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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.

Understanding Color In Your Designs

Most people can grasp the basics of getting the right colors in the right places and ensuring that you are following simple principles when you are designing an item for print or designing a web site.

Design, SEO, and Usability Laws?
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You read and hear it all the time. Somebody tells you to do something a certain way because it’s the only correct way.

Identifying the MDA for Optimized Site Pages

Identifying the MDA for Optimized Site Pages

Google Releases New Book Search Features

Google has released a major update to its Book Search in an effort to provide a more organic reading experience to the user as well as scholarly resources for readers wishing to delve deeper into the academic community’s take on a particular book.

User Performance Design

Last week on the Cre8PC blog Kim Krause Berg mentioned two new usability documents released by Larry Constantine. The post led me to one of Larry’s older documents entitled Beyond User-Centered Design and User Experience: Designing for User Performance, which I have just recently read. The previous link will take you to a page where you can download the PDF.

Scoble Is The Intel Mystery Blogger

Rohit has revealed that the Intel mystery blogger is none other than Robert Scoble.

Steps to Usability

Websites are built for specific types of viewers and must appeal to a definite target market. Users must be able to view your site, scan everything, and immediately understand what the website is about.

First Day At Pubcon

After what seemed like a very long flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas, Jolina, Karen and I have finally settled in.

I Hate The New Valleywag Design

I really really hate the new Valleywag design.

Font Accessibility

Just as it’s important to choose the right colors for your design, it’s also very important to make good choices about the fonts you use in your design.

Developing a Profitable Web 2.0 Project in 24 Hours

It took seven months to get the One Million Masterpiece charity project online. The site is complex and needed the development time, but in the last few days I’ve had a yearning to see if I can still turn around a project in 24 hours.

Things Designers Should Know About IT People

Sometimes I think designers and programmers couldn’t be more opposite. At Agency Fusion our success depends on bringing these two worlds together but it sometimes feels like we’re trying to mix oil and water.

Design Incompetence

Watch out, cat post coming!

Website Design: Welcome The White Space

Individuals who are new to website development will often compartmentalize the web page and fill every available space with either text or graphics.

Homophily and Social Software Design

Nat Torkington has a great post on homophily and social software design.

Why Award-Winning Websites are so Awful

Practical and functional websites rarely win prizes for design but they do win sales and make profits.

SEO Friendly Redesign – What We Are Looking For

SEO Friendly Redesign