- Complete Beginner’s Guide to Web Analytics and Measurement (by Andrew Maier) - a really great summary of tools and methods for web analytics.
- Favorite UX & Technology Blogs | Learning About New Web & Mobile Applications (by Janet M. Six) - uxmatters answer to favorite UX and technology blogs and how to learn about new Web and mobile applications.
- 10 New UX Books To Look Out for in 2010 (by Paul Seys) - what more to say...?
- 7 Steps to Better Website Feedback (by hongkiat) - good content but I really love this blog entry for its references.
- 15 Google Chrome Extensions for the Avid Designer (by Joel Reyes) - from Firebug to Resolution test and many more...
- Using Landmarks Makes Page Layout Easy (by Ben Gremillion) - harmony in design is based on well-known layout principles - great discussion by Ben!
Maestros, at this point a quick note that I will be back writing my own content shortly (have quiet some stuff in my queue). So long, the highlights of week 6/2010:
- Paper iPad - you don't have the money for a real iPad? Make one out of paper 😉
- Using a Pre-Launch Checklist for your Website (by Ben Gremillion) - building a website is fun and believe me, it's funnier to follow a protocol. This one is a great start.
- Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy (by Derek Sivers) - Value your first follower, embrace him/her as equal, the rest will follow...
- If 1 of 5 users has a problem in a usability test will it impact 1% or 20% of all users? (by Jeff Sauro) - take observed usability issues serious, there are more than likely critical issues.
- Google Maps Get Labs With 9 Cool New Features (by Stan Schroeder) - nothing fancy when you work in a mapping company like ESRI, but probably a heck-full of work for google.
Every day I run into fantastic articles and stumble across hilarious and must-see web sites. I'm amazed how much great content is created and maintained hour by hour, day by day. I wish I had more time to read and learn more, not to mention synthesize and write about it.
That's why I start this weekly thread that will summarize all the goodies & greats - in short: Highlights - of the week so you can skim through them during a spare minute on the weekend or first thing Monday morning.
I try to cover all my basic interests (UCD, Usability, Accessibility, Web development, Code samples, Business, Marketing, Social web, Technical news, Philosophy and whatever else I run into 😉 Feel free to share interesting links and bring special content to my attention - I'd love hearing from you.
So here we go,
Highlights for week 50 of the year 2009
- Hilarious illustration how a web design goes straight to hell (by Matthew Inman). According to my colleague Neal "that’s why you document strategy and scope of work and hire an account manager. The manager keeps the client in line, translates client needs into directions designer understand, and bills a change request every time the client demands something other than what was agreed to in writing. :)"
- How to prevent design hell? Maybe Ben Gremillion has an answer: How to deal with feature creep.
- HOW TO: Manage Successful Social Media Promotions (by Ben Straley), use the social channel to deliver “exclusive” deals! Your friends will thank you by making purchases.
- Excellent article of an important but widely neglected subject, Comment Design: Considerations, Best Practices and Examples (by Cameron Chapman).
- Ok, this one is already two weeks 'old' but a goodie I wanted to share. Derek Sivers shows in the example of Let pedestrians define the walkways that business decisions are smartest taken as late as possible, when you have the most information.
- Very cool Silhouette Fadeins using HTML, CSS and jQuery (by Chris Coyier).