News : August 2001
ITG, the same people who published that great article about the location of web objects, also have a great article titled "Designing for Information Foragers: A Behavioral Model for Information Seeking on the World Wide Web" Check it out! [Link from IAslash]
A new double issue of A List Apart is up. In this issue (which will run for two weeks as Jeffrey and I will be heading out to Web2001) focuses on building a "Send to friend" page in HTML and ASP. The second article focuses on how to evolve client content (something that I can really relate to in recent days).
I'll take that CPU cycle from your web server whether you want it or not. Since I was by to edit some spelling errors, I figured I'd pitch in my own link...
On August 27th we lost a great man. Michael Dertouzos, a source of great insight, leadership, strength and enthusiasm for Tim Berners-Lee has passed away.
Now that Google has become a household word, we can take a look deeper and discover the why's and how's of Google becoming de facto search engine. The skinny? Because it works. This is just more proof that time spent on usability, accessibility, simplicity and information architecture pays off. [Link from NewsTrolls]
skateboardgraphics.com has a nice collection of deck photos going on. Surprisingly they do not have a photo of my old 1986(?) Santa Cruz Salba deck that I still ride (yes, I ride retro). They do have a photo of the newer version of my previous deck, a 1984 (couldn't find any photo of this one) and a 1987 Powell Peralta Caballero. I would submit them but the boards are so chewed up that it would look hideous. [Link from The Morning News]
Zeldman makes a very good point about the need for the W3C to add more real-world designers and developers to its working groups. I remember talking with a good friend and colleague of mine a few weeks ago about this very subject. I asked "you know so much about this subject and you have done so much to push this movement forward, why are you not involved with the W3C?" and the response was as expected.... because my friend was not interested in the politics of it (a lot of talk and little doing) she was interested in the outside approach to forward progression (if you want to get it done, do it yourself). Perhaps that is one of the vary same reasons why WaSP came into being. You want to see change? Do something about it.
Joshua Davis just emailed me to tell me that after two days of no sleep he had a blast creating his very first screen saver inspired by Jemma and Jared. You can download it for Windows or MacOS. The engine randomly generates a magnet on the screen - which floating particles collide with. Upon collision, the particle explodes into a randomly generated form. The form then become magnetizes by the magnet thus expanding the area of the magnet. After the engine has collided 30 particles and generated a composition, the engine freezes for a moment and then restarts... and to think that back in November he said, "I'm horrible at math."
For those of you who love logos and recognize branding worth, IBM launches a new logo for consumer products. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't that a KPT page curl?
Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows has been released. Full install is a maximum of 12.7 MB. Cool features include the ability to choose which sites you want cookies from and which you do not want cookies from.
Part II of "Apply Usability Methodologies in Intranet Information Architecture in a Real World Context" has been published. It is the second in a series of five articles on the implementation of usability methodologies in the development of an intranet's information architecture. The series is based on a project developed for an educational institution. [Link from AIslash]
My favorite online game, Banja, now has an all new episode out... this makes their 8th episode! Check it out, this game is phat!
This week on WebReference.com is a great article on going from HTML tables to CSS... check it out: Advanced CSS Layouts: Step by Step
George Olsen clears the confusion about usability vs. user experience which is refined by John Rhodes. Good reading here. Speaking of which, the next issue of Digital Web Magazine will be about the "User Experience." Keep an eye out for it.
I stumbled across an old article in WebBusiness Magazine that takes an in-depth look at FedEx's approach to centralization. Interesting read.
For those who like to keep up on the e-obituaries, Flooz flopped today. I hope no one was holding their breath on this one.
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Here is something that effects us all in regards to color on the web: Designing for the Color Blind. Think it does not effect your site? Think again, one in twelve users have some degree of color blindness. We are fortunate enough to have access to resources regarding this issue thanks to VisiBone.
In Jeffrey Zeldman's latest Second Site column for PDN-PIX he tells us How to avoid clients.
Speaking of blogs, for those who haven't bothered to notice, I got off my lazy duff and set up my personal journal. The reason I didn't mention this earlier is because... well, I figure if people are interested in what I have to say, the will find it.
For those who hide under rocks (such as myself at times)... Blogger turns the big two-oh. My hat is off to Ev and everyone who made Blogger what it is today. This page would have never existed if it wasn't for Blogger.
Apparently this very page is being indexed by Google every day now... very cool news. Matt has the inside scoop. So, I ran a search for a post I made yesterday... and wow, look at that... fifth hit... not bad for one day old, eh? For those of you who haven't been using Google, you should.. seriously... give it a spin... I challenge you to use it for one week, I am willing to bet dollars to donuts that you'll never look back.
Matt Haughey has some new photos from his trip down under on his site, very nice photos.
My dear friend Adam Greenfield has a great article on v-2.org called "beauty now for the people" It's all about Dreamless, k10k, the design community and how we can alter the perception of stasis and stagnation that puts a real damper on the community's evolution. A must read.
