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Search: Del.icio.us vs. Google
I’m not sure if Rand was hoping to start a debate on this (if he did, it’s crafty linkbait) but he’s making the claim that the search results at Del.icio.us are better than those of Google.

Here are some of the examples Rand gives…

Hiring a Vertical Web Design Company

First off, a definition: a vertical Web design company works exclusively in one industry, be it travel, hospitals, or cookie cutting. A horizontal Web design company works with a wide range of companies in different industries or sectors.

Recently, a few prospects had been weighing our services against the services of a vertical vendor and asked me to explain why they shouldn’t go with a Web design and Internet marketing company that focuses specifically–in these cases–plastic surgeons or law firms.

Using Numbers for Effective Presentations
My friend Darcy at Fair Isaac Corporation shared a fascinating tip with me for making more effective presentations. This is something I had never really thought about. He says that publishers have long been aware of the power of numbers in grabbing people’s attention. Think about titles of popular books such as "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Television does it with their countdown shows and websites do it with lists: "AFI’s 100 Greatest American Movies" or "VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars."

Adobe Launches Creative Suite 3
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Adobe Systems has launched their Adobe Creative Suite 3 product line, the company’s largest software release in their 25-year history. The product line offers integrated design and development tools for graphic artists and web designers.

Creative Suite 3 brings together Adobe and Macromedia products that will give designers and developers a number of options for print, Web, mobile interactive, film and video production.

Adobe CS3 Details

Adobe Creative Suite CS3 was announced and the release date ihas been set for April 20th (It did say July 1st earlier though), the software package is going to be coming in 6 different versions and contain a wide array of software.

Non-Blog Reasons Why Newspapers are Dying

There’s another flurry of ‘Newspapers Are Dead‘ posts this weekend. Dave Winer seemed to have triggered this by his post on the troubles at the San Francisco Chronicle. Robert Scoble has taken up the theme as he did some months ago. Even the Google Guys and Dave Barry have voiced the same views in the past.

Usability and SEM Virtual Education Opportunities
Learn from your living room or heck, just stay in bed. The following are some educational and information opportunties coming up in the user centered design, human factors and search marketing industries.

Human Factors

Don’t Talk About Design Over Email
I’ve just been watching an interview conducted by Merlin Mann of 43Folders fame with Jeffery Veen, previously of Adaptive Path, now with google, and one statement in the interview really rang true with me and that was:

News Article Design: 20 Tips For Good Web Copy
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Clean is better. Eye-tracking studies say so. Web copy should be bulleted, concise, easy. Photos should be informative, not decorative. White space is good. And guys like looking at George Brett’s protective cup.

You weren’t expecting that last part were you?

I wasn’t either. But this post on effective news article design proves it.

Newspapers have had trouble transitioning from print to the Web. They’re used to doing things differently.

Was YouTube Search Bad By Design?
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We considered the effectiveness of YouTube’s video search, and how it might be fixed. Now that Viacom has sued Google and demanded damages of upwards of $1 billion for copyright infringement, we have to wonder if YouTube’s native search was impaired, rather than ineffective.

Nielsen’s 10 High-Profit Redesign Priorities

Jakob Nielsen is an authority on usability; "the elegance and clarity with which the interaction with a computer program or a web site is designed" (Wikipedia). His tips are always worth reading and often worth implementing into your own website(s) whenever applicable.

Flickr, Bad Retailers, Bad Clients, Old School Nostalgia

1) Smart Use of Flickr # 273 Core 77

Architecture for Humanity held its logo design competition on Flickr and received entries from across the globe. This is a really smart use of Flickr, but an even smarter non-profit using social media to get international graphic design consultation for free.

Newspaper Design And Usability

Usability measures how satisfactory the user will find the experience of using a product or service. It’s as appropriate for newspapers as it is for coffee makers.

Creating A Successful Website On A Small Budget

Yuri thinks so and wrote a post last week entitled Create a small business website on a small budget to tell you what you need to think about if you want to get it done.

Here’s the basic checklist of what you should be doing:

* research your customers
* research your keywords
* plan your website
* get a content management system
* get a website template
* improve template usability
* make the template accessible

MSN Dutch Digg Clone Forgets Spam Protection

Recently (I honestly don’t know when), MSN launched a Digg clone in the Netherlands, called MSN reporter.

You can submit your story, and others can vote for it or against it. The top stories go to the MSN.nl homepage.

Now the boys at MSN haven’t really thought this through, as they store what stories you’ve voted on in… your cookie-jar!

Thickbox – For Image Display and Slideshows
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One of my clients asked me to create an ‘image of the week’ page for them using whatever method I thought looked and worked best. I remembered seeing the JavaScript/Ajax tool Lightbox JS in another blog recently and thought that looked pretty cool, and had the capability of showing a slideshow as well, so I got it and installed it on my client’s home page.

Back to the Future (Beyond Web 2.0)

Last week, Nandor Fejer and Alison McNeill attended the Back to the Future – Beyond Web 2.0 event in Silicon Valley while I attended DEMO 07.

Moderator:

Jeremiah Owyang, Director of Corporate Media Strategy at Podtech.net

When Somebody Steals Your Copy or Design

If you read my earlier post on having my copy swiped by other companies I’m sure you feel my righteous indignation.

Still Banging Your Head Over Browser Resolutions?

If so, you’re not alone. Three of the current top discussions at Cre8asiteforums are on the topic of web page resolution.

Get Rid of the Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar in Office XP
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This is a post I made in an old blog over a year ago, but that blog no longer exists and I had to go hunting for this information again today.

Amazon’s aStores

I’ve been an Amazon affiliate for awhile but hadn’t actually been using it.

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