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    1. Form vs. Function: Finding the Balance

      Published on October 29, 2001

    2. Digital Fashion

      Published on November 23, 1999

    3. e-Tailer or e-Failure

      Published on December 27, 2001

    4. Buying Peaches, E-Commerce Style

      Published on August 29, 1999

    5. Inspiration vs. Theft: The Thin Gray Line

      Published on September 29, 1999

    6. Who needs hackers when you’ve got Covad?

      Published on January 25, 2001

    7. What makes those damn clients so difficult?

      Published on October 15, 2000

    8. Firing Atilla the Hun

      Published on October 15, 2000

    9. A word on tire-kickers, charlatans and opportunists.

      Published on October 15, 2000

    10. The Red Queen Color Theory

      Published on November 18, 2000

    11. Why Gecko Doesn’t Matter Yet

      Published on February 7, 2001

    12. Composition and Usability

      Published on March 25, 2000

    13. Design for the Sofa

      Published on April 13, 2000

    14. For and Against Microsoft

      Published on May 29, 2000

    15. Human Experience

      Published on June 9, 2000

    16. The Birth of Design is Kinky

      Published on July 9, 2000

    17. The Care of Content: A Red-Pen-Wielder’s Perspective

      Published on August 9, 2000

    18. Fast Cars, Fast Food, Fast Access

      Published on September 9, 2000

    19. Content as Navigation Tool

      Published on November 6, 2001

    20. Building the Business Game Plan

      Published on December 29, 2001

    21. Building with Rusted Nails

      Published on March 8, 2001

    22. Visual Architecture: The Rule of Three

      Published on April 9, 2001

    23. The Document Object Model: an Introduction

      Published on May 14, 2001

    24. Web-Safe Color Palette Discussion

      Published on May 17, 2001

    25. Keep it simple, stupid!

      Published on June 14, 2001

    26. Alien Typography

      Published on July 10, 2001

    27. The evolt.org community

      Published on August 14, 2001

    28. Measuring User Experience

      Published on September 24, 2001

    29. Motion Design, the Future

      Published on January 22, 2002

    30. SXSW and Between

      Published on February 5, 2002

    31. A Designer’s Guide to Making Your Own Stock Photography (for non-photographers)

      Published on March 6, 2002

    32. Accessible By Design

      Published on April 10, 2002

    33. Independent Publishing is Growing Up

      Published on May 14, 2002

    34. Cascading Style Sheets, Promise vs. Reality, and a Look to the Future

      Published on June 4, 2002

    35. In Defense of Search

      Published on July 16, 2002

    36. Smarter Content Publishing

      Published on August 6, 2002

    37. 99.9% of Websites Are Obsolete

      Published on September 4, 2002

    38. Back to the User: Creating User-Focused Websites

      Published on October 15, 2002

    39. Accountability of Accessibility and Usability

      Published on November 5, 2002

    40. Eat Me, Drink Me, Push Me: In which the subtle arts of the interface are examined.

      Published on December 10, 2002

    41. The Psychology of Navigation

      Published on December 17, 2002

    42. Perspectives on E-Globalization

      Published on January 8, 2003

    43. User-Centered Design for Large Government Portals

      Published on January 16, 2003

    44. Toward a more standards compliant Internet Explorer

      Published on February 6, 2003

    45. Dear Marketer: Have you ever looked into the wrong end of a telescope?

      Published on April 2, 2003

    46. Flashes of Brilliance and Use-Centered Design

      Published on April 14, 2003

    47. The Information Design approach to Web development

      Published on May 21, 2003

    48. Forms, usability, and the W3C DOM

      Published on May 30, 2003

    49. In Defense of Fahrner Image Replacement

      Published on August 5, 2003

    50. Content? Or Dis-content?

      Published on August 21, 2003

    51. Web design and integrated marketing

      Published on November 24, 2003

    52. User Interface Design for Web Applications

      Published on November 12, 2003

    53. Web Globalization On A Local Budget

      Published on December 3, 2003

    54. Weblogging vs. The Googliath

      Published on December 31, 2003

    55. IP Rules Convergence

      Published on January 8, 2004

    56. Thirteen Ways To Save Orkut

      Published on February 25, 2004

