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Design Process – Personal logo design sketches

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Scottish-based Designer David Airey is a prolific and popular blogger on design. In this blog on solo brainstorming on paper, he discusses and illustrates the evolution of a logo. 

“Here are some of the pencil sketches I created during my personal logo design process. I think that overall, this constitutes around half the total sketches made (others were on scraps of paper that have been either lost or thrown away).”

Popular Articles on Dosh Dosh: August 2007

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

August was yet another month for Dosh Dosh and most of the articles for this month were focused on various aspects of internet marketing. Halfway through the month I asked if you had any questions for me concerning topics covered on Dosh Dosh.

How to run a brainstorming meeting

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

By Scott Berkun, July 2004

The most important thing about a brainstorming session is what happens after it ends. No matter how poorly you run a brainstorming meeting, some decent ideas will surface. But depending on what happens after the session, those ideas may or may not impact anything. So while you can read books and take courses on better brainstorming techniques, the most important thing is figuring out how the brainstorming session fits into the larger decision making process you or your team has. Even if you fix how you run the meeting itself, and get better ideas, if you can’t migrate them into the decision making process for the project, what’s the point? With this central point in mind, the following essay covers how to run brainstorming sessions in a way that is most likely to be effective afterwards.

How to Create Great HTML Emails with CSS

Friday, August 10th, 2007

By Christian MacAuley

HTML emails are widely used for all kinds of professional correspondence. Beyond email newsletters they’re used for all sorts of application-generated messages, such as receipts and confirmations. Styled messages have lots of appeal for marketers, designers and consumers — but for coders, it’s a real headache to create them properly.

World Wide Web Consortium Issues RDF and OWL Recommendations

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Semantic Web emerges as commercial-grade infrastructure for sharing data on the Web

10 February 2004 — Today, the World Wide Web Consortium announced final approval of two key Semantic Web technologies, the revised Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL). RDF and OWL are Semantic Web standards that provide a framework for asset management, enterprise integration and the sharing and reuse of data on the Web. These standard formats for data sharing span application, enterprise, and community boundaries – all of these different types of “user” can share the same information, even if they don’t share the same software.

Today’s announcement marks the emergence of the Semantic Web as a broad-based, commercial-grade platform for data on the Web. The deployment of these standards in commercial products and services signals the transition of Semantic Web technology from what was largely a research and advanced development project over the last five years, to more practical technology deployed in mass market tools that enables more flexible access to structured data on the Web. Testimonials from enterprise-scale implementors and independent developers illustrate current uses of these standards on the Web today.

“RDF and OWL make a strong foundation for Semantic Web applications,” said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web. “Their approval as W3C Recommendations come at a time when new products spring up in areas as diverse as Enterprise Integration and medical decision support. It’s not unlike the early days of the Web, when once people saw how it worked, they understood its power. We’re entering that phase now, where people can see the beginnings of the Semantic Web at work.”

A World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation is understood by industry and the Web community at large as a Web standard. Each Recommendation is a stable specification developed by a W3C Working Group and reviewed by the W3C Membership. Recommendations promote interoperability of Web technologies of the Web by explicitly conveying the industry consensus formed by the Working Group.


Semantic Web

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF). See also the separate FAQ for further information.

Click to the clique

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Forget the plonk and canapes, make your new contacts via the ether, says Ben Hammersley

Thursday January 9, 2003
The Guardian

I blame Kevin Bacon. It’s only fair: he probably doesn’t know it, but the floppy fringed actor’s influence on the internet has been long felt, if unusual – and this year it’s everywhere.What are we talking about? Social networks. Now, don’t get all huffy. The influence of the one out of Footloose your sister fancied is not to be underestimated. Sure, it was the US sociologist Stanley Milgram who developed what he called the “Small World Hypothesis”, which said, in effect, that everyone was connected to everyone else by six degrees or less – but it was the famous Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon online game site that firmly implanted the obscure scientific theory into the hive mind of the internet.,3605,870848,00.html

The new Adobe icons and branding

Monday, April 30th, 2007

by Veerle

So many voices have expressed their thoughts on Adobe’s new icons so far and one of the more noticeable one from users is that they all thought it was some temporary place holder art. When I first saw the splash screen and application icon of Adobe Photoshop CS3 my thinking pattern was that Macromedia had its influence in the branding process: the idea of using different colors for each application and the way the splash screen is organized.

A CSS styled table

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

by Veerle

Further to my article about the creation of a CSS calendar the thought crossed my mind to show you an example on how you can style a table using CSS. The data of tables can be boring so all the more reason that we need to attract attention to it and make it as pleasant to read as possible. Presentation and design with some basic accessibility rules in mind is the way to go.

Bring on the tables

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Something that often seems to confuse people that are new to CSS-based layouts is the use of tables. I’ve seen plenty of cases where people interpret “avoid using tables for layout” as “don’t use tables at all”. It’s important to remember that tables are still perfectly fine to use – if used correctly.

Yes, do your best to avoid using tables for layout, but for tabular data, tables are what you should use. I’d like to talk about how tables should be used when marking up tabular data. There’s a lot more to tables in HTML and XHTML than just rows and cells. Much more. Especially if you want to make them accessible.