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Eclecti.ca » webcontent http://eclecti.ca Like The Internet...but smaller Thu, 08 May 2014 18:30:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 linkHive For Mar 18th http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-mar-18th/ http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-mar-18th/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:00:00 +0000 http://eclecti.ca/2010/03/linkhive-for-mar-18th/ Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveMar 18th

  • My Secret To Dominating Digg.com (years ago) – Shoemoney – Skills To Pay The Bills – Ok I have a story to share… one I been telling for a while for fun and always meant to post but just never gotten around to it.<br />
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    I used to be addicted to try to make the front page of digg… but I often had trouble hitting the front page. Sure it would happen every other month or so but it took a lot of work. Then in 2007 one month I made it 5 times… including 2 times in the SAME DAY on Feb 21st 2007:
  • 10 tips to improve your about page | David Airey, graphic designer – Almost as important as your website’s home page is the about page. This is your opportunity to build rapport with your guests — a chance to introduce yourself and to explain the aim of your website. Here are 10 tips that’ll have your own page in excellent shape.
  • My Secret To Dominating Digg.com (years ago) – Shoemoney – Skills To Pay The Bills – Ok I have a story to share… one I been telling for a while for fun and always meant to post but just never gotten around to it.<br />
    <br />
    I used to be addicted to try to make the front page of digg… but I often had trouble hitting the front page. Sure it would happen every other month or so but it took a lot of work. Then in 2007 one month I made it 5 times… including 2 times in the SAME DAY on Feb 21st 2007:
  • 10 tips to improve your about page | David Airey, graphic designer – Almost as important as your website’s home page is the about page. This is your opportunity to build rapport with your guests — a chance to introduce yourself and to explain the aim of your website. Here are 10 tips that’ll have your own page in excellent shape.
  • Coupon Codes and Lost Revenue » Checkout Optimization – In this post we’ll be looking at how coupon codes (used synonymously here with promo and discount codes) can cause retailers to lose revenue. I’ll share some (hopefully) interesting trends that I’m seeing with a client I work with, and hopefully start a discussion with how to turn lost revenue into gained revenue.<br />
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    Before getting to things, I am not claiming the following:<br />
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    * That coupon codes decrease revenue<br />
    * That retailers should remove coupon code support from checkout<br />
    * That retailers should stop using coupon codes<br />
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    In fact, the retailer that I reference below recently had their best week ever through offsite marketing channels thanks to a promotional effort that relied on coupon codes. Further, they actually saw their margin increase while discounting products.<br />
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    Now with that out of the way…
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linkHive For Feb 8th http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-feb-8th-2/ http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-feb-8th-2/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2010 15:00:00 +0000 http://eclecti.ca/2010/02/linkhive-for-feb-8th-2/ Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveFeb 8th

  • Forget About Photoshop: 5 More Ways to Stop Using Images in Your Designs – Cherrysave – Images increase download time for end-users and workload for web designers, slowing down the time it takes to fully develop a concept for clients. Furthermore, images can add unneeded clutter and increase search-engine blindness, detracting from the principle of simple web design.
  • Knowledge Games – How to apply game thinking to your business challenges
  • Understanding CSS – Padding, Positioning and CSS3 « CreativityDen – With the release of CSS3, which is now being used more frequently, I’ve put this little article together for more of a beginner. However you never know, there may be a few tricks you don’t know.

    I’m also going to be giving advice on such things as Padding, Margin, Borders and Background Colors, and how to us them effectively.

  • Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist, Web Designers’ Browser Support Checklist : FindMeByIP : what browser am I using, how modern is my web browser, and what’s my IP address? – The table below displays browser support for HTML5 (including Web Forms 2.0) and CSS3 (including CSS3 selectors).

    It relies partly on the excellent Modernizr javascript library and browser testing information is supplied via the ever useful LitmusApp browser testing application.

    Updated every Friday: follow @deepbluetweets.

  • Strategizing Web Content – Writing for the Web | letscounthedays – When it comes to designing a website, content is often overlooked, but why? Very rarely do users browse the web looking for a good design or decent experience. Users come for the content. Not giving them what they want with poorly written content will frustrate users. Not only does it waste their time, but your time as well.
  • 0x1fff: 35 Google open-source projects that you probably don’t know – Google is one of the biggest companies supporting OpenSource movement, they released more than 500 open source projects(most of them are samples showing how to use their API). In this article I will try to write about most interesting and free releases from Google, some of them might be abandoned.
  • 50 Free UI and Web Design Wireframing Kits, Resources and Source Files – Smashing Magazine – Planning and communication are two key elements in the development of any successful website or application. And that is exactly what the wireframing process offers: a quick and simple method to plan the layout and a cost-effective, time-saving tool to easily communicate your ideas to others. A wireframe typically has the basic elements of a Web page: header, footer, sidebar, maybe even some generated content, which gives you, your clients and colleagues a simple visually oriented layout that illustrates what the structure of the website will be by the end of the project and that serves as the foundation for any future alterations.

