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Good Typographic Design for the Web

Is it possible to achieve good typographic design on the web? Here, dive into the history of web typography - and how to make the most of tools today.

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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also anticipated today’s digital communications environment. Here’s Mack’s personal, behind-the-scenes details about one such story....

A Pinterest Cheatsheet for Design and Color Fans

Social-media-watchers are ablaze lately with the news: Pinterest appears to be THE next hot tool. While Slate’s Farhad Manjoo gave a not-meant-for-me review of the tool (his article title, “Cupcakes, Boots and Shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal”, says it all), Pinterest’s numbers are indeed exploding. The site hit 10 million monthly unique visitors faster than any...

Post-Google Analytics

Months ago, while planning the topics I’d cover in articles through the conclusion of 2011, I had in mind to write something about search. It had been a while—almost two years at that point—since I last wrote anything about search specifically, though I had covered all sorts of things related to search many times...

Stop Accepting Defaults

An interesting confluence of writings in the media: several authors questioning the use of defaults (some several years ago), most using their exploration to define why usage of default systems are a terrible idea. The current overuse of default systems in visual design: Rob Giampetro and Rudy Vanderlans. Google’s efforts and spendings in keeping...

Today's Obsession: Gaming Google

photo: Flickr member Recently I picked apart what I thought was a pretty cool usage of microdata at Google—using it to specify recipes in their search results. But, of course, the black hat SEO community (black hat being how dishonest is pronounced in nerd) is completely gaming their results. It seems the Google-included snippets...

Today's Obsession: Recipes on Google

The other day, Google announced on its developer blog that it’s going to begin including rich snippets of recipes from the web. This is great news for idiots like myself and my boyfriend who insist upon cooking based upon complete strangers’ websites. (Related: would you like to try some peanut and chicken stew from...

Today's Obsession: Sparrow

Here’s a new mail application which I’m looking forward to using—Sparrow. The interface is clearly derived from the simplicity of the current Twitter for Mac versions, which I’m not crazy about, but is workable. The app itself is actually a GMail client, so you can use it to replace Apple Mail and the workarounds...

Today's Obsession: Web Advertising is Broken

Here’s an interesting read for your Monday morning status meeting, heaven love your souls: an article titled, simply, “Facebook is a Ponzi Scheme,” asserting that Facebook’s advertising platform doesn’t work. Having come off of a test run of the platform, yeah. Facebook’s ads didn’t do anything for my business. I thought it was just...