Looks good to Mies

The Seed Conference, held in Crown Hall (the “Cathedral of Modernism” designed by Mies van der Rohe) is a one-day event about design, entrepreneurship, and inspiration. Speakers include Jason Fried (37signals), Jim Coudal (Coudal Partners), Carlos Segura (T26), Jake and Jeffrey (Threadless), Edward Lifson (NPR, Harvard), and Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV).

ALA 256: map rolling & data viz

In Issue No. 256 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Wilson Miner shares three techniques for incorporating data visualization into standards-based web navigation patterns, and Paul Smith shows how to replicate Google Maps’ functionality with open source software to produce high-quality mapping applications tailored to your design goals.

The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project

The John Slatin Fund Accessibility Project 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.

WordPress 2.5 unleashed

WordPress 2.5, designed by Happy Cog and built by Automattic, is now available for your downloading pleasure.

Books of Luke and Aarron

In Issue No. 255 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Sign Up Forms Must Die – Luke Wroblewski, Senior Principal of Product Ideation and Design at Yahoo! and author of Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks (Rosenfeld Media, 2008), calls for the abolition of sign-up forms where web services are concerned. Via “gradual engagement,” says Luke, we can get people using and caring about our web services instead of frustrating them with forms. And in Findability, Orphan of the Web Design Industry, Aarron Walter, author of Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond (New Riders, 2008), provides an overview of this essential web discipline, explains how it is like SEO but different, and tells how every member of your team can contribute to your site’s content’s findability. You can see Luke and Aarron live at upcoming An Event Apart design conferences in Boston and New Orleans. Plus: they’re changing guards at Buckingham Palace (and staff at ALA). I’m verklempt!

WordPress 2.5 Preview

Yesterday, Matt Mullenweg opened the kimono on WordPress 2.5, built by Automattic and designed by Happy Cog: “For the past few months, we’ve been working with our friends at Happy Cog—Jeffrey Zeldman, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danzico—to redesign WordPress from the ground-up. The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will […]

SXSW Parents Cooperatives

Attending a two-day educational conference without your kids is not a huge deal, but SXSW lasts a week. The choices are not good: See the whole show but miss your kids for a week? Bring your kids and miss practically the whole show? Attend for only a couple of days, missing your kids and most of the show? On the third day I found myself in a costly hotel room across from the conference center, skipping a keynote to play with Barbie dolls, it occurred to me that groups of parents could band together to create a more optimal experience. Here’s how SXSW Parents Cooperatives could work.

Zeldman on Talk Radio Today

Live today from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time, I’m this week’s guest on “Design Matters with Debbie Millman,” the leading internet talk radio show on the “challenging and compelling canvas of today’s design world.”

Podcast news

The first video podcasts from SXSW.

Designers wanted

Happy Cog, Apple, Amazon, Flickr, Woot and more are looking to hire great designers.

Lost, Ffffound, and Clusterflocked

The Deck welcomes and Clusterflock.

Microsoft reverses version targeting default

IE8’s version targeting will now work the same way other browsers work, i.e. advanced standards support will be on by default. Some people will say Microsoft caved; others, that they listened to public opinion; some may even buy the company’s own explanation, which is that, given a company-wide reorientation away from proprietary winner-take-all competitiveness and toward interoperability, “web standards by default” takes precedence over “supporting all those badly made websites that were created specifically to work in IE.”

A List Apart 254: Design, Design

Issue No. 254 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, is all about design.

Monday links

Chopsticks by Segura. A greener LA via Boston. Stealing patterns, making models. Samurai errata and SXSW bowling.

Night and day

Two homeless men have taken up residence in the temporary supply hut of the Chinese Embassy construction on the corner.

The SXSW Diet

A minute later she came back, revolving them a few inches from my lips.

Dear anonymous

Nicest fuck-you ever.

Version targeting, take two

In Issue No. 253 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: Jeremy Keith says version targeting in IE8 is all right but its default is all wrong. I argue that the default seems wrong but is actually right and necessary. Read, discuss, decide.

Lord of the Rains

I saw the bus doors closing. I saw a strange lady taking my daughter away.

Facebook, Twitter, and Bird Flu

If “Our Broken Borders” should someday turn into a ratings loser for CNN’s Lou Dobbs, perhaps he can switch to “The Dwindling Productivity of the American Worker: Is Facebook Sapping Our National Vigor?”

Happy fourth birthday, real world semantics

Four years ago today, Tantek Çelik and Kevin Marks gave a presentation on real-world semantics. Working backwards from HTML extensions like XFN (created by Tantek, Matt Mullenweg, and Eric Meyer), the paper showed how designers and developers could add semantics to today’s web rather than starting from scratch or waiting for a “purer” markup language.

ALA 252: New library, long hallway

Keep your markup clean with DOM scripting and learn to play nice in the long hallway.

