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Interface Design for Learning: An Interview with Dorian Peters
By Julie Dirksen, Dorian Peters
Feb 6, 2014
Instructional designer and author Julie Dirksen interviews Dorian Peters, author of Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences, about the importance of interface design for learning, how it differs from typical web interface design, and some of her favorite learning interfaces.
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Why You Need Responsive Design for Your WordPress Site
By Joe Casabona
Jan 30, 2014
In 2013, over 50% of e-commerce traffic was mobile. In 2014, one quarter of new websites will be powered by WordPress. Joe Casabona, author of Responsive Design with WordPress: How to make great responsive themes and plugins, explains why implementing responsive web design on your WordPress site is so important, and not as hard as you might think!
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Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? Steve Krug on Why Users Like Mindless Choices
By Steve Krug
Jan 27, 2014
We face choices all the time on the Web. Steve Krug explains that making those choices mindless is one of the most important things you can do to make a site easy to use.
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Making Your WordPress Theme Responsive: Core Features
By Joe Casabona
Jan 13, 2014
This chapter looks at some of the core features of WordPress instrumental to a good User Experience, including navigation, images, and widgets.
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Interface Design for Learning: Basic Principles A-Z
By Dorian Peters
Jan 6, 2014
Dorian Peters offers a crash course in interface design for learners, covering basic concepts from psychology, education, and human-computer interaction essential to the design of learning interfaces.
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Adventures in Experience Design: Splatter!
By Carolyn Chandler, Anna van Slee
Jan 2, 2014
Learn the language of your eyes. Solve a problem for bald heads. Redesign your bedroom. Dissect a corpse. Paper a wall with ideas.
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Responsive Design Workflow: Designing in Text
By Stephen Hay
Apr 15, 2013
In this chapter, Stephen Hay discusses responsive design with text, including marking up plain text and converting plain text to HTML.
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How to Overcome Browser Challenges in Web Design
By Christopher Schmitt
Feb 13, 2013
Browsers have different levels of support for CSS features, as well as different interpretations of how to render HTML. By using tools like normalize.css and validating on multiple devices, we can address many of the challenges of web design. However, there’s no substitute for knowing and learning about your audience and working to build them the best site possible, as Christopher Schmitt advises in this chapter from Designing Web and Mobile Graphics: Fundamental concepts for web and interactive projects.
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Author Talk: Maggie Macnab on Improving Your Designs with Universal Forms and Principles
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Maggie Macnab
Nov 23, 2012
Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author Maggie Macnab about her latest book, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design. They discuss how many of the fundamental principles of nature can inform good design. Maggie also talks about her experiences growing up in scenic northern New Mexico, and the ways the landscape shaped her aesthetic.
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Author Talk: Paul Adams on Influence and the Social Web (Podcast Transcript)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Paul Adams
Nov 7, 2012
New Riders Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Social Media Expert Paul Adams about his new book Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web. This book pulls together the latest research from leading universities and technology companies to describe how people are connected, and how ideas and brand messages spread through social networks. It shows readers how to rebuild their business around social behavior, and create products that people tell their friends about.
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"The Best Design Advice I Ever Got" with Giles Colborne
By Giles Colborne
Nov 6, 2012
Giles Colborne, author of Simple and Useable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, recalls an important book that shaped his career early on and reminds us that communicating effectively, above all else, should be the goal of great design.
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Tips for Writing Content For Mobile Users
By Jakob Nielsen, Raluca Budiu
Oct 31, 2012
Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu explain that while there are many other points to consider, the main usability guideline for mobile content is this: When you’re writing for mobile users, focus their attention on the essential content.
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Should Mobile Design Principles Be Applied to the Desktop?
By Raluca Budiu, Jakob Nielsen
Oct 24, 2012
Usability experts Raluca Budiu and Jakob Nielsen discuss whether mobile design principles can and should be applied to the desktop.
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Author Talk: Alberto Cairo on the Functional Art of Infographics (Podcast Transcript)
By Alberto Cairo, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 16, 2012
New Riders/Peachpit Publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks with Alberto Cairo, professor of information graphics and visualization at the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization. Alberto names some of his favorite designers and data visualizers working in the field today, and discusses the complex relationship between function and form.
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Author Talk: Tim Kadlec on Implementing Responsive Design (Podcast Transcript)
By Tim Kadlec, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 11, 2012
Peachpit publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Tim Kadlec, author of Implementing Responsive Design, about why he wrote the book, the Breaking Development conference, and how anyone can start applying responsive design to their site.
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The Infographics Complexity Challenge: Presentation and Exploration
By Alberto Cairo
Oct 3, 2012
An information graphic is a tool for the designer to communicate with readers, and a tool for readers to analyze what’s being presented to them. It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as an engineer or as an artist: If you create infographics and visualizations, the balance you achieve between these two dimensions will define whether or not your work is good.
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Working with Smart Objects in Dreamweaver and Photoshop
By Tom Negrino
Oct 3, 2012
If your websites use a lot of images, you've probably spent plenty of time jumping between Dreamweaver and Photoshop to make changes, and then trying to keep track of which files are current and which need to be synched. Now you can cross that nightmare off your task list. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, shows how using Smart Objects in Dreamweaver CS6 can keep your images in sync automatically.
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"The Best Design Advice I Ever Got" with Jakob Nielsen
By Jakob Nielsen
Sep 25, 2012
Jakob Nielsen, coauthor of Mobile Usability, reminds us that anything you think is easy or good might be terrible for the target audience.
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Custom Search Filtering with jQuery Mobile
By Kris Hadlock
Sep 24, 2012
Search functionality is often a necessary piece of functionality for a website, especially when your website has a lot of content. In this article, Kris Hadlock, author of Ajax for Web Application Developers, explains how to use the search filter bar to create search functionality in the listview component, and how to create a custom search filter in case the default search functionality doesn’t meet your needs.
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Corral Your Styles with Dreamweaver's CSS Visualization Tools
By Tom Negrino
Sep 13, 2012
Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with Dreamweaver provides detailed control of the design and display of your web pages, but hidden rules underlying the styles might prevent you from getting the effect you really want. Fortunately, Dreamweaver offers some powerful tools for working with CSS. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, explains how to use Dreamweaver's visualization tools to make CSS behave.

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