News : July 2005
Hierarchy, Facets, and Tags do Battle
The OSA Foundation has a pretty interesting read on Hierarchy vs. Facets vs. Tags which I recommend you check out if you are doing any kind of IA work. Some pretty good points are brought up here. This all, of course, points back to Chandler.
The Future of Content podcast
For those who are interested I have posted the podcast (rather large MP3) of the panel Molly Holzschlag, Keith Robinson, Kevin Smokler, and I did at WebVisions 2005 entitled, "the Future of Content" You can also review the slides as you are listening to the podcast.
The Video iPod
So I am sitting in the car on our way back from lunch yesterday. I look over at Lee and say, "You know, it's only a matter of time before there is a Video Pod." ...I just had no idea that it was going to be hours, I was thinking more like months. This AM I loaded up Gizmodo to find a large photo of the iPod Video. The aspect ratio of this device seems to confirm my theory. To tie this post back into the Web, once we have video that can be distributed through iPods, do you think video casting (or video blogging, however you want to describe it) will finally take off?
New Issue of Digital Web Magazine
Hello and welcome to another great edition of Digital Web Magazine. This week, brand-new contributing author Carolyn Wood brings you an interview with CSS Samurai Ethan Marcotte. In their heart-to-heart, Carolyn probes Ethan on his experiences as a co-author of the upcoming Professional CSS, CSS best practices and Web standards. Read more...
More Podcasts from WebVisions
Several more podcasts have been posted to the WebVisions 2005 web site. Podcasts now include Stewart Butterfield's keynote address, BJ Fogg's presentation on "Why Simplicity Matters" as well as presentations given by Luke Williams of Frog Design, animator Sandro Corsaro, Peter Merholz of Adaptive Path, Thomas Vander Wal, Molly Holzschalag, Alan K'necht, Bill DeRouchey of Ziba Design, and Chris Bond of PGE.
Learning from Blogging
Well, as Brian Fling would say, "Keith's been thinking again." For the third birthday of Asterisk Keith has posted a list of Things I've Learned From Blogging. This is a great post and it has some excellent comments. I highly recommend you spend a moment over the weekend to check it out. Congratulations on the anniversary Keith and here's to many more great years of Asterisk!
Blogs and Usability
The Catalyst Group Design has published A Study of Blogs and Usability. The results are rather interesting but expected. If anyone has been to a BJ Fogg presentation you'll know that we need to start moving towards a philosophy of radical simplicity in the design of our sites. We can't simply expect people to understand RSS or Blog IA, we may have to re-think how we go about implementing RSS technology (especially if it's going to be embedded in the OS) and IA for blogs (especially if we expect average web users to be able to navigate them).
The art of the elevator pitch
While we are on the topic of web based services, I stumbled across this site that is very relevant to a process I have been going through lately. It's called Elevator Pitch. If you have a business you should have an elevator pitch, if you don't you should check out this site. Just like in Hollywood, elevator pitches are critical to making a successful business. If you can't communicate who you are, what you're trying to do and why you do it better in a short elevator ride with someone, then chances are your potential customers won't understand your business either. Mark this one as a must have. [via Strange Brand]
Somewhat web related. Some of you may remember the site Google Fight. We'll it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to do something simular for instant messaging... check out AIM Fight. I pretty much loose to everyone I fight here but it's fun to see where everyone ranks in. Oh, and my AIM screename is dm5o3 if you are curious. [via Anil Dash]
For those who were not able to make it to WebVisions 2005 we have some podcasts online for your listening pleasure. You can find them as well as the winners for the raffle right on the WebVisions home page. Also check out the WebVisions Wiki for links to notes, photos, blog mentions, and other podcasts. We'll have more podcasts posted shortly.