All Bits on Deck!

We’re as pleased as pale punch to welcome web designer, CSS whiz, microformats monger, icon designer, outstanding public speaker, and best-selling CSS-design-book author Dan Cederholm and his freshly redesigned SimpleBits site to The Deck, our advertising network targeting web, design and creative professionals.

In defense of version targeting

We knew when we published this issue of A List Apart that it would light a match to the gaseous underbelly of standards-based web design, but we thought more than a handful of readers would respect the parties involved enough to consider the proposal on its merits. Alas, the ingrained dislike of Microsoft is too strong, and the desire to see every site built with web standards is too ardently felt, for the proposal to get a fair viewing.

Not your father’s standards switch

For seven years, the DOCTYPE switch has stood designers and developers in good stead as a toggle between standards mode and quirks mode. But when IE7 “broke the web,” the quest was on to find a more reliable ensurer of forward compatibility. Is version targeting the answer?

The no-access road

A stranger and I just helped a disabled lady in a motorized scooter mount the inaccessible curb adjoining the treatment center for disabled people in wheelchairs and scooters. The medical center has been there for probably thirty years. And for probably thirty years, the inaccessible curb has barred the way for people seeking treatment.

Girl. Dog. Night. Day.

A series of incidents.

Usability problems with .Mac sync

I’m afraid this is another of those entries outlining bizarre design decisions and perplexing usability quirks in the otherwise brilliant world of Apple computers and phones

Everything that can be iPhonelike, will be

The iPhone is too great a leap forward in interface design to be confined to, well, the iPhone.

An Event Apart New Orleans

An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, kicks off its 2008 season with An Event Apart New Orleans, a monster, 19-hour, two-day creative session. Join us April 24–25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for two intense, 9.5-hour-long days of learning and inspiration, featuring twelve of your favorite web design authors.

Self-publishing is the new blogging

When you’ve flown this far from Gutenberg, the only place to travel is back.

Morning has broken

A technological lament in eight Tweets.

Let me hear your standards body talk

Jeremy Keith’s “Year Zero” beautifully explains why the W3C needs our backs, not our bullets.

Re: CSS Unworking Group

Proposing change when the change makes sense is good. Proposing change because you are disappointed and frustrated isn’t good enough.

Adios, Technorati?

Without my permission, Technorati has stuck my photo and its logo in the sidebar of my site’s front page.

Quentin Tarantino has a lot to answer for

Dragging my cheap three-wheeled suitcase home from Penn Station after a Boston business trip late Tuesday night, I passed three businessmen standing in the middle of Park Avenue with their raincoats awry. White, pushing 40, a few beers past sober. The one who slightly resembled Larry of the Three Stooges was trying to keep the party going.

Homeownership is a privilege, not a right

The throbbing Christmas music that has accompanied all action thus far seems inappropriately sedate as I cross the lobby perspiring like a bridegroom, bearing my newly filled-out forms.

Stealing design

Don’t worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.

ALA 250: HTML 5, design for flow

Go with the flow and open your mind to HTML 5.

No heat at $5,000/month

Libertarians blame rent stabilization for the problems of tenants in cities like New York, but there are few rent stabilized apartments left in this town or in this building. Most people in this building pay $4000 to $5000 a month for a “luxury rental” the size of a working-class Hoosier’s garage.

Certainly the fee the landlord collects is luxurious. Nothing else about the place is. Particularly not luxurious is the lack of heat, now in its second day. Snow falls, arctic winds blow, but the $5000/month luxury building is as cold as a dead seal.

A date with Sandra Bernhard

A bowel movement in the shape of a swan.

Facebook and your privacy

Months after geeks who hate walled gardens hailed Facebook as the great exception, Facebook announces that it is wholesaling our privacy to any turdball with a dirty nickel to spend. So what else is new?

Give HTML e-mail a chance

Ten years into the web standards revolution, e-mail client support for standards remains sketchy. A new group is doing something about it. They need your support.

Guestbook spam gambit of the week

I love the smell of guestbook spam in the morning.

Appreciating web design; setting type

Appreciating web design for what it is instead of wishing it were something it’s not; plus a better best practice for setting type on the web via CSS. And from the past: why typographically correct punctuation matters, and how to make it happen on the web. Authors: Erin Kissane, Richard Rutter, Jeffrey Zeldman.

Blue Beanie Day

On Monday, November 26, 2007, don your blue beanie to show your support for web standards and accessibility.

Messed update

Installed Tiger update 10.4.11 this morning, which mainly provides Safari 3, which cannot access web content. It quits on launch every time.

iPhone “disappearing photos” bug

With this bug, the iPhone camera does everything a camera should do, except take pictures. It seems to obliterate photographic data the moment you snap the shutter. If you take five photos, you get five white boxes indicating the photos you would have had, if the iPhone hadn’t erased them the moment it snapped. Taking lots of photos seems to initiate the bug. There is no fix.

