tlbox - the best tools on the web How To Communicate Design Decisions To Clients? | How-To | Smash Advertisement You may have noticed that in certain business and marketing circles there exists a “backlash” against the design community. Despite the rise of attractive, user-friendly solutions, in such circles unattractive designs have somehow managed to remain at the verge of acceptance. You can almost sense a little bit of pride in how ugly their web-site is, or that they are treating design like a commodity. This article provides you with 5 guidelines you can use as a designer to “speak business” — even if it’s just to get your foot in the door or land a big project. 1. Designers like to show off portfolios. To a business person, “beautiful” or “visually stunning” are just a first step. Compare these two sites for a moment. The second is from Perry Marshall, who sells a book on Google Adwords. Despite being uglier, we can probably agree that Perry’s site is significantly better at getting new customers. 2. What are some good examples of a measurable goal? 3. 4. 5. Conclusion
PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS for beginners & advanced users Planning a Semantic Web site This article discusses what you need to know to make your Web site part of the Semantic Web. It starts with a discussion of the problems the Semantic Web tries to solve and then moves to the technologies involved, such as Resource Description Framework (RDF), Web Ontology Language (OWL), and SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL). You'll see how the Semantic Web is layered on top of the existing Web. It then covers some issues that you want to know about when you plan a new Web site and also gives specific examples of how to use technologies like RDFa and Microformats to enable your existing Web site to become a part of the Semantic Web. Introduction to the Semantic Web The World Wide Web is the largest single information resource humanity has ever produced. The Semantic Web is Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the future of the Web. The Web was originally all about documents. Structuring data adds value to that data. Back to top Semantic Web technology overview Figure 1. Listing 1.
AppMobi to Open Source All Its HTML5 APIs on Black Friday HTML5 development firm appMobi has a gift for developers to kick off the holiday season. The company is making much of its HTML5 device-side APIs available as open source projects starting on November 25, otherwise known as Black Friday. AppMobi is releasing its DirectCanvas, device-APIs for iOS and Android and its MobiUs browser among hundreds of other HTML5 development APIs as open-source projects free for developers to build upon. This cache of APIs is the type of trove that HTML5 developers could put to great use. "This is our way of encouraging people to do mobile first," appMobi CTO Sam Abadir said. What can appMobi's APIs do? AppMobi's Web Service APIs deliver updates and notifications to Web apps, something that has to go through the application stores in the native world. This could be some kind of inflection point for appMobi. "We think that HTML5 is ready for this next step," Abadir said. HTML5 is certainly one of the top stories of 2011.
15 CSS Frameworks for Responsive Web Design Responsive design is cool thing to do, and for good reason — it means one site to maintain for all devices. It’s also a really challenging approach to web design. In this article, we look at frameworks that will help you handle the challenge. Just like most CSS frameworks, all of the frameworks below will help you rapidly develop sites by eliminating the need to write basic CSS styles yourself, and they also come with a responsive layout helping you to quickly and easily create mobile-specific sites. Foundation is a a 12-column, future-friendly responsive grid framework that includes dozens of styles and elements to help you quickly put together clickable prototypes, that can then be adapted and styled into polished production code. Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive websites. The Golden Grid System is a folding grid system for responsive design. Amazium is a responsive framework based on a 960 grid system with 12 columns.