Web General (132 entries)

The New York Times: 2005 vs. 2013
August 24, 2013
A look at how the design of The New York Times website has remained remarkably consistent in the 8 years from 2005 to 2013.
Worst Banner Ad Ever?
June 16, 2013 | 2 Comments
This banner ad represents the opposite of anything that would be considered best practice for banner ad design.
Optimization Tips for Thank You Pages
April 23, 2013 | 2 Comments
A handy collection of tips and best practices from online retailers to make your thank you pages more effective.
Building Your Online Reputation
March 31, 2013 | 2 Comments
Do not wait until you are looking for work to build your online reputation and your personal backlist.
Easily Create iOS and Android App Store Badges
March 23, 2013
Need to add an iOS or Android app store badge to your web page? These handy online tools from Apple and Google will save you time.
Web Design Trends to Help You Spring Clean Your Resumé
March 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
Google Trends shows how the world of the web designer is changing. Are you focusing on the right skills to be successful?
Google Analytics Cheat Sheet
December 23, 2012 | 1 Comment
Use Google Analytics but need help remembering what everything does, especially regular expressions? Then this cheat sheet is for you.
2012 US Election Maps: How the Media Presented the Results
November 15, 2012
A look at the different visual approaches online news organizations took to presenting the 2012 presidential election results.
Good Online Advertising or Simply Bad Taste?
October 29, 2012 | 2 Comments
This banner ad on weather.com makes timely use of Hurricane Sandy. Is it clever advertising or simply in bad taste?
Pandora vs. Raditaz: Which Online Radio Station Plays the Best Music?
February 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
I created the same custom station on Pandora and Raditaz to see which online radio service plays the best music.
How a Proactive Pop Up Increased Online Chats by Over 200%
January 14, 2012 | 2 Comments
Making a website live chat tool popup proactively during a visit caused chats to increase by over 200%.
Nice Way to Say "Thanks" from Netflix
December 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
A free DVD rental puts a more meaningful spin on the traditional holiday email.
When Features are Commoditized its the User Experience that Counts
November 20, 2011
When you are offering a similar set of services as your competitors, user interface design becomes a key way to differentiate yourself and attract customers.
A Cautionary Tale from the Target.com Redesign
October 09, 2011
The many problems caused by the redesign of Target.com make for a cautionary tale that should be heeded by other ecommerce teams.
11 Retail Emails Web Designers Should Subscribe To
August 23, 2011 | 3 Comments
These retail emails are full of inspiration and creative design ideas for all aspects of web design. Subscribe today!
2010 Retail Theft Survey Infographic
August 20, 2011
My first infographic looks at retail theft in the US by shoplifters and dishonest employees.
Good Example of Marketing Email and Landing Page
October 04, 2010 | 1 Comment
An Adwords offer email and landing page from Google is a great example of making the two components work well together.
Cabela's Takes a Thoughtful Approach to Their Website Redesign
September 20, 2010
Cabela's is taking a well-planned approach to their upcoming website redesign.
Giant Collection of Add-To-Cart Buttons
September 12, 2010
A collection of 200+ add-to-cart icons plus analysis of the most popular button design trends such as color, label text, and icon use.
Break Down Your Website Traffic with a Stacked Area Graph
August 25, 2010
How to quickly and visually represent the breakdown of traffic to the different sections of your website.
Metacritic Redesign Brings Out the Hate
August 20, 2010
The Metacritic redesign has drawn a lot of criticism from its regular users for making the site harder to navigate and to use.
Aren't Websites Supposed to Save Money?
June 28, 2010
The British government is reviewing its many websites and closing ones which underperform.
Website Redesign: Big Bang, Gradual or Evolutionary Approach?
June 10, 2010
A review of some of the advantages and disadvantages to three different approaches to website redesign.
JavaScript Physics Engine
June 02, 2010
This experiment uses JavaScript rather than Flash to make objects collide in a realistic manner.
$150 Discount on "Voices That Matter" Web Design Conference
April 20, 2010
The Voices That Matter 2010 web design conference takes place this June and I have a code for $150 off admission.
Your Home Page is NOT Your Website
April 19, 2010
Your home page is NOT your website. But boy is it close.
A 'More Natural' Login Button Placement?
March 27, 2010
The My Starbucks Idea login button is placed within the text that accompanies it to make it feel more naturally a part of it.
SmileyCat Website 2009 Uptime Report
January 01, 2010
This website was online for 100% of the time during 2009. Not bad!