Facts and Opinions about Zeldman

Yesterday I spoke at BusinessWeek and was interviewed for a podcast that airs next week. Tomorrow I will speak for Carson at Future of Web Design. I will not be nicely dressed.

ALA 248: Obscure meanings and addresses

In Issue No. 248 of A List Apart: Make people read your copy! Stop robots from reading your e-mail address!

DWWS Facebook group

A few days ago, Douglas Vos of Dearborn, Michigan, created a Designing With Web Standards group in Facebook just to see what would happen.

Deck deal

We have a slot open for November in The Deck, our advertising network for reaching creative, web and design professionals. Give us a holler if you can pull the trigger quick and we’ll make a nice deal for a first-time advertiser.

Into the murky deep

Tucked away in a quiet corner of The New York Public Library at 42nd Street sits a small, clean, neatly appointed classroom. At 3:30, we commandeered it for an impromptu meeting with an attorney.

Don’t sleep here

Barely noticed in the builders’ gold rush, the poorest poor, pushed off the benches of Madison Square Park, take shelter in the very construction sites that signify their doom. (Photo essay.)

Faster, pussycat

Have you ever bought clothes while traveling, and been unable to fit everything in your suitcase when it was time to go home? That suitcase is what my days are like now.

That’s me all over

In the coming weeks, I’ll speak at Future of Web Design (NYC), Business Week (NYC), Web Design World (Boston), and Web Directions North (Vancouver, BC).

Findings from the Web Design Survey

In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals participated, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide. Months of data crunching later, what emerges in our free 80-plus page report is the first true picture of our powerful yet little-studied profession. Presenting the Findings From the Web Design Survey.

We live as we dream

My cold is in its second week; I slept less than four hours last night. Yesterday we decided to check out the housing market in our neighborhood and ended up making a bid. Tomorrow, if all goes to plan, we will publish the findings of the web design survey.

Congrats, Al

One day our daughter, who is now three, will thank you. And so will her children, whose existence you will have helped make possible.

Please and thank you

An Event Apart thanks its attendees, speakers, and sponsors for a great 2007, and announces dates and locations for 2008.

Testing designs for color-blindness

Even experienced designers can find it hard to predict how their work willappear to people with various kinds of color-blindness. Two tools can help.

Not at our desk

Apologies for the quiet, here. We’ve been enjoying family time in San Francisco, leading up to the final Event Apart show of the year.

Say hello to web standards

There’s something new at Apple’s online store: web standards and accessibility.

God Knocks

“It’s becoming a bedroom community for people who work on Wall Street,” the Wife says of our beloved NYC. Today a small one-bedroom costs over a million. But if Osama bin Laden could not chase us off this island, neither will housing prices. Which brings me to God and the knocking sound.

The Joy of Technology

Good morning. Twitter, Facebook, iLike, and Word have imploded. M’mm, that’s good coffee!

To be of use to others is the only true happiness. Although a 160 GB iPhone would also be nice.

iPhone and iPod classic compared.

Just My Type of Site

i love typography cites 15 examples of typographic excellence in web design. A List Apart,, FontShop, Jesús Rodríguez Velasco, and BearskinRug Shop lead a pack of inspiring sites worth studying.

Inappropriate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” remarks

Aaaaar! Ye have cancer, Mr Finkelstein.

Facebook Considered Harmless

I design interfaces so I’m supposed to know about this stuff. That’s the rationale behind my spending hours of billable time adjusting my Facebook preferences. The real reason, of course, for all this stuff, is that it provides a way to blow off work you should be doing, while creating the illusion that you are achieving something. At least in most offices, you can’t masturbate at your desk. But you can Tweet.

First day of preschool

Nothing says Buddhism like raising a child.

An Event Apart savings end tomorrow

$100 savings on our final Event Apart conference of the year end Saturday, September 15. If you’re planning to attend An Event Apart San Francisco, reserve your seat before the price goes up.

Proposed Catch-Phrases for the Next Bruce Willis Film

Hi-ho, the motherfuckin’ dairy-o, motherfucker! etc.

September 12

A gloomy, rainy September 11th in New York City. An eye doctor visit in the morning left my eyes dilated. For hours, I was overly sensitive to light. It was a perfect way to experience this city on that day.

Client input, iPhone constraints

Collaborative work sessions that actually work; designing and coding with the iPhone in mind.

How to make love to a ghost

Sunday morning, while dreaming, I began receiving messages from the other world. They covered matters of etiquette when interacting with the dead, and even offered glimpses of what the spirit life is like. They were also the perfect content for Twitter.

I’ll show you mine

What’s on your dashboard?


