Posts Tagged ‘Web Design’

Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies

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November 15th, 2007
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23 Actionable Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies: A very nice summary of the eye tracking studies performed at Eyetrack III. The lessons are easy to follow and made a lot of sense to me. I have found most of them to be true in my experience but they can serve as a good guideline for new designs and for a remedial set of guidelines for existing designs.

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Announcing The Sandbox Designs Competition

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Last Tuesday, May 28, I released an update to the Sandbox theme, version 0.9. Since releasing the Sandbox back in August of 2006 Andy and I have received lots of good feedback. I called it “the theme for themers” and it has had a really positive influence on theme design within the WordPress community. There have been more than a few themes/designs built on the Sandbox and released—and for good reason. Its highly semantic, dynamic structure make it immensely easy to design for, not to mention all the features built into its markup, like Microformats. So I thought it was a good time for a new theme competition—or rather a “designs” competition. It has been around two years since the last successful WordPress theme competition (participants of the competitions in 2006 will roll their eyes and would include me). We’ve seen the launch of an official theme viewer, two major […]

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Two or Three Columns?

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I read this question in a comment and though I had an answer from my own personal preference, I think it would be really helpful for others to make this decision and consequently for theme developers to get a good feel for where and what they should concentrate on if there were some discussion on it. I personally prefer one column themes with a minimal second column. Most information that is put on my sidebar(s) is extraneous and could be placed elsewhere. I have also found that some of that information deters from the original content of the blog. The landing page concept is nice for search engine traffic where extra links and information on the content might help you draw in the user to explore some more. However, the face of the blog is cleaner and chock full of good stuff to read with lesser distractions. That being said, […]

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Whitespace

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January 9th, 2007
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Golden Rules, Web Design

I came across an article by Mark Boulton at A List Apart. He writes about the importance of micro and macro whitespace. To put it simply, whitespace on a page is everything that isn’t the content. By content I mean text, images and other design elements. Micro whitespace is the space between lines, characters and smaller elements on your page. Macro whitespace is between major elements, like blocks of content etc. Micro whitespace plays the role in ensuring legibility and macro whitespace gives you the feeling of breathing room and cleanliness. Before the popularity of CSS, most of the styling was with font, bold and italic tags. Most sites had standard font sizes (usually 12pt) and standard whitespacing. Once CSS became popular, almost all design elements could be styled. Spacing between characters could be easily changed, as well as line spacing. Cross-browser and cross-platform incompatibility resulted in pages looking good […]

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WordPress Theme Bundle for TextMate

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WordPress Theme Bundle for TextMate Easily build themes for WordPress with Textmate and this theme bundle. According to the author it is fairly inclusive and has everything from basic structural snippets to menu based database references. Downloads are from SVN and the author is open for suggestions and offers of help. Thanks CarpeAqua

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pixer.us: online photo editor

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November 12th, 2006
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Cool Scripts, Web Design

pixer.us: online photo editor Upload your photo online and use this AJAX control panel to fix and modify your photos to your hearts’ content. The response is fast (for now). I modified one of our Jamaica pictures to test. I had some problem with the original (it looks like there are some logistic issues with the software not storing different pictures for different sessions). This might be really useful for bloggers that are editing their blogs or adding pictures where they do not have access to a good photo editor. The following picture was cropped, saturation tweaked, sharpened and randomly modified.

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WP Comments built with Yahoo! UI

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October 10th, 2006
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Web Design, WordPress Hack

WP Comments built with Yahoo! UI Weird cool, highly AJAXed WordPress commenting system built with Yahoo! UI. The experience is definitely worth a clickthrough though I am really not sure of the usability of many of the features. Looks more like a showcase for the Yahoo UI capabilities and the programming capabilities of the author than actual functional improvements. However, it seems to be very well accepted by the public and is definitely full of eye candy! Thanks Corante

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Swift: Safari for Windows

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August 29th, 2006
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Business of Blogging, LinkyLoo, Web Design

Swift: Safari for Windows Still in alpha, but based on the Apple Webkit rendering engine and already a downloadable product. I could not get it to install on my XP laptop. EDIT: After reading this post on their forums, I was able to get I installed. Thanks Roger from 456 Berea Street.

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Readability and High Contrast Designs

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August 29th, 2006
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General, Web Design

Readability and High Contrast Designs Roger takes on the light text on dark background folks and opns up a can of worms. However, the reasoning is sounds and though the dislike and readability impairment might be limited, the bookmarklet and valuable discussion is worth the read. Do you like dark on light designs as much as light on dark?

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