An interesting look at how the developers of an early large website went about creating a design. They used a few techniques still in use today: paper prototyping – printing static version of a site and asking users to look at and point at the printout and say what they thought they could click on and what they expected to see – and card sorting, where users are asked to sort cards with concepts written on them into similar groups to help drive the creation of a navigation tree.
Adaptation of Robert Bringhurst’s classic book with the appropriate sections reworked to be appropriate for web typography. It’s far from complete, and I’m sure you will find things to disagree with, but it’s a great basis for arguments and a good place to go before you go and buy the book.
CSS Zen Garden makes a return with a couple of nice responsive designs. This site was an institution in the early days of design on the web. A lot of the old designs, though they are obviously built for narrow screens, still stand up to scrutiny today.
Carefully curated – resized for most screen sizes – a collection of wallpapers (or ‘screensavers’ if you’re my mum) to save you hours of browsing through flickr.
A campaign for the National Trust in the east of England these signs take the usual prohibitions you find in well maintained beauty spots and invert their meaning.
I’ve also seen very negative messages on National Trust signs around the UK – using positive, informative messages that appeal to people to act as civilly as their peers seems a much better approach. Tell me why I should do something and how other people are helping instead of just writing alarming warnings.
Useful site for quickly picking a few complimentary colours to go together in an image, document or website. You can scroll the mouse wheel to change the saturation.