Introducing the U.S. Web Design Standards

“The U.S. Web Design Standards are the U.S. government’s very own set of common UI components and visual styles for websites. It’s a resource designed to make things easier for government designers and developers, while raising the bar on what the American people can expect from their digital experiences.” Source: 18F — Introducing the U.S. Web Design Standards Interesting move by our government, and definitely something that needed to be done. The four goals they …

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Sapphire Apple Watch Screens Can Crack

Ouch… Apple Watch sapphire screen cracked: Accidental drops can break screen | BGR: “My friend was actually more worried than I was that something might have happened, but I reassured him that everything would be fine, as this Watch model has a sapphire display that’s shockingly difficult to crack. Then I picked it up from the ground to show him that the sapphire screen has survived the drop unharmed. Boy, was I in for a …

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Google Starts Ranking Your Site Based on Mobile Friendliness

We’ve known for a few months that Google was going to start ranking websites based on their ability to be displayed on mobile devices such as phones and tablets as well as traditional laptops and desktops. Looks like April 21 is the big day to have made the switch to a mobile-friendly site: Big news from Google today: beginning April 21, the company will increase the ranking of sites that are mobile-friendly. via Google Will …

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Don’t Use Admin As Your WordPress Username

We create, host, and manage a number of sites for churches, non-profits, community groups, and businesses. As a part of that, we also spend a good deal of time “behind the scenes” keeping these websites safe and secure. Our clients often don’t realize how much work that entails in 2014 / 2015 with the ongoing proliferation of sophistication and the sheer numbers of bots and bad folks looking to exploit poorly constructed sites or social …

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Airbnb’s New Logo

Airbnb has released a revision of its site, which is very 2014 modern in its flatness and active card based structure. It’s interesting, but nothing revolutionary or forward looking inside the Silicon Valley bubble. The best aspect is that we’re finally seeing the transition of the cards interface from services to actual physical interactions / products. The more exceptional part of Airbnb’s visual revision is how they are treating their otherwise lukewarm logo. Airbnb is …

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Meant to post earlier but here’s Ryan Newman’s car for 2014 from pit road before the Southern 500

This is the Saddest “We Sold for $8 Million” Post I’ve Ever Read

Readmill was a fantastic app for reading and discovering new things to read. I’ve enjoyed the small amount of time I spent in the app and am sad it’s going away. The “epilogue” post from their site after the Dropbox acquisition for 8 million is a hard read for fans but the stats below tell a good, but brief, story: Readmill’s story ends here. Many challenges in the world of ebooks remain unsolved, and we …

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There’s a Reason Why Boring Interfaces Like Reddit Engage Crowds

People visit sites repeatedly because they can do things about things they care about. Here’s a great answer on the topic of why Reddit has such high engagement with people across a variety of backgrounds, age groups, interests, and ideologies despite its rather “ugly” interface: Read Quote of Oliver Emberton’s answer to reddit (website): Why is reddit so famous despite such a boring interface? on Quora In other words Function > Form in most cases …

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Simple Websites and Expected Formulas

I’ve built hundreds of WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal sites over the years for clients (and a few for my own endeavors). One of the most frequent conversations I have towards the end of these builds when we get to the aesthetics and flow of a site is how design decisions impact not just “branding” but also user experience. Websites are not only meant to be representations of a brand or a company. Sites are meant …

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Andy Beaumont on the plague of Pop-Ups 2.0 and the reason why publishers of all sizes are rushing to put them on their sites (hint.. doing analytics wrong): I have tested this design pattern with real people, and a significant portion of them believe that they must do what the box is begging them for in order to close the overlay. These people remember, they’re people, not “conversions”, are signing up to a newsletter they …

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Using Photoshop on my Chromebook

Got to love the Chrome Remote Desktop app that Google has for any Chrome user. I’m at home but easily running Photoshop on my little Chromebook (very fast and non-laggy) while my work PC is downtown. Chromebook is not just a browser.

Android is Pretty

For all of my pals who say, “How can you use Android? It’s just so ugly compared to iOS!”… A collection of screenshots encompassing some of the most beautiful looking Android apps. via Android Niceties. Thanks to Devin T for the link.

Will iOS 7 Be Popular?

When I write popular, I don’t mean in the techmeme indy-app eco-bubble, but in terms of the hoi poloi. I think about my “non-techy” friends and family who are all now on iOS (5 and 6 with lots of 4’s and 4s’ still in my circles) and who still have their 1st page of apps set with the default app that shipped with the phone. I’m not so sure that sentiments like this will be …

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Origami iPad

I love the Incase Origami case/stand… Review: The Origami Workstation for iPad — Shawn Blanc: “Well, why not just use the iPad’s smart cover, and carry around the keyboard by itself? I’m glad you asked. For one the Workstation allows me to use the iPad with keyboard on my lap (for times I’m sitting in a conference room or an airport terminal). Secondly, the Workstation offers a sturdier support for the iPad than the Smart …

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Transat Font

I like… 23 Beautiful Fonts Released Last Month: “A geometric sans serif typeface, with caps inspired by Art Deco signage found inside the ‘Gare Maritime’ ocean liner terminals in both Le Havre and Cherbourg, France, in the early 1930s.”

Top Typefaces of 2012

Fun and fascinating post on Typographica on fonts from last year… Our Favorite Typefaces of 2012 | Typeface Reviews | Typographica: “Some years are stronger than others. 2012 was a strong year. The rich diversity in new type design has never been so evident.” Going to have to use a few of these myself.

Back to Field Notes

I’m insanely excited to be using Field Notes again. I switch back and forth between Moleskines and Field Notes notebooks, but I’ve definitely missed the feel and experience of a good ad useful notebook lately since being away from Field Notes. Sure, there are digital ways to capture todos and tasks and thoughts and notes, but ever since my time in the basement of an art gallery, I’ve realized the need for a good notebook. …

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Bass

Densely packed and wonderful song, but isolating the bass track really shows Paul’s creativity and ability to add such an ominous feel to what would otherwise be a syrupy song. Sorta like how McCartney changes the feel of I’m a Loser with the bass (can’t find an original of just Paul’s bass).

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