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How to Focus

Focus Map by Learning Fundamentals

In today’s digital world of distractions it is difficult sometimes to focus and be productive. The Map of Distractions developed by Learning Fundamentals and Focus by Leo Babauta offer great tips on how to tame digital distractions and manage information overload in our daily activities. Some of these tips are really helpful, especially managing your inbox, since I have to deal with my overloaded inbox every day.

Email Design Guidelines

Sample HTML Email DesignEmail design is one of the most difficult tasks that take a lot of time and planning by web designers. Recipients of your pretty HTML emails have a very short attention span and on top of that your email looks different depending on what type of email program or service people are using. You have to keep testing the email to make sure it looks normal across many different email platforms.

Once the design of the email is completed, then you have to pay attention to the subjectline, images, wording and contents of your email, because it might trigger spam firewalls and throw your pretty HTML email into a Junk Mail of the recipient.

I came across this short article by good folks at Campaign Monitor on Email Design Guidelines, which could help us make sense of all this mess and maybe help to get our email message across to our recipients without getting shotdown by spam firewalls.

Weekly Round-up


20 Must Have Firefox Extensions (via computerworld.com)
The latest version of Web Developer Extension on Firefox 2.0+ is very useful for web designers, I highly recommend upgrading your browser and download the newest version of the Web Developer Extension.

Microsoft creates JPEG format killer
Code-named HD Photo could become a new standard for image formats that could replace old JPEG format (.jpg or .jpeg) that is used for digital formats of graphics as well as images in electronics and the web.

Are you Joosting yet?
The good people who brought Skype are now launching an online TV service called Joost. Check it out!

Yahoo’s Panama Project Takes on Google Adwords
So far Yahoo has done well with its relaunch of sponsored search results system so called Panama, in hopes to take some share of the market from it’s biggest competitor Google Adwords.

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert
We all “Google” by just typing in words to the search box and receive basic search results with web site listings, but there is much more you can get out of Google’s searchbox… 

Vonage to pay $58 million for patent infringement
According to the court ruling Vonage infringed on two patents held by telco giant Verizon. Another setback for the young voice-over-ip company.

Five important principles for designers
A short article for designers who think design is art.

Weekly Round-up

Adobe’s New Online Video Editing Tool
Adobe came out with a new variations of Adobe Premiere and Photoshop Elements that let’s Photobucket users edit videos online through these programs. This is Adobe’s new strategy to shift it’s desktop based software to the web and make it available as a web service, just like Microsoft’s Office Live or Google’s “Office.”

Interactive online t-shirt designs.

Say Hello to Pipes – Yahoo Relaunches Online Aggregator
According to news stories, Pipes was so popular that Yahoo expereienced a melt down when it first launched its aggregator servce.

Make Room, Wikipedia: Internet-based Collaboration Could Change the Way We Do Business
Article from Knowledge@Wharton newsletter.

Web Design Contracts: Why Bother
Digital Web Magazine article that explores different aspects of web design contracts and why you should have one.

Easy to use online task management tool.

Tutorial: CSS Hack to display percentage bar

New Book: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (3rd Ed.)

Upcoming Event: An Event Apart Boston: March 26-27, 2007

Weekly Round-up

Upcoming Events: Web Directions North
Web Directions Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada from February 6-10, 2007. Speakers will include Kelly Goto, Dan Cederholm, Joe Clark and other web super stars.

Local Start-up gets traffic
Traffic.com of Wayne, PA is acquired by Navteq for $179 million.

College Rolls out Ipod Program
At Nevada Community College iPods will be provided to all new students. This is a new trend among colleges and universities in the U.S. that encourages using iPods in classroom by students and Podcasting clasroom lectures by faculty. Now you can listen to music while in class, and its ok.

Research: You have 4 seconds to load a site
According to a research by Akamai, web users expect a site to load within 4 seconds, if it doesn’t, they leave or hit the ‘Back’ button.

New Book: Mobile Web Design
A new book by Cameron Moll worth checking out.

Blogs: Brand New
“Brand New is a Speak Up spin-off displaying opinions, and focusing solely, on corporate and brand identity work.”

Free Pixel Fonts
Enjoy free pixel fonts to your heart’s content.

100 million web sites served!
According to Necraft, the Internet now has 100 million web sites. This means in the future there will be even more demand for search engines to find what you want through clutter of millions of sites.