    57. A Recipe for Learning Web Design

      Published on March 3, 2004

    58. Optimizing Your Chances with Accessibility

      Published on March 10, 2004

    59. PHP For Designers

      Published on March 31, 2004

    60. This Old Website: Web Renovations

      Published on April 21, 2004

    61. The Evolution of Corporate Web Sites

      Published on April 28, 2004

    62. Digital Convergence: Insight into the future of Web design

      Published on May 5, 2004

    63. Extended ASCII Characters for HTML

      Published on August 29, 1999

    64. Liquid Web Design: Build it right and it will work no matter what the container.

      Published on August 29, 1999

    65. How to Write Effective Mailing List Email.

      Published on December 28, 2001

    66. Microsoft B2B Site Case Study

      Published on September 8, 2004

    67. The Delicate Art of (Web) Design Critique

      Published on November 6, 2001

    68. Preparing for standard-compliant browsers, Part 1

      Published on April 30, 2001

    69. Preparing for standard-compliant browsers, Part 2

      Published on July 9, 2001

    70. What’s happening? A new look at Web pages

      Published on November 6, 2001

    71. Managing the client: A fairy tale

      Published on January 3, 2002

    72. To Use or Not to Use: An XHTML Roadmap for Designers

      Published on January 7, 2001

    73. Designing for Search Engines and Stars

      Published on April 9, 2001

    74. Converting a Page to CSS

      Published on May 14, 2001

    75. Site Planning, the Red-Headed Stepchild of the Web

      Published on June 20, 2001

    76. The Destination Matters More Than the Journey

      Published on July 10, 2001

    77. Building an Online Community: Just Add Water

      Published on August 14, 2001

    78. What happens when the people come?

      Published on September 24, 2001

    79. Flash Usability

      Published on January 22, 2002

    80. On Digital Photography

      Published on March 19, 2002

    81. SVG: The New Flash

      Published on April 17, 2002

    82. Rock, Paper, Stone: The Biz Stone Guide to Independent Publishing

      Published on May 22, 2002

    83. Web Page Reconstruction with CSS

      Published on July 2, 2002

    84. Three Ways to Improve External Search Engine Usability

      Published on July 9, 2002

    85. Mind your phraseology!

      Published on August 13, 2002

    86. Introduction to XML

      Published on September 17, 2003

    87. Building Intranets that Matter

      Published on January 15, 2003

    88. The process of redesigning a logo

      Published on April 2, 2003

    89. The Transformation of an Industry

      Published on May 13, 2004

    90. Brand Experience and the Web

      Published on July 14, 2004

    91. Brand Value and the User Experience

      Published on July 14, 2004

    92. Offline Marketing

      Published on July 21, 2004

    93. Ambient Findability

      Published on July 21, 2004

    94. A Matter of Styles

      Published on August 11, 2004

    95. CSS 101

      Published on August 11, 2004

    96. Risky Business

      Published on August 18, 2004

    97. Forging a partnership between designer and user

      Published on September 1, 2004

    98. Integrating CSS with Content Management Systems

      Published on September 15, 2004

    99. The Web is a Human Creation

      Published on September 29, 2004

    100. PHPitfalls: Five Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

      Published on October 6, 2004

    101. The Seven Deadly Sins of Email Marketing Management

      Published on March 27, 2007

    102. To Dance the Dance of Freelance

      Published on March 27, 2007

    103. Introduction to Databases

      Published on October 13, 2004

    104. Devising a new paradigm for usable, maintainable Web applications

      Published on October 20, 2004

    105. Making News with Web standards

      Published on October 27, 2004

    106. Home Alone? How Content Aggregators Change Navigation and Control of Content

      Published on November 3, 2004

    107. An Introduction to Client-Side XSLT: It’s Not Just for Server Geeks Anymore

      Published on November 17, 2004

    108. Finding The Sweet Spot

      Published on December 1, 2004

    109. A-Z Indexes to Enhance Site Searching

      Published on January 5, 2005

    110. Accessibility From The Ground Up

      Published on January 20, 2005

    111. Databases Behind Shops

