the webdesign tag
This is a no-brainer but….
The web design industry exists for more than a dozen years, yet there is a strange absence of data about our profession. A List Apart is trying to change that. With their second annual survey for people who make websites, you can help them collecting more statistical data. If you’re a web designer of any description, you should fill it out – it only took me a few minutes to do so.
The 2008 survey corrects many of last year’s mistakes, giving more detailed questions for freelance contractors and owners of small web businesses. There are also better international categories (good for me), and many other improvements recommended by those who took the survey last year.
If you, too, are from Europe, here is the current exchange rate: 1 € = 1,54 US $. Remember that you might get 13 or 14 annual salaries.
Joen of Noscope has just suggested, what I’ve been trying to tell people for nearly a year. With the advent of pages commonly referred to as “Web 2.0” sites, the styling of inline or AJAX links became an issue. Usually links have to be indicated to the user, since clicking them slowly loads a whole different page and the user is unable to interact with the current page. The common indicator we use for links is the hand cursor.
The solution Joen proposes, and what I have previously used in these cases, is simply not changing the cursor at all. In reality, it’s not a link, it’s more of a pushbutton that looks different, so why not use the same cursor we use for buttons?
The implementation is rather easy as it only requires a simple
document.write( '<link rel="stylesheet" href="/_css/java.css" type="text/css" media="all" />' ); } //--><!]]>
So, what do you think?
I just noticed an interesting article on color blindness over at Pixelgraphix. Color Oracle helps webdesigners to view in real time, what a website would look like for people suffering from one of the various color blindnesses. The filter is applied to the whole screen so it’s completely independent from the browser and even works with images in Photoshop.
What started as a side project for Dan Benjamin and Dan Cederholm on a Mac Mini in a collocation facility has grown to be one of the largest online communities for wine tasting. In about one year the site amassed about 20.000 users. A lovely design paired with a big community got the site quite far.
This week, the creators of Cork’d announced the sale of the site to Gary Vaynerchuk, the host of WLTV. A really nice outcome for everyone, especially since Gary seems to be a guy who understands the values of good design and a community. If you haven’t seen him before, watch this little summary - it’s worth it.
Congratulations to they guys from the iceberg!
The stars finally seem to be in a good constellation for web designers this month. Adobe shipped Creative Suite 3, CSS Edit was upgraded to 2.5 and we are seeing the first Alphas of Firefox 3. Iwas even more excited, when Steven F. commented on Panic’s 10 Year Anniversary:
“It is by a more or less random coincidence that on the day after our company’s tenth birthday, we will be conducting by far our biggest, most ambitious new software launch of all time. I hope you’ll come by to check it out, especially if you make web sites.”
What Panic released a few days later reminded me once again why a Mac is the best platform for developing websites: Coda is just the application I’ve been waiting for all my life. I’m not merely enthused, I’m seriously stunned.
Coda is a single, tiny application which handles all your webdesign needs. Editing (X)HTML and CSS, previewing, FTP (of course), Terminal access and a great reference book, all in one. The Panic team introduces Coda with the words:
“So, we code web sites by hand. And one day, it hit us: our web workflow was wonky. We’d have our text editor open, with Transmit open to save files to the server. We’d be previewing in Safari, running queries in Terminal, using a CSS editor, and reading references on the web. ‘This could be easier,’ we realized. ‘And much cooler.’”
Web 2.0 in style? Now it’s Web 2.5 in style! Macrabbit has released version 2.5 of their great CSS editor. And best of all, it’s a free upgrade for owners of the previous version.
Miranda July has a new collection of short stories coming out in May, called No One Belongs Here More Than You. But not only July’s Book is a gem of unconventional storytelling: The book has a a stunning web site that is more creative than I’ve ever seen. The site has no navigation, except for forward / back buttons and consists of a series of images. No real text, just the images scaling to the size of your browser.
Of course, no serious webdesigner would ever consider making such a website for their client. The website is not accessible, doesn’t fall back if you can’t see images and is basically empty for search engines. It breaks every rule that contemporary web designers follow.
The intrguing thing is, it works. No, not just technically. The site works as a narrative that pulls the visitor along, a narrative that is also used in July’s book. I loved the website so much, I couldn’t stop clicking until I was through. And isn’t this the point of a website like this?
“People who make websites have been at it for more than a dozen years, yet almost nothing is known, statistically, about our profession. Take the survey and change all that.”
WaSP needs your help. In a few weeks, the WaSP Street Time will be founded, based around the concept of a record company Street Team. The aim is to give everyone an opportunity to get involved with web standards evangelism in their local area and workplaces.
“The WaSP Street Team is about you. No, not all the other YOUs reading this but YOU you, in your actual skin. The idea is that together we create a number of tasks - challenges if you will - to help the promotion of web standards in your local community.”
WaSP has always been about grassroots and involving the community is a good step forward. I’m sure the Street Time will be a great success. If you want to participate, have a look at the Street Team website and sign up to the announcements list today.
Tingelets is a new, free and practical service for designers and developers. Basically it’s a set of bookmarklets that you can place in your browsers bookmark bar for immediate use. When you click on them, they highlight various elements in the current page. You can highlight tags, elements by id, elements by class and even tag sets (for example
<li> as a combination). Since they work in almost every web browser, they give you the possibility to compare web layouts on the fly.
The Tingelets are the newest project from Maurice Kühlborn and they are extremely well done. When you click on a tingelet, the corresponding element or elements are highlighted with transparent PNGs which display the name of the highlighted element.
It’s a perfect and quick solution for troubleshooting and diagnostics without having to resort to external tools like Xyle Scope.