News : August 2006
Promotions and Thanks
As my last duty at DWM, it is my pleasure to announce that Carolyn Wood assumes the role of Editor in Chief of Digital Web Magazine effective today. In addition, Mike West assumes the role of Managing Editor, also effective today. Special thanks to the authors I've worked with over the past few years. It's your skill in expressing your knowledge that helps us at DWM to help others to build the web. Thanks also to Nick, Rudy, Jennie Robinson, Kerri Hicks, Mike West and Carolyn Wood - the DWM staff past and present who have helped me learn and grow. Thanks ultimately to the readers, for where would we be if it weren't for you?
Article: The Big Picture on Microformats
You've heard the buzz about microformats, and you've probably been meaning to use them on your sites—perhaps they're sitting somewhere near the bottom of your list of things to do. In his new article, John Allsopp gives us a snapshot of what's happening with microformats today, and he challenges us all to move them closer to the top of the pile. Read more...
Staff Positions Open
We're looking for some people who love the web. We need an additional person who is great at editing and working with authors, and we also need an editorial assistant. We have an opening for a technical assistant, as well. We've received a few great applications for the editorial assistant job and will probably fill it in about a week—so, if you are interested, be sure to send us an email soon. See the volunteer page for details about this job.
New Accessibility Book
Article: Competitive Analysis
User-experience consultant and information architect Dan Brown gives us the scoop this week on performing a competitive analysis. Excerpted from his new book, Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, the first section of chapter five explains the analysis as a series of conceptual layers—with plenty of images to make our choices clear. The remainder of the chapter—not excerpted here—digs deeper and demonstrates how to use the analysis within a project. Communicating Design covers competitive analysis and nine other key documents for web design, including wireframes, site maps, personas, and usability reports. Read more...
The Webmaster Jam Session
For those in the Dallas area (and those beyond) myself, Andy Budd, James Craig, Garrett Dimon, Derek Featherstone, Ethan Marcotte, Eric Meyer, Cameron Moll, Jared Spool, Bryan Veloso, and other top experts in Web Design, SEO, and Web Marketing will be speaking at the Webmaster Jam Session in Dallas Texas September 22nd and 23rd 2006. It's not going to get better than this. The Webmaster Jam Session is FREE. Just book a room at the Adam's Mark Hotel to get in!
- Date: September 22nd thru 23rd, 2006
- Time: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM Friday, and 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM Saturday
- Location: Adam's Mark Hotel and Resort (400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201)
- Admission: Free!
My session is going to be on Layout Standards and Techniques which will take place Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 AM.
If you do plan on going please seek me out and say hi, I am always up to meeting new people and chatting old friends. You can find out more about the event on the Webmaster Jam Session website.
Web Directions in 6 Weeks!
Six weeks until Web Directions, Australia's third annual standards-based web design and development conference. Find out what all the buzz is about and take advantage of the discount pricing which ends August 31. It's in Australia, mate! You know you want to go!
Speakers include Kelly Goto on design and workflow, Thomas Vander Wal on tagging, folksonomies and more, Derek Featherstone on web app and web site accessibility, Andy "Malarkey" Clarke on web design, Ajax gurus Jeremy Keith and Cameron “The Man in Blue” Adams, and John Allsopp on microformats. Other great talks cover RSS, building online communities, user-centered design and much more. Five optional full-day workshops with web rockstars are also offered.
Discount pricing of just $AUD850 for the conference, fully catered, with reception and closing night party ends August 31st. Workshops are just $AUD395 each for conference attendees.
Jay Fienberg tells me that there are a lot of cool stencils for OmniGraffle avilable at GraffleTopia, which also reminds me that I need to release the OmniGraffle version of my IA Stencils, so many things to do, so little time.
Article: Vision Quest
Communication happens when behaviour changes—when the message you've carefully designed is not only received, but understood and acted upon. Join Jon Follett as he explores how we can best communicate on the web where low resolution monitors and tiny mobile screens are the delivery methods for our missives. Read more...
Wanted: Editorial Assistant
As our editorial assistant, you'll help maintain our schedule, keep tabs on authors, and assist us as we prepare each article for publication—performing many of the mundane, yet essential, behind-the-scenes tasks at one of the web standards community's most important and widely-read magazines. You will be part of an all-volunteer team and must have a flexible schedule and a sense of humor. You must also be reliable, an excellent communicator, and obsessed with getting the details right. You'll also need AIM or ichat, as well as Skype. Knowledge of Textile and Basecamp is a plus—or just learn it on the job.
Does this sound like you? Then we want to hear from you. Please be sure to briefly list your relevant experience and web-related skills—your job may expand depending on your abilities.
The Future of Web Apps
Ryan Carson tells me that he is hosting a workshop down in San Francisco. Speakers include Kevin Rose of digg fame, Mike Arrington from TechCrunch, Mike Davidson from Seattle's own Newsvine, Jeff Veen who now resides at Google, Tantek
Google and AP settle, but Reuters doesn't state the fact
So here is an interesting story found on Yahoo news about the Google deal to settle with the AP: Google, AP disclose news payment deal. Now, here is the same basic story on Reuters: AP, Google confirm online news deal. Notice anything missing from the second story? How about the fact that it was a settlement? Interesting.
Schedule Slips and Forgetting the Content
Just wanted to let our readers know that I am still alive. I have been out of town in Denver... now that I am back I have a few blog entries up on Blue Flavor that may be of interest to you. The first is Proactive and Reactive Measures for Schedule Slips which the title says it all. The second one you may get a kick out of... it's entitled Don't Forget the Content.
Article: Understanding the Unconference
A brave new way to learn, share, and collaborate, or a disorganized free-for-all? If you've been to BarCamp or a BrainJam, you already know. If not, let Jonathan Follett guide you through Unconferences, the latest low-cost way to exchange ideas with fellow web professionals. Read more...
Our good friend from down under, Dave Greiner, tells me that they have officially launched MailBuild. For those who haven't already kicked the tires on it I would highly recommend you do so if you plan on letting your clients loose to publish their own email newsletters. It's a great way to keep the content in their control and hit the auto-pilot button. It's really that easy to setup. Go check it out! "MailBuild is an email newsletter tool built just for web designers. You design a template and your clients log in to their own account to manage their subscribers, create and send their own emails and view reports on the results."