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Free Materials from User Interface 16 conference

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Free Download! Get 9 featured talks (video/audio/pdf) and 8 workshops (pdf only) from last year’s User Interface 16 conference (by UIE).

Featured Talks

  • Culture You are Soaking In It - Steve Portigal
  • Design Challenges CSS Answers - Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis and Greg Rewis
  • Designing for Mice and Men - Bill Scott
  • Experience Leadership - Kim Goodwin
  • Input Moving Beyond Forms - Luke Wroblewski
  • Meeting Design for the Design Process - Kevin Hoffman
  • The Business Case for (or Against) UX - Brandon Schauer
  • The Many Uses of Application Maps - Hagan Rivers
  • The Unintuitive Nature of Creating Intuitive Designs - Jared Spool


  • Designing Rich Interactive Experiences - Bill Scott
  • Designing with Scenarios - Kim Goodwin
  • Good Design Faster - Brandon Schauer
  • HTML5 and CSS3 What Designers Really Need to Know - Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis and Greg Rewis
  • Immersive Field Research Techniques - Steve Portigal
  • Kicking Off Projects Right - Kevin Hoffman
  • Mobile Web Design - Luke Wroblewski
  • Simplifying Complex Applications - Hagan Rivers

How to get the free recordings?

It’s easy. Just submit your email by Tuesday, September 25, 11:59 PM ET and you’ll get last year’s UI16 talks and materials for free. No tricks, no quantity limits. We’ll send you an email with details on how to access this bundle of goodness.


Free online book: Dive into HTML5

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Free online book: Dive into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.

The paper version is titled HTML5: Up and Running (O'Reilly, via Amazon).

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Five Things You Should Know About HTML5
  2. A Quite Biased History of HTML5
  3. Detecting HTML5 Features: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
  4. What Does It All Mean?
  5. Let’s Call It a Draw(ing Surface)
  6. Video in a Flash (Without That Other Thing)
  7. You Are Here (And So Is Everybody Else)
  8. A Place To Put Your Stuff
  9. Let’s Take This Offline
  10. A Form of Madness
  11. “Distributed,” “Extensibility,” And Other Fancy Words
  12. Manipulating History for Fun & Profit
  13. The All-In-One Almost-Alphabetical No-Bullshit Guide to Detecting Everything
  14. HTML5 Peeks, Pokes and Pointers

Free E-Book: GIS in the Cloud

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GIS in the Cloud

GIS in the Cloud

Matt Artz blogs about Esri's latest release by Victoria Kouyoumjian, Esri’s IT Strategies Architect: "GIS in the Cloud: The New Age of Cloud Computing and Geographic Information Systems".

Download: Download free e-book

Topics covered in the e-book include:

  • What Is Cloud Computing?
  • Cloud Service Models
  • Cloud Benefits
  • Public versus Private Cloud
  • Risks in the Cloud
  • ArcGIS and the Cloud

Highlights of Week 36/2010

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500+ Free Stunning PC Icons

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Set 'Dortmund' at http://pc.de/icons/

Set 'Dortmund' at http://pc.de/icons/

Download 500+ Free Stunning PC Icons

You'll find 10 sets of 1000 high-quality free .png icons in sizes 16x16 & 32x32 for bloggers and web designers to use in private & commercial projects (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License). Loving it!


Highlights of Week 30/2010

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Highlights of Week 10/2010

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Another week of fantastic articles! A little digging (or reading my blog 😉 ) will save you time and buying books hehe.


Free book online: The Principles of Successful Freelancing

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I know this might be a little off-topic but nevertheless useful to many of us. The book 'The Principles of Successful Freelancing' of Miles Burke is available for free to download (only valid for the next 10 days starting today), so get it now!


  1. Considering Freelancing?
  2. Prepare for the Transition
  3. Manage Your Money
  4. Set Yourself Up
  5. Win the Work
  6. Give Great Service
  7. Achieve Work–Life Balance
  8. Where to from Here?

About the author

Miles Burke has been creating web sites since 1994. In 2002, Miles founded Bam Creative, an award-winning Western Australian web company. Miles serves as Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association, and has been awarded for his entrepreneurship in recent years; he’s a recipient of the Contribution to the Web Industry award in 2005, winner of the WA Business News’ 40under40 award in 2007, and appears in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in Western Australia. Miles can also be found writing at Miles’ Blog.

Links for freelancers

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Free book online: Search User Interfaces

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Marti Hearst generously made her upcoming book "Search User Interfaces" available for reading online. She is definitely not a newcomer to the scene and the book for sure not a Best-Of compilation, moreover the book is written in an academic fashion that backs up its theses usability studies, log studies, or some other form of proof (like it!) - like Harry Brignull states: "Caution: actual thought may be required when reading this book."

Contents: Search User Interfaces

The book has two main parts: search fundamentals (Chapters 1-7) and advanced topics (Chapters 8-12).

0: Preface
1: Design of Search User Interfaces
2: Evaluation of Search User Interfaces
3: Models of the Information Seeking Process
4: Query Specification
5: Presentation of Search Results
6: Query Reformulation
7: Supporting the Search Process
8: Integrating Navigation with Search
9: Personalization in Search
10: Information Visualization for Search Interfaces
11: Information Visualization for Text Analysis
12: Emerging Trends in Search Interfaces

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