      Published on March 2, 2005

    112. Easy-peasy PHP

      Published on March 9, 2005

    113. Being a PHP Lumberjack

      Published on March 23, 2005

    114. Innovative Design Inspired by Accessibility

      Published on March 30, 2005

    115. SxSWi: Ride It Till The Wheels Come Off (Again!)

      Published on April 6, 2005

    116. Creating a Site Design Plan

      Published on April 13, 2005

    117. More usability frosting for your accessibility cake

      Published on April 20, 2005

    118. Generating Dynamic CSS with PHP

      Published on April 28, 2005

    119. Losability vs. Usability

      Published on July 11, 2005

    120. CSS 102

      Published on May 4, 2005

    121. Toronto Search Engine Strategies Conference

      Published on May 25, 2005

    122. Organizing Images with a Database

      Published on May 30, 2005

    123. 11 Ways to Improve Landing Pages

      Published on May 25, 2005

    124. Web Designer’s FREElance Toolbox for Windows

      Published on June 20, 2005

    125. Easy-peasy PHP 2

      Published on July 11, 2005

    126. Stuff and Nonsense: Strategies for CSS Switching

      Published on July 18, 2005

    127. Color Theory for the Color-Blind

      Published on August 1, 2005

    128. 10 Reasons Clients Don’t Care About Accessibility

      Published on September 12, 2005

    129. Resurrect Your Writing, Redeem Your Soul

      Published on November 28, 2005

    130. Seven Accessibility Mistakes (Part 1)

      Published on January 31, 2006

    131. Seven Accessibility Mistakes (Part 2)

      Published on February 6, 2006

    132. Usability for Rich Internet Applications

      Published on February 20, 2006

    133. Preparing for Widescreen

      Published on March 27, 2006

    134. Why the Tech Industry Needs to Change Its Language

      Published on May 15, 2006

    135. The Pinball Effect

      Published on June 12, 2006

    136. Building Accessible Widgets for the Web

      Published on July 10, 2006

    137. User Interface Design – Taking the Good with the Bad

      Published on July 18, 2006

    138. Getting Mobile

      Published on July 31, 2006

    139. Understanding the Unconference

      Published on August 8, 2006

    140. Vision Quest

      Published on August 14, 2006

    141. Competitive Analysis

      Published on August 21, 2006

    142. The Big Picture on Microformats

      Published on August 28, 2006

    143. Scope in JavaScript

      Published on September 11, 2006

    144. Push my button

      Published on September 25, 2006

    145. Competitive Analysis, Part 2

      Published on October 2, 2006

    146. The Rise of Flash Video, Part 1

      Published on October 9, 2006

    147. Building a Website for Analytics

      Published on October 16, 2006

    148. The Rise of Flash Video, Part 2

      Published on October 23, 2006

    149. CSS Styling for Print and Other Media

      Published on November 20, 2006

    150. The Rise of Flash Video, Part 3

      Published on November 27, 2006

    151. Packaging Design for Web-based Products

      Published on December 4, 2006

    152. Ruby on Rails for the Rest of Us

      Published on December 4, 2006

    153. It’s in the Details: Seven Secrets of a Successful International Website

      Published on January 15, 2007

    154. Where Did My Beautiful Internet Go?

      Published on January 29, 2007

    155. PHP and XML Sitting in a Tree

      Published on February 4, 2007

    156. The Road to Actionscript 3

      Published on February 12, 2007

    157. Does Your Copy Hold Up To A Quick Glance?

      Published on February 20, 2007

    158. Better Font Management

      Published on March 6, 2007

    159. Capture a Screencast with a Mac

      Published on March 12, 2007

    160. IntraBranding: Why Your Intranet Needs Its Own Personality

      Published on April 3, 2007

    161. Four Ways to Bypass Inertia

      Published on April 3, 2007

    162. Seven JavaScript Techniques You Should Be Using Today

      Published on April 23, 2007

    163. HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web

      Published on April 10, 2007

    164. Anyone for a Game of Cards?

      Published on May 14, 2007

    165. Creative Use of PNG Transparency in Web Design

      Published on May 28, 2007

    166. Captions for Video with Flash CS3

      Published on June 4, 2007

    167. APIs and Mashups For The Rest Of Us

      Published on June 4, 2007

    168. How to Choose an eCommerce Package

