Creating a better printable page
NUBlog has some advice for us on how to create a better printable page
that is filled with tips on how to design - you guessed it - printable versions of web pages. (thanks Zeldman
User-centricity and corporate buy-in
Well, another successful launch or our corporate website. Not a major redesign, mind you, but we did add an additional main service-related section and overhauled most of the site's content to support our new corporate messaging. Most of my IA and usability-related struggles revolved around educating marketing about the importance of user-centricity, comprehensible taxonomies, intuitive information flows and consistent grammar utilization.
As most of you in the field know, explaining the benefits of user-centricity is one thing. Getting corporate buy-in is another. The latter can be quite a difficult mission to see through, especially when you're flying solo like I am. Despite that, I feel that I've accomplished quite a lot in terms of educating my colleagues, being viewed by them as a user advocate and injecting intuitiveness and value into the process that is information design. Our job is never complete, however. There's always the next project...
Introduction to regular expressions
has posted a well-written introductory article on regular expressions
. Since I recently found myself in need of a refresher on this very topic (my days of being knee deep in Perl have been, sadly, few and far between of late), I obviously found it quite timely. Thanks to sprocket
for taking the time to write.
referred to here in August 2001. Take your pick and enjoy!
Keeping tabs on your favorite blogs
My beta testing of iMorph's Infominder
just came to a close. It's a service that provides members with the ability to track web sites and recieve e-mail notification when content on a given website changes. An introductory version of the service
is free - try it out. It's a good way to, at the very least, keep tabs on all of the blogs you read.
A better FedEx
Just back from San Francisco. Didn't run into any of the resident A-listers, but did have a great time. The city has definitely slowed down since the dot-com bubble burst, which makes it that much better IMO.
Chicago-based 37signals does it again... First, it was a better bank
. Now it's a better FedEx
Echo through the firewall
Some late afternoon cheer - Echo
finally works from behind my corporate firewall! Echo is a music site that allows members to create online stations, rate music, instant message each other, vote on the songs playing, and invite others to join their communities. Worth a look, if you haven't already.
This week's setlist, "Le musique du jour
", features an assortment of blood pumping, energetic favorites of mine. Go download
An XSLT primer
has posted an informative XSLT primer
written by Jason Monberg and Mike Wynholds. Good starting point for newbies and a good refresher for the experienced.
Designing for when things go wrong
has written an excellent white paper on contingency design
, intended to help web professionals design better experiences for when things go wrong.
Web navigation design approaches
has an informative, albeit lightweight, refresher on web navigation design
would, no doubt, approve.
A sampling of Russion music
This week's setlist, "Red Square
", features an excellent sampling of Russian music. Go download