Intro to Parallax Scrolling

Here are some interesting insights on Parallax Scrolling I recently learned as I researched the design technique, and explored its potential and limitations. I found a Wikipedia entry that describes it this way: Web designers began incorporating parallax scrolling in 2011, using HTML5 and CSS3. Websites with parallax backgrounds are becoming an increasingly popular strategy,…

Results Oriented Design: Images that drive conversion

Came across this post and just felt like shouting “no duh!” Derek Halpern is blogging about the impact images have on conversion rates. After years of having tug of war conversation with traditional marketers that want to slap the DM creative into an email or webpage, this post is going to be a great tool…

Microsoft’s new browser will play nice

Good news on the browser war front. Finaly! For many web developers, Microsoft’s decision to make IE 8 conform to standards used by other browsers will go a long way toward making the web work better. Microsoft’s current browser, IE 7, came under fire from some web developers because it handles web page code differently…

Amazon.com “remodel” ux of the navigation bar

Read a cool review on Amazon.com’s new remodel of their navigation bar via the [Iai-Members] email. Jay Fienberg points out a nice improvement on the amazon.com logo home page link — a simple idea that anyone can implement on their own website. Amazon has a new top of the page navigation that has, imo, some…

Tarquini : Blasting the Myth of the Fold

This was an interesting article for me as I come from a Journalism background. This article is a must read if you are involved in web layout design. It deals with the classic battle to place all the “good stuff” above the fold, which usually results in a crammed and cluttered layout. Stop worrying about…

Fresh, Elegant and Clean WordPress Themes

If you are looking into getting your own WordPress blog, check out Smashing Magazine’s list of fresh, clean wordpress themes. They are a great resource for graphics, icons, and design ideas. We like to observe the Web. We like to present fresh ideas, creative solutions and interesting approaches. We like to share them with our…

Web Development and Usability: Sweating the small stuff

Interesting blog post over at Silas Notes. Blogger Rhea quotes Jakob Nielsen, who said: “Of course, it’s important to get the big things right, or you won’t have any users. But getting the small things right enhances usability and fosters user comfort.” I’ll ad to that. From personal experience, there are a few other important…

Logo Design just for fun

I have been experimenting with what is being called “web 2.0” design. I’m not really a graphic designer by trade, but being a web-guru requires a keen eye for design, usability, and branding. This one I did for a logo contest being run by Smashing Magazine. It doesn’t seem like my entry got to far,…