The longest journey begins. Or doesn’t.

The Deck turns 21

Content wants to be free, but content providers want three squares a day.

Event Apart Chicago wrap-up

The sights, sounds, and some of the sense of An Event Apart Chicago 2007.

Web type, iPhone content

In Issue 244 of A List Apart, father of CSS Håkon Lie advocates real TrueType fonts in web design, while Iconfactory’s Craig Hockenberry describes in detail how to optimize websites for iPhone.

Hog butcher

A car is coming. It will take me to a building. In the building I will enter a ramp. The ramp will take me to a jet. The jet will take me to Chicago for two days of web standards, best practices, and creative inspiration.

Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor

CSS Sculptor includes 30 of the most common web page layouts—fixed-width, liquid, elastic, and combinations thereof—coded the way Eric Meyer would code them.

San Francisco, here you come

I last left San Francisco on September 10th, 2001. It was a good day for flying….

What is Art Direction (No. 9)

A provocative poster deconstructed. How art direction communicates wordlessly, and how it differs from design. Disabled veterans, Gap ads, and James Gandolfini.

10 Things the Next iPhone Will Do

iPhone, the next generation. The features will astound you.

What crisis?

Have web standards died and gone to hell?

Don’t design on spec

Happy Cog receives its share of RFPs, and sometimes these requests stipulate that our proposal include design work. Even if the project looks promising, we just say no.

Staying creative

Everyone is creative. But some stay that way longer. How can you designers, writers, and the like, stay motivated and productive? (Plus: When the client says, “Make it like eBay,” what exactly does that mean?)

A Sale of Two Cities

Join an amazing line-up of talented designers, developers, and thinkers for An Event Apart San Francisco — the final Event Apart show of 2007.

The King of Web Standards

A new article in Business Week might help designers who aren’t named Jeffrey Zeldman sell web standards to their bosses or clients.

No end in sight

The story of the American occupation of Iraq, NO END IN SIGHT shows how a military victory in 2003 descended into a seemingly endless nightmare of war.


Social Network Portability means never having to re-invite your friends.

Words, words, words

Writing has always been the beating heart of online user experience. It is also the part that designers and developers are least likely to study, discuss, or consider. The exceptions to this rule are almost always the people who move the medium forward.

For web developers and iPhone users

Tools for web developers. Tricks for iPhone and iPod users.

Event Apart Savings End Friday

Earlybird savings on An Event Apart Chicago end this Friday.

What Apple copied from Microsoft

Apple has learned the marketing psychology lesson that Microsoft got first. For many consumers, convenience is of greater value than choice. A platform built of parts that work together seamlessly beats a self-curated collection of apps that don’t.

Better Know a Speaker: Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith, one of Brighton’s loudest web developers and a featured speaker at An Event Apart Chicago, holds forth on microformats, lolcats, and applying best practices learned from CSS to writing good JavaScript.


Had I known that there was an explosion in midtown Manhattan and that my wife and daughter were out in the chaos, I would have been far more anxious during my train ride home from Philadelphia.

Link ‘n Park

A lifetime’s worth of comic book covers, deep thoughts on ubiquitous digitization, Spool on lessons learned when new features tank, and much more.

That Busted GIF Feeling

A pesky bug in the iLike sidebar eludes the happy fix.

ALA 241: better UI, scriptless trick ponies, and the deathly hallows

Unlearn a web interface design convention that causes users grief, and learn how to create a scrolling, fixed/liquid hybrid layout without using JavaScript (not that there’s anything wrong with it).

Better know a speaker: Dan Cederholm

What’s up with Dan Cederholm these days?

My Ding-a-Links

Fight for your right to publish. Ponder a Google-Wikipedia mashup, recycle old ipods and cell phones, generate diagonal backgrounds (with or without gradients), study Hitchcock’s visual storytelling techniques, and more.

It’s a dirty job…

And we hope you’ll take it. Happy Cog Philadelphia seeks a fabulous project manager. Must communicate superbly, value great work and great client relationships, respect deadlines and the creative process, enjoy Basecamp and love Philadelphia. Details are available on the 37signals Job Board.

Let there be web divisions

Almost no one who makes websites works in their company or organization’s web division—because almost no company or organization has a web division. That void on the org chart is one reason we have so many bloated, unusable websites. While many good people work in IT and marketing, neither area is ideally suited to craft usable websites or to encourage the blossoming of vital web communities. Business and non-profit decision makers, let there be web divisions.

WCAG Controversy and Human Design

By introducing testability and dumping accessibility criteria that are untestable, WCAG 2.0 may hurt the very people who need it most, argues former working group invited expert Gian Sampson-Wild in an important and timely ALA opinion piece. (The deadline for WCAG 2.0 comments is 29 July.) Plus Sharon Lee on Human-to-Human Design, and Joe Clark on PDF accessibility.