      Published on June 18, 2007

    169. Typography and Web Advertising: Making Every Opportunity Count

      Published on June 25, 2007

    170. Captions for Video with Flash CS3 (Part Two)

      Published on July 9, 2007

    171. Corporate Web Standards

      Published on July 16, 2007

    172. RDF For The Rest Of Us

      Published on July 30, 2007

    173. Hacking on Open APIs

      Published on August 7, 2007

    174. Forum Setup for Designers: Putting Vanilla to the Test

      Published on August 20, 2007

    175. Excerpting “Web Design and Marketing Solutions for Business Websites”

      Published on September 10, 2007

    176. Contract Killers

      Published on September 17, 2007

    177. Client Side Load Balancing for Web 2.0 Applications

      Published on October 1, 2007

    178. Building a Bulletproof Contact Form with PHP

      Published on October 15, 2007

    179. Excerpt: Accelerated DOM Scripting with Ajax, APIs and Libraries

      Published on October 22, 2007

    180. Web Design and the DMCA: Giving and Getting Take Down Notices

      Published on November 5, 2007

    181. Flash Player 9: Bringing HD Flash Video to the Web

      Published on October 29, 2007

    182. Collecting for Design

      Published on November 26, 2007

    183. Scalable Media Hosting with Amazon S3

      Published on November 26, 2007

    184. CSS Not([hacks])

      Published on January 7, 2008

    185. Excerpt: Pro JavaScript Design Patterns

      Published on January 14, 2008

    186. How To Build A Facebook Application

      Published on January 22, 2008

    187. Creating The Perfect Portfolio

      Published on January 29, 2008

    188. Better Living Through Taxonomies

      Published on February 5, 2008

    189. Greasemonkey: Code Injection is Bliss

      Published on February 12, 2008

    190. How to Build a Green Business

      Published on February 19, 2008

    191. Your Social Graph: Exploring the Google API

      Published on February 26, 2008

    192. Extending The JavaScript Date Object with User Defined Methods

      Published on March 4, 2008

    193. South By South West Sketchnotes

      Published on March 18, 2008

    194. 10 Tips For Your First Email Campaign

      Published on March 25, 2008

    195. The Web Beyond the Desktop

      Published on April 1, 2008

    196. Presenting: Preparation, Process, and Pizzazz

      Published on April 9, 2008

    197. Introduction to Django: Helping Perfectionists With Deadlines

      Published on April 22, 2008

    198. User Interface Implementations of Faceted Browsing

      Published on April 29, 2008

    199. Improve Your Page Performance With Lazy Loading

      Published on May 6, 2008

    200. Efficient Video Delivery Over The Internet

      Published on May 13, 2008

    201. Design Decisions vs. Audience Considerations

      Published on May 20, 2008

    202. Free Your Embedded Data With SearchMonkey

      Published on June 3, 2008

    203. Why Do Web Startups Die? Lack of Alphalpha

      Published on June 10, 2008

    204. The Education of Geeks and Freaks

      Published on June 17, 2008

    205. Integrating Social Media into a Web Content Strategy

      Published on June 24, 2008

    206. Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web

      Published on July 1, 2008

    207. Smart CSS Ain’t Always Sexy CSS

      Published on July 15, 2008

    208. eCRM: A Virtual Reality Check For Your Business

      Published on July 29, 2008

    209. How Environments, Real And Virtual, Influence Us

      Published on August 5, 2008

    210. Getting The Most Out Of Your Library

      Published on August 12, 2008

    211. Web Design by Designers

      Published on August 26, 2008

    212. Cooking With Stock

      Published on September 9, 2008

    213. Understanding Disabilities when Designing a Website

      Published on September 16, 2008

    214. Concept Design Tools

      Published on September 30, 2008

    215. Everything You Know About CSS Is Wrong

      Published on October 21, 2008

    216. Extract: Know Your Site

      Published on November 4, 2008

    217. Are Accessibility Statements Useful?

      Published on November 12, 2008

    218. RESTful CSS

      Published on November 18, 2008

    219. Is The Web Really Helping Us Find New Music?

      Published on November 25, 2008

    220. Time To Change

      Published on December 11, 2008

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