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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?
Flash Essentials for After Effects Users
By Richard Harrington
Jun 17, 2009
Flash baffles After Effects users as often as it makes them feel comfortable. This chapter from Rich Harrington introduces you to Flash’s interface and core animation techniques.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CS4
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Jun 2, 2009
This chapter will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels.
Adobe Flash Catalyst: A Designer's Ticket to the Interactive World
By Andrew Faulkner
Jun 1, 2009
Andrew Faulkner and his team at afstudio have been designing with Adobe products for decades. Though they're quite comfortable with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, they have had to look to professional programmers for help with creating Adobe Flash presentations for online projects. Now that he has had the chance to scope out the Adobe Flash Catalyst beta, however, Andrew is excited about the power that this new Adobe program will put into the designer's hands.
Using Layers for Transparency and Clipping in Illustrator CS4
By David Karlins
Jun 1, 2009
Do you think of layers strictly as a selection tool? You're missing out. David Karlins points out a number of ways in which layers can be used to edit artwork in Illustrator.
Video with Adobe Flash CS4: Delivery and Deployment Primer
By Robert Reinhardt
May 20, 2009
Learn the differences between distribution file formats and protocols for Flash-based video, along with their advantages and disadvantages.
Creating Transparent Video with Adobe After Effects CS4
By Marcus Geduld, Richard Harrington
May 19, 2009
Transparency plays a key role in the success of animation and interactivity. By embedding transparency into graphic elements, you can composite together different elements created at different times, allowing for true flexibility.
ppk on JavaScript: Context
By Peter-Paul Koch
May 14, 2009
JavaScript is used in the context of a Web page. This is obvious, but it has a few consequences that haven’t always been properly appreciated. Peter-Paul Koch discusses the standards-compliance CSS revolution that has changed Web development, starting with a quick summary of the CSS revolution and its impact on JavaScript.
Neuro Web Design Review:
By Susan M. Weinschenk
May 4, 2009
Susan Weinschenk analyzes the website of an international charitable organization. By making a few changes in the site design, she suggests, the group could increase the amount of good they're already doing for the world.
A Project Guide to UX Design: Project Objectives and Approach
By Russ Unger, Carolyn Chandler
Mar 21, 2009
This chapter talks about forming project objectives and offers some questions that will help you as a UX designer solidify those goals. Also learn some common project approaches (or methodologies) and how they may influence the way you work.
Flexible Web Design: Types of Web-page Layouts
By Zoe Mickley Gillenwater
Feb 17, 2009
Web-page layouts can be grouped into three categories based on how their width is set: fixed-width, liquid (or fluid), and elastic. Zoe Mickley Gillenwater discusses the characteristics of each type of layout.
Flexible Web Design: Dynamically Changing Images’ Screen Area
By Zoe Mickley Gillenwater
Feb 16, 2009
There are lots of ways you can dynamically change the screen area that an image takes up. Zoe Mickley Gillenwater explains how.
Using the Liquid CSS Layouts in Dreamweaver CS4
By Stephanie Sullivan, Greg Rewis
Feb 5, 2009
Liquid layouts, based on a percentage of the size of the browser's window (or viewport), are one way to create flexible sites that work for a variety of users. In this chapter, learn the pros and cons of creating a liquid layout.
Fresher Styles for Web Designers: Psychedelic Minimalist Style
By Curt Cloninger
Jan 21, 2009
Curt Cloninger discusses the Psychedelic Minimalist style, a style that intentionally straddles the fence between minimalism and psychedelia, achieving surprisingly fresh, purposefully paradoxical results.
Neuro Web Design: Invoking Scarcity--If Something Seems Unavailable, We Seem to Want It Even More
By Susan M. Weinschenk
Jan 16, 2009
Susan Weinschenk explains why invoking scarcity can be an excellent marketing tool.
Working with Text in Microsoft Expression Web 2
By Nolan Hester
Oct 28, 2008
Nolan Hester explains why you should treat your web text like an outline and avoid focusing on formatting.
Stupid User Syndrome: Why We Become Idiots Online (And What Web Designers Can Do About It)
By Robert Hoekman
Jul 18, 2008
Whether we like to admit it or not, we've all been victims of stupid user syndrome at some point or another. Designing the Moment author Robert Hoekman Jr. outlines the symptoms of this terrible malady as well as what Web designers can do to prevent it.

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