Free Gift Idea for the Usability Geek
December 22, 2009
Get free usability buttons from Optimal Workshop.
10 Key Tasks For Your Next Web Site
November 06, 2009
A collection of essential activities for when you take on the running of your next web site.
Mytheon Website Launch
November 02, 2009
We recently launched a new website for the online action-RPG game Mytheon.
Get Ready to Claim Your Facebook Vanity URL
May 31, 2009
Facebook vanity URLs are coming. An alternative is to create your own social networking subdomain and redirect it.
Typography-Based Layout Contest
May 22, 2009
Smashing Magazine is running a contest for the best typographic web layouts.
LinkedIn Recommendation Generator
May 04, 2009
The LinkedIn recommendation generator makes those pesky endorsement requests a breeze to do.
Exclude Dynamic IP Addresses in Google Analytics
April 22, 2009
Exclude dynamic IP addresses from Google Analytics with a simple custom exclude filter.
Design in Action: Real World Examples of the Design Process
March 10, 2009
The best of 37Signals' 'Design Decisions' posts in which they outline their process for solving particular design challenges.
US State Tourism Web Site Design: Two Years On (Part 2)
February 24, 2009
Part two of a review of the state of web design across US state tourism web sites, comparing them in 2009 with how they looked in 2007.
US State Tourism Web Site Design: Two Years On (Part 1)
January 20, 2009
Part one of a review of the state of web design across US state tourism web sites, comparing them in 2009 with how they looked in 2007.
ESPN Web Site Redesign
January 08, 2009
Thoughts and commentary on the redesign of the ESPN web site.
Are Server Side Includes Still a Relevant Technique for Managing Large Web Sites?
November 30, 2008
A question about whether SSI are an appropriate technique to use on high-volume web sites.
3D Flash Image Gallery Component Giveaway
October 27, 2008
Win a free copy of Flashloaded's 3D spiral image gallery Flash component.
12 Essential Web Site Building Blocks
September 16, 2008
A collection of things that any self-respecting web site manager should be doing to make sure their web site is functioning properly.
Write a Web Design Article and Win $1000
September 01, 2008
Web site [Re]Encoded is running a competition for the best web design or development article with a first prize of $1000.
Operation Immortality — Your Chance to be Immortal
August 04, 2008
Operation Immortality is a promotional web site we created to tie in with Richard Garriott's mission to space.
What Type of Personality Does Your Web Site Have?
July 22, 2008
Use these three questions to get your clients to open up and explain more about what they are looking for in a web site redesign.
Vote for Your Favorite Typography Preferences
June 15, 2008
Text Prefs is an online survey designed to find out how web site users prefer their text displayed.
Conventions for Video and Audio RSS Feed Icons?
June 08, 2008
Thoughts on using green and blue RSS icons to represent video and audio RSS feeds.
Do Online Press Releases Serve a Useful Purpose?
April 30, 2008
Press releases still deserve a home on your web site when written appropriately for the web.
A Journey Through Web Design & Usability Domain Names
February 13, 2008
A trip through the most common web design and usability-related generic web domain names yields some surprising results.
Web Sites of World Leaders Compared
August 07, 2007 | 5 Comments
A review of the web sites of presidents and prime ministers from a variety of countries.
Review of XHTML/CSS: Service to Turn Designs into Fully Coded Web Pages
July 27, 2007 | 2 Comments
A paid review of a service to convert a web page design into a fully functioning web page.
Great 'Web 2.0' Idea — Content Monitr
July 23, 2007 | 1 Comment
My idea for a really useful web app is for one that monitors the age of the content on your site and tells you when it's out of date.
10 High-Scoring Desktop Tower Defense Maps
June 13, 2007
Use these maps to help you improve your desktop tower defense strategies.
5 Steps to Improve Your Web Site's Search
May 14, 2007 | 1 Comment
Gerry McGovern explains how to better manage your site search engine in 5 steps.
Are the Webby Awards in Danger of Losing their Credibility?
May 06, 2007 | 1 Comment
The 2007 Webby Awards have gone overboard in recognizing all-Flash sites at the expense of traditional web design.
MTV Drops Flash Site in Favor of (Boring) HTML
April 25, 2007 | 2 Comments
MTV discovers that all-Flash sites are not popular with users. Who would have guessed?
Where Has My PageRank Gone?
April 23, 2007 | 4 Comments
Wondering why - or if - my Google PageRank has gone from PR6 to PR0.
Online Image Editors Compared
April 18, 2007 | 6 Comments
A comparison of leading online image editors that require no software download in order to use them.
