About Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler is the Chief Operating Officer at Newfangled, a writer for PRINT Magazine and the author of The Strategic Web Designer. You can follow him @chrbutler on Twitter.

Smarter, Better Cyborgs

Instead of augmenting reality, we should make technology more aware.     Illustrations by Tim Lahan   In the future, you will design the unseen. You will design with sounds, textures, vibrations, smells, and temperature, along with the media you …

Ten Things You Should *Definitely* Know About Ecommerce

Imagine you decide to quit your job, move to a cozy, small town, and set up a shop of your own. It’d be great. Nothing flashy, of course; something nice, like a fine hats shop. Yeah, that’s the ticket. You’ve …

It's About the Developer, Not the CMS

As I listened to one of the last panel sessions at this year’s HOW Design Live conference, I was surprised by how many questions were asked by the audience about content management systems (CMS). They ranged from the easily answerable—Do …

The Case Against Apps (and for the Web)

I’m not categorically against apps. On the contrary, I think apps are quite suitable for a variety of purposes; in particular, productivity, gaming, communications and one-way, consumable media are all types of applications that work quite well in the mobile …

Content For Users on the Move

What is a book, really? For that matter, what is an article, a record, or a movie? For each of these, I have a very clear picture in my mind that says more about when I came of age than …

How to Think About Website Prototypes (for Designers)

In the past, I often would describe a website prototype as a plan for how a website works, not how it looks. While, in a sense, I still think that’s true, I’ve come to realize that it’s actually pretty confusing, …

6 Tips to Simplify Your Website’s Design

Sometimes I’ll just stare at a website for minutes on end, trying to figure out why it’s so confusing. Unfortunately, most websites we visit are far more complex than they need to be. I don’t mean complex in terms of …

Robots Don't Read, People Do

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I don’t remember exactly when I first heard that phrase, but something about the work ethic implicit in it spoke to me at my core, even as a child. And now, …