Ways to Horrify Website Designers

Oct 31 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 30 Comments

Ways to Horrify Website Designers

Most people love a good scare. That moment where you almost jump out of your skin can pump you full of adrenaline and get your senses heightened.

Unfortunately, while zooming through a theme park ride at epic speeds or watching Michael Myers chase Jamie Lee Curtis with a knife will give us a "fun" type of scare, the web — whether by design or sadism — tends to be full of the kind of scary traps that would make the Jigsaw Killer’s creepy puppet giggle with glee.

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Public School Websites Don’t Have to Suck

Oct 30 2010 by Michael Tuck | 57 Comments

Public School Websites Don't Have to Suck

I am a full-time teacher in the US public schools, so I depend on my school’s rather dated website for many of my job functions. My site looks like the other staffers’, down to the identical font and color choices. I am not the school’s web designer, nor would it do any good if I were. I have very, very limited control to my pages. In fact, the school employee in charge of our website has very limited control over the site.

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Designing Hyperlinks: Tips and Best Practices

Oct 25 2010 by Jake Rocheleau | 20 Comments

Designing Hyperlinks: Tips and Best Practices

A hyperlink (aka link) is the most basic interface on websites. In fact, we can trace hyperlinks back to the origins of the web, with Tim Berners-Lee’s ENQUIRE, where each new page had to link to another. Links connect all of our content together and come in many forms; from links contained in a paragraph to a list of links that we’ve come to know as navigation menus.

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Designing Websites Under Information Technology Restrictions

Oct 20 2010 by Maria Malidaki | 17 Comments

Designing Websites Under Information Technology Restrictions

Technology, and especially information technology, evolves rapidly. People have come to terms with the constant, big and fast changes that fall upon the hardware and software we use.

It’s considered common practice to adapt to these changes and to keep your software and hardware up to date. Upgrading your browser to the newest version takes minutes. Operating systems are updated every couple of years. It’s not unusual to purchase a new computer every 3 years.

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The A-Z List for Web Designers

Oct 19 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 36 Comments

A-Z List for Web Design

There are so many technical aspects of web design and development that it can be pretty hard work getting to grips with all the intricacies that have become a part of our ever-growing industry. This A-Z list attempts to assigns each letter of the alphabet to an important aspect of our work as professionals that make websites.

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How to Teach Web Design Using Optimal Learning and Gestalt

Oct 15 2010 by Michael Tuck | 13 Comments

How to Teach Web Design Using Optimal Learning and Gestalt

This article attempts to give you, the reader, a leg up on how to teach new hires, colleagues, or your nephews and great-aunties the basics of Web Design using optimal learning and gestalt principles.

The idea of teaching Web Design (or anything really) can be examined in the light of gestaltism.

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The Science Behind a Single Page Website

Oct 4 2010 by Alexander Dawson | 28 Comments

The Science Behind a Single Page Website

We have all come across them whilst browsing the web, and many of the examples that exist are quite awe-inspiring, the single page website is a paradigm of the modern web in which everything that needs saying can be placed in a single document.

Whilst the single page layout option can lead to overwhelmingly large documents of endless scrolling, a series of clever mechanisms using modern standards and techniques such as CSS3 and Ajax have burst onto the scenes, offering a method of simply giving information as they’re required.

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