Design & Development

5 Steps to Design a Not-Ugly Web Site

by Ian Lurie 20 Sep, 2007

You have a company. You want to grow it online. But, for whatever reason, you still want to design your own site. You could hire an internet marketing professional, work with an agency, or hit Elance and get a design for $500. But this looks easy enough, and you’ve got that free copy of Fireworks… Read More

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Streaming Video: Creating a Professional uStream Show

by Ian Lurie 12 Sep, 2007

A few weeks ago I streamed Conversations With the Candidates. Two years ago a project like that would’ve cost my client a small fortune to encode, stream and then deliver the video to a large audience. This time? The price of my plane ticket, plus my time in Orlando. The difference is a service called… Read More

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Traffic Cop, Not a Clown: Good Web Navigation

by Ian Lurie 4 Sep, 2007

It’s “cute”. It’s “clever”. It’s useless! I don’t want ‘clever’. And I don’t necessarily want cute, unless you’re selling me teddy bears. Have a look at this design (blurred to protect the innocent). This site sells 800 numbers: What I need – the button descriptions – is totally shouted down by what’s cute: The numbers… Read More

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Small Design Changes to Conversation Marketing

by Ian Lurie 10 Aug, 2007

I made some tiny changes to CM: Made the font size larger, and the line spacing wider. Any feedback? Better?

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Apple, Unwrapped: What We Can Learn From The New Apple.com Home Page

by Ian Lurie 7 Aug, 2007

I don’t gush. Ask any of my friends. Coming from me, “Not bad” is high praise. So know that I’m in no way trying to apply my lips to Steve Jobs’ fanny here. But I call ‘em like I see ‘em – Apple’s new home page, launched in its final version a few hours ago,… Read More

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“Sorry”, not “Bite Me”: Good versus bad contingency design

by Ian Lurie 20 Jun, 2007

Really stupid error messages on web sites: The web site encountered an error. Someone showed me this today. ‘Encountered’ an error? In a dark alley? Not only is this message totally unhelpful, it also manages to sound wishy-washy. An error occurred while executing service ‘blah blah’ in category ‘blah blah’. Huh? Should I be scared?… Read More

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Apple Store (slightly) Busted in Safari

by Ian Lurie 13 Jun, 2007

Oh Steve, I expected so much more. I just went to the Apple.com site to drool over their Cinema Display. I used Apple’s browser, Safari (not the new version they just released – the old, solid one). The top navigation bar broke: The above page is here. Then I went back to the store and… Read More

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Movable Type: Not Just For Blogs

by Ian Lurie 30 Apr, 2007

Six Apart created the popular TypePad and Movable Type blogging systems. But Movable Type isn’t just for blogging. It’s also a solid content management system. You can create templates and pages within Movable Type and have them act as ‘normal’ web pages, rather than blog entries. Then the site editor can log in and edit… Read More

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Don’t Be A Hero

by Ian Lurie 22 Apr, 2007

I’ve seen far too many projects derailed by a single feature – the one thing that the developer or client feels they must have. But is that feature really that important? 37Signals has a fantastic piece about it: Don’t Be A Hero: Giving Up Is Good

Design & Development

10 Steps In Good Web Design

by Ian Lurie 15 Mar, 2007

“It’ll cost $X to build your new site.”, I say. “WHAT?!”. Your mouth drops open, “Why on earth would it cost that much?!” Here we go. These are the steps it takes to create a website that will look cool and actually (gasp) help you do business: Step 0: Why? Why do you need a… Read More