When Stock Photography Goes Bad
April 01, 2007 | 3 Comments
An example of a poor choice of stock photography.
US Presidential Candidate Web Sites Compared
March 05, 2007 | 1 Comment
What do the web sites of the 2008 US presidential candidates look like and how do they compare in presenting their candidates?
Walmart.com Launches Video Download Service but Doesn't Support Firefox
February 06, 2007 | 1 Comment
Walmart.com's new video download service doesn't support Firefox.
Seen Around the Web
February 05, 2007
Various sightings — good and bad — from around the web.
Keep Your Customers Happy: Provide a Clear Upgrade Policy
January 31, 2007
Providing software customers with a clear upgrade policy is critical to keep them happy when you bring out new releases.
Web Designer Rap Video
January 25, 2007 | 1 Comment
A rap video about web designers.
If You End Up On The Wrong Web Site Is It Your Fault?
January 21, 2007 | 1 Comment
Thoughts and recommendations about a confusing user experience at the Utah state tourism web site.
Earn Income from Your Site with Text Link Ads
January 11, 2007 | 1 Comment
A paid review of Text Links Ads; a service to sell text ads on your web site.
Review of CardroomSupply.com
December 31, 2006 | 2 Comments
A paid review of Cardroom Supply.com, a site that sells poker tables and other poker-related items.
My Favorite Web Site of 2006
December 22, 2006 | 1 Comment
Why Netflix is my favorite web site of 2006.
More on Creating Good 'About' Pages
December 12, 2006 | No comments
PetSmart's management team web page is a great example of adding personality to a bland style of web page.
Free Web Hosting for Non-Profits
December 07, 2006 | 1 Comment
DreamHost offers free web hosting for non-profit organizations.
Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts to Quick Launch Web Sites
November 30, 2006
Use these Firefox keyboard shortcuts to quick launch web sites with different domain extensions.
Video: What it's Really Like to be a Web Designer
October 30, 2006
Entertaining video that pokes fun at creative people's jobs.
Web Site Visitors Don't Change Text Size
September 27, 2006
A study shows that almost all web site visitors use the medium (default) text size.
Top 5 Open Source Content Management Systems
September 19, 2006 | 1 Comment
A contest to find the best open source CMS is down to five finalists.
The Best Web Design Commercial Ever
September 07, 2006 | 4 Comments
Possibly the best web design commercial ever made?
How to Promote Good Communication Within Your Team
September 05, 2006 | 1 Comment
A quick check-in with your team each day is a great way to ensure good communication within your web team.
Experiments With and Thoughts About Tag Clouds
August 29, 2006 | 1 Comment
Thoughts about the use of tag clouds to provide navigation for content that defies navigation.
Web Awards: Are They Worth It?
August 24, 2006 | 2 Comments
There are numerous web site awards programs. Are they worth the cost of entering?
A System for Classifying Links
July 10, 2006
A system for classifying links into 7 categories based on their function.
Branding and the Online User Experience
June 20, 2006
A presentation by Jared Spool on branding, user experience and online advertising.
Questionable Design Decisions Seen Around the Web
June 16, 2006 | 2 Comments
A round-up of sites that have made some questionable web design and usability decsions.
What Do You Wear For Work?
May 23, 2006 | 1 Comment
Poll to see what people in the web industry wear to work.
Free Instant Domain Name Appraisal
May 21, 2006 | 1 Comment
LeapFish is a free online domain name appraisal service.
Site Search Engines: Do We Need Them?
May 15, 2006 | 1 Comment
Thoughts on whether a site search engine is worth the time and effort needed to make it work well.
Where are the Best Web Designers: Europe or the US?
May 10, 2006 | 2 Comments
Google Trends is a tool that shows what people are searching for around the world.
New Web Site Launched: Organ Transplant
April 29, 2006 | 1 Comment
We recently launched a new web site for our hospital organ transplant program.
Clear or Cloudy: 20 Weather Forecast InfoGraphics Compared
April 14, 2006
A review of 20 web site weather forecast infographics.
Ask a Newbie Question - Get Flamed
March 27, 2006 | 2 Comments
My experience of getting flamed on a support forum.
New Web Site Launched: Lucky Mom
March 23, 2006 | 2 Comments
Lucky Mom is a blog and shopping site for moms and dads dealing with the challenges of raising a family.
Hits - or How Idiots Track Success
March 13, 2006 | 3 Comments
Why hits are a meaningless measurement of web site traffic.
