Archive: March 2006
I was recently recommended this as a site for good Information Architecture information
29 March 2006
I've been experimenting a bit lately with the idea of designs built on a modular layout. I still haven't quite worked out how to do that in a usable way - allowing for accessibility. I like the idea of designing a page around set columns with "modules". UX Magazine
takes it to the extreme. Ultimately I'd like to utitilise drag and drop
29 March 2006
Although this link is listed on my delicious page I just had to include it here. A fabulous set of Information Architecture tools
including templates for usability testing, business briefs, affinity diagramming, persona charts, competitive analysis and more.
28 March 2006
Another useful guide from the Boxes and Arrows crew. I recently tried to understand card sorting by reading Information Architecture for the World Wide Web and found it extremely difficult. Definitely written from a geeky coder perspective. There's no use illustrating principles using examples if non-geeks can't even understand what the examples mean!
19 March 2006
Well, Jacob Nielsen and I have never really seen eye to eye (usable doesn't have to mean ugly Jacob!) so I had to chuckle when I saw this
19 March 2006
I recently went to my first Women In Media event
. It was at Nou Nou restaurant in Kemp Town and I had a really good time. I met some very interesting people and hopefully set up some future freelance work. I would definitely recommend WIM to other geeky girls out there.
10 March 2006
I have a few website ideas in the pipeline. One of which makes use of Spreadshirt
. I recently came across this article on A List Apart
that really helped me understand the goals of my site. It talked about how to maximize the success of your site by increasing the
energy you transfer to your readers, and reducing the friction within the
page or pages on which the reader has to do something. Simple but it works!
08 March 2006
You've coded your page, it validates, looks fine in Firefox but what's that?? Some random letters just hanging around in places in your page. What the heck is that? Welcome to the world of the duplicate character bug in IE
06 March 2006
I've decided that in order to be able to provide a true end-to-end web design service I need to be able to buid a CMS for a client. I've checked out Open Source CMS
and so far, CMS Made Simple
seems to be the best option for me. I like the commitment to allowing you to implement standards compliant XHTML/CSS.
05 March 2006
So I bought this book on Amazon the other day. I must admit finding anything written on Information Architecture that isn't at least 3 years old is difficult. I had high hopes as it was recommended on Boxes and Arrows
but to be honest, it was a huge let down. I felt I learnt nothing and, worse still, it didn't really appear to be about IA at all. All I wanted was a beginners guide to IA but it failed to deliver. If you are looking for a good book on IA you should buy The Elements of User Experience
by Jesse James Garret. I borrowed it from a friend and it has become my new bible. It may not have the magic words in the title but it is definitely the one to read.
03 March 2006
I don't know about you but I've always used
02 March 2006
display: none to hide code I have in my page that I only want to be there for screenreaders or search engines. Well I did, until I read Andy Budd's book. Argh, so
display: none hides the text from screenreaders? Bummer. I guess I will have to go back to using
text-indent: -1000em but somewhere in the back of my mind I remember this causing issues in an old browser - maybe IE on the mac...