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  • UX London 2010 is go!

    Tickets for UX London 2010 are now on sale with a massive £200 early bird discount. Highlights for 2010 include Bill Moggridge, Scott McCloud, Kristina Halvorson & JJG to name a few. Last year sold out and was hugely over subscribed so get in quick!

  • Making sense of Radiohead

    There’s a really interesting post on Creating Passionate Users right now: it explains how seeing Radiohead play live – for one fan – changed how she listens to, and hears the album Kid A. I had a similar experience.

  • The postcode lookup pattern

    As a way of enabling address input, the UK postcode look-up is fraught with danger and is rarely implemented well. As is often the case in UX design, everything is fine until an exception is reached.

  • Liquid lunch

    The new issue of Digital Web mag sees Peter-Paul Koch extolling the fine virtues of graceful degradation. That is the honourable action of building web sites that work† on all browsers without worrying if they are pixel perfect. With care, attention & experience this…

  • The user-centred aesthetic

    So far this year, my regular reads on the Web have covered techniques in all the disciplines required to create quality web sites. All the disciplines bar one, that is. What’s missing? The visual design; the look; the skin; the surface. While the folks I’ve been…

  • Googlerank feedback loop

    I recently started listing Google search terms with each blog post. This was done as a matter of interest, but it had an unintentional effect: the search terms fed back into Google and boosted my page rank. I explain the feedback process.

  • Users don’t care where they are

    Mark Hurst tell us that users don’t care where they are and that breadcrumbs are nice but irrelevent. Peter Merholz wholeheartedly disagrees and Christina Wodtke provides a little balance to the argument. Incidentally, Dan Cederholm has posed the question, how best…

  • dConstruct 2007

    I’ve just come back from holiday, and the Clearleft office is a-buzz with early preparations for this year’s dConstruct conference.

  • Garibaldi

    More Friday banter from the Biscuit: I should have just got a job on the bins.
    The pay’s better and I’d know some hard blokes.
    And I wouldn’t have to pretend
    That I know what rhetorical means.I could have been like Lou Barlow,
    But I’m more like Ken…

  • Bent over a barrel

    Behind the typeface: Cooper Black – a brilliant satire. A cry for help with a smart quotes algorithm. Typography links including designing logos from ligatures. And how close to the real thing your wireframes should be when presented for user testing.

  • I go to Ikea so you don’t have to

    I think there is universal agreement that going to Ikea is both a tortuous and torturous experience, and testament to that is the very existence of a successful business created to circumvent that pain.

  • Interface widgets

    Christina Wodtke has created Widgetopia, a collection UI elements, and discusses solving user interface problems – by best practice or common practice?

  • Fifty tunes

    I’ve added a page which lists the last 50 tunes I’ve played on WinAmp (an idea gratuitously lifted from What do I Know). It uses the BlogAmp plugin, which unfortunately requires JavaScript to view the list. However I managed to find a PHP version on the BlogAmp…

  • Accessible interfaces

    The Disability Rights Commission publishes an inaccessible website demonstration. Try the simulation of a user who has difficulty controlling a mouse. Nielsen argues for separate interfaces for sighted on non-sighted users, saying that auditory methods need a 1-D approach.

  • mx out

    OK this is the last plug for Macromedia, but importantly enough MX Studio (Dreamweaver, Fireworks, et al) is finally out. $199 upgrade to Dreamweaver alone is significant but given the user interface and CSS improvements it’s probably worth it.

  • d.Construct schedule and podcast

    As you’ve probably heard by now, we at Clearleft are organising another d.Construct conference, set for Friday 8th September this year. We’ve just released the schedule and published a podcast.

  • Talking Type and Design at South by Southwest

    I’m on two proposed panels for SxSW 2010 – please cast a thumbs up in their favour! Also, some typography and other interesting looking panels that caught my eye.

  • Observation

    Heaps and heaps of photos from around Brighton. Taken over the last 20 years they are the kind that focus upon what is extraordinary in the everyday. Found at bluejoh, a fellow Brighton blogger who met Some-bloke Tom at a wedding, only she didn’t realize at the time. One…

  • Buy buy

    Boxes & Arrows has a great article on the Principles of Task Flow for Web Applications which outlines the concept of views and forms. All the cool kids are doing it, so why not me. Go and buy Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards, or better still get your employers…

  • Viral mystery

    Would you believe this site is for a directory enquiries company (requires Flash and sound)? Make sure you check out their spoof of the Honda ‘Cog’ commercial, which in itself is based on Der Lauf der Dinge by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. And if you liked that,…

  • Handy pointers

    This month in DigitalWeb mag, Jeff Lash talks about using Information Architecture to promote business goals as well as user needs: Using information architecture to meet business goals by focusing on user needs not only proves your professional worth, but makes users happy…

  • The good, the bad & the funny

    Netscape’s DevEdge has been redesigned as a standards showcase. Yes, another important web site has been redesigned and built without table-layout. Visually, it’s hardly cutting edge, but is easy on both the eye and the mouse. The drop down menus are rather splendid…

  • Nazdarovya

    It seems Firebird has been renamed to Firefox. I’m looking forward to the plug-in that enables you to enter a URL just by thinking in Russian. Update: Jon Hicks implemented the lovely new icons and has posted details of the branding process. Jon also points us…

  • 18 months of beagle ownership

    Poppy is 1½ today. She’s my first dog and, it’s been a wonderful, if occasionally trying experience for both Her Indoors and me.

