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Web Site Critique Briefs
This month readers look at the Georgetown College Parent's Site; Estate agents in Berkshire (both commented by Gareth Sketty; and a visit to the Urban Arts of Indianapolis with R.J. Rakowski. See these Critique Briefs sent in by readers
Learning more about Web Design
This rather long piece is from the Design Cafe list (July, 2004) wherein a listee asks "how do you learn web design creativity?" ... the following thread sheds interesting light on new design attitudes from a diverse group of designers who practice web design
Previous Web Site Critique Briefs
This month readers look at Painting by Anne Stahl; the James Anderson Unofficial Site; Georgetown University, the Black Hills Pow Wow Association and one the reviewer says "sucks" the Internet personals/dating site. See these Critique Briefs sent in by readers
Learning more about Web Design
I'll refreshed a talk I used to give back in the early 1990s which is still very valid today... web designers must remember how to learn, then how to put that knowledge to work... Designing Websites!
University of Utah gets fine tuning
Reviewer Mike Swope observes that this well organized site could use a little strength in branding and clarity... WDR agrees and adds a diagramed example page with subtle CSS tweaks that add polish and purpose to the CEUU Website.
Newspaper site needs organization
Reviewer Bennie C. Taylor says: "at first glance this site seems to be well-organized; but the categories turn out to be inconsistent and confusing"... perhaps some organization is needed in the Northwest Indiana Catholic newspaper site.
July Web Site Critique Briefs
Here's a collection of quick, Critique Briefs sent in by readers... a design site that claims to be "Part of an award winning Creative Arts team; The Toronto District School Board; a Teen site called Teenopolis; the Alexander Sadoya Art Gallery web site and the Marietta Contact Lens web site. See these Critique Briefs sent in by readers
Joyce Evans: Tomatoes anyone?
This month Joyce takes a look at the Tomato-Cages web site and all web designers get a healthy reminder of the right recipe for success. Even Fred can't argue, and points why all web designers need to look at Tomato Cages dot com.
The Delicate Art of (Web) Design Critique
How do you constructively critique someone's work without being taken the wrong way? How do you accept criticism without feeling hurt or angry? Here are just a few ideas, gathered from observations and comments from others. Special guest author Makiko Itoh shares her wisdom on the The Delicate Art of Web Design Critique
Seven Steps to Web Design
Web Designer and founder of SmartMonkey Media, Ani Phyo brings some serious lessons into focus for web designers. Today, more people and businesses rely on the web, making it even more important to learn these Seven Steps to Return On Design.
See how CSS boxes work
As part of the on-going quest to learn CSS, a test page is now available that illustrates the use of margin, padding and borders around CSS objects... and you can turn them off and on. You are invited to experiment and learn from these CSS Testing Sheets for Boxes!
Find Your Spammer's Domain RegistrarWith the new Can Spam law in place, it's time to start making a loud noise about spam. If your spam has an advertised link, then you can complain to the spammer's registrar... just follow these instructions to Get to the source of the spam!
Two Critiques: Photography SitesWeb designer and popular author/reviewer Mike Swope files these two site critiques: one claiming to be the "Best Stock Photography Site" -- and another where the site design possibly damages this iCi et la Photography site's very mission!
Formal Critique: Air CompressorsThis time Bennie C. Taylor and WDR have teamed up to provide a rather extensive critique and make-over, including make-over screens of the Gajjar Air Compressor site
Web Critique: Aromatherapy defies expectations...Our popular reviewer Mike Swope takes a look at the Aromatherapy of Rome Candles web site but asks: "Where's the product?"
Web Critique: Sites for SchoolsBennie C. Taylor turns her attention to a web site providing schools with web services... she even includes a pictorial suggestion for "Sites4Schools.co.uk"
Warm Color AdviceMr. Pixelsmith gives some warm color advice to this "Mommy" site -- and more than a few solutions! Harmonizing Color for Unity
Mr. Pixelsmith answers questionsFrom the pages of DT&G, Mr. Pixelsmith, the resident graphics and color guru, takes on your questions about graphics and color in web site design. Mr. Pixelsmith
Robin WilliamsWD&R catches up with Robin Williams to chat a bit about her wonderful Web Design Studio
Top 20 Web Design TipsMarcelle Toor gives us a tour of key tips for designing web sites
Review RantEditor Rants about Reviews Submissions - who posts, and who doesn't post. If you want your site reviewed, you are requested to review other people's sites too ... from the editor
How's Your Gamma?How do these photos look on YOUR monitor? There's been a lot of discussion about photos on the web, and how they look in various monitor gamma settings. Here, Mr. Pixelsmith helps you Test your Gamma
Developing an information modelJoAnn Hackos, PhD contributes a superb essay on getting your information architecture together for a lucid and usable web site structure.
How to shoot your web site in the footDoug Clifford of the Ace Camera Index shares his secrets to a successful online business these important Rules for Web Success
Mr. Pixelsmith Color Chartsfollowing questions from readers, here's a collection of handy web design Color Charts
Site Critique: Air Discounters dot comthis web site shows a real success story of a site check on the WebDesign list... including Before and After
Site Review: Abbeymoore Manorthis review covers several months of reviews, and return visits. The author has developed a nice solution based on this series of critiques.
Usability: Fact or Fantasy?In this pecial Feature Dr. Colin Ware, Ph.D, shares some thoughts from his Information Visualization: Perception for Design in this usability white paper.
Point / CounterpointHere we gather a counter opinion from a reader when we present the works of Jakob Nielsen on Web Usability... some interesting reading: The Practice of Simplicity
Novelty: Spam BackgroundsJust for laughs... what happens when Mr. Pixelsmith cleans out his mailbox? You see lots of background images included in spam html email
Tips & Tricks:Since Web Design & Review has been around since 1995, there have been hundreds of items that interest the web designer. Just poke around the archives...
- Anatomy of a Spam Site (Design Department)
- Shopping for Associate Programs
- Yes, you CAN typeset your email
- Short Course on Meta Tags (Tips Department)
- Susan Merritt Web Design WOW chats with WD&R
- Bitstream WebFonts Testing
- WebFonts Instructions -- see if you've got the right configuration
- WebFonts Sample Page -- see if it works for YOU
- Table Talk: Tips & Insider Tricks for cool tables
- WebExpress: page crafting made easy
- a cure for web page spam!
- Harvard Business School Publishing
- Does it have to be COOL to be meaningful? Robert Seidman
- Be careful what you steal. . . WebSweep is Coming!
- Interface Design with Kimberly Hyde
- Those dirty client scalpers!. . . have they stolen from you?
- What's the big deal about bandwidth?
- Vanity site chases readers away
- Shoot your website in the foot. . . with Doug
- Search Engine Spam will block YOU
- Vector art vs Pixel art with Mr. Pixelsmith
- BEWARE: Single-Pixel GIF. . . the page design killer
- Vector-To-GIF Challenge. . . who makes colors right?
- Search Engine Secrets. . . slightly out of date, but good
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