Should We Use Rems? A Little History Back in the early days of the world wide web, users wanted to zoom the text on web pages so they could read it better. No problem, the browsers said, we will let Continue reading Should We Use Rems?
I wanted my archive pages for my classes taxonomy to show the current taxonomy name and the name of the parent. Seemed like a simple thing to do. And the code that I eventually put together is simple, but it Continue reading Taxonomy Parent and Name as Title of Archive Page in WordPress
Ever had a long URL that you wanted to put somewhere on your website? Ever had that URL extend out of whatever column or text box you have it in because it’s a continuous word as far as the browser Continue reading The Soft Hyphen in HTML
Let’s talk a bit about information design. Sounds really boring, doesn’t it? What if I call it by a different name? Good Writing Includes Information Design I spent a lot of time writing reports when I worked at Rockwell International Continue reading Information Design
John & Mickie Dresses is a web catalog site for handmade dresses. The client needed a site to show off her dresses and to let users order the dresses. I created the site in WordPress with the Thesis theme, then Continue reading John and Mickie Dresses
Here’s a quick example of absolute positioning with CSS. What are we seeing here? That you can position an element with respect to its containing element. You can use top, right, left, or bottom to place it, but don’t use Continue reading CSS Absolute Positioning Example
Floating elements is the main way that we position elements on our web pages today. That may be changing soon (the flexbox layout model is coming), but for now, it’s what we have to work with. So, how does floating Continue reading CSS Positioning With Floats
(also called content reference wireframe). Here’s an example of a priority wireframe that changes from the mobile version to tablet to desktop. The proximity isn’t well used on it (see if you can see where and why): www.cornercode.com/blog-support/priority-wireframe Make sure Continue reading Priority Wireframe Example
What we see can be affected by our experiences. We need to remember this when designing web sites. Click through these 5 pages: cornercode.com/blog-support/users-expectation Did you get past page 4? Most users won’t.
In my continuing quest to teach my students to be CSS gurus, I made up this flash animation to illustrate how to read CSS selectors. I’m planning to add more examples and to maybe translate it to just HTML and Continue reading How To Read CSS Selectors
Here’s an example I’m working on of a responsive wireframe (or maybe could call it a content wireframe): http://cornercode.com/blog-support/responsive-wireframes/ It has three different layouts, so feel free to make your browser windows wider and narrower to see how it changes. Continue reading Responsive Wireframe
“Strategy and Structure for Future Ready Content” by Sara Wachter-Boettcher Next on my list to read. Saw an O’Reilly webcast by the author and was very impressed.
“Simple guide to Understanding User Interface Rules” by Jeff Johnson. Great book about the science behind user interface rules. Why do we keep navigation in the same place? Why does movement at the edge of our vision attract our attention? Continue reading Designing with the Mind In Mind
These are notes on my experiences taking the Introduction to Systematic Programming Coursera Course from the University of British Columbia Week 1: Teething Pains I’ve already taken an online course (Introduction to Computer Science from MIT) but that course was Continue reading Taking A MOOC: Part 1
Excellent book from A Book Apart. Review coming soon.
Excellent book from A Book Apart. Detailed review coming soon.
I tried to go to Boxes and Arrows the other day. Boxes and Arrows is a venerable (that means it’s been around a long time) information architecture website/journal. I had noticed that I wasn’t getting any articles from it in Continue reading Boxes And Arrows Website
A Bit of Background I play a little game called World of Warcraft (WoW). I’ve played this game since it came out and it’s one of my main hobbies. In the game, I collect battle pets, level them up and Continue reading Warcraftpets.com Chart: Usability Workshop
I love examining forms online for usability. Yes, I know, strange, but it makes me feel better when I do something wrong. I back up and try and figure out what clues I followed to get to that dead end. Continue reading Usability Fail
A lot of discussion about this lately. What is the best way to teach? (MOOCs? Traditional Classes? Online?) What is higher education for? How do we reach today’s students? Interesting point made in this article Higher Ed’s Biggest Problem: What’s Continue reading What is Teaching?