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The Immutable Laws of Web Design and Development

Saturday, February 09, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

The Immutable Laws of Web Design and Development on Blue Flavor. Good read; especially check out Fitts' Law and Jakob’s Law of the Internet User Experience.

Shopping Cart Examples and Good Practices

Saturday, February 09, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

"Shopping Carts Gallery: Examples and Good Practices" on Smashing Magazine

“One of the simplest examples of flawed design decisions is the incorrect use of the shopping cart icon — a traditional icon which stands for the virtual holding place for any products of the store. Used properly, this little yet powerful element can help users to buy a product as quickly and painless as possible. As such, it is essential for the purchasing procedure and therefore deserves to be considered carefully during the design process.”

Use CSS3 Pseudo Classes Now

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

A new javascript library called Offspring was introduced in the new A List Apart article "Keeping Your Elements' Kids in Line with Offspring". Offspring lets you use a bunch of CSS3 pseudo classes on browsers that are still quite "sucky" CSS3-wise.

“Pseudo-classes act like classes applied to an element except that they take effect based on an element’s status or its position within the document structure. For instance, you’ve probably used :visited before. The browser associates that with links if they’re visited—there’s no visited class that needs to be applied manually: it just happens. Such is the way with pseudo-classes.”

The Principles of Beautiful HTML Email

Friday, February 01, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Mathew Patterson of Freshview has written a new article called The Principles of Beautiful HTML Email; it's for people that are new to HTML emails or people that have been ignoring the power of email marketing.

“The typical email client is quite similar to a web browser from 1999, with limited or inconsistent support for modern HTML and CSS. The best place to start is with the Campaign Monitor Guide to CSS Support in Email, which gives you an overview and helpful chart that shows what is and is not supported in the major email clients. You may find SitePoint's article on Writing HTML Email useful as well.”

Improve Your 'Hunched over the PC' Posture

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Our health is our greatest asset. Here's an article written by Jan Keller to help us improve our posture.

“Posture provides the foundation for a balanced workout, deeper breathing, effective digestion and efficient functioning of organs. Improving your posture will benefit your overall health, give you more energy, help rehabilitate or prevent injury and increase sporting performance.”

8 Web Design Mistakes That Developers Make

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC
Samuel Ryan of Wake Up Later has written a new article on the 8 web design mistakes that developers make.

“An excellent website takes a particularly savvy blend of both great design and great code. Because of this, you often find designers having to figure out code and developers trying their hand at design. Speaking as a developer who spent his university years studying among other developers, I can safely say that programmers are not designers. Thankfully, we were graded back then for having reusable code and proper OO methodology -- never for our aesthetics. But nowadays, one of the greatest assets a developer can have is a keen understanding of design.”

Understanding Web Design

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Understanding Web Design is an essay written by The Zeldman. I believe it's a must-read for all aspiring web designers.

“Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.”

On Calling Yourself a Web Designer

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Check out the post by Stuart Brown "There's no such thing as web design", oldie but goodie.

“With this diversity, calling a web designer a 'web designer' is much like calling a plumber a 'labourer'. While technically true, it hardly scratches the surface of what is involved in the scope of web development, and to a specialist, the term is mildly insulting.”

We Came a Long Way...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Check out what the websites of major corporations were like back in 1996 :)

On pepsi.com:

“Oh God. Oh dear God in heaven no. Your first instinct will be to repeatedly jab a pinecone in your eyes, but please try to understand Pepsi's mindset. First, they were almost definitely drunk. Secondly, they knew that the internet was in some way related to computers, so the idea was to make their website very evocative of a computer. I'm not convinced they understood what a computer was, but when they closed their eyes and thought about computers, this monstrosity is what popped into their drunken heads.”

Internet '96

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