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How to Design the Look of Your Website with WordPress
By Rafael Concepcion
Feb 15, 2012
Rafael Concepcion shows you how, by using themes in WordPress, you can have multiple looks for your website in just a few clicks.
Bulletproof Web Design: Creative Floating
By Dan Cederholm
Jan 31, 2012
The creative use of the float property can give grid-like results, with a fraction of the code we’d need with the nested-tables approach. By paring down the markup to its barest essentials, you make it easier for browsers, software, and all devices to read your content, at the same time making it easier for other designers and developers to modify and edit these components.
Aesthetics: Enjoy the Ride
By Maggie Macnab
Oct 19, 2011
Fundamental pieces of "memory" are embedded from the earliest experience of your ancestors and from your personal experiences collected during the first years of life. These experiences join with the unique composite of your genes to give you an individual perspective of beauty, teach you how to assess and respond, and advise you on how to make decisions based on what you believe to be right or wrong. This chapter will help you remember what you already know.
Design by Nature: An Interview with Maggie Macnab
By Peachpit, Maggie Macnab
Oct 17, 2011
In this interview, Maggie Macnab, author of Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, talks about using the principles and processes of nature in your design work, why patterns found in nature are so effective in design, and what inspires her as a designer.
The Mobile Future of UX
By Robert Hoekman
Oct 14, 2011
Robert Hoekman, Jr. talks about the profound impact PC Free and the mobile revolution in general will have on web designers.
Merit Over Marketing: A Manifesto
By Robert Hoekman
Jul 26, 2011
Without proof of their effectiveness, the act of deciding who will do the best design work for your company is a coin toss. And too often, this results in mediocre solutions with unremarkable results. By believing what we hear over what we see, we tell consultants and agencies that marketing is a more valued skill than design. Robert Hoekman, Jr. suggests that it's time to call for merit over marketing.
Seductive Interaction Design: Are You Attractive?
By Stephen P. Anderson
Jul 13, 2011
Stephen P. Anderson considers the ways in which feelings and emotions can influence perceived and actual usability.
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People: There's a Special Part of the Brain Just for Recognizing Faces
By Susan Weinschenk
May 19, 2011
People recognize and react to faces on Web pages faster than anything else on the page. In this chapter from her book, Susan Weinschenk explains how understanding this concept can help you design better web pages.
Seeking Simplicity? You’re Probably Looking in the Wrong Place
By Giles Colborne
May 18, 2011
How can you “make it simple” when it’s impossible to pin down what “simple” means? No wonder simplicity is so hard to achieve. Giles Colborne explains why having a good definition of simplicity helps you to understand and counter many of the obstacles and objections that will crop up as you try to design your “next big thing.”
The Elements of User Experience: The Scope Plane: Functional Specifications and Content Requirements
By Jesse James Garrett
Feb 17, 2011
There are two main reasons to bother to define requirements: so you know what you're building and so you know what you're not building. Jesse James Garrett examines the importance and process of defining the scope of your website, including defining requirements and functional specifications.
Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design: Process
By Khoi Vinh
Feb 15, 2011
Khoi Vinh outlines principles that every designer should keep in mind when building a grid.
How to Sell Design and Influence People
By Robert Hoekman
Feb 8, 2011
If you think 'manipulation' is a dirty word, you're wrong. Robert Hoekman, Jr., author of Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Application Design, Second Edition, explains how your ability to influence, persuade, or manipulate people (call it what you like) is crucial to moving your organization from design chaos to lauded success.
Designing the Obvious: Build Only What Is Absolutely Necessary
By Robert Hoekman
Dec 30, 2010
Robert Hoekman explains why you must focus only on the features that are the most essential and build only what is absolutely necessary.
An Interview with Jesse James Garrett
By Russ Unger, Jesse James Garrett
Dec 21, 2010
Russ Unger interviews Jesse James Garrett about the new edition of The Elements of User Experience, what's changed since the first edition was released in 2002, why client work is still important to him, and the relationship between UX and the video game industry.
Simple and Usable: An Interview with Giles Colborne
By Karen McGrane, Giles Colborne
Dec 13, 2010
Karen McGrane interviews Giles Colborne about his book, Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, where he discusses the four core solutions for simplifying, advice for designers, and finding “simplicty on the other side of complexity.”
The Art and Science of Influential Web Content: What Rhetoric Really Is
By Colleen Jones
Dec 1, 2010
In this excerpt from her book, Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content, Colleen Jones distills many of the useful ideas from the debate on the theory and scope of rhetoric into four principles for web content and offers advice on when to use what principles.
Obvious, Yet Subtle: Making Interactivity Easy for Users
By Claudia McCue
Nov 22, 2010
As the creator of an interactive project, you expend a lot of effort to make the project intuitive for the end user. You have to anticipate the needs and reactions of the viewers. Somehow, you have to make it obvious where to click in order to make things happen; otherwise, how will they know where all the fun is? Claudia McCue shows how to make interactivity simpler for your users.
The Art and Science of Influential Web Content: An Interview with Colleen Jones
By Colleen Jones
Nov 18, 2010
Colleen Jones, author of Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content, discusses why influential web content is critical, the three real benefits of social networking, and the biggest mistake most organizations make with regard to their web content.
Fractal Documents Tell Infinite Stories: An Interview with Dan Brown
By Dan M. Brown, Miraz Jordan
Nov 17, 2010
Miraz Jordan interviews Dan Brown, author of Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning, 2nd Edition, about how the field of user experience has changed, the three kinds of pressure user experience will face over the next decade, and why designers need to convey their concepts through stories.
Undercover User Experience Design: Making It Real
By Cennydd Bowles, James Box
Oct 28, 2010
The authors of Undercover User Experience Design discuss deliverables that you can use to document your ongoing design work, including sitemap, storyboard, and wireframe.

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