An Event Apart iMix

By popular demand: most of the music from between sessions at An Event Apart Seattle 2007.

“Maybe” is one option too many

“Maybe” is one option too many. As a best practice, we should dispense with it, just as we should replace five-star rating systems with four-star ones.

The Beatles slept here

My body insists it’s 10:30 at night, but the sun tells a different story. That orb has barely begun to set over Puget Sound, whose ripples magnify and fragment its blinding whiteness. The sun and its watery reflection are all I can see from my waterside hotel window. This is Seattle and I’ve come here to put on a show.

Hi, Mom!

In a Special Report, Business Week focuses on designers creating innovation by crossing disciplines and combining technologies. I’m one of ten designers they profile. I kind of had to blog this.

bgcolor follies

If you forget to set your site’s background color, your visitors may do it for you. A mini-photo gallery. Collect your own!

When is e-mail like a bad website?

Nokia sent a friend an HTML e-mail message. I’ve broken it into five screen shots, because it won’t fit on one. E-mail, as a medium, really doesn’t want to carry all this freight.

ALA 239: Designer frameworks and robot designers

Take web design off the production line. Design better by offloading routine tasks.

Eight points for better e-mail relationships

Okay, so under the right circumstances, when people have requested it, e-mail can be a platform for design. Here are eight ways to make it work better (and avoid pissing off people who hate HTML mail).

E-mail is not a platform for design

ASCII means never having to say you’re sorry.

Daily Reports from 1997 on

You don’t need the WayBack machine to go way back in history. Enjoy these representative Daily Report pages from 1997 on (including the famous HTML Fist).

Since 1995

On 31 May 2007 we celebrated another anniversary. Twelve years of juicy Web 1.0 Goodness™.

iTunes, iLike, and iWish

At long last, the latest iTunes upgrade lets you replace DRM versions of music bought at the iTunes store with higher-quality, non-DRM-protected versions. But after purchase, you may not be able to download them. In public beta, iLike is a wildly addictive web app, part Truman Show, part personal radio station. It will change the way you listen to music. It might even change the music you listen to.

ALA 238: copywriting 101, evangelizing 102

Convince large companies to openly support web standards; enhance site effectiveness by improving copy.

An Event Apart Chicago 2007

Tickets are now available for An Event Apart Chicago—two days of web standards, best practices, and creative inspiration from Dan Cederholm, Louis Rosenfeld, Liz Danzico, Jeremy Keith, Jim Coudal, Luke Wroblewski, Derek Featherstone, and Jason Santa Maria, plus hosts Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman.

An Event Apart Seattle sells out

An Event Apart Chicago goes on sale Monday.

Conference speaker’s pledge

I will not yodel. I will not introduce my first slide by saying, “Here is my first slide.”

Web Design Survey closes soon

If you haven’t already taken the web design survey, speak now, or forever hold your PC.

How now brown wow?

Windows Vista. Adobe CS3. Which are you more excited about, and why?

ALA 237: client school

Generally, Issue 237 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, is all about education. Specifically, it’s about educating bosses and clients to approve good design and make better strategic decisions.

The heartbreak of technology

Why this tech support call took an hour is a mystery. Why it is called “support” is a more profound one.

The profession that dare not speak its name

No one has tried to measure web design because web design has been a hidden profession.

The Web Design Survey

In all the years people have been creating websites, nobody has bothered to gather statistics about who does this work, using what skills, under what conditions, and for what kinds of compensation. It’s time for a change. Presenting The Web Design Survey, 2007. Also in this issue of A List Apart: Jonathan Follett on “The Long Hallway”—learn how to work the virtual conference room—and Andy Rutledge on how contrast creates meaning in design.


The age of ubiquitous computing may be here, but nobody told the companies that installed my DSL.

Women in web design: just the stats

The underrepresentation of women and minorities in the information technology workforce is like the weather: everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything. We commissioned a study. Its findings are disturbing.

Where are the Women? Where are the Links?

R/GA have created unforgettable movie magic. And unusable websites.

Comments are the lifeblood of the blogosphere

When I returned to New York City, 193 comments awaited me in the moderation queue. 191 were spam.

ALA 235: vertical grids, accessible web apps

Increase your web application’s accessibility via WAI-ARIA and take control of your online typography with a baseline grid.

Ambient Informatics at Cooper Union

How will the advent of ubiquitous computing change urban places?

Quit Your Day Job

You’re too good to stick at that dead-end job.

From Bulgaria With Love

They hailed from Bulgaria (2), Canada (12), Estonia (1), Finland (2), India (1), Ireland (1), Latvia (1), Singapore (1), Sweden (1), the UK (3), and the US (510). In all, 546 web artisans descended on Boston for our two-day event. Here is what some of them said afterwards.

