Building a great website

Seth Godin has some great thoughts on how to create a great website . A beautiful list. It's not just web design that would benefit from this approach, most of those items would apply to just about any type of design.


On 508

World Wide Web - Lawsuit Hits Target for Web Usability

A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that Target Corp. is breaking California and federal law by failing to make its Web site usable for the blind.

Can't say I didn't see this coming. It's been law for a few years now, it was just a matter of time before someone sued.

Web Design Mistakes

Baekdal is linking to Web Pages that Suck article called Biggest Mistakes in Web Design 1995-2015. It's a great list. I think all designers fall short in some of these areas. For instance, I'm likely guilty of number fourteen: "Mystery belief in the power of web standards, usability and tableless CSS", though not to a great extent. As a designer, these are the things I control.


To Photoshop, or not

Scott Kelby has a great post about Photoshop vs. My Camera.

“Can’t you just take them out in Photoshop?” Yup, I could but I really hate doing that, so I just moved my camera to a spot where I could compose the frame without the wires being visible. That was much faster and easier—getting it right in the camera.”

Old World Photoshop

Using CMYK and RGB

Here's a great explanation of CMYK for those who do RGB.

Rule Number One, above all else in print, is that what you see on paper will not look like what you have on screen.


5 seconds

The 5-Second Test.

Jared Spool and Christine Perfetti talks about their 5-Second Test Method. By showing users a single content page for 5 seconds, you can tests whether a page clearly communicates its purpose.

A very useful tool that I'll start using immediately.


Design Advice

Andrew Crow at Adaptive Path has Some Good Advice.

It’s all my fault. Blame no-one, but your self, if you have touched something accept total responsibility for that piece of work. If you accept responsibility you are in the position to do something about it.

Draw with different pen. Magic markers and Pentels are not the only ways to make marks on paper. Change your tools, it may free your thinking.


Photoshop Shortcuts

Here are 30 Photoshop Secret Shortcuts.

"Well, what I mean by "secret" is that these shortcuts are not documented in the menus."

h/t Adobe Photoshop Daily Tutorials


CSS & Categories in WordPress

There's a great article about Using WordPress Categories To Style Posts at Lorelle on WordPress . You might think to yourself that you don't want a blog, but WordPress can be used for much more than that. It would be reasonably easy to create a website powered by WordPress that looked nothing like a traditional blog. WordPress gives you the ability to easily post information in an orderly manner.