23 March 2010

Twenty iPhone applications we really love

As a recent convert to the world of iPhone loveliness, I have found myself spending a lot of time reviewing and playing with iPhone applications. Being a bit of a social media nerd, I’m doubly intrigued by how people are using the iPhone’s capabilities to facilitate interactions – after all, an iPhone app is all fine and dandy, but if …

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23 March 2010

Microsoft previews IE9 at Mix10

The long awaited ‘first peak’ into Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) was given to developers at the annual MIX event hosted by Microsoft in Las Vegas, USA. MIX is a conference for web designers and developers building the world’s most innovative web sites. Microsoft showcases their latest technologies, and this year was not different. The MIX10 event showcased where the firm …

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22 March 2010

The Oldies Got the Teens Wrong Again

UK teens are getting a much-needed lesson in privacy through a language they understand – gaming. As some of you know via my previous blog posts, I think a lot of ‘kids’ these days fail to take privacy seriously enough. So, I was quite pleased to come across an article this weekend about the SXSW award-winning online game, Smokescreen, that …

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22 March 2010

Improve your ROI with user testing

The focus of conversion design should be to place the user at the centre of your design and to make the user journey as smooth as possible. One of the main ways to achieve this goal is to user test your website. This will lead to a more user friendly and productive site and lead to more sales and less …

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16 March 2010

Google and PubSubHubbub

Google has developed a system that will enable a Web publisher to ‘automatically submit new content to Google for indexing within seconds of that content being published.’ The name of this protocol is PuSH, or PubSubHubbub. PuSH is a real-time syndication protocol based on ATOM. In this protocol the publisher tells the world about a Hub that it will notify …

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16 March 2010

I’m livin’ in a box… a CSS grid based box

Following on from a previous post about whitespace and the integral part it plays in design, this post is about the use of grids and the focus on layout options and usability / readability. Grids are simple things really, a series of invisible horizontal and vertical lines that create a frame, outline or margin within a space for the purpose …

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16 March 2010

Tamar at the Social Media World Forum 2010

Yesterday, I visited SMWF and enjoyed a full day at the event. I spent my time attending the workshops which were focused on exploring social media and provided a holistic overview of the field. Presenters I saw included folks from the Facebook Developer Garage, representatives from LinkedIn, and experts from other social media agencies. All in all, the event was …

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16 March 2010

What is Conversion Design?

Conversion design or conversion focused design is the collaboration of several different disciplines creating a journey that is considerate of the varied needs and expectations of the user to maximise conversion. When I first started designing websites over 10 years ago, the main deliverable was a web presence that reflected the brand. Possibly in flash that gained attention, with the …

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16 March 2010

I’m not sure I need my reality augmenting

My 3 predictions for the advent of 4G are as follows: A huge rise in lamp-post related accidents clogging up A&E’s A massive increase in the chances of getting stuck with someone who is insanely helpful when you stop and ask for directions in the street The death of pub chat In my view, the blame for this bleak and …

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16 March 2010

Twitter, Twitter, everywhere…

The founder of  Twitter has announced another new feature to be added to the popular social media platform. In a low key session at the SXSW event this week, Evan Williams explained how @Anywhere has been developed as a new framework for adding the Twitter experience anywhere on the web. Apparently, operators of third-party websites will be able to add …

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