web design

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...

Making Sense of the Data, Part 1

This post is an adaptation of my presentation at the 2011 HOW Interactive Design Conference in San Francisco. I included a variety of slide transitions in my talk, so in some cases below, I’ve consolidated slide groups into animated GIFs. Keep your eye out for those so you don’t miss any details. Do you...

There Is No Box!

We used to joke around the office that our work amounted to an unending cycle; “Another day, another rectangle,” we’d say. And in some ways, that still works. After all, new devices are popping into existence all the time; each one with its own unique, glowing, rectangular screen into which will eventually be squeezed...

Webpage Speed Dating: How Design Helps Users Get to Know Your Content

Ten seconds. That’s how long you have to get their attention. They’ve got plenty of other options, you know. Millions of them. Seriously, ten seconds at most. After all, ten seconds can be a long time. Just so we’re all clear on how long this really is, here’s ten seconds: Click me to listen!...

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 for all designers, no matter their skill level or proximity to a computer. We...

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...

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 uttered by corporate executives or designers fresh out of school, I’ve been surprised by...

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 always liked hats, and really, there aren’t enough hat shops out there. Your new...

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 students in the MFA Design department. Each student designed a hole and a suite...

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 reasons why i keep yelling about this. The web sucks because designers have had...