Archive for March, 2007

Online ads overtake newspapers

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

The amount of money spent on internet advertising in the UK has overtaken the total advertising expenditure of national newspapers for the first time.The marketing milestone has been tracked by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and published in its biannual study today.

According to its findings, internet ad spend in the UK broke the £2 billion barrier last year, after a 41.2 per cent surge in growth. This compares to just 0.2 per cent increase for newspapers to £1.9 billion.

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Jeffrey Zeldman On Why To Incorporate Web Standards

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Article by Jeffrey Zeldman.

Web standards hold the key to accessible, cost-effective web design and development, but you wouldn’t know it from surveying most big commercial sites. In this chapter, CSS guru Jeffrey Zeldman explores some of the reasons web standards have not yet been incorporated into the normative practice of all design shops and in-house web divisions, and are not yet obligatory components of every site plan or request for proposal. If you need help selling standards to your colleagues, this chapter is for you.

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Markup as a Craft

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Article by Garrett Dimon

Markup is the technical foundation of front-end code. In one way or another, it influences or is influenced by design, content, accessibility, CSS, DOM scripting, and more. The quality of your markup will affect the quality of related code, and even the cost of implementing or maintaining that code. Your markup might be good now, but following the guidelines in this article will help bring it to the next

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How to Grok Web Standards

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Artcle by Craig Cook

Many web designers, myself included, come to the web with a background in the graphic arts. We think in pictures, not in code. When we first begin designing for the web, we’ll use HTML and CSS crudely, as a means to an end—a method of arranging pretty boxes in space—without grasping the true nature of the box itself or what it contains. Altering that strictly visual mentality is the highest hurdle to overcome when a graphic designer first dives into semantics and web standards. For the visual designer, really understanding web standards means you’ll have to change the way you think about design.

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Practical, Entry-Level Web Accessibility

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Article by Mike Cherim

You may have an appreciation of web accessibility but are scared of even going there. This may be because you fear peer review. It may be that you’re concerned you’ll miss a beat or won’t get it quite right. Or maybe you’re intimidated by the myriad rules which surround the subject and you’re worried you’ll have to dig deep into a bag of tricks.

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Screen Resolution and Page Layout

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Summary:
Optimize Web pages for 1024×768, but use a liquid layout that stretches well for any resolution, from 800×600 to 1280×1024.

One of the most frequently asked questions in my Web usability course is “What screen resolution should we design for?” The full answer is a bit tricky, but the basic advice is clear:

  • Optimize for 1024×768, which is currently the most widely used screen size. Of course, the general guideline is to optimize for your target audience’s most common resolution, so the size will change in the future. It might even be a different size now, if, say, you’re designing an intranet for a company that gives all employees big monitors.
  • Do not design solely for a specific monitor size because screen sizes vary among users. Window size variability is even greater, since users don’t always maximize their browsers (especially if they have large screens).
  • Use a liquid layout that stretches to the current user’s window size (that is, avoid frozen layouts that are always the same size).

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startdrawing.org – Brand new Asian art and illustration blog

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

startdrawing.org is a web resource portal for Asia’s artists and drawings. This site was started with the aim of showcasing and sharing drawings from talented artists in Asia, and in the process, promote the joys of drawing.

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Improving Your Process: CSS Techniques Part 1

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

This article is the first of an upcoming series that will be scattered throughout the life of Monday By Noon. The posts will attempt to provide some tips and tricks as far as design and development is concerned. The contents are purely my opinion, and take into account what helps me do my job.

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The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.

Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.

In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, I have structured this website to step through Bringhurst’s working principles, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS. The future is considered with coverage of CSS3, and practicality is ever present with workarounds, alternatives and compromises for less able browsers. 

At the time of writing this is a work in progress – the site is being added to one principle at a time.

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100’s of web 2.0 tutorials

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

http://www.drweb.de/weblog/weblog/?p=780