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Simple and Usable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design: Remove
By Giles Colborne
Oct 6, 2010
Giles Colborne explains the “remove” strategy, which is about removing distractions to bring focus to your project, including learning what’s valuable to users, focusing your resources on delivering value, meeting users’ goals, and removing the distractions of tiny speed bumps that add to the load on the user.
Interaction Design Frameworks that Work: Search
By Robert Hoekman, Jared Spool
Sep 6, 2010
How can you apply lessons from Google to on-site search to generate effective results and commonsense interactions? In this chapter from their book, Web Anatomy, Robert Hoekman and Jared Sppol explain the elements you need for a good search engine interface and how they need to work.
InterACT with Web Standards: Positioning
By Erin Anderson, Virginia DeBolt, Derek Featherstone, Lars Gunther, Denise R. Jacobs, Leslie Jensen-Inman, Chris Mills, Christopher Schmitt, Glenda Sims, Aarron Walter
Jun 3, 2010
Chris Mills covers positioning, one of the hardest concepts to grasp in CSS. He also sneaks in some words about z-index and media queries for an extra special crunchy treat.
InterACT with Web Standards: Learning from the Web
By Erin Anderson, Virginia DeBolt, Derek Featherstone, Lars Gunther, Denise R. Jacobs, Leslie Jensen-Inman, Chris Mills, Christopher Schmitt, Glenda Sims, Aarron Walter
Jun 1, 2010
Much like anything, learning effectively on the Web requires a skill set that goes beyond constructing a solid keyword search in Google. Denise R. Jacobs shows you how to identify your learning style, introduces you to useful online tools, and explains the best ways to collaborate, share, and find inspiration.
The Case for Designing with Progressive Enhancement
By Todd Parker, Maggie Costello Wachs, Scott Jehl, Patty Toland
May 14, 2010
Learn how to create sites that deliver the highly interactive experiences that JavaScript, advanced CSS, and Ajax afford, and at the same time ensure that the very same codebase will work everywhere.
Designing with Progressive Enhancement: Applying Styles Effectively
By Todd Parker, Maggie Costello Wachs, Scott Jehl, Patty Toland
Mar 10, 2010
In this chapter, learn the best practices for applying CSS with progressive enhancement, including a review of how to divide styles into basic and enhanced style sheets, and techniques to improve the accessibility, usability, and performance of styles.
Q&A with Jakob Nielsen and Kara Pernice: An Interview by Jason Cranford Teague
By Jakob Nielsen, Kara Pernice, Jason Cranford Teague
Feb 17, 2010
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but how can you truly know what they are beholding? In their new book, Eyetracking Web Usability, Jakob Nielsen and Kara Pernice explore usability through examining the gaze of the viewer. Jason Cranford Teague had a chance to talk to them about Web usability studies, navigation, misdirecting your audience, and the frustration of ad overload.
What Do You Test, and When Do You Test It?: Why the Hardest Part Is Starting Early Enough
By Steve Krug
Jan 14, 2010
If there’s one thing that usability professionals agree on, it’s that you want to start testing as early as possible. Steve Krug shows you how to do it.
Fluid Web Typography: Scale & Rhythm
By Jason Cranford Teague
Dec 23, 2009
Jason Cranford Teague shows how giving careful consideration to the measurements and scale you are designing for is what separates good Web typography from great Web typography.
Eyetracking Web Usability: Images
By Jakob Nielsen, Kara Pernice
Dec 11, 2009
In this chapter, Jakob Nielsen and Kara Pernice examine what specific attributes attract people or repel them from images on the Web.
Interaction Design Frameworks that Work: Search
By Robert Hoekman, Jared Spool
Dec 7, 2009
How can we apply lessons from Google to on-site search to generate effective results and commonsense interactions? Robert Hoekman and Jared Spool discuss the web anatomy of search.
Planning for and Managing Browser Support
By Kimberly Blessing
Dec 7, 2009
With a flurry of new browsers hitting users’ computers and mobile devices this year, everyone involved with the Web has had to scramble to ensure that their sites are compatible with the latest and greatest. This has left many Web professionals and business teams wondering, “What browsers should my site support?” Kimberly Blessing helps you answer that question.
Research-Directed Design Methods: Project Definition
By Sarah Horton
Nov 16, 2009
Sarah Horto shows the importance of restraint in approaching a new website design project. Project success depends on defining the project purpose and goals before diving into wireframes, navigation, and especially visual design.
The Future of Web Standards
By Jeffrey Zeldman, Ethan Marcotte
Nov 12, 2009
This chapter starts by connecting the dots between web standards, "Web 2.0," Search engine optimization (SEO), and other industry-leading ideas that can make even a businessperson who is indifferent to technology sit up and roll over. This chapter is also for web designers and developers who want to understand what the best web standards have in common, where they came from, and where they (and we) are going.
Why Research-Directed Website Design Will Make Your Website Better
By Sarah Horton
Nov 9, 2009
Sarah Horton presents a case for using design research to reach informed design decisions. It's not enough to rely on your own opinions or those of your clients; she posits that instead, decisions must be based on an understanding of real user needs.
Designing a Custom YouTube Channel
By Kris Hadlock
Oct 5, 2009
Kris Hadlock explains how to customize your organization's presence on YouTube, with some relatively easy settings changes to make you stand out from the crowd.
Designing for Interaction: Design Research
By Dan Saffer
Aug 19, 2009
If only a small bit of the typical time, money, and resources used to make and market a product or service were put towards design research—observing, talking to, and maybe even making artifacts with customers and users—the products and services we use would be greatly improved. Dan Saffer explains.
Modular Web Design: Combine
By Nathan Curtis
Jul 22, 2009
This chapter will show you how to assemble components into page layouts, appreciate how components fit into variations of a single page as well as across the context of many different pages, take advantage of component relationships, including duplicates, bundles, and page shells, formulate page regions so that components can be more simply explained and consistently applied, and appreciate the relationship between components in layout and code.
'Form Follows Function' Revisited
By Curt Cloninger
Jun 23, 2009
Curt Cloninger, author of Fresher Styles for Web Designers: More Eye Candy from the Underground, discusses the concept that 'form follows function,' with particular focus on web design.
Beyond the Medium. Toward the Goals.
By Curt Cloninger
Jun 17, 2009
As designers, we should be willing and able to move fluidly from medium to medium. In order to do this, however, we must first identify the overarching conceptual goals of our design practice. Curt Cloninger asks, have you considered the purposeful development of a lifelong design practice?

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