Great presentation by Luke Wroblewski on “What Every Web Designer Should Know.”
Computerworld magazine highlights 10 biggest Web annoyances, which is right on target, except they forgot to include Pop-ads that keep coming up on their site as well other millions of sites on the web. So here is their list of top 10 annoyances:
- Dubious privacy policies
- Difficult online forms
- Overcommercialization of the Web
- Need for standards
- Trolls in forums
- Buying event tickets
- Web 2.0 help doesn’t help
- The expense of e-books
- Disappointing Web video
- Boring virtual worlds
You can read the full article on their web site.
Reading this article made me come up with my own top 10 web annoyances, here they are:
- Blog Spammers
- Endless pop-up ads on popular web sites
- Flash ads that automatically expand over content areas
- Flash intros on sites without ‘skip intro’ options
- Autoloading music and avatars on sites
- Overuse of AJAX without purpose and function
- Reset buttons on Web Forms
- Animated banner ads
- Snap Preview screens for all links on a web page
Share your web annoyances by commenting below.
There are several web design and development conferences that are coming up this Fall and in Spring 2008. Here is a short list of some of the best ones I recommend:
An Event Apart San Francisco
October 4–5, 2007
San Francisco, CA
Adaptive Path MX East Conference
October 21-23, 2007
Voices That Matter: Web Design
October 22-25, 2007
San Francisco, CA
Future of Web Design
November 6-8, 2007
New York, NY
Web Builder 2.0
December 3-5, 2007
Las Vegas, NV
February 11-15, 2008
Wellington, New Zealand
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
Upcoming Event: An Event Apart Boston: March 26-27, 2007
Some upcoming conferences and workshops that are worth checking out:
- Web Directions North, February 6th-10th, Vancouver, Canada
- Future of Web Apps, February 20th-21th, London, UK
- Web Design World 2007, March 26th-28th, San Francisco, CA
- An Event Apart Boston, March 26-27, 2007, Boston, MA
- Future of Web Design, April 18th, 2007 London, UK
- @Media 2007, May 24th-25th, San Francisco, CA
New Jobs at Vitamin
UK firms are looking for web designers, developers and programmers.
Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Team up for Sitemaps
Three major search engines agreed to work together on using Sitemap XML protocol for ranking web sites.
Web Builder 2.0 Conference – Web 2.0 Conference Designed for the Entire Team
December 4-6, 2006 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
In Web World, Rich Now Envy The Superrich
Interesting NY Times article about web entrepreneurs and their drive to become richer.
Enterprise Information Architecture: A Semantic and Organizational Foundation
New article at Boxes and Arrows.
Record and watch your users and how they interact with your web site.
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.
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.
Review of iPod Killers
Complete overview of latest “iPod Killers” that are coming out this year.
Makes seating charts easier than ever using Web 2.0 stuff.
This week Firefox 2.0 beta was out, coincidentally Internet Explorer 7 was released as well. Strangely both of these new browsers don’t pass the Acid2 Test of Web Standards Group. What’s up with that?
The 2006 Inc. 500 List
Detailed look at why these companies make the list.
Google: Can’t Stop This Train
Google’s sales increased 70% compared to the same time last year, and that’s what makes Google unstoppable.
What makes a good web site?
A good article on site design best practices.
Web Developer’s Handbook
Complete reference site with links to tools, articles and sites that are essential if you are a web developer.
A great article on changes occuring within the software giant in Redmond.
What if Google was to buy YouTube for $1.6 billion? What if? Could be. Maybe….
Rechargeable USB batteries…that’s cool.
What is Live Clipboard? Microsoft, please tell us…
Adobe Contribute 4
I haven’t finished using 3.0 fully, and the version 4.0 is already out.
The Future of Web Accessibility
Article on future trends and predictions for accessibility issues.
10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website
Something to put on your office wall so that you can read it everyday.
Tips on how not to become a blogger.
Microsoft Designs High-Tech School in Philly
Kudos to Microsoft and to Philadelphia School District for pulling this off. Let’s hope that other big cities move in the same direction to rescue their failing public school systems.
Phony Web Design Company Shutdown by U.S. Court
Beware if some web design company calls you to setup your web site for free. If you accept their “no-obligation” free-trial offer, you will pay an arm and a leg at the end of the month.
Web Builder 2.0 Conference
If you want to build rich-interactive web applications or would like to learn how to start, then you might want to take a look at this conference. It will be held from December 4-6, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.
Target.com Web Accessibility Lawsuit Gets Green Light
U.S. Judge in California upheld the lawsuit against Target.com. The lawsuit came about because Target.com was not accessible to blind users.
Very neat service that shows you where people are clicking and where they are not on your web site.
Add microformats magic to your site
Article on how and why you should incorporate microformats into your site.
New syndication service for blogs. Wanna be popular online, then you want to check them out.
Webcast My Wedding
Ok, did you ever miss a wedding of someone very close to you? I have. Webcast My Wedding is the answer. They stream the whole wedding on the web for people like me. Cool.
If a person next to you is talking loudly on his/her cellphone and you are really helpless, then Cellzone is the perfect place for these super talkers. If they only had one of these in commuter trains, the whole world would be a better place.
US to Keep Control of ICANN
US Government will continue to regulate and operate Internet’s naming authority ICANN until 2011.
How Much Blog and How Often?
Article on blogging and some basic guidelines and tips from the authors of Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business.