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Archives by Month: June, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during June, 2001.

Thu

28

JUN

2001

Microsoft Wins And Loses

Major news sources are scurrying about with the latest news - the decision to split up Microsoft has been overturned. Court vacates MSFT ruling, Appeals court vacates entire decision, sends it to a new judge CNNfn June 28, 2001: 2:58 p.m. ET Court Reverses Breakup of Microsoft Associated Press, Thursday, June 28, 2001 Appeals Court Decision (the complete 125-page legal document) In recent weeks, there has also been massive criticism (especially by the Web community) about Microsoft’s Smart Tags. As a result, Microsoft announced that they would drop the Smart Tags link feature from the October 25th release of... (163 words, 9 links)

02:01 pm, pdt28 June, 2001

Categories: Software

Sun

24

JUN

2001

The Dance, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The author of The Invitation has a new book coming out in September, and HarperCollins kindly sent me two poems from it to post at my site. The first one I posted is Prelude. The next one, The Dance, is posted below. (822 words, 15 links)

01:40 pm, pdt24 June, 2001

Categories: Books, Personal, Reviews

Fri

22

JUN

2001

"I Want My Design Like This Site..."

As a designer, you may have heard a potential or existing client tell you that they’d like a new site design exactly like the XYZ site (fake name) and may suggest that you copy it. I’ve even had several potential clients ask me if I’d build their sites exactly like mine, just changing the content with their own material. (I’m flattered, but no, I won’t. I’d build something unique just for them, though.) Maybe part of the problem is some people don’t know or understand that copyright laws exist on the Internet (claiming ignorance isn’t typically a good argument... (630 words, 10 links, 1 image)

06:26 pm, pdt22 June, 2001

Categories: Design, Graphics, Weblogs

Thu

21

JUN

2001

More K.I.S.S. - This Month’s Digital Web Magazine

With the theme of K.I.S.S., this month’s issue of Digital Web is hot off the presses. Here’s what you have to look forward to: Keep it simple, stupid! is this month’s Feature Article, by Pär Almqvist, providing refreshing commentary and insight about what simplicity really means. Site Planning, the Red-Headed Stepchild of the Web, by Ben Henick. Clearly Ben and I have similar ideas about what simple means - design for the user, and keep it simple (see my last column, Site Design: K.I.S.S.) This month’s ProDotCon by Peter Fielding: Grit Meets Grout. Peter talks about "Why?" What’s it... (270 words, 10 links)

12:44 am, pdt21 June, 2001

Wed

20

JUN

2001

Site Design: K.I.S.S.

Simple navigation, fast loading pages, logical site architecture, obvious visual cues, concise text—you’ve heard all this before if you’ve read Brainstorms & Raves much or other articles about what makes good design and keeps visitors coming back. Keeping it simple takes a lot of thoughtful effort and careful decisions, though. The key is to plan your site and its design for the user. A few items to consider with simple design: consistency throughout clear, uncluttered navigation concise content clean, fast loading graphics that accentuate the content bells and whistles to a minimum good use of white space... (324 words, 6 links)

12:22 am, pdt20 June, 2001

Categories: Design

Sat

16

JUN

2001

Weekend Tidbits

Tidbit 1.  Tomalek’s Realm Will Keep Going Afterall! Those following the news that Tomalek’s Realm was going to be discontinued will be pleased to know that it will be continued afterall! Whew! Lawrence Lee tells the tale in his Random Thoughts, And So It Goes. For those who aren’t familiar with Tomalek’s Realm, filled with "Daily links to strategic Web design news," Lawrence Lee has dedicated much time to daily updates of the latest news related to web design and development. He clearly has a very devoted following of readers as evidenced by the outpouring the past couple of... (273 words, 8 links, 1 image)

10:54 am, pdt16 June, 2001

Categories: Browsers, Design, Software

Fri

15

JUN

2001

Typography As An Art Form

As a small child my mom introduced me to the breathtaking qualities of typography. She’d been an art major at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, also studied typography, and shared with me so much of what she’d learned. Even as a toddler I was totally hooked on studying and appreciating the lines and artistic qualities of how letters were formed. Needless to say, I recognize the truly fine quality digital typefaces now as our technology has evolved. I wrote about Typebox here in April, and I’m writing about them again not just because their site is now finished but because... (390 words, 8 links, 1 image)

05:22 am, pdt15 June, 2001

Categories: Typography

Mon

11

JUN

2001

Netscape Browser - Quitting or Not?

Last week rumors began to fly that Netscape would quit making its browser. However, Peter-Paul Koch decided to do some investigating to see if there is real truth to the rumor, as he writes in his new article, "Netscape Quits?" Here’s a snippet from the introduction: "In the web design community, the talk of the week has been the rumour that Netscape will quit making browsers. In my opinion, people have been too quick to reach conclusions. There is (as yet) no evidence that Netscape will actually stop producing browsers. First for the facts. The rumour seems to have... (323 words, 16 links)

12:14 pm, pdt11 June, 2001

Categories: Browsers

Sun

10

JUN

2001

Pearl Harbor, the Movie and Real Life

War is beyond being a horrible, dreadful part of our world. Watching the reality of war Saturday night via the new movie Pearl Harbor was almost more than I could bear to watch. Without being there on that fateful day it’s impossible to know what it was like to experience this raid, to be there as one of the sailors, one of the nurses, one of the inhabitants of the island. However, this new movie gives a glimpse into what happened when over 3,500 people were killed in this invasion. This, though, is only one of millions of wars... (337 words, 12 links)

12:27 am, pdt10 June, 2001

Categories: Politics

Wed

6

JUN

2001

Design and Site Growth

While growth is often a welcome and positive sign, how the growth is designed and managed makes a major difference, of course. If you’re an architect designing a building to easily expand later, such as a hospital adding a new wing, there are lots of details to work out. You’ll need to consider how and where to knock out walls, how to handle the plumbing, electrical wiring, parking, adding on to seamlessly blend in to the existing building, ensuring there’s sufficient property available, and more. Much like initially designing that building, when you initially design a Web site, envision... (430 words, 15 links)

12:48 pm, pdt 6 June, 2001

Sun

3

JUN

2001

Forrester’s Latest: User Experience Matters

Forrester Research’s debut Design Summit discussed their recent findings: user experience does matter, and funds used for great user experience is quite cost effective. A Web site’s design MUST include easy to understand navigation and other tools to enhance the user experience and help visitors effortlessly get around the site. "'Executives shouldn’t stand for designs that put roadblocks between users and their goals. People will struggle with a hard-to-use site to get valuable content--but only until some other site makes it easy to get similar value. When users can’t get to the content because the site isn’t designed properly,... (233 words, 8 links)

10:30 pm, pdt 3 June, 2001

Categories: Usability

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