Web Design: How Not To

This is truly the case of a picture expressing a thousand words. Notice that the floating ad has no "close me - x" -- there was literally no way to make it go away. (Scrolling didn't work, either). Just say no to ads like these:continue reading →

A Top 50 List (and personal update)

It may be almost mid-2007, but the 2006 Information Architects of Japan picks for web services, news, social networks, social links, corporations and blogs is still worth a look. Its heuristics: content, design, usability, behavior and marketing. For reference, it includes a website's Alexa rating, but that's not a measurement. Some sites that might be new to you: 37signals - I would have put this in the services camp. Time called the company a "rising star." Their online (Web 2.0) services: Basecamp (project management); Backpack (information manager), Campfire (real-time group chat), Highrise (a simple CRM tool). Unlike many Web 2.0 technologies, these are free only for a trial (30 day) period -- except for Campfire, which is free for four simultaneous connections. memeorandum - My personal favorite for finding out what the political blogosphere is talking about right now. Recently added an archive feature. Maybe they were thinking about academics,…continue reading →

ColourLovers

My inaugural post on graphic design goes to ColourLovers -- a community site focusing on color trends. Compare color palettes -- check out how color is being used 'round the world. Interesting resource. Tip.continue reading →