“A List Apart” Surveys 33,000 Web Workers

October 18th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

A List Apart Survey“In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals answered the survey’s 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide.” Get the survey results here.

SEO Quicktip: Underscore or Hyphen in URLs

October 16th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Update 2007-10-19: as our readers Aaron and Kai have kindly pointed out to me, this is no longer an issue. Hyphens & underscores are now treated equally by Google.

Well, here’s something I wasn’t aware of until moments ago. When using SEO-friendly and user-friendly URLs, always go for hyphens instead of underscores.

Good:
/seo-quicktip-underscore-or-hyphen-in-urls

Bad:
/seo_quicktip_underscore_or_hyphen_in_urls

Why? Because according to this post, Google doesn’t recognize the underscore as a divider. Basically, that means you would have to include the underscore in your search term to bring up the URL. I don’t think anybody actually does that. Clearly a point for Team Hyphen. I’m just glad WordPress does “good” URLs out of the box.

TiltViewer – View Current Flickr Photos in 3D Space

October 9th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Flickr TiltViewer
TiltViewer by Felix Turner (who is also behind the excellent design-feed.net) allows you to browse Flickr’s most interesting images in a 3D space. It’s designed to provide a fun, intuitive user experience. Images are pulled from Flickr’s Interestingness list.

XHTML: Definition Lists – Misused or Misunderstood?

October 8th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Definition ListsMax Design asks the question that I keep asking myself: “What are definition lists? When are they appropriate?” and then explains how to style them to look like tables, image galleries, calendar of events and more.

Conference Call From Buzzword Hell

October 5th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Joe the Peacock has had a hard day. Why? Because he had a conference with a potential client that seems very excited to get into this whole Web2.0 stuff.
One of many fun quotes:

You want four million users by DECEMBER?? You have four hundred active licenses for your product currently! Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – is going to add four zeros to the end of that number in three months short of hiring Arthur Anderson to handle the bookkeeping.

Read more of Joe the Peacock’s thoughts here.

Post sent to me (but not written ;) ) by my good friend and frequent p:a commenter Rob who has just completed his new portfolio site. Check it out.

Free Burma!

October 4th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Free Burma!
One Blogpost For Burma.

Read here how you can support the people of Burma.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.3

September 26th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Wordpress 2.3 It’s that time of the year again when I get tired of watching the WordPress version numbers grow and grow without joining in on the fun. So here we go, fresh and shiny WordPress 2.3. As usual, please let me know if you notice any issues (random error messages or anything), thanks! The InstantUpgrade WP plugin is a god-send, by the way. No more hassle.

Pixelmator: Next-Gen Mac Image Editor Released

September 26th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Pixelmator Image Editor
The long-anticipated Pixelmator image editor for Mac OS X has just been released. I can’t say much about its capabilities, as I haven’t tried it yet, but damn it looks good.

Built up on a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies, Pixelmator features powerful selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools, layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and transparent HUD user interface for work with images. Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac’s video card for image processing.

I think the “GPU-Powered” bit sounds particularly interesting. I’d like to know why Photoshop doesn’t utilize my GPU’s power, what a waste of perfectly good transistors.

Lots and Lots of Free PDF Magazines

September 25th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Free PDF Magazines
pdf-mags.com has lots and lots of free, lovely PDF-magazines. There are many inspiring PDF-publications scattered throughout the intarwebs, and this site collects them all (well, a lot of them) in one spot for your convenience. Now if someone could please let me in on the secret of how to find the time to read all of them, and do all my other stuff, that would be sweet.

Show The Plug, Not The Cable

September 25th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Show The Plug, Not The Cable37Signals get it right yet again, making a very good point about online shop usability: why do so many shops show the whole cable, when all you really need to see are the plugs? Show the plugs already!
This translates well to all the other web apps, too:

“Makes you wonder how often web apps miss the point and show people the cable instead of the plug: Showing a list of features when people want benefits. Telling facts when people want stories. […]”