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’ll hear ideas being thrown around like “design is a waste of time — we have a really ugly site which outsells our competitors 3 to 1″ or “we are not worried about the design, we’ll outsource it or use a free WordPress theme, let us focus more on the product”. 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.
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. 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. The individual APIs that everyone is busy building are to solve the exact same problem that the Semantic Web is intended to address: Expose the content of the Web as data and then combine disparate data sources in different ways to build new value. Back to top Semantic Web technology overview Figure 1.
17 Wonderful Free Tools To Make Designers Lives Easier! - Opensource, Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers Don't Forget to participate in a contest where you can win an amazing e-Commerce template from TemplateMonster. This is the wonderful list of 17 free and online web based tools for designers and developers which may be very helpful for you as well when you are at work. Designers and Developers will must like this list but you can also use them and will love whether you are office worker, manager, supervisor, student, home user, etc. Most of them are not very well-known but, they are really amazing in respect to their features. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here. You are welcome to share if you know more free tools for designers that our readers may like. You may be interested in these older posts17 Online Free Web Based Applications That You Probably Would Love To Use! FontStructÂ FontStruct is a free font-building tool lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. DamnIT Scrumy
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.
15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have There are a lot of details to consider when designing and developing a web site. In reality, it can seem like an endless list — but if you look carefully you’ll see that there are certain elements that are more important than others, elements that are used consistently among the most successful sites. Once you’ve completed the planning Stage of your website, the rest of the elements fall into broad categories ranging from User Interface Design to Content Creation to actual Development. Of course, there are also the issues surrounding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) — but we’ll save that for another day… With that in mind, here are the 15 elements that should always be included on any top web site. 1. First things first… Visual design. “This rule of thumb applies to everything from eCommerce software to a community forum layout.” A clean and simple design is usually all you need. First impressions are key. 2. Along with good design comes a good user interface. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
Sridhar's Blog : Customizing MySite in MOSS 2007 Support case volumes coming in for MOSS 2007 is huge. When we try and help customers to find answers to complex problems/questions, many a times we end up learning great stuffs & things that sometime make us yell “Wow, it’s amazing stuff man!!”. Well, this was one of such “case” and I thought I’d share this out. The requirement was as simple as it could be. 1. 2. 3. Feature the savior Thankfully, we have this very useful and new feature in MOSS/WSS called Features. First thing first – create a custom master page This was very simple for me. The default.master page found under the TEMPLATE\GLOBAL folder structure under 12 hive is the master page used by MySite by default. Grab a copy of this file and put in another folder where you would also be putting your feature files soon. Do I need to do something with Visual Studio 2005 at all? Yes, you have to. using System; using System.Diagnostics; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; using Microsoft.SharePoint; try using (myweb) 1. 2.