Stumbling around the internets this morning while drinking coffee I found a designer/coder’s site that is just jaw-droppingly simple and beautiful, a user experience dream if not for one noticeable flaw (in my mind at least)… there’s no portfolio! With such a pretty site in hand I wanted to see more, more, more but the closest I could come was to click on the Dribbble link – I wonder if he is using that platform as his portfolio?? I would find that a little odd, but keeping up a portfolio IS a giant pain (our Fresh ID portfolio is not updated at all, even now).
News, Ideas, Opinions & Design
Yesterday I ran across two amazing sites I wanted to share with you. As a designer, I know what it’s like to both get stuck in a creative block, and envy the work of others. Prepare to feel envious looking at some of these digital masterpieces!
365 Awesome Designers
The first offers 365 Awesome Designers with links to their sites and Twitter handles, and some of the work is phenomenal, from illustrations to web design, print and user interface design.
In addition to the samples which are easy to scan quickly, the designers sites are works of art and must-see as well… you’re going to be here for days and days unless you caffeine up and immerse yourself in a design orgy! Here are a few of my favorites – I have no doubt you’ll find many of your own if you spend time perusing the work here.
In a rare show of solidarity some of the internet’s biggest players have joined forces and launched WebPlatform.org, a wiki of web standards contributed to by an open community of developers.
The Next Web reports that Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera have all committed to the initiative and that the new site will serve as a single source of relevant, up-to-date information on the latest standards, including HTML5, CSS3 and others as defined by W3c.
All documents shared will be licensed under creative commons and community users are encouraged to share code and examples under this license so all can benefit. For more information watch this video and visit the site.
I stumbled across a nice list from WPMU that is lists in their opinion, the best 40 sites on the internet. The full list of 40 sites may seem overwhelming, but there are some great sources of content and information among them. Here are my go-to resources for WordPress… what are yours?
1. Smashing Magazine’s category “features quality articles about developing clean, smart and fast websites with WordPress. The articles are intermediate level, with an emphasis on practical, hands-on discussions related to WordPress.” I love how the detail that for you so you know exactly what to expect.
Reposted July 2, 2012 as this is applicable to an upcoming post on user experience and influence – watch for it this week!
In an effort to better communicate what we do for clients, I’ve created two PDF documents that describe the various user experience activities that take place on an ecommerce or software design project.
I am about to relate a true story. I’m sure many of you have had similar experiences and I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Names will not be changed to protect the guilty, so reveal away.
I have Time Warner Cable at my city house. I originally signed up for just the Internet, and when I did there were some options for TV of either 29.99 or 39.99 (or maybe both, unsure) for a digital package that has mostly filler stations and no movie channels. (My country house cable is much better, we get 1 HBO, 1 Showtime and 1 Cinemax at least.) I decided not to sign up for the Cable TV after all because I don’t like much that’s on TV and am used to using my Roku/Netflix on nights when I feel I must have non-internet entertainment. I am usually only in the city Monday thru Thursday nights, so I see TV on weekends.
The change to a forced Timeline display for all Facebook pages at the end of this week (March 30th!) has many of us scrambling to make sure our Pages look good in this new view. Here are some things I’m learning that might help you make your Page as appealing as possible given the constraints and limitations of forcing your content into a “timeline”.
Quick note for clients and friends on Facebook Pages. Not only will FBML tabs be going away entirely June 1st or so, which means all your tabs need to be switched the iFrame app method, but now the Business Pages are changing to Timeline view on March 30th, 2012 and you need to be prepared with different graphics and a modified design approach so your Page won’t look strange or abandoned.