This month’s digital design digest features a couple of articles about getting the most out of job stories. Plus, promising news from the world of CSS, how the Guardian is increasing its subscriber numbers, and where government goes wrong with digital transformation.
Why people are losing trust in the media and advertisers, why ugly websites succeed, and why it’s time to ditch PDFs.
I probably wasn’t the target audience for this book introducing UX design concepts. But there are some good reasons for me to keep this on my bookshelf.
I put off making my website more secure because I dreaded it would be difficult. In the end it was a ten minute job.
In ten years, Twitter has transformed from a geek enclave to a mainstream form of communication. But I find it difficult to imagine signing up to Twitter today.
Our perspective on how a digital product should be managed is strongly influenced by our background and our role. That certainly helps explain some of the difficult conversations I have had over the years.
Like the mid-century modernists, today’s digital designers are creating the future. Some digital designers are making the same fundamental mistakes.
Accessibility Scotland was a high quality event with a diverse range of speakers. Find out what I took away from the event.
The web is facing many challenges from new technologies, threatening the open culture that made it such a success. We need to fight for its survival.
Microsoft recently announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. But do any of LinkedIn’s users actually derive value from it?
The free versus paywall debate was a red herring. What matters is the quality of the product.
This is how Apple’s latest emoji design could cause some serious misunderstandings.
My highlights from the the Institutional Web Management Workshop, the valuable annual conference for (mostly) higher education web managers.
I was delighted to be given the opportunity to speak to my colleagues last week at IWMW 2016, the Institutional Web Management Workshop. I spoke about my experience building new teams at the University of St Andrews and SRUC.
Google wanted to fix mobile interfaces for people with motor impairments. But this new technology will benefit us all.
Last month Ofcom published a report on the people who rely on their phones as their main way of accessing the internet. Some of the findings are shocking and eye-opening.
We have an innate desire to pursue mobility. This is why that makes audio interfaces the logical next step in digital design.
Why are writers publishing their content to platforms like Medium when it threatens to undermine the do-it-yourself culture that made the web great?
A guest post about the Institutional Web Management Workshop.
You’ve probably been using some emojis wrongly without realising it.
Why conflicting demands and changing tastes are mounting up to present a serious existential crisis for motorsport.
As an industry, web professionals have failed their users. It’s time to stop building bloated and inaccessible pages.
I was bracing myself for a difficult experience. Instead, I found myself amazed at how easy it is to make your WordPress site compatible with AMP.
The web is in a bad state of health right now. Web publishers and developers can blame themselves.
I didn’t think moving to WordPress multisite was going to be easy, and sure enough I hit some bumps along the way. Here are six big lessons I learned.
A couple of separate stories about Google today remind us that simpler is often better.
There is an interesting debate in the design community right now about the hamburger menu. Given two extremes of opinion, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Waterstones say their sales of Kindles are pitiful. But why did they ever expect to sell lots of them in the first place?
The web is a less creative place than it was 20 years ago. Good.
Today I have started a new job. After over five years, I have left the University of St Andrews. I am now the web manager at SRUC in Edinburgh.
The new Formula1.com has brought great new live timing functionality. But the user experience could be improved. Find out how you can improve it yourself in time for the Australian Grand Prix.
I was surprised by the ways the Moto 360 disappointed me. But I am still glad I bought this smartwatch. Will others be so forgiving?
Digital transformation results in the eventual destruction of digital teams. So what will that mean for those of us who work in digital?
Gov.uk is the darling of the digital profession. But now it has been described as the most hated website of all time. So what’s going on?
It’s a puzzle that has haunted writers, artists and other creatives since the caveman first applied ink to a wall. Blockbox is one brilliant way to tackle difficult creative problems.
For years the debate has raged on. Which image file format is better: PNG or SVG? The Commonwealth Games gave us the chance to find out.
Inbox is Google’s latest attempt to rethink email. But why make the world’s most popular communication platform more complicated?
Every year, at around this time of year, I get an urge to scratch that itch. I have to redesign my website. This year the visuals are jazzier. But the code behind the scenes is making me cringe.
Why user-centred design is like a trade.
As a web designer with an interest in brutalist architecture, I was fascinated to read an article about what web designers can learn from brutalism. But perhaps instead of taking inspiration, perhaps the lessons are in what web designers should avoid.
The world’s biggest website has made a major usability decision. As part of a series of tweaks, the hyperlinks on Google’s search engine result pages are no longer underlined. So is it time for us all to ditch the underline?
For the past 12 months, I have been working on the new Study at St Andrews website, a full replacement for the webpages aimed at prospective students of the University of St Andrews.
The world wide web has more birthdays than the Queen. But it’s well worth celebrating — and protecting.
It has been an interesting year at work, and now the digital communications team has a blog.
With me thinking about taking up photography more seriously as a hobby, I have found another great reason to use Google+ — its awesome photo editing features.
It seems as if Google+ is still the butt of all jokes. But recently I have begun to use Google+ more, and I am enjoying it.
I decided to add header images to this website’s design. I opted for a parallax effect, despite the fact that I normally rail against them.
The archives to doctorvee, my old blog, have now been restored. It would have been so easy to just not bother restoring it. But I am glad I did.
I recently made some tweaks to the colours of this website. I have always felt that colour theory was one of my weakest points as a designer, so I like to take any opportunity I can to learn more about it.
Happy birthday Internet Explorer, which has turned 18. But there is not much to celebrate. What can Microsoft do to stem the browser’s decline?