Once Upon an iPad

Andrew Jones, publisher of the photography journal, Once Magazine, says “We think that our approach to multimedia in the infant field of tablet publishing is an effort not to be ignored. The basic storytelling unit is the fullscreen photograph. And …

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 …

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 …

The Purpose of a Website

Why do you have a website?   This may sound like a foolish question, but it should be the first one you ask when starting every new web project, especially when building your own site. Judging from the many design …

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 …

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 …