One of the more aggravating issues with filling out a form is submitting correct data types. Zip codes need to be 5 digits. A phone number field needs 9 digits but it can be 10 (if you add the country code), plus some people add spaces, periods or hyphens in the numbers. Email addresses have to have at least 1 @ and 1 . and the list goes on.
“You know you’ve built something great when the ripple effects of what you created are greater than the sum of all of it’s parts”
Josh Vickers and I teamed up to give an awesome webinar to help everyone understand a bit more about WordPress and what’s to come in the future.
For the September episode of our CopyPress webinar series we’re focusing on all things WordPress. We’re really excited to announce our two September guest speakers, who know everything there is to know about the WordPress platform, how to effectively utilize WordPress and it’s myriad of plugins to create the best user experience and to easily manage content marketing efforts.
Webinar Details: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 3:00-4:00pm EDT (12:00-1:00pm PDT)
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
I have a very close friend, who needs a new challenge. She’s an amazing graphic and web designer. She has years of experience and a lot of motivation. In an effort to respect her anonymity I am currently referring to her as the Amazing Mystery Designer of Awesomeness.
If you’re looking for a talented, motivated, hard working, knowledgeable, experienced designer who can do both graphic and web please let me know asap. My email is me @ jes.se.com and you can tweet me at @professor.
I don’t know why but I feel overly compelled to share a photo of my pup. She’s hyper as all hell, gets into shit all the time and causes us nothing but trouble, but we love her all the same.
More coming very soon!
There’s two ways to read this book. The first is to use it as a step by step guide to help you better understand and therefore better design user interfaces. The second is a reference. Not just for designers though. I envision using this book to show a client a specific element that we are talking about. Detailed imagery and descriptions go a long way. Plus it validates everything you’re saying.
Consider having this book on the table the next time you’re trying to explain the difference between a phone and a tablet to a client.
You can find it on Amazon and bookstores. And, The Author Raj Lal will be presenting on “Evolution of the Digital User Interface” and signing copies of Digital Design Essentials at the Digital Web and Design Innovation Summit September 19-20, in San Francisco.
Designing and developing a beautiful website is a task, but making sure it works on multiple browsers is another. Delivering a usable product on devices that we often neglect is a task that this book teaches you.
In a time where we, as designers and developers, have access to a myriad of fancy new techniques, it’s far too simple to assume that all of our users have the modern technology to access the experience we intend to provide. Designing with Progressive Enhancement opens your eyes to a whole new way of looking at front end development.
Finely combining general practices and instructions along with proven code examples, the book is written exactly how I prefer my reading on development. Beginning with general structural markup to more advanced literal examples, it uses common development tasks such as forms, media, and other interactive pieces as examples. Meanwhile, guiding you through the thinking process behind it all.
Read and reviewed by Jeff Lupinksi
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
Being busy isn’t what matters. It’s how you work, not how much. Are you efficient? Do you follow the old adage of “working smarter not harder”?
There is no intrinsic value to working harder or for longer periods of time.
We all know that poor sap that has to be the first person in the office and the last one to leave, because he needs to get that promotion. “The Partners know who’s working the hardest”, he says. Well guess what, those partners probably have no idea who’s providing the most value to their firm or agency.
Scott Berkun refers to those guilty of working hard in order to look like they are working hard in his book Mindfire.
“People who are always busy are time-poor. They have a time shortage. They have time debt. They are either trying to do too much, or they aren’t doing what they’re doing very well.” – Scott Berkun
Don’t fall for this, instead focus on sparking insight, solving big problems, limit repeat mistakes, look for efficiencies, and build scalable strategies.
“You must break the chains of conventional thinking to formulate new ideas as a free thinker.”
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In July of 2012 I wrote several articles featured in .NET Responsive Web Design Handbook “bookazine”.
This year at Astonish, the web team has a reading list. Each member of my team is tasked with getting 1,000 points, which are rewarded for completing a book on the following list. I compiled this list from my own Amazon wish list, and books I’ve read recently.
If you’re a web designer or developer, and you want to get a better grip on marketing, these are the books for you. If you are a team leader or manager and want to better understand leading a team involved in digital marketing, these are the books for you.
This list is a beautiful compilation of leadership, strategy, development, marketing and technology books. Have Fun!
“When you think about it, we’re building a web operating system”
It’s 4:30 am and I’m laying bed, thinking about my day. I’m not quite ready to get up but, I’m getting there. I know what you’re thinking; just bear with me.
A few years ago I was prepping for Gastric Bypass Surgery and had to go do a sleep study to see if I suffered from Sleep Apnea. What I learned about myself was well worth the torment of being strapped to medical machines and monitored as I slept.
“Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.”