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Something that I see over and over again is a confusion regarding descending date pagination. That is, when you have the newest item in some particular context at the top of the page, with older ones further down. Like most blogs, for instance. But when you get to the bottom, of, say, your last 20 posts, and you want to give a link to another set, the 20 you posted before them. Are they “next”, as in next page? Or “previous”, as in previously posted? You can argue either, and I’ve seen both in steady use. Try as I might, none of the design principles I’m aware of can guide me on this one. Anyone got any solid ideas on which is better?

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( Oct. 19th, 2007 02:24 pm)

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We’ve some server down time in work, so I’m clearing off tabs I’ve had open for a while, meaning to record them someplace.

I have Design Melt Down on my sidebar, but I’d like to draw your attention to it now as well - it’s a site that looks for trends in web design. There’s some fascinating stuff there; I’m particularly enamoured of the Ornate Backgrounds.

Serious Eats is a well-designed, well-written food blog, focussed on New York. Quite apart from its content, I really like the design and layout - the multi-column, content-filled footer fascinates me, and makes me want to rip apart several of my sites and redesign them. In fact, I might just do that…

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There’s a truly magnificent map of the internet made and posted by Information Architects in Japan. The people who like the modified Tube maps should go look at this.

It fascinates me, though, that they’re actually using the thing:

In house, we use it as a consulting tool. It has helped us exploring, defining and explaining the Internet strategy and positioning of all of our clients since we first introduced it in January. Each website on the map stands as a (more or less) successful paradigm for an interactive brand, design or business model. In order to position yourself, you need to know your place on this map.

That’s a very cool way to approach the idea of positioning.

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There’s a lot of talk across the ‘net in the last couple of weeks concerning Facebook. An article from Read/WriteWeb, Is Facebook worth the hype? queries, well, just that.

I’ve been using Facebook for about a week now. I’ve made contact with people I hadn’t heard from in over ten years. Some of my less technically-minded older friends are using it with as much enthusiasm as the kids who can’t remember not having email.

The Read/WriteWeb article essentially questions two things; the stickiness of Facebook and the monetisation.  It notes that (according to the people who run MySpace) MySpace handily beats all comers in nearly every metric: visitors, page views, stickiness, etc.

What’s stickiness? AdServer Solutions says it’s “A performance metric based on the ability of a web site to hold a visitor’s attention. A web site’s stickiness is average duration per user session or per unique visitor.”

MySpace is “sticky” in those terms precisely because it’s badly designed, badly put together, and hard to navigate. Most MySpace profiles look like they were ripped directly from GeoCities around 1997. You have to spend a long time on MySpace because getting to the information you want takes time. On Facebook, by contrast, the information you want is there on the homepage, and a few clicks gets you pretty much everything else necessary. Facebook’s design is better, cleaner, and more usable, and over time, that is going to make a difference.

As for monetisation, well… Facebook’s ad placement is, putting it kindly, sub-optimal. They’re currently using untargetted ads, placed low on the left-hand side of pages. Once they start to target ads based on what’s in user’s profiles (and why they’re not doing this already is a mystery to me), and place the things a bit better, their advertising benefits are going to rocket.

In my opinion, MySpace’s days are numbered, and Facebook will win out - at least until the next big thing.

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I have two identical monitors on my workstation in work. One of them is connected to the video card by DVI, the other by VGA. The differences are quite astounding.

DVI seems to have sharper, clearer colours. In’ve no idea if this is inherent to the connection, or if it’s something on the video card, but it’s making life interesting around now. One one of my two screens, I can distinguish black from a dark navy - that’s VGA. On DVI, they look almost identical, but orange and grey colours that are almost invisible on the VGA monitor stand out bright and clear. There’re a range of shades of light grey that look white on VGA, too. Given we use all these colours in our new designs, making things usable for everyone is going to be tough.

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I found a truly excellent site today, run as a part of an architectural salvage company: Sequential Glass. They sell all kinds of steampunk-esque parts for art projects. I love mosaics and bitwork, and I may have to buy some of these pieces for just that purpose.

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( Sep. 4th, 2006 04:49 pm)

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And it’s launched. Several months of hard work, a few weeks of late nights, far too much coffee, and one very early morning have resulted in 2006’s new version of Sports Interaction. Key features here are that the frames are gone, and it does clever Ajax things while you’re not looking. The layout is also predominantly CSS. There are still a few bits and pieces to be fixed, but by and large, it lives.

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( Aug. 18th, 2006 03:12 pm)

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Some design/imagery stuff that I want to put here before I close the tabs….

waterhalo
happy mundane
design*sponge
notcot.org
MoCo Loco

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