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Inspirational Finds January

January 5, 2010

Rather than dig through several different articles, I decided to devote this page to some of the articles, software and designs that strike my fancy. Some may look familiar because they are copied from my recent posts.

Web Design Inspiration

  1. Technology changes – article – Five Technologies shaping the Web in 2010
  2. 7 Must-See Web Design – Video’s and Presentations
  3. Adding Depth – Six fundamental ways to add depth to your website

Resources

  1. JQuery – Spice up your Website 10 Resources such as style switcher
  2. UI – YUI Library Yahoo User Interface “Library is a set of utilities and controls, written with JavaScript and CSS, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. YUI is available under a BSD license and is free for all uses.”
  3. Color Schemes Colour Lovers – Everything to help color coordination plus a forum or 2 or 3….
  4. Christmas PhotoShop Brushes plus Designs
  5. Christmas Wallpapers Desktop Christmas and Winter designs
  6. HTML 5 – Visual Cheat Sheet
  7. Social Media – Google Wave article
  8. Flash – Interesting Video tutorial for making SEF URL’s and also enabling the Back/Forward buttons on a Flash site. This tutorial is from gotoandlearn.com and uses an opensource download SWFAddress for deep linking Flash and Ajax.
  9. IA and UI Web Design article restating what I learned in class, but I need to remind myself of these points:

Here’s the model of 4 things you need to do to have a successful site:

  1. Help me find your site.
  2. Get my attention, and affirm I’m in the right place.
  3. Convince me to keep reading, watching, or listening, until I’ve had my positive needs affirmed and my doubts resolved.
  4. Ask me to take some action.

Work from the top of this list downwards. Test the top things, and make sure you’re in the right area of the map, before you move down to refine and to polish your graphics and other details.

  1. Message – what core proposition does your audience respond best to? Is it obvious when you arrive what kind of site/page you’re on?
  2. Calls to Action – if you don’t ask, how can you get? Make sure your have strong, clear calls to action that lets your audience know exactly what you want them to do next.
  3. Headings – if all the body text and small detail were removed, how would the page read? At a high level, does the page make sense and encourage me to keep reading?
  4. Affirmations and Objections – what positive content can you add, or what objections can you resolve, to make your audience comfortable enough to take the next step?
  5. Plug Leaks – are you squeezing your visitors through the door you want them to use (which achieves your goal), or are you offering them lots of alternative places to go (which don’t)?
  6. Layout – is the page simple and clear, or cluttered?
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