  • Swiss cheese?

    I enjoy minimal design, and I also believe that, for the majority of commercial and otherwise meaningful sites on the Web, that is exactly what is required. But minimal design to me, does not mean no graphics, no Flash, etc. If these elements are seen to add to the experience…

  • Toons

    BlogAmp is a free Winamp plugin that allows you to publish details of songs being played. I will be playing with it soon. This week Jakob tells us how to become Usability professionals, just like him. Experience is the key, my friend. Nick Usborne writes copy for web sites;…

  • The trouble with font classifications

    I want to design a new way for visual designers to find fonts which specifically suit their needs and the needs of their clients. This means approaching things by way of a user-centred design process. And I need your help.

  • Enabling .htaccess in OS X

    Out of the box, the Apache Web server that comes with OS X does not take any notice of .htaccess files. It took me a while to figure out how to get them working, so I thought I’d share.

  • Photo fades and then some

    Scott Upton of Couloir has taken things to the next level with a resizing, fading JavaScript slideshow. I’ve made some bookmarking and accessibility suggestions (picking nits as usual).

  • Professional body for web designers

    Mark Boulton has written a thoughtful post on having a professional body for web design. I commented in detail there, but I wanted to expand my thoughts on the subject, particularly on certification and the need for such an organisation.

  • Dasher

    Dasher is the most incredible writing interface I think I’ve ever seen. Dasher is a zooming interface. You point where you want to go, and the display zooms in wherever you point. The world into which you are zooming is painted with letters, so that any point you zoom…

  • Easier searching

    Well, having implemented my own search engine for clagnut, I’ve just discovered (via Dean) that MySQL now has its own search engine built in: As of Version 3.23.23, MySQL has support for full-text indexing and searching. I suppose I should be pleased and excited that…

  • The Scourge of Helvetica Neue Light

    I’m no lover of Helvetica but neither do I hate it. That said I really do have an aversion to Helvetica Neue Light, or rather an aversion to when Helvetica Neue Light is used without due thought and attention, and particularly within user interfaces.

  • Get geeked

    For those budding (and indeed established) geeks out there, a few resources from O’Reilly to get you off on the right foot: Alphabetical Directory of Linux Commands. All the way from agetty to znew – a very handy command-line companion with all options…

  • Multimap is hiring

    Multimap is looking to hire a junior web designer/developer to assist the Multimap.com public site development team. The job is based in London.

  • Textilisation

    Clagnut now uses a slightly customised version of Dean Allen’s wonderful Textile. Textile provides speedier text input (without having to mark up the input into my CMS) and formats the text nicely, with proper “typographer’s quotes” and so on. There…

  • Conference diversity from an organiser’s perspective

    Clearleft we know we have a responsibility to the industry to help redress the gender balance, and that means putting together diverse line-ups at our conferences. This is much easier said than done, but difficult doesn’t mean impossible.

  • Perfect client

    Discussion on the perfect client, demonstrated by a great little project we did for the IBM GCat team.

  • Right click

    Some gizmos for improving your IE5 experience. Particularly helpful for developers. Google toolbar – quicker searching, page ranking etc. Validate HTML – using WDG validator. Disable style sheets – toggle CSS to check accessibility. Web Developer Accessories…

  • Girls, girls, girls

    In the Guardian, a discussion of the disturbing lack of women in New Media: The rarity of women in the field of technology makes it hard to establish good networking opportunities. “It’s a great shame, because women are particularly good when it comes to the…

  • Google’s Smart Tags

    Remember the brou ha ha when Microsoft announced its Smart Tags? Smart Tags would automatically add links into your documents, whether you liked it or not. Well Zeldman reports that the latest Google toolbar does exactly that, for example a street address will link to Google…

  • Career path for web designers

    In my post on creating a professional body for web designers I suggested that a function should be to help with the ‘continued professional development’. Christina Wodtke has been considering options for extending one’s career as a web designer.

  • The best compostable Nespresso capsules

    Searching for a rich, bold, chocolatey Nespresso coffee, ethically sourced, and home-compostable pods, I tried 17 different coffees from 5 different brands until finally I came across two which hit the mark.

  • Upgrade some more!

    Zeldman has added his thoughts to the Upgrade Now message debate [inner-self jigs around the office, singing ‘I got a link from Zeldman’]. With the demise of 4.0 browsers and that fact that fewer and fewer clients insist on giving those users exactly the same…

  • It’s time to stop teaching web skills like it’s still 1999

    Design Week had an editorial highlighting the demise of craft skills and typography in college curricula. It reminded me that courses teaching web design in the UK rarely include such skills in the first place. So where are the good courses?

  • Yahoogle!

    Yahoo! is becoming less and less relevant by the day, as it relies more and more on Google. From the Yahoo! Help pages: You may have noticed that the Yahoo! Search results look a little different. As part of our ongoing efforts to offer you the easiest and most rewarding…

  • On your marks…

    Judging of the Guardian Best British Blog began this weekend. And yes, it was the kick up the backside I needed to get the About page up. This compo has other ramifications, particularly if you should win (like you may have to spend the prize money to pay for the extra…

  • City of Sound

    City of Sound is a new addition to my blog roll. Written by Dan Hill, it’s a London-centric weblog with a somewhat grand raison d’être.