Excellent book about all the different kinds of research you can (need to) do for a user-centered web design project or any user-centered design project. It’s from A Book Apart so this is just the good stuff, no padding in Continue reading Just Enough Research by Erika Hall
If you don’t know what that title means then you are in for a treat. A new edition of the ‘Polar Bear Book’ or Information Architecture For The Web And Beyond is out this month. Why does this matter? you ask. It’s Continue reading New Polar Bear Book!
I worked with Washington Sea Grant‘s Communications department on a major redesign of their web site. I came in after the initial audience definition and started with a site structure map and organization of the information. The existing site had Continue reading Washington Sea Grant
I’m taking an edX course (Design and Development of Games for Learning). I’m really enjoying the course but I’m struggling a bit with the interface and how to actually watch the videos. The Interface Here’s what the class interface looks like: Continue reading edX’s Interface
Sometimes usability is about the little things. It really isn’t hard, just put yourself in the user’s shoes. So, I’m buying a ticket from jet blue and putting in all my info. I copied and pasted my phone number into Continue reading Jet Blue Form Errors
Not much to say here except he was my favorite author and I go to sleep every night listening to his audio books. His Discworld books are fantastic. Well, the first few are a little rough, but I’ve read all Continue reading RIP Terry Pratchett
I love listening to podcasts when I’m driving or doing housework. Great way to pass the time and maybe stretch the mind. I have a few old favorites that I listen to that aren’t about web design: Ctrl-Alt-Wow – World of Warcraft Continue reading Some Web Design Podcasts
If you read my previous entry about a WordPress permalink problem, you may wonder why we have this whole permalink structure. Well, it doesn’t just make things hard, it actually makes things much easier when you have to make changes Continue reading More on Permalinks
Good overview of the information architecture process. Covers an explanation of information architecture, understanding users and content and designing both an information architecture and navigation. Nice book and more recent than the other information architecture books. A Practical Guide to Continue reading A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer
Another good book from A Book Apart. Purchase directly from abookapart.com: The Elements of Content Strategy.
Great book from A Book Apart all about content and structuring it for all different devices. Good explanation of COPE (Create Once, Publish Everywhere). You can get it directly from abookapart.com: Content Strategy for Mobile.
Great beginning design book. Clearly explains basic design principles and applies them to both print and web projects. Is a little dated/weak on the web only design, but is very good on the basic principles. White Space Is Not Your Continue reading White Space is Not Your Enemy
by Dan M. Brown An excellent book on the deliverables of the design process. Will teach you how to make and use personas, site maps, user flow charts, and wireframes. Beyond explaining the deliverables, it also teaches how to run Continue reading Communicating Design
Heard about this program on The Big Web Show (Zeldman’s podcast about the web, good listening) and thought I’d try it out. Its Sketch by Bohemian Coding, a vector based graphics program designed for the modern designer (that means interface Continue reading Sketch as a Photoshop Replacement
We ate at Mimi’s today and had an enjoyable breakfast and some divine mochas. They have great espresso, just the right sweetness, piled high with whipped cream. Yum. Afterwards, I decided to fill out the customer service survey for two Continue reading Interface Fail – Mimi’s Customer Service Survey
The new version includes secondary navigation and it uses the <span><span class=”inner”> for the images. I’m still playing with the layout, but this shows how to change your nav for three different layouts and how to change your images and Continue reading Updated Responsive Wireframe
Ran into a strange problem with WordPress this morning that to be blunt, freaked me out. My site was up and working fine but when I tried to login (going to wp-login.php) it redirected to the webserver running on my Continue reading WP Login Redirects to Localhost
Had a problem with my WordPress site crop up today that was driving me crazy. I was working on my Classes pages (page for each of the classes I teach that list the books and links that relate to that Continue reading Strange WordPress Permalink Problem
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?