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Structuring Your Website

Though you could read about the overall process of creating natural websites and integrating all aspects of web design, SEO, usability and accessibility in the process before, some more information about structuring your website may be useful as well.

Google Delves Further Into Home Design

Google’s modeling applications received an upgrade earlier this week; SketchUp 6 (free) and SketchUp Pro 6 (not free) are now available. Most of the new features relate to the software’s 3D capabilities.

Web Design When The End-User Is A Person

As more and more of the world logs on to Web, we know that now is not the time to experiment with design, or to assume what works in the real world works in the virtual world. It’s time to apply what we know works, and what works is entirely dependent upon the end-user.

Godin on Strategy vs. Tactics

Seth Godin has a great post on the difference between strategy and tactics.

Web Designers: Succeeding Beyond Online

The field of Web Design is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the world of commerce.

The Second Life Hype Cycle 2.0

In a great example of blogsourcing, my idea to gauge Second Life against the Gartner Group Hype Cycle is being refined thanks to a post from Linda Zimmer.

Effective Web Design – Look Beyond Aesthetics
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If I mention the word design it’s likely to call up images of creative graphics, artistic layouts, and decorative aesthetics. But is that what design is all about? Are all those fanciful wows necessary to have a successful web design?

Things to Keep in Mind when Changing a Site Design

When you create a new site design, you should always remember a few key points. If you don’t, not only is it bad for search engines, but also visitors.

Playing w/ del.icio.us Web Badge JSON API
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Niall Kennedy wrote on his blog that The Yahoo Developer Network provided a short preview of the soon to be released del.icio.us webbadge.

Perception Of Value

Why do people buy your products? Why do they purchase any product or service? One thing’s for certain, it’s not about the price.

eCommerce Site Design: What do you Really Think?

Site design is a primary determinant in online shopping.

Yahoo! Directory Registration

SEO Question: Is a Yahoo! Directory registration worth it? How do I know what directories are worthwhile? What directories should I submit to? Do you have any good site submission tips?

Spot 2007 Trends with YouTube

Trend blog PSFK figured out a great way to leverage crowdscourcing and social media to round up 2007 trend predictions.

Removing The Technorati Greasemonkey Script
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In response to my previous post about unlimited API queries, I was urged by David Sifry, CEO of Technorati, to contact the Technorati developers and work out a way to get my script working through the API.

Why Isn’t Windows In The Movies?
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From Idigit Design’s list of 50 things that only ever happen in the movies:

SEJ Updates Design

I bumped into Loren Baker of Search Engine Journal in the press room here at SES Chicago and he mentioned something about updating the SEJ design.

Do Ugly Sites Sell More?

I came across The Surprising Truth About Ugly Websites, an article pointing out the benefits of having an ugly website. Can it be true that ugly websites sell more than their attractive counterparts? I don’t think so.

Design, Trust, and Peekaboo

I always liked that line, “If you want to capture someone’s attentionwhisper.” It makes you stop and think for a minute. Another line I swore was my personal tagline in my dating years was, “Once bitten, twice shy.” Both of these can be applied to user centered web design.

eCommerce Design: A Three Second Impression

“We find that Web sites have three seconds to make an impression.” – Jeff Rosenblum, Questus

Quality Niche Content Websites

Niche websites:

Good Design And Good Graphics

One persistant annoyance to me is when people look at a site, and declare it as poorly designed’, when the only problem with said site is that it may not have the most professional-looking’ graphics, or perhaps it doesn’t quite have the right Web-2.0′ appeal. I have news for you: Good design has *nothing* to do with pretty graphics.