August 27, 2011
Ye Olden Days: My Adobe Magazine Articles
Back when I first started as a full-time freelance writer, I was fortunate enough to begin publishing articles in Adobe Magazine. It was a great gig, and eventually turned into a column before Adobe pulled the plug. I was a Web designer as well as a writer back then, and covered the early days of HTML and the World Wide Web. Thanks to a pointer from my friend Glenn Fleishman, I see that those articles are archived and available for reading as PDF files.
For example, here's an article I wrote in 2000 about using mobile devices to work in areas outside the office such as coffee shops, which was also the first time I was ever the subject of a photo shoot. The photographer, my editor, and I took the Seattle—Bainbridge ferry probably three times while getting various shots of me working.
July 09, 2010
Top 10 iOS Apps for Designers
My friends at HOW Magazine asked me to write up my picks for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for designers, which is now posted at HOWdesign: "Top 10 iOS Apps for Designers". The list includes essentials such as OmniGraffle for iPad and ColorExpert, as well as utilities such as GoodReader and 1Password Pro. You'll also find a bonus 11th app, just for fun!
September 10, 2007
TidBITS Redesign Is Now Live!
This has been a long time coming, and now I'm happy to announce that the redesigned Web site for TidBITS is now live. The backend was built by Glenn Fleishman, I did the graphics and HTML/CSS, and publishers Adam and Tonya Engst herded Glenn and I.
We'll be talking more about the redesign in TidBITS in the coming days and weeks, so I won't go into much detail here. But I want to defend myself a little before the Web designers out there and say that the priority was on shipping, so the CSS and HTML isn't as clean as it should be (and it's not quite 100% valid with the W3C's validator); but that will be rectified as we go along.
The last time I did any significant Web design work was when we used tables to do layout (plus a bunch of other ugly hacks). Glenn and I even wrote a 1,000 page book about Web design using Adobe GoLive way back when. Doing the TidBITS site was a clear revelation: there are no tables that aren't comprised of actual tabular data; it's all CSS; and CSS is really a wonderful thing.
June 12, 2007
Web Design for Print Designers - Resources
My second presentation at the HOW Design Conference was "Web Design for Print Designers." Here are a list of resources I mentioned.
My apologies if you looked for this last night; I ended up crashing hard at about 9 pm (the first night I've slept more than about 5 hours in too many days)!
- A List Apart, great resource for Web designers.
- Article: "Quick CSS Mockups with Photoshop" by Casper Voogt
- CSS Zen Garden, site that really demonstrates the power of CSS.
- Joe Clark's Web site, a rich resource for accessibility information.
- PDF Enhancer, by Apago (for the woman who asked about ways to deal with large PDF files online).
Thanks again to everyone attended the session!
June 27, 2006
I hit Slate just now and see that they've done a redesign; a horrendously bad redesign. I thought at first that the CSS stylesheet hadn't yet loaded, but that's the new look.
March 19, 2003
Free Real World GoLive 6 PDF
Also, in response to this action, Doc Searls wonders, "Since books on software have such a short shelf life, how about if publishers (or manufacturers like Adobe) pay guys like Glenn and Jeff to maintain blogs on the subject?"
I think it's a great question. I don't get any ongoing payment for maintaining a companion Web site, though I think my book advances have been a little more due to agreeing to do a site (I can't quantify it, though). I know I'd certainly like an ongoing check... maintaining a companion site ends up being a lot more work than one would expect, work that you hope is being reimbursed by ongoing sales of your book.
January 24, 2003
I'm curious to know what you think about how this page is designed: Is it readable? Is the type too big? Click the comment link below if you have an opinion. Thanks!