We, as human beings, wanted to hear other human beings tell us about the difficulties of caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. We wanted to know what it felt like to receive a cancer diagnosis after a long journey to many doctors across a spectrum of specialties. We wanted to understand what we could do, in any small way, to help make these Worst Days minutely less horrible, less terrifying, and less out-of-control. We knew that the client was behind the two-way mirror, concerned about the website navigation, but we also knew that we were going to get to someplace much more important and meaningful by following wherever these stories took us.
People living with dementia do not expect web designers to cure the symptoms, and many people recognize that it isn’t always possible to apply each dementia-friendly web design lesson when building a site. But the combined use of some of these lessons can help many people live well with their conditions. It is important to remember that dementia presents in many different forms, its symptoms are varied, and many of these symptoms are also common to other degenerative illnesses, in particular, conditions which hinder the social inclusion of the elderly.
These are all very different services. Several of them are cool and useful, but it’s hard to tell them apart. - Send In The Clones
is getting in on Google's act
, offering 500 font familes
of Typekit fonts for you to use for free on your website.
Add CSS styles to any website, and share the result with a short link.
January 14th marks the 4th birthday of jQuery
and also the release of jQuery 1.4
the jQuery team has created the 14 Days of jQuery
site, which will be updated each day with a new announcement or release. There’s also prizes
to be had for the coolest use of jQuery.
Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines
instead of pixels
but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools
and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does
.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined
the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously
American Airlines fires AA.com designer for reaching out to customer
1.) Graphic designer and blogger has bad experience with AA.com, 2.) Designer mocks up AA.com page design and blogs about it, 3.) AA.com UX designer emails blogger with info about challenges the AA.com web team faces, 4.) Blogger posts UX designer's response (anonymously), 5.) American Airlines figures out who UX designer is and fires him/her for talking. [more inside]
A literal cornucopia of online web design resources
to help you keep on top of specifications and sites related to CSS, accessibility, graphic design (color tables and theory), DOM, typography, and much, much more...
Follow the Rhinos
Weblog tracking two white Rhinos as they travel next month to the Phoenix Zoo. Nice looking site (via CSS Vault
). In related news, poachers have killed about half of the world's population of wild white rhinos in the last year (more here
My Tiny Garden. (Note: Flash; via milton.)
Webmonkey to close down
, old friend. You were a great source of new tricks for self-taught old dogs.
Web sites protest by going black.
A little over 100 web sites have bandied together to go black on this international day of protest. Some with interesting art
, some with personal notes
and others with strong words
. Are there other web protests going on that you've heard of? Links?
It would appear that our original warning was not sufficient.
This is the second message you receive when you right-click at this website
a second time. And then it LOCKS UP YOUR COMPUTER(use ctrl/alt/del to close browser and unlock.) The first time you right-click you are given this warning..Images and all text on our website are protected by copyright--DO NOT attempt to copy
."give me one ping,give me one ping only please" What..the..
The Portfolio. A different kind of web site
(and sometimes not
) collection of sites that have developed unique ways of presenting their work. (more inside)
isn't saying, though he'll probably weigh in. mathowie
'll probably like it since he seems to dig those Adaptive Path
guys. It's elegant
, it's like a pleased-with-itself polar bear
, it's the AIfIA
and there are probably more than 25 reasons
it's a Good Thing.
is some sort of project management company, but I'm more impressed by their whiz-bang cool design on their site. Kinda like the HabboHotel
), and k10k
aesthetic taken corporate.
May 1st Reboot
. On April 25, participating sites shut down and post a Reboot Holder, until May 1st, at which time they relaunch. Why?
Upon review of all of this year's participating sites, a good number of them are not using the required Reboot Holder. Most have simply continued with normal operations and even made updates as recently as this afternoon.
This orthopaedic surgery site
seems more like a design exercise than an actual attempt at an informative site. Imagine that someone told you to make the site using poor technology choices, couple it with non-professional content not conducive to trusting the doctors, and add a map to the office that does more to enable chuckles than get people to into the business. It's so bad, it's good, and most definitely do not
skip intro on this one.
GINORMOUS banner ad at download.com.
From what I can tell, it only auto-expands on the first visit, presumably cookied, but I was still pretty annoyed. If you click to view, it blows up again, runs a little commercial at you(sndtrk by Madonna), and shrinks again. A little better than the layout-destroying monoliths other sites are using?
This is cool...and fun...and bizarre!!!
I stumbled across this on ScriptingNews
-- so take a look here first
. It's weird -- to say the least-- but it's very cool too... like playing and chatting while you browse (sorta). Anyway, you have to be running msie 5.5 for it to work... and there's a limit of only 15 concurrent users [just beta].
