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.
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.
shame.css 17 April, 2013 Update: I did a short interview about shame.css with .net magazine. Something Chris Coyier, Dave Rupert and I joked about recently was the idea of a stylesheet dedicated to housing your nasty, hacky, quick-fix CSS. I’ve been thinking a lot more about it lately and I reckon it’s actually a pretty good idea; here’s why… The problem We all know that, no matter how hard we may try, sometimes we do need to use quick fixes, hacks and questionable techniques in our code. From using a quick overflow:hidden; instead of working out what’s actually broken our layout, to the odd ! Whilst this isn’t ideal, we have to do it from time to time; all of us. The real problem, though, is that we rarely go back and tidy these things up. The problem with leaving hacks and nasty code is obvious; it’s hacky and nasty. What is needed is a way of allowing these hacks when necessary, but making sure that they don’t go unnoticed and unresolved. The solution Not a blame game The rules Example Implementation
Is Your Web Site Handicap-Accessible? Making online access easy use for blind and other disabled users is gaining attention because of class actions against companies like Target Amber Grant, 18, eats, sleeps, and breathes the Internet, according to her father, Garry Grant, CEO of Carlsbad (Calif.)-based technology outfit SEO Inc.. "I give her tasks to go onto clients' Web sites, find a particular product, select it, purchase it, and get through checkout securely. But changes to many Web sites over the last half-dozen years can stymie screen-reading software and make Web navigation difficult for the blind. Key Class Action Pending in California While the Internet has opened up tremendous possibilities for communication and convenience for those with sight, hearing, or mobility impairments, it can also be very frustrating for them if Web sites are not accessible, says Cynthia Waddell, executive director of the nonprofit International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C.