    This article focuses on actual wireframing tools and standalone applications, as well as resources that you’ll need to build your own wireframe: wireframing kits, browser windows, form elements, grids, Mac OS X elements, mobile elements, which you’ll use in any typical graphics editor such as Photoshop or Illustrator. …Or you could use pen and paper.

  • A List Apart: Articles: Unwebbable – It’s time we came to grips with the fact that not every “document” can be a “web page.” Some forms of writing just cannot be expressed in HTML—or they need to be bent and distorted to do so. But for once, XML might actually help.
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linkHive For Jan 11th http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-jan-11th/ http://eclecti.ca/linkhive-for-jan-11th/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:00:00 +0000 http://eclecti.ca/2010/01/linkhive-for-jan-11th/ Here are the newest links to join the linkHiveJan 11th

  • Aesthetically Written » It’s Type O’clock! – One of the key qualities of a good information designer is attention to details and since typography is the new cool trend we now seem to care more than ever about presenting text online correctly. The following article is based on my personal experience, yet there’s great probability that much of the following has already been said by somebody else. What you’ll find here is a few tricks for setting type on web I’ve learned over the past few months some of which, amazingly enough, I hardly ever see being used.
  • Aesthetically Written » It’s Type O’clock! – One of the key qualities of a good information designer is attention to details and since typography is the new cool trend we now seem to care more than ever about presenting text online correctly. The following article is based on my personal experience, yet there’s great probability that much of the following has already been said by somebody else. What you’ll find here is a few tricks for setting type on web I’ve learned over the past few months some of which, amazingly enough, I hardly ever see being used.
  • 30 Must See Web Generator for Lazy Webmasters – Smart webmasters do not work everything out from scratch; instead, we make good use of the free tools available online. There are tons of brilliant web tools available online – it’s a waste not to leverage these tools and save some working time (or, to have more time for beer). In this article, I’m going to share my must-have list of 30 web design tools, I hope you’ll find them useful. On the other hand, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the developers who had done some much and made our world better.
  • Slides from Accessibility Camp DC
  • Sketchy Wireframes – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design – When it comes to user interface documentation, wireframes have long been the tool of choice. However, using traditional diagramming tools like Visio, OmniGraffle, and InDesign, most wireframes today look the same as their ancestors did from a decade ago – assembled with rigid, computer-drawn boxes, lines and text. While these artifacts have served us well, they can also be slow to produce, burdened with unnecessary detail and give a false impression of “completion.”

    To compensate for the drawbacks of traditional wireframes, many practitioners put aside the computer in favor of simple pencil sketches or whiteboard drawings. This speeds up the ideation process, but doesn’t always produce presentable or maintainable documentation.

    There is a growing popularity toward something in the middle: Computer-based sketchy wireframes. These allow computer wireframes to look more like quick, hand-drawn sketches while retaining the reusability and polish that we expect from digital artifacts.

  • 4 Design Elements Behind a Good Call to Action | letscounthedays – It is not uncommon for companies to sink large amounts of money into obtaining traffic to their websites in an attempt to increase conversions. Some of their money might go towards search engine optimization and some might go towards pay per click or search engine marketing. Little do they know their problem might not be about getting more traffic. The real problem could be that they have a poor call to action.
  • List of Really Useful Tools for CSS Developers | W3Avenue – This is not an attempt to create a mega list of tools for CSS developers; only few but really useful tools have been selected and placed under appropriate categories. If you see that a really useful tool has been missed, please feel free to share the link in comments.

    Note that for a tool to be really useful, it also needs to provide easy to follow instructions and user friendly interface; unless it is really straight forward. Unfortunately several tools listed in this list may not fulfill this criteria. If you are aware of another tool that is more user friendly and feature rich, please let us know and we may replace it with an existing tool.

  • Adding Grey Boxing To Our Web Workflow | Chalkboard Blog | Web Design, Marketing, Business and Charleston SC – I recently read a blog post by Jason Santa Maria talking about grey box modeling. Grey box modeling is basically the in-between I was looking for. It is essentially designing with spacial relationships and identifying your grid on the computer without getting hung up on colors, textures and other design elements. Grey Box modeling has added a layer of detail to my