New Issue of Digital Web Magazine
This week, we're proud to bring you another great double issue of Digital Web Magazine. In the first half, we bring you Garrett Dimon. You may recall Garrett from YourTotalSite.com and other excellent internet destinations such as notablewords.com and of course, garrettdimon.com. Digital Web Magazine's newest columnist brings us the first installment of View Source in which he'll explore best practices in Architecting CSS. In part two, we bring an excerpt of Professional CSS, the forthcoming Wrox title from the CSS fab five - Christopher Schmitt, Todd Dominey, Dunstan Orchard, Mark Trammell and Ethan Marcotte. Watch for an upcoming review of Professional CSS and interviews with the five co-authors over the summer. Read more...
WebVisions 2005 Aftermath
Ok, I am back home from WebVisions 2005 in Portland, Oregon. It's been like drinking from the fire hose these last several days from planning to dealing with the aftermath. I got to meet a lot of cool people for the first time that I had been talking with and emailing for a long time including Sarah Horton and Stewart Butterfield.
The wrap party and dinner was a blast. I am not sure you will see too many people blogging about it as I am sure most who were there wouldn't have remembered what happened last night by the time they got back to their hotel.
There are several photos for you to check out on Flickr. For those who couldn't make it, with any luck we'll be posting podcasts of every session of the day up on the WebVisions site as well as links to the presentations themselves. Stay tuned.
Last but certainly not least I want to publicly thanks to all of the executive planning committee members for making this happen, to all of volunteers for lending a hand, to all of the technical and A/V people for making it happen without a hitch, to all of the speakers and panelist for doing a wonderful job, and of course to all of the attendees for just showing up.
For those in Portland for WebVisions, tomorrow several of the speakers are hosting visionary workshops at PSU downtown. The line up includes Molly Holzschlag, Alan K'necht, Sandro Corsaro, and Sarah Horton. Each workshop is only $95 a piece and that a pretty good deal when you consider most workshops of this caliber are around $500 to $1,000 for a full day. And don't forget, Friday is WebVisions. Standard registration is $95, $85 if you belong to an association, and $65 if you are a student. Prices go up dramatically at the door, so please register in advance.
For those who have been paying very close attention to digital-web.com over the past week or so you may have noticed some small changes we have been doing. These have mostly been house cleaning types of changes and a few tweaks to the navigation. These changes were made thanks to the help of Doug Clifton and Craig Saila. We'll be making other small adjustments like this as time goes on. Please report any errors or bugs you find.
New Issue of Digital Web Magazine
Like walking a tightrope, Web design depends on perfect balance. Goals, budget, usability, strategy and user needs pull designers in different directions. Lean too far one way and you lose your balance. In Losability vs. Usability, contributing author Garth A. Buchholz returns with a primer on how to keep users, technology and business strategy in harmony. Also in this issue Jim Amos returns with Mike Papageorge to talk about a different approach for getting started with using PHP on your Web site in Easy-peasy PHP 2.
Hotels and dinner at WebVisions 2005
Well, we're within a week from WebVisions 2005 and it appears that several of the hotels in downtown Portland are booked. If you are having problems finding a hotel, feel free to drop me a line. Next Friday after five Brad Smith, myself and the rest of the planning committee will get our first break and we plan to do it with style. There will be a dinner party after the conference so make sure your evening is open. Hope to see you there.
Your Total Site survey
Garrett Dimon tells me that the Your Total Site redesign survey has launched. If you are a reader of Your Total Site they would love to hear what you think about the site and the redesign. My hats off to the YTS crew for listening to their readers.
Welcome Aboard, Doug Clifton!
Digital Web Magazine is proud to welcome a new staff member to the team - Doug Clifton joined us as a web programmer effective July 1st. Doug will be working PHP and SQL magic behind the scenes here at DWM to keep the back end of our publication finely tuned. Welcome aboard, Doug!
Taking a break
I just wanted to drop you a note here to let you know posts may be a bit slow between now and mid-next week. I just wrapped up and launched a major project for one of my clients and I am about to go on a much needed vacation. This also means next week we will not be publishing as I gave the whole staff the week off. Please you too find some time to remove yourself from the computer and to enjoy the holiday.