Got to keep up with the web. Here is a collection of pages I've bookmarked.
Annoying a programmer
A little bit of weekend fun! Programmers are easy to annoy, be here is a top ten list of how to do it
The state of scripting languages
Often in UI development we will use a scripting language of one type or another. This is an interesting discussion about where we are, and where we are going with these languages
Future of search engines
Learning from, and appling the rules of Alan Turing to search engines (or indeed many other aspects of a UI) could lead to truly intuitive computing
Nortel are currently experimenting with a 3D online virtual world. I am sure a lot of interesting research will come out of this, as this style of environment has a big future (if a long way to go)
IE8 beta 2
IE8 is starting to really take shape now, and it is looking good! Big jump in standards support (thank goodness) and many new features
3D surface with two photos
Scientistis from Manchester has developed an exciting new technique to capture a 3D depth (and a reflection) map using only two photos of a surface
Paper map UI
Bet you thought that a paper map really had only one UI paradigm right? Well this guy throught otherwise and has produced a spatial map - very cool - excellent thinking!
Ubiquity from Mozilla labs
The folks at Mozilla labs have been busy recently! Ubiquity is a tool which allows users to create their own mashups easily
Script tags as they should be
John Resig has a nice little tip for using the src attribute of a script tag at the same time as having code inside the tag. Neat
It takes a lot of talent to get it right, but when done correctly, photos with heavy motion blur can look absolutely fantastic. Here is an excellent collection
There are a number of animated 3D surface sculptures being disabled, but this is a particularlly nice implementation. Lovely to watch
Quotes and thoughts from presenters at An Event Apart San Francisco 2008. Well worth reading and pondering them
Good collection of interesting ideas and prototypes for some of the UIs that we might be using in the future
The information age is only at the sunrise stage just now, and we are the people who will be shaping what is to come. Exciting - oh yes!
Your own projects
Developing your own ideas and projects is absolutely essential - and here are seven very good reasons why
Some nice work from Paul Bakaus which uses IE filters to perform CSS transforms ( 1 hack for IE)
Creative ways of displaying time is something which has always brought out some great work, and this is a nice collection in the digital age
Who do you design for?
Do you design for your client or their clients. There is no correct answer here - either way you will lose. The trick is to get the balance right
ActionScript and ECMAScript
Okay, so it is good to hear Adobe are sticking with ActionScript (no surprise), but I particularly like "the HTML 5 draft reads like a laundry list of past Flash features". Yup
Virtual path finding through photos
Absolutely fantastic work coming out of University of Washington and Microsoft Research. Watch the video and think about where this could lead us. Really think!
Codecs are a real minefield, but quite an important one for us to circumnavigate just now while the future of the video and audio tags are being considered
John Resig has an interesting discussion about the state of ECMAScript versions in the aftermath of the split in directions between 3.1 and 4. Sounds like it has worked out quite well, and we have a lot to look forward too
Conditional-CSS now has its own web-site! I have also added a C# version (perfect for IIS/Mono!)
So here is the game - take $1000, split it between four companies and try to get as many logo variations as possible. Then, critique the results. Nice!
Get some real testers
Bug hunting can be really hard work, but some people are exceptionally good at it. Find them and hire them! They are worth a fortune
iPhone navigation in Safari
One of the key things in UI design is to present an intuitive UI, which typically means providing controls which match the users expectations of the platform. This is an interesting way of doing the "iPhone flick"
Aurora part 2
The other half of the concept browser video from Mozilla and Adaptive Path. It is all about the social these days
Mozilla and Adaptive Path have teamed up to create a video with one possible vision for the future web. Very interesting concepts - and Im sure well be seeing many of them in the near future
Browser market share
Time from a giant peice of reality. Very well said this article and what many of us have been thinking. Particularly: "Flash can get to ubiquitous across the entire web with new capabilities in roughly 18 months and the Open Web faces a best case replacem
Why open source usability sucks
Although progress has been made by some recently, many open source applications have very poor usability. This is an excellent rundown of what the problems are and what we can do