web design

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...

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. It’s more like websites for designers who don’t care about code. The code itself...

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 all. The concept is abstracted almost entirely away from what you have to 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 context. But apps are not an ideal format for wide and un-monetized content distribution....

MoMA Design Studio

Its likely I’m risking my editorial street cred (if I ever had any?) here, and this post may be seen as a HUGE self-promotion, but I think there’s a bigger issue here. Last month, the in-house design team (of which I am a part) at The Museum of Modern Art in New York launched a...

Where the Content Is the Cargo

by Carlo Espiritu, Designer Content management is a space that thrives on innovation for the sheer need to, not only organize volumes of data, but to deliver it in a meaningful and appealing way. With the constant influx of data living on the Internet there’s no shortage of ways to capture and curate this...

AIGA.org Redesigned

The AIGA national website, long a deep resource for design advocacy and documentation, has just been redesigned. The new format makes the rich content from its various “journals,” like AIGA VOICE (which I have edited with Sue Apfelbaum), and archives more integrated into the overall fabric of AIGA’s online offerings. For each slice of...

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, don’t you think? Especially since we go on and on about how sitemaps and...