I’m heading back to teaching for the first time in a decade, taking over a dormant program at Fanshawe on how to build great websites.
I’ve been using Ruby on Rails for about five years now, and I can’t actually remember my life before it at this point. As much as I love Ruby on Rails, I hate setting it up. Okay, HATE is a pretty stiff word…let’s say “really, really, REALLY dislike”. However, the last couple of times that… Continue reading Ruby Newbies: My Ruby on Rails Recipe
A List Apart – For people who make websites, is one of my favourite resources on the internerds for web usability stuff. I own all of the A Book Apart books, and I’ve always loved their websites. They just did a total redesign, and posted a great summary of the process. I always love reading… Continue reading Anatomy of a Redesign – A List Apart
The DIG (Digital Interactive Gaming) conference in London Ontario added a Web Development stream this year to compliment the gaming streams. With an opening keynote by Jeffery Zeldman’ and a closing one by Derek Featherstone, there was world class content being offered in my own home town. These are my slightly edited notes which I… Continue reading My DIG 2011 Web Stream Overview
My mom asked me to help her register with the College of Nurses of Ontario, it was a pretty clean website, and looked like a decent user experience, so I figured why not. Well, after struggling through their website, I decided to whip off a letter to them to expresss my displeasure in the usability… Continue reading Bad Usability: College of Nurses of Ontario
During my day job I’m confronted on an hourly basis with requests for small improvements that people want to make to the website in order to be more personal. Add “My Account Rep”, only show them content they own, put their name on the page, remember what they last searched, show them the most popular… Continue reading Customized or Scalable?
There’s a new design meme that’s making the rounds. Websites that have some dimensionality to them. I first really noticed it on Jonathan Snook’s Snook.ca, but recently SlashFilm added some of this, and my new favourite site Mail Chimp has some too. It adds much needed depth to the web, and is neat because it’s… Continue reading Design Trends I Love – Pseudo 3D
I get about 7 or 8 email spam a week to my domain accounts promising that so-and-so can make my search rankings much higher for only $xxxx. Of course this stuff is so much snake oil it’s not even funny. I can help you improve your Search Engine ranking with 10 easy tips. Best of… Continue reading Search Engine Optimization is Bunk
For this week’s Web Design Wednesday segment, I’m going to revisit a post I wrote about back in August, but a lot of stuff has changed in the seven months since I first wrote it. For one thing I’m about 100 times more comfortable in WordPress than I was seven months ago. For another I’ve… Continue reading Top 10 WordPress Plugins – Updated
On February 16th 2001 Jeffery Zeldman posted an article called “To Hell with Bad Browsers” on A List Apart. It was an eye opening experience for me, and was the piece of the puzzle to why accessibility and standards compliant websites were a must have going forward. The title was memorable enough that it’s stuck… Continue reading To hell with IE 6