Q&A with Patrick McNeil, Author of The Web Designer's Idea Book

The Web Designer’s Idea Book has finally gone digital. Author and web developer Patrick McNeil recently celebrated the release of The Web Designer’s Idea App, Version 2. With its abundance of inspiration and design examples, the app makes web design accessible …

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 …

DesignBiz: The Tipsy Triangle of Software Startupdom

In talking with entrepreneurs of many stripes over the past year, I’ve heard the following hypnotic refrain repeated over and over again: “If we design a beautiful user experience, we’ve got what we need to launch a successful business.” Whether …

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 …

Are You Scared? Really Scared?

SVA MFA Design (Designer as Author + Entrepreneur)’s “Off Course” Far-Out Phobias Mini-Golf Course exhibition is now a website. The 3D design groundskeeper  Kevin O’Callaghan is curator of this rollicking 18-hole mini-golf course of phobias with the class of 2012 …

Wish You Were Here

Based upon the fact that I am apparently scaring the pants off designers by thundering down to them that they have to deal with the web: okay, fair. Maybe I’m beating the drum a little hard. Lemme list out the …

Adobe Wants You on the Web. Now.

Adobe’s just released a beta of a cute new design tool for the web aimed squarely at you guys who aren’t interested in coding, called Muse. It touts itself as “code-free website building,” but I wouldn’t really go that far. …

Teaching Your Browser to Fetch

A lovely thing is on the horizon between Google and Mozilla’s Chrome and Firefox, respectively: a new way to handle common actions to help websites communicate. At the onset, you, as a designer will more than likely not care at …

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 …