News : July 2007
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Garrett Dimon's Improving Interface Design: The Slides
Garrett Dimon, one of our most popular authors, has posted the slides from his Web Visions 2007 workshop on Improving Interface Design. They're beautiful, thought-provoking, and should inspire you to attend any future conference sessions featuring Garrett. He says he has some even better things planned for his talk at the Webmaster Jam Session in September.
Interesting Q and A about the iPhone
Thinking about getting an iPhone? David Pogue, at the NY Times, has served up some interesting answers to the practical questions many of us have had.
Web Directions South Super Discount Pricing!
After the excitement of Web Directions North in Vancouver (and Whistler), Web Directions again heads south, to Sydney Australia in September. Featuring 3 tracks (design, development and management/strategy), and nearly 30 speakers including Andy Clarke, George Oates, Rashmi Sinha, and Bert Bos across a broad spectrum of areas vital to all web professionals, along with workshops, parties, WebHack, and Expo and more, Web Directions South is one of the events in the web industry calendar.
Hurry—super discounted pricing of just $AUD795 (around $660 USD, or 495 Euro) is available until Wednesday July 4th.
For full time students limited places are available at just $195.
Web Directions is on September 27th and 28th in Sydney, Australia.
Textplates '07 Contest
Tom Fadial tells me that today is the very last day to submit your Textpattern templates into the Textplates '07 Contest for your chance to win prizes totaling $11,000. What are you waiting for? Go submit your design today!
OmniGraffle wireframe palette
Without any warning my friend Michael Angeles at URLGrayHot has released a revision to his OmniGraffle wireframe palette. The new version is a colossal overhaul to what he previously had. The organization of objects, the detail and variations in the design of the objects. Several cool features were added like accommodation for variables and extended annotation objects. That said, if you are an IA who works on the Mac, this is a must download.
New Issue: Typography and Online Advertising
This week, Digital Web Magazine brings you Alexander W. White's expertise in typography, as applied to online ads, in Typography and Web Advertising: Making Every Opportunity Count. Drawing on his new book, Advertising Design and Typography, Mr. White shares his perspective how the effective use of typography can make web ads stand out from the pack.
2007 Webmaster Jam Session
The schedule is packed with great speakers including Jared Spool, Derek Featherstone, D. Keith Robinson, Jeff Croft, Greg Rewis, Molly Holzschlag, Rob Weychert, Jonathan Snook, Dan Rubin, Rob Jones, Darrin Ward, Stephen Anderson, Jon Fallon, Ethan Marcotte, Garrett Dimon, Bryan Veloso, and Jason Beaird.
If you register before July 15th you can save $50 with the early bird discount code "CLICKHAPPY" (sorry, I had nothing to do with the making of that code). Also check out the Platinum Pass Sessions where you can get a private audience with the Speakers about your Website, and get exclusive access to other great events.
New Issue: eCommerce Choices and Five Questions for Andy Budd
Digital Web Magazine has two great pieces this week. First, our newest contributor Shannon Watters offers her expert guidance in How to Choose an eCommerce Package. eCommerce solutions are a source of frustration for many freelancers, and selecting an eCommerce system is always a lesson in compromises. Shannon shares the big points to remember next time you need to hook up a shopping cart. Also, Digital Web's own Matthew Pennell stole a moment of Andy Budd's time to bring you Five Pertinent Questions for Andy Budd. Andy and Matthew talk about agency work and conference organization in the lead up to the respected d.Construct conference.
New Issue: Scott Berkun and "The Myths of Innovation"
This week's issue of Digital Web Magazine is all about innovation. In connection with Scott Berkun's new book, The Myths of Innovation, we have Five Pertinent Questions for Mr. Berkun, as well as a book review of The Myths of Innovation by yours truly, Tiff Fehr. Mr. Berkun's book is a scintillating summer page-turner for the geek set, exposing the colorful history and messy truths about innovation, and where company-driven innovation goes tragically wrong. Gravity, Apple, Google, Flickr, the metric system…Berkun's The Myths of Innovation has it all! Check out the book and enjoy Mr. Berkun's lively, insightful answers to our five questions.
Safari arrives for Windows, Webapps on the iPhone
Apple's world wide developer conference started today, with a couple of pieces of very interesting news for the web designer/developer community. First up, Safari 3 is now available for Windows. This is a beta folks, and by many reports, highly unstable. So keep that in mind before giving it a try. Secondly, Apple announced the way to develop apps for the iPhone is by developing Webapps. For iPhone, Ajax is the new Cocoa, it would seem.
Eric Meyer to speak at Refresh Seattle
For those in Seattle, CSS guru Eric Meyer will be speaking at Refresh Seattle. Eric is going to be talking about IE7: Advancing the State of Our CSS Art. You can read more about Eric and his talk on the Refresh Seattle web site. If you wish to attend this event I have to tell you that space is extremely limited so you need to RSVP if you plan on attending. Following the lecuture we will be heading over to Bal Mar for drinks and some food. We hope to see you there! Also, if you plan on attending An Event Apart Seattle please be sure to say hello or find me at the Closing Night Party co-sponsored by Blue Flavor and Microsoft.
Interview About Running a Design Business
Great interview at ideasonideas with the insightful designer Eric Karjaluoto questioning Erik Spiekermann. Exactly the sort of business questions you'd like to ask an accomplished, successful designer, and his answers are direct, honest, to-the-point, and baloney-free.
Movable Type Version Four dot Oh.
Six Apart announced the newest version of Movable Type this morning. As well as plans to open source it, turning Movable Type into a revenue-by-service generator akin to MySQL AB's mySQL. This moves them furthe away from the annoyances they once caused by enforcing licensing when version 3 of MovableType was released.
You know it, you love it, you've seen sites like Seed Magazine completely powered by it.
Let's see if this will help MT regain the ground it has lost over the past two or three years to Wordpress. I'm of the opinion that this won't happen, as MovableType mis-stepped right as blogging was going mainstream, and so has not had the chance to work itself into the view of mainstream bloggers and other non-techies. I myself migrated personal sites from MT to Textpattern long ago. As for enterprise-level blogging, MovableType is a very safe bet. You can get SixApart support for it and ease the bosses minds (you're not using that open-source project with no one to turn to but that community when things go south).
With new features, new interface, and a host of other additions, the new MT four is worth a look-see.
New Issue: APIs, Mashups and Captions for Flash
File this issue of Digital Web Magazine under "cutting edge". Gareth Rushgrove offers a comprehensive breakdown of the acronyms and intentions behind APIs and more in APIs and Mashups For The Rest Of Us. Mr. Rushgrove helps clear up common confusion about acronyms, mashups, APIs and other advances with internet applications. Also this week, Tom Green has another great Flash-guru tip (the first in a series) for adding Captions for Video with Flash CS3. Take flash, web video and accessibility to a new level by adding captions.
My business partner over at Blue Flavor, Keith Robinson, has a great new article up over at GraphicDefine on On Staying Creative. He shares seven core tips on keeping your creative juices flowing while working on projects or in roles where the work may slide more towards the mundane. A great read for those who are designers, but also those who want to keep innovating.