Trusera nominated for the SXSW People’s Choice

Just a quick update and request for the 5 of you who read the site: Recently, “Trusera”:http://trusera.com was nominated for the “South by South West 2009 Interactive Festival’s People’s Choice Award”:https://secure.sxsw.com/peoples_choice/. Yep, that’s a mouthful, but it’s also pretty damn flattering for us. Well, you know what would be even more flattering (and would look…

Birth

As I currently work on a minor new feature for the Trusera website, I’m reminded for the fourth or fifth time today that 12 November marks my one year Trusera “birthday.” It seems bizarre to realise that exactly one year ago, I was sitting—eyes wide, brain trickling out my ear—at the end of my first…

Silverback: Usability testing for apes

Like many in my field, I was intrigued by the nifty “Coming Soon” page for “Silverback”:http://silverbackapp.com when word started pinging around the design-o-sphere. A page with a cool parallax effect (all the rage for a few months there), an illustration of a rather nerdy-looking gorilla (by the ever-talented “Jon Hicks”:http://hicksdesign.co.uk/), and a notification sign up.…

Wild Style

Have you had your website or “logo”:http://www.simplebits.com/notebook/2007/04/01/simplefools.html ripped off before? Kinda ticks you off, right? Well, imagine having more or less everything about your burger franchise, down to the colours and the menus, copied. A “local burger place”:http://www.ksl.com/?sid=1282451&nid=148 is drumming up huge business because they are “just like In&Out.” Chadder’s of American Fork, UT, is…

Survey

==== I just took the “2007 A List Apart Web Design Survey.”:http://alistapart.com/articles/webdesignsurvey If you are involved in making the web, you should too. Surveys like this help us designers and developers get a grasp of where our industry currently stands, and what the average web worker is doing and making. We’re certainly an outspoken industry,…

Qualify

== Information architecture. Usability. Accessibility. Web standards. If you don’t know about these things, stop designing websites until you have learned. Competence in graphic design is merely a baseline; it does not qualify you to create user experiences for the web. – Jeffrey Zeldman, discussing the backward web design methods used by a prominent agency…