FastCompany has an interesting article up about corporate Intranets and how to make effective use of them: Inside Job.
As Nick's own access saga (he's had to change DSL providers at home) has proven, there can be a lot of grief involved in getting your computer hooked up to something faster than an analog modem. Here are some suggestions for approaching the problem of poor or non-existent service from a DSL provider.
Over at afterchaos there is a new article up on Thinking Outside of the Box.
Does the term "Section 508" drive you away screaming in terror? So who has been building compliant sites and who can update existing sites to these specs? A WashTech.com article gives some insight: Companies Assist Agencies in Making Sites Disability-Friendly [Link from IAslash]
I think Dan Gillmor is on to something here, though it's nothing really new... it's more of a new way of thinking than anything else at this moment. His article, The bubble has burst, so it's back to the ideas seems to speak towards "the next step" ...and what is that next step? If you ask me, I'd say pervasive computing. Time to sharpen up your XML skills or get stuck in the mud.
Rares Dragan tells us about Experimental magazine... it's all about visual culture. The magazine is packed with an interview of Arnaud Mercier (elixirstudio), challenge by Justin Fox for Harsh Patel, and a cool cover girl story with photo by Patrick Demarchelier. Check it out.
The W3C has launched it's Quality Assurance Activity to ensure that web standards are being implemented correctly. Let's hope there is more to this than just talk. We have mentioned a hundred times before why developers should start following web standards, let's hope someone was listening. [Link from Zeldman]
Drew Europeo tells us there is a new splash page as well as a new wallpaper on grafikas... check it out!
This has got to be one of the most extensive and comprehensive resources related to color I have seen in a long time (well, aside from Bob Stein's VisiBone site). Specifically take a look at the color wheel page... there is a lot of great information there for you to absorb.
I just bumped into this site called Andyco.com... finally a site about.... about... well... we are not sure what the hell they do at AndyCo, but we do know it will probably make you laugh. [Link from Sites About Nothing]
What is the phrase? If you haven't seen it before, then it's new to you. I just stumbled across a great article that explains hot areas that users tend to click... this information can be used to explain why users can't find certain things on your site. Play close attention to the graphics, they give a lot of detail on understanding how a user finds navigational elements and such. Examining User Expectations of the Location of Web Objects [Link from IAslash]
For those of who use MacOS, Peter Seebach wrote an interesting article entitled "The Cranky User: Sherlock users, Ur 0wn3d!" which is about how Sherlock works and why it is philosophically inconsistent with usability. [Link from Tomalak's Realm]
I know that Shirley Kaiser would never feel right about promoting her own works, so I am going to do it for her. She has just released a new, and very inspirational, redesign for her Brainstorms and Raves column. She now has a new domain for the column as well. For those who do not know what Brainstorms and Raves is, it's a daily column that she keeps fresh with tips, links and comments on material from all over the web. She covers subjects such as the web in general, design, development, typography and much more. This is a must bookmark for any web designer or developer.
I have come by the information that Ironminds has run its final issue under its current editorial team. One almost wonders if they shouldn't be mentioned on an f---edsites site, but whatever the case it's a great site with two years of fantastic archives. Will Leitch is especially good - excepting Ernest Hemingway, he's probably better at writing than any "loser" I've ever read.
I realize that Zeldman's already linked to these guys, but in any event they've linked to us... and we should probably link back. Ya see, there's this site called glowering.com that Zeldman rightfully describes as a beatiful application of a project to this medium that we call the web. Feel the love, and pass it on. [Heh heh]
A warm happy birthday wish goes out to Gabe Kean... may your day be filled with... uhh.. lots of booze!
Issue 119 of A List Apart is up and online... it's a double issue covering CSS and global treaties.
Adobe announces the winners for The Adobe Design Achievement Awards... there us a whole range of mediums covered from video, print, photography, illustration, experimental and web design... check it out!
Being sick and stuck at home for the last few days off and on has allowed me to write a little more than I typically do. I have started a daily journal on my personal site to include comments that are longer than a typical entry on What's New yet shorter than what you may find in a Digital Web Magazine article. I call these pieces "Food fo Thought" which are essentially meant to get your creative juices flowing and to make you think from a different angle. My latest Food for Thought is about Creativity's Greatest Fear.
Edward Tufte has an online Q&A forum, Ask E.T., where you can ask him questions or at least lurk and read the dialogs there. Interesting stuff there on information design.
To flash or not to flash, that is the question?
Read Lara McCormick's insights over at :: afterchaos
Hot off the press, another new issue of Digital Web Magazine. This month's theme is community. Special thanks to Daniel Cody, Peter Fielding, Matt Haughey, Ben Henick, Rudy Limeback, Jesse Nieminen, Derek Powazek, Molly Sokolow and Stephen Van Doren for making this issue happen.