ALA 234 triple-header

In triple issue no. 234 of A List Apart, for people who make websites: probe your users’ minds, progressively enhance your interface, and unleash your inner DOM geek.

Eric Meyer, 1:00 a.m.

As the cover band upstairs kicks off its fourth set.

Web 2.0 Buyouts: Butchers vs. Farmers

As Web 2.0 Buying Season winds down, it is pleasant to consider what was different about it. This time, for the most part, the buyers have been farmers, not butchers. They bought to nurture, not to kill.

Happy Cog Philadelphia is Hiring

Happy Cog Philadelphia is looking for an experienced freelance front-end (presentation layer) developer with strong design sensibilities.

Tickets now available for AEA Seattle 2007

Limited seating is now available for An Event Apart Seattle, June 21-22, at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on breathtaking Puget Sound.

Independent content is the new web app

Web 1.0 is the new Web 2.0. A report from SXSW Interactive.

A List Apart dinner at SXSW

About 25 A List Apart staffers, Happy Cogs, and friends broke bread at SXSW.

Austin Power

As snow falls prettily on the island of Manhattan, Mrs Zeldman and I prepare for our annual junket to sun-baked, star-studded Austin, Texas, accompanied by the keynote speaker of 2025 and cradling the blessed StarTAC.

Happy Cog redesigns AIGA

How do you redesign the flagship site of the professional association for designers? Very carefully.

An Event Apart Boston sells out

Let’s rock!

swfIR (swf Image Replacement)

Working around accepted limitations of the HTML image object.

ALA 233: Semantic Flash, Valid Arguments

Flash and standards, the love that dare not speak its name. Plus: valid and invalid reasons for, um, validating and not validating.

Gender and ethnic imbalance in web design

Real change is more valuable than cosmetic change.

An Event Apart Seattle 2007

Spend two days with Tim Bray, father of XML; Google’s Jeff Veen; Andy Budd of Clearleft; Khoi Vinh, design director at and author of; Shawn Lawton Henry of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI); Mint creator Shaun Inman; Newsvine CEO/ESPN redesigner Mike Davidson; and messieurs Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Zeldman.

Happy Cog redesigns, 2/7/2007

Good redesigns are like Mr Mancini’s mustache. Happy Cog has redesigned.

ALA 232: Flash cage match, multi-column CSS

Make sense of Flash embedding and build elastic multi-column layouts with columns of equal height.

An Event Apart Boston selling fast

Seats for An Event Apart Boston are disappearing faster than donuts in a firehouse.

StarTAC Memories

Going to SXSW? Have I got a phone for you.


Nice weather we’re having.

Near-death, non-birth

Carrie Zeldman writes about traumas our family experienced during the final months of 2006.

Praise the Lord and Pass the Pliers

A List Apart 231 is strictly for tools.

Register for An Event Apart Boston

Registration is now open for An Event Apart Boston 2007. Enjoy two days of design and code plus meals, a party, and a bag of swag for $795. Save more with discount code just for readers.

Design Relief: Katrina Corps

Swing a hammer or click a mouse.

ALA 230: Make the logo smaller

Learn to love whitespace and think intuitively about web standards.


A smell takes Manhattan.


The art of war and parenting.

Our Year in Review

And yours?

Adaptive Layouts, Accessible Forms

Shoehorn your forms into small spaces without sacrificing accessibility; serve your site to a plethora of devices regardless of screen size using adaptive layouts.


Moment of silence.

Moustaches, goatees, and beards

The semantics of facial hair.

Inflamed linkazoidal tissues

Worthy causes, worthless internet acquisitions, and more.

ALA 228: Take the Edge Off

Issue 228 of A List Apart, for people who make websites, is all about smooth.

Safari better than Firefox?

Safari handles text much more beautifully and accurately than Firefox.

Better Know a Speaker: Steve Krug

Event Apart Boston speakers up close. A series.

Enable caching to upload files

Disabling caching in Safari is good for web design but prevents file uploading over http.

Return of the Son of XHTML Fist

In praise of bad clients. Gradient goodness without the Photoshop fuss. Strike a pose in new ALA T-shirts.

Pardon Mon Oncle

Linky-dinks for you!

Patronizing Joe Clark

Why are you buying that latte, when you could be helping Joe do what he does?

Shiny happy people

An Event Apart Austin 2006 (photo pool).

The Polling Place Photo Project

A nationwide experiment in citizen journalism.

An Event Apart Austin: Details, Details

An Event Apart Austin. Everything you wanted to know about parking, WI-FI, lunch, laptops, cocktails, freebies, and Flickr.

Monday breakfast links

Yummy, yummy!

IE7 CSS tweak show and tell

What hacks have you jettisoned, and with what have you replaced them?

