29 March 2010

Foursquare’s Whoops!: We’ve Seen it Before and We’ll Probably See it Again

On Friday, Foursquare found itself red in the face when it was revealed that the company forgot to renew its domain name ownership.  People who tried to access www.foursquare.com on Friday and Saturday were re-directed to a GoDaddy holding page while the issue was sorted. Luckily for Foursquare, it didn’t lose the domain name as the oversight was detected and …

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25 March 2010

Innovation is NOT Dead

Twitter. Facebook. Digg. Gowalla. Flickr. Buzz… There’s an ever-growing list of platforms which businesses can tap into and create a profitable online social media presence. Many companies have already jumped on these opportunities, building creative strategies to engage online communities. Some have misread the current environment incorrectly, believing that the social media creative market is over-saturated. You don’t hear of …

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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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