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Ten Years Ago on the Web

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:02:15 +0000

2006 DOESN’T seem forever ago until I remember that we were tracking IE7 bugs, worrying about the RSS feed validator, and viewing Drupal as an accessibility-and-web-standards-positive platform, at the time. Pundits were claiming bad design was good for the web (just as some still do). Joe Clark was critiquing WCAG 2. “An Inconvenient Truth” was playing in theaters, and many folks […]

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Speaking Most Clearly When Not Speaking At All

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:47:10 +0000

Writing brain and speaking brain verbalize differently for me, I have found. I’m considered a passable conference speaker, and, from friendly conversations to client meetings, I’m rarely at a loss for words. But the ideas I’m able to articulate with my mouth are nothing, absolutely nothing, to those I can sometimes share while writing. In […]

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Sometimes a cigar is a penis

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:19:16 +0000

MANY NIGHTS I have these dreams where I lose my daughter while traveling. We’re about to board a flight, and suddenly she has vanished. In other parts of these same dreams, still traveling, I’m doing something amazing—like hiking the Alps—when I realize I’ve forgotten to check in on my app. Although the two distresses are […]

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Help Carolyn Wood

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:33:46 +0000

ONE OF THE NICEST web professionals I’ve ever worked with desperately needs and deserves our community’s help, compassion, and kindness. Many of you, whether you knew it or not, have benefited from Carolyn Wood’s work on A List Apart, Digital Web, The Manual, and Codex: the journal of typography. For two decades, she has been […]

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Introducing studio.zeldman

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:42:55 +0000

studio.zeldman is open for business. It’s a vision I’ve been cooking up, a new studio supported by some of the most talented people in our industry and everything I've learned in two-plus decades of web and interaction design. And now it’s here. studio.zeldman designs digital experiences and provides strategic consulting. We don’t have a portfolio yet, but we landed our first client before we launched. Come on down!

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Has Design Become Too Hard? – transcription

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 21:43:32 +0000

What follows is a transcription of Has Design Become Too Hard?, which I wrote for Communication Arts in June 2016. I transcribe it here against the day CA takes down its content.   WE DESIGNERS love to complain. It’s our nature. After all, if we were satisfied with the way things work, feel, and look, we […]

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Instagram to third-party developers: drop dead

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 20:42:19 +0000

I’M pretty much done with Instagram. I never loved it, but it’s where most of my friends looked for my photos, so I made peace with it as a platform—and continued to use poor, old, widely unloved Flickr for more serious photo sharing. Now, though, for all I care, Instagram can get bent. There’s a […]

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Has Design Become Too Hard? | Jeffrey Zeldman in Communication Arts

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:51:34 +0000

Digital design is not what it used to be, we say. The fun has gone out of it. An endless deluge of frameworks and technologies has leached the creativity out of what we make and do, and replaced the joy of craft with a hellish treadmill of overly complicated tools to master. Many of us […]

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Position Wanted: Front-End Director

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:07:53 +0000

WE have creative directors and design directors, but we don’t seem to have any front-end directors. And maybe we should. For years at big companies, people in different silos have written CSS with no information or understanding about each other’s work. This results in huge, sloppy files that have a negative impact on site performance, […]

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90 Minutes With Amtrak.com

Fri, 06 May 2016 14:44:06 +0000

I’m traveling by train next week. This morning, Amtrak .com wouldn’t let me log into my account with my password, which I have never changed, and which Amtrak.com now says is “incorrect.” When I eventually clicked the “Reset password” link (duh, so Amtrak would send an email with a link allowing me to reset my […]

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Breakfast Links

Wed, 04 May 2016 13:01:37 +0000

The finest linkage this week for web and interaction designers and developers.

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Abandon Hope!

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:03:05 +0000

THE FILTHIEST men’s room in New York is on the 8th floor of 291 Broadway. You would think the men’s room at Penn Station or the bus terminal would beat any other for filth and stench but you’d be wrong. 291 Broadway’s is worse. There are five years of crushed insects on the walls. They […]

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Shopify Partners Program wants you—and so do I!

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:51:11 +0000

Apply now to join the next round of Shopify Partner Studio!

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Getting to the heart of users’ deepest needs

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:15:14 +0000

We say we're crafting personas to fit the needs of “real” people—yet we easily revert to abstractions when raw emotions enter the picture. Eric A. Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher are working to change that. In today’s A List Apart for people who make websites, we’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Eric and Sara’s new book, Design for Real Life, available now from A Book Apart. And A List Apart’s managing editor Mica McPheeters speaks with Sara Wachter-Boettcher about getting to the heart of users’ deepest needs.

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Pinterest giveth, and Pinterest taketh away

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:32:07 +0000

AS MY design career has taken on more and more strategic and managerial freight, I’ve done less and less hands-on design. This year, I decided to change that. As part of my reimmersion, I found myself reading less, and absorbing visual information more. Enter Pinterest. I’d played with the app when it first came out—who […]

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