IE7 Bugs and Fixes, Part I

Holly hackery.

Better community through printing

The care and feeding of online communities; providing a print preview option that supports web standards and user expectations.

Web 2.0 Thinking Game

Come and play. It’s fun!

A Jewish King

Kids say the darndest things.

Birth Announcement

Welcome “Things I Learned the Hard Way.”

Crash Boom Bop

Good design from bad events; talk, talk, talk.

ALA 225: tested premises, proven resources

Brown and gold are the colors of this truly lovely issue.

Black box

Mac OS X 10.4.8. No extra charge for the black box.

Happy Cog Philadelphia

The Cog expands.


Blogs, blogging, blah.

ALA 224: Krista, Q tags & trench wisdom

Introducing a new editor who needs no introduction. Plus CSS without fear, and Q tags without IE/Win worries.

Show Pix, Seattle stylie

Photos from An Event Apart Seattle 2006.

Cruising Seattle with Eric Meyer

In town for An Event Apart.

Kiss the sky

Airplane! Airplane!

Black and Brown and 960 all over


ALA 223: tricks, guides, and giggles

Learn something new or explore something classic in a triple issue of A List Apart.

Five years

“My Glamorous Life” entries from September 11, 12, 13, 14, and 23, 2001.

An Event Apart Austin

Join us for a day of design and code.

ALA 222: wraparounds and wordsmithing

Write better text. Then wrap images around it.

Photos from Paradise

Pictures from a vacation in progress.

Time off for good behavior

Zeldman is on vacation.

Get your kicks on Pier 66

An Event Apart Seattle’s early bird discount ends Friday, August 18th.

Inspiration and perspiration

Colors from the earth, death from the skies, trends, tools, and forecasts.

Get a job, fill a job

The 37signals Job Board comes to

Thursday links

Typography, design, art, illustration, internet politics, and more.

ALA 221: Navigation and writing basics

Building better website navigation. Engaging your readers with writing that keeps them coming back. ALA Issue 221 is all about the basics.

Is this thing on? now accepts comments.

Amazonked! (or, the 2nd Edition Dilemma)

The “second edition problem” at, and what Amazon should do about it.

ALA 220: Problems and Solutions

Stuck for design ideas? Lost your work? Issue 220 of A List Apart can help.

An Event Apart Seattle

Join Kelly Goto, Erin Kissane, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman for a jam-packed day of design and code on beautiful Puget Sound.

Applications on parade

Waferbaby’s open source CMS, Webchick et al’s open source photo gallery, and the debut of Dandelife.

An angry fix

Some of the best minds in web standards are abandoning the W3C.

And boy are my arms tired

Thanks for An Event Apart NYC 2006.

ALA 219: Automatic layouts and goodbye to <embed>

Automatic magazine layouts that look great, plus an end to <embed>.

We hold most of these truths

A version of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand reveals a tragic compromise.

The Power of Positive Whining

“Write about a usability error at Amazon, and 100 sites that copy Amazon will improve.”

My friend Flickr

Design, usability, and the high bar.

Flick’d Away

A modest suggestion for improvement.

A Fine Day to Quit Sniffing Glue

An Event Apart briefly absents itself.

An Event Apart NYC Schedule

Details, details.

ALA 218: Beauty, behavior, and power

Separating behavior from presentation and structure, planning appropriate levels of manpower for your site, and creating forms that are accessible and pretty. Yep, you heard right.

DWWS 2e Cover Preview

What’s up front (and what’s behind) the second edition.

Friends in Need

Joe Kral needs dough, Nick Finck needs an editor.

An Event Apart Seattle

Join us for a concentrated, one-day learning session.

Silent phone, secret phone

Or, The Lost Verizon.

A List Apart intern

A List Apart is looking for one good intern.

My Count of Monte Cristo

Summer means warm lemonade and field-tested books.

zefrank or zebeans

zefrank is coming to An Event Apart NYC.


Writing turns nuisances into opportunities to write about nuisances.

Wrapping Chicago

At An Event Apart Chicago, everything clicked.

In Chicago

Here we are in Chicago, city magnificent.

A List Apart adds Job Board

Today, the 37signals Job Board comes to A List Apart. Tomorrow, standardistas go to work at leading companies.

Your commercial website

…is not as successful as you would want it to be?

All in

If you can write your book while those around you…

WCAG 2: the clock is ticking

A must-read critique of WCAG 2, plus internationalization standards and protecting your site from hackers: savor three great reads in A List Apart 217.

Through a glass, lightly

Of rats, rug- and otherwise.

Of writing and rosters

Tantek Çelik joins An Event Apart NYC. Derek Powazek and Ryan Carson illuminate ALA.

She Blinded Me With Christian Science

Lovely links for a fab Friday.

May Day, May Day

Every year or two a fresh crop of internet blowhards decides design doesn’t matter.