How to Get a Job in the Web Industry
March 10, 2006 | 8 Comments
Tips on how to get a web-related job based on my experiences as an interviewer.
New Web Site and Redesigns Launched
February 24, 2006
We recently launched a new web site and some web site redesigns.
Blogbeat: Hosted Web Analytics for Blogs
January 25, 2006
Blogbeat is a hosted web analytics service for blogs.
The Hidden Cost of Free Stock Photos
January 20, 2006
Free stock photo sites have a hidden cost - the time it takes to find a photo
Do You Know What Users are Searching for on Your Web Site?
December 27, 2005
Thoughts and lessons learned based on analysis of my organization's web site search logs.
Brighten Up Your Blog Entries with a Free Daily Photo
November 23, 2005
Daily Photos To Go is a free service which enables you to display a new photo each day on your web site.
My Top 5 Favorite Podcasts
November 05, 2005
Top 5 list of podcasts from an avid listener.
New Yahoo! Maps Service
November 03, 2005
Yahoo! has launched a new mapping service using both Flash and AJAX that comes with an excellent API.
Web 2.0 Online Calendar App
October 25, 2005
Planzo is a Web 2.0 enabled online calendar app that is already popular with presidents.
Improve Your Intranet with a Community of Practice
October 08, 2005
Thoughts and ideas on how to develop a thriving community of practice.
Web Marketing Association WebAward Winner
September 13, 2005
Children's Hospital web site won a 2005 Web Marketing Association WebAward.
Design In-Flight Now Available Online
August 19, 2005
The excellent design magazine design in-flight is now available in an online format.
Goodbye Blockbuster. Hello Netflix (Again)
July 26, 2005
My brief fling with Blockbuster has ended badly so it's back to the welcoming arms of Netflix. Sorry for leaving you - it won't happen again.
iTunes 4.9: Podcasting Software for the Masses
June 30, 2005
iTunes 4.9 makes podcasting suitable for mass consumption. Is it time to throw away your radio? Not yet, but maybe soon.
Please Excuse The Dust
June 10, 2005
A new site design at last. Some people redesign every year or so - I managed to wait four before finally getting around to it.
Blockbuster Online Review
May 28, 2005
Some initial thoughts about having switched from Netflix to Blockbuster's online movie rental program.
Top Children's Hospitals: Are Their Home Pages in the Same League?
May 17, 2005
A look at how the home pages of the top 25 children's hospitals compare in terms of having properly written code.
Free Web Directory List
May 13, 2005
A list of web directories that accept free submissions for inclusion. Plus tips on submitting your site more efficiently.
Why Web Managers Need To Get On The Road
May 02, 2005
Web site managers need to spend more time talking to their less readers and less time at their desks.
British Embassy: Non-clickable Register Button
April 07, 2005
If Britain is so great, why is their web site so hard to use?
Web Design Pricing
April 06, 2005
Show your visitors your pricing structure on your web site and get the right clients.
Unregistered Domain Name Goldmine
February 22, 2005
Get the Right Tool For the Job
December 22, 2004
Problems with Macromedia's Activation Policy
December 10, 2004
eHealthcare Leadership Awards: You Are a Winner!
December 05, 2004
Seattle Children's Hospital web site wins web award for site design.
Looking for a SharePoint Developer
November 28, 2004
Web Stats - What to Believe?
November 21, 2004
How sure are you that you can trust your web stats package?
Nightmare Clients and How to Avoid Them
September 26, 2004
Tips for web designers on how to avoid getting stuck with clients who are bad to work for.
Cookies: An Endangered Species?
August 31, 2004
Are Web Sites Becoming Irrelevant?
August 16, 2004
Thoughts about the future of web sites as a concept.
Friday Grab Bag o' Links
August 13, 2004
Microsoft Recommends Turning Off Javascript For Security Reasons
August 10, 2004
Friday Grab Bag o' Links
July 23, 2004 | 3 Comments
Web Design Site Rankings: July 2004
July 09, 2004 | 1 Comment
A controversial look at who's hot in the web design blogging world.
Banner Ad Examples
July 02, 2004
New Client Site Launched
May 25, 2004
A Remarkable Coincidence?
April 06, 2004 | 1 Comment
A Missed Opportunity
March 29, 2004
Smiley Cat Web Stats
January 15, 2004
Web Design Site Rankings
January 09, 2004
Knowledge Management Best Practices
December 10, 2003
Asterisk Redesigned
August 17, 2003

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