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Big Web Show № 159: If You Can’t Stand the Heatmaps, Stay Out of the Conversion, with @nickd

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:36:25 +0000

NICK Disabato (@nickd) and I discuss heat maps, conversion rates, design specialization, writing for the web, Jakob Nielsen, and the early days of blogging in Episode № 159 of The Big Web Show – “everything web that matters.” Listen and enjoy. Sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Blue Apron, User Interviews, and Hotjar. URLS nickd.org/bio/ draft.nu/ nickd.org/ twitter.com/nickd

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Buy a piece of studio.zeldman

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:59:06 +0000

We’ve got some exciting news to share. Web and interaction design studio.zeldman is moving, from our digs at 148 Madison Avenue to a new location on Fifth Avenue. As of June 1, we’ll be designing, creating, and consulting out of our beautiful new studio space at The Yard: Flatiron North. Closing our co-working design studio […]

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Big Web Show № 158: Old Men Shake Fists at the Cloud – with Jim Coudal

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:32:04 +0000

Internet veterans Jim @Coudal & Jeffrey @Zeldman on the death of blogging, the birth of Field Notes, the virtues of a subscription model, and much more. Begins in tears, ends in triumph. One of the most fun (and inspiring) episodes ever.

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How We Write Proposals in My Design Studio

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:05:10 +0000

AS THE HEAD of a newish design studio, I spend a fair amount of time writing proposals. And here’s how I like to do it. I do it like a conversation, and that’s how we start: with phone calls and emails to one or two key decision makers, followed by a research period of about […]

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A Lucky Fella

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:52:14 +0000

Cat rearing as a metaphor and the joy of a feces-free tub.

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Love and proposals

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:09:54 +0000

CHICAGO. Spent my Sunday writing a contract for the ________ design. I find I really enjoy writing proposals. It gives me a chance to see the whole project clearly in my mind, and to demonstrate to clients not just competency but genuine concern for their products and a vision of how to help their business. […]

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My Glamorous Life: Crossing the Continent

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:04:30 +0000

RAINY MORNING IN NYC. Put my kid, my ass, and my suitcase in an Uber. Dropped Ava at school, then crawled to JFK via every emergency-vehicle-blocked thoroughfare Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens had to offer. The roads were all rain and sirens and nobody getting anywhere. From JFK, flew across the country to surprisingly sunny […]

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Friday Links

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:26:21 +0000

TEN great links to launch your weekend: If you missed Gerry McGovern’s brilliant An Event Apart talk on “Top Task Management,” the video’s here for your pleasure. If you missed Eric Meyer’s article “Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design” in A List Apart, drop what you’re doing and read! If you missed […]

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A Saint Patrick’s Day to remember

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:09:56 +0000

WHEN my daughter Ava was much younger—about seven—I took her to Toys R Us in Times Square one Saturday that was also Saint Patrick’s Day. You couldn’t ask for a more chaotic location and crowd. After stocking up on a sufficient number of Barbie accessories (Ava was in a girly phase at the time), we […]

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Automatic check-ins and the old, personal web

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:24:53 +0000

Basecamp 3’s automatic check-in feature can build community and help you design your career and your life. It even brings back some of the joy we once derived from the days of the personal web.

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Authoritative, Readable, Branded: Report from Poynter Design Challenge, Part 2

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:13:23 +0000

THIS year’s Poynter Digital Newspaper Design Challenge was an attempt by several designers and pundits, working and thinking in parallel, to save real news via design. In Part 1 of my report from Poynter, I discussed the questions driving the challenge, and talked about the design work done in response to it by my colleagues Kat […]

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Digital newspaper design challenge: a report from Poynter, part 1

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:32:29 +0000

CAN design create a better user experience that engages readers and drives revenue? Can it fight fake news and help save real journalism at a time when news organizations large and small are underfinanced and under attack? These questions drove the Poynter Design Challenge, “a project to create new visual models for digital news publications” […]

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Lara Hogan at Postlight

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:12:30 +0000

LARA HOGAN kicked ass at the Lara Hogan Demystifies Public Speaking event sponsored by Postlight and A Book Apart, and held last night in Postlight’s big beautiful public space on Fifth Avenue, around the corner from NYC’s famous Union Square Park. Speaking coach Bill Smartt led the smartly paced Q&A session. Postlight co-founder and event […]

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Streaming suicide and other design decisions

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:15:13 +0000

We who create websites and applications must remain mindful, honest, and vigilant. We must strive to work in diverse teams that are better than homogenous groups at glimpsing and preparing for the unforeseen. More than ever, we must develop design practices that anticipate the horrible and tragic—not to mention the illegal and authoritarian. And in life, as well as design, we must do a better job of asking ourselves what we are not seeing—what struggles the people we meet may be hiding from us, and how we can help them before it is too late.

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Kiss My Classname

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:55:57 +0000

SORRY. I disagree. Nonsemantic classnames that refer to visual styles will always be a bad idea. I’m sure you’re a good coder. Probably much better than I am these days. I know most of you weren’t around for the standards wars and don’t know how much damage non-semantic HTML and CSS did to the web. […]

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