An Event Apart New York City

Two days of design and code in the ♥ of NYC.

Hi, Mom!

Monday would have been my mother’s birthday.

A List Apart 215: triple issue

Create accessible web maps. Protect your community site from scripting attacks. Plan for ubiquitous computing before it plans for you.

Kottke Joins The Deck

Everyone’s favorite blogger joins The Deck, our targeted ad network for creative, web, and design professionals.

Happy Cog redesigns Advertising Age

From head lamps to tail fins.

ALA 214: today’s talk, tomorrow’s interface

A List Apart 214: Managing today’s web communities. Preparing for tomorrow’s computerless interfaces.


Adam Greenfield has written one of the most provocative books in years.


Baseball weather arrives, Atlanta beckons, and links delight.

An Event Apart Chicago

Join Jim Coudal, Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and your host.

It’s a new morning in adland

The Morning News becomes the sixth card in The Deck ad network.


Sparkling wine from sour grapes. Microsoft’s Mix 06 from the outside.

Fine Corinthian Leather

Fine links from recent Ma.gnolia marks.

SXSW III: Things That Were Said

Moments to remember.


See you in the hallways, comrades.


Kiddie at conference. Reloaded

(Re)tooling along in WordPress on Media Temple. Now with full-text feeds.

ALA 213

Why you shouldn’t herd your users through arduous forms, plus a bonus primer on Ajax.


Linkroll meets bullet time.


Roll your own web conference.

Selling AJAX by the pound

US gov’t grants AJAX patent.

Six minutes of pleasure

A snapshot of A List Apart’s international readership.

Fresh outta beta

Not just another pretty interface. Introducing Ma.gnolia.

My friends all drive Porsches

Web two point woe.

A List Apart 212: Love and Hate

Hearts and hugs for the web.

Beneath the law, beyond the validator

O, say, can you see? If not, can you sue?

Don’t be a beta hater

Or, How I Quit Worrying and Learned to Love IE7.

Read these now

Rutledge and Storey deconstruct, Kottke compares, Benjamin rebuilds.

Dominey, Santa Maria, join Event Apart roster

Two great designers join the Event Apart Atlanta speakers lineup.

A List Apart 211

A better 3-column CSS layout. Home pages that work harder.

Event Apart registration begins

An Event Apart Atlanta registration begins. Seating is limited.

An Event Apart Atlanta

America’s favorite pastime (designing with web standards) is coming to Turner Field.

Four things

Meme o’ the mornin’ to ya.

Bookmarks for a rainy Monday

Two swell photo gallery tools and futurist food for thought.

iPhoto , iTunes, iForgotToTest

Is Apple deliberately breaking RSS or just goofing up as it hurries new software to market?

A film apart

An Event Apart Philadelphia in two minutes and 4MB. Video by Ian Corey.

Web 3.0 and other delights

In web technology, as in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.

Year-end blowout

Lou Rosenfeld, co-creator of Information Architecture, is looking for people who like to read. Technorati, search engine of the blogosphere, is looking for people who like to code. Freight makes onscreen reading a pleasure. The children of prostitutes in Calcutta use cameras to create unforgettable images — and to emerge from poverty. Plus Ruby on Rails podcasts and Fairplay defined.

A List Apart 209

In A List Apart’s swell year-end issue: making forms usable and designing outside the grid.

Style vs. Design

The article that dared to suggest that design was more than a chance to show off one’s knowledge of current visual vernacular is back after five years away.

Roadside link jamboree

Ubiquitous computing ubiquitously blogged. In search of a perfect plug-in technique. Seed takes root, DropSend takes big files, and more.

An Event Apart Philadelphia Postpartum

An Event Apart Philadelphia: look back in angora.

ALA 208, AIGA podcasts

Back from Spain, prepping for Philly. A List Apart 208 sports Printing a Book With CSS (by the creators of CSS) and Power to the People by Keith Robinson. You dad doesn’t care about AJAX, Mr Robinson discovers. Also, more AIGA podcasts: AIGA’s Liz Danzico interviews Jason Santa Maria, Eric Meyer, and Jeffrey Zeldman in the weeks leading up to An Event Apart.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

WCAG 2.0 intends to make accessibility easier to achieve in web design.

To Spain! To Spain!

Wish you were here.

AIGA/AEA Podcast II: a Man called Meyer

Eight minutes of pleasure: AIGA, the professional organization for design, talks with Eric Meyer about An Event Apart.

I feel pretty

Another lecture season kicks off. Another ALA issue kicks out.

Talk is free, fonts are cheap

Talk is free, fonts are cheap, and it’s time to refresh your stock (icon) portfolio in today’s Report.

Kashmir, Kashmir

The unshaken world looked on in horror as school buildings collapsed on children.