So if you get in, don't hog it! =) And if you can't get in, go dig the demo instead.
does a nostalgic then-and-now by comparing today's weblogs to its earlier incarnation, the clunky personal homepage. While I appreciate Druckman's yearning for yesteryear, I think he needs to browse around more -- there's still plenty of clunky old pages out there to charm him. But it does make me pause and wonder where will weblogs go next? Your thoughts?
is the GPL-ed code behind IHT's
news-clip feature, which has been discussed on MetaFilter before
. This is very cool code and I think any site with many front page links could benefit from it. Serendipitously found at smokinggun
, which is not the smoking gun
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
Another weblog goin' down.
There are almost too many of these to mention these days, but I hope I can be excused for thinking this one is special: Tomalak's Realm
is shutting its doors on Friday after two and half years and almost ten thousand links. A genuinely useful site, with lots of attention to detail. Thanks to Lawrence for all the work.
“Nobody needs information architects anymore”
“His problem, he figures, is simple: Nobody needs information architects anymore. The entire discipline was overly specialized, a hologram created by temporarily explosive demand for Web-site design, which vanished last year.” (Link sometimes worked and sometimes did not over the course of ten trials in three browsers. ROBMagazine.com → Table of contents → “Crash Test Dummies”
will get you there.)
A Flash usability white paper
that says Flash can improve the usability of a web site.
"When executed correctly, with attention paid to the needs and wants of users, Macromedia Flash content can actually improve the user experience on any Web site."
Can Flash be saved if developers start thinking about usability? Is this going to impact Jakob Nielsen's 99% figure?
Welcome to a new era of drop shadows.
Ever since Gore conceded, I was curious about the transition of the White House site. And, um, it's a little sparse right now. Did anyone catch what time it went live?
Invasion of the Usability Experts!
It's about time someone said this, and I'm glad it was Dale. [ via kottke, where another conversation is going on ]
This by far
is the all-time worst use of flash ever. Boring, long, and utterly unimportant. It blows -- the competition away!
A good Flash intro?
Other than what the company is about, i was impressed with the Flash intro, especially the music which goes with it.
5k site debuts
...and it's awesome. Stewart
have obviously collaborated well on this project.
It really whets my appetite for the TicketStubs
site, which I'm really looking forward to, aren't you?
More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun
It used to amaze me that people have entire careers based on ripping off others. Now it's just standard (I apologize for the thousandth post of an amazon.com tabs
comment). The site actually looks like the old Amazon interface hooked up with the current Altavista
site, and created some bizarre, overly-influenced mélange.
Overpaid, anal-retentive web usability expert
puts himself out of a job? Or perhaps engages in second-round of funding to maintain astonishing levels of frankly unfathomable self-publicity? You might think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.
Steal a design, win an award. Sumerset Custom Houseboats
won several awards in the 2000 Inc. Magazine Web Awards 2000
, including the top prize in the General Excellence category. According to a company press release
, the site was chosen for its "simple, functional, yet elegant design". The only problem is, they stole the design from IBM's site
marchFirst circles the bowl...
Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
what will be supported
now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
Gore good, pull down menus bad.
Jakob no likey drop down menus. I searched and could find no reference to the newest Alertbox. It may not necessarily be a hot topic but I have to agree with Mr. Nielsen. Pull down menus suck especially the ones created by CSS. Web design should not try to function like an operating system interface or a republican political campaign.
Did I include enough politics for this post?
relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up
? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
What is up with this?
I thought the weblogging community was the only one to engage in petty bickering? What I want to know is, while I can understand having a free Geocities site or something just to flame somebody, utterly removing your paid-for site
stikes me as a bit off-kilter.
gets a facelift. Creepy, but nice as always.
The CSS Anarchists Cookbook
How to ruin a designers pride and joy with with one simple file
You must be of legal drinking
age to enter this site.
Oh yes, when I'm in college, I WILL
be one, I WILL
. . . oh yes, it will be mine.
I seem to recall an online utility that presents a view of what a web site would look like in multiple browsers and on multiple platforms. My searching has turned up empty. Of course I've been known to choose unsuccessful keywords. Specifically, I'm looking for a utility to simulate the appearance of a web page on a Macintosh. Anyone here know of such a tool?
Your site in Chinese.
I picked this one up out of my logs. Enter your URL, hit return, wheet, there it is, your site in simplified Chinese. Dunno how accurate it is, but goddamned, it's the coolest thing I've seen in, oh, almost 16 hours.
You need to be running a browser and OS that handles Chinese characters for this to work, by the way. Mac users can install the appropriate freebies off of their OS 9 or 8.6 disks; it's a custom install. Windows users can download some big software turd. At least Internet Explorer on both platforms will display Chinese characters correctly once the system extensions are installed.
Congratz, bro! Between you and Napster
, I *almost* enjoyed the webbys this year.
Everybody's favorite off-the-wall watches
are now on the 'net. One very nicely designed site that fully captures the swatch image, although I don't really like the popup navigation bar.