(Sniff) what's that I smell? Could it be....?? Ahh the smell of pulp and ink... congrats to Derek for bringing forth a brand new leafing book. If you don't have it in your hands you better brake for the bookstore come sunrise because Design for Community will be gracing the shelves.
WebSideStory has published a press release about screen resolution stats. Key findings are that, as of July 23rd this year, nearly one-third of Web surfers worldwide had their computer monitors set at 1024 x 768 pixels, up from 20.48 percent in January of last year. Viva screen realestate baby!
Adobe opens their Atmosphere Community Server source code. Could it be the next widespread virtual environment on the web? A quick look at some of the sample worlds reminds me of when I used Alpha World back in 1996. I witnessed the first true VR wedding and was subject to the one of the first acts of virtual vandalism. But none-the-less, it was cool, you could move around in 3D along side of everyone else online, you could build virtual homes and chat with your friends in avatar form.
Future Farmers have taken over Design is Kinky! Check out a very cool interview with Amy Franceschini and, as always, updated mugshots!
A new Word from the WaSP has been published. This time the focus is on expectations and misunderstandings.
I finally got my personal journal up and online. I'll post thing there that are no specifically design related and updated on my freelance work, news about my book, and other news that would otherwise not be published here on Digital Web Magzine.
I finally finished adding the 266 entries into the Classifieds section. Most of them I had to reject based the need to RTFM here... aside from that, there are lots of new portfolios and freelancer sites listed to check out.
As I write this, I'm finishing up my duties as word herder for this month's issue of the site, and I've been thinking about my experiences of the past week. I've met, some in person and more via e-mail, loads (upon loads) of talented people, most of whom have had a direct influence on the way that I design sites... and down to a man (so to speak) they're very much the same one-on-one as they are on their sites. There is no alter ego, no Jekyll to play aside Hyde. I think, in retrospect, that it's part of their charisma.
Drew Europeo tells us that she has just launched her redesign of Grafikas... very well done design. Mad props to Drew!
Looks like I am in for more hell with Verizon. If you are wondering why I haven't responded to your emails... this is why.
Vancouver, B.C. (otherwise known as "the other Vancouver" to most Portlanders) has a handful of talent featured over at Adobe: Northern lights. Our favorite? Dean Allen's Cardigan Industries, of course.
Who's hitting us and why doesn't it hurt? A quick check of the web stats tells us that "Joshua Davis" is the most popular search engine keyword/phrase for finding our site. That should say something about the number of people who enjoy Joshua's work. The second most popular keyword/phrase is "digital", we rank in forth after Compaq, DEC and AltaVista... and just above Western Digital.
Just 20 more minutes until the live Coudal event. mscgmidt vs. michelangelo, check it out!
Surfs up, all new issue that includes an interview with Florian Schmitt of Hi-Res, a redesigned Pick One section and up-to-date job listings. Also look for an update on Revolution.
The English version of Shift issue 057. A nice mention of Digital Web Magazine in the "Cool Site Reviews" section under the "World" area. As always, mad props to the Shift crew for delivering the goods.
We have returned from WebVisions, where a wonderful time was had by all... I just wanted to say give a big thank you to the speakers, organizers, and sponsors for putting it all together. Perhaps there will be more later, but for now, visit the sites of the speakers: Zeldman / Web Standards Project; Gabe Kean / Born Magazine, Second Story; Molly Sokolow / Paris France Inc.; Geoffrey Hiller / Hiller Photo; Heather Irwin / atomicpdx.com.
Our friends down-under at Design is Kinky have a new poster out... buy yours today because these are limited edition posters and they will go fast! [Link from "The Kinky List"]
Another new issue of Scene 360 is up. While the magazine is not web design related, I did find the Fight Scenes Study Part II - Intro to Origins quite interesting. The focus this issue is on "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," a great movie I watched just last night for the 8th time.
A new issue of *spark-online is up... issue 23: an issue of crime & punishment.
Darleen Scherer tells us to check out some phat new work from our freinds over at The Chopping Block: Apocalypse Now Redux. You could imagine that my jaw dropped when I saw this one!
Well it's almost time for WebVisions and I am getting very excited to see everyone in my home town. To name a few people who will be attending the event; Shirley Kaiser, Juanita Benedicto, Ben Henick and, yes, Jack Saturn is in town (we'll bribe him into going) as well as many more recognizable names and faces. Of course, speaking at the event will be Jeffrey Zeldman, Geoff Hiller, Heather Irwin, Gabe Kean and let's not forget Molly Sokolow.
I just stumbled across this nice and simple portfolio of Ozan Kiliç... very slick.
As you may have seen from the ad banners, Digital Web Magazine is involved in the staging of WebVisions, being held in Portland on Tuesday the 7th. The Oregonian, Portland's local newspaper, was kind enough to interview Zeldman - WebVisions' keynote speaker - and publish some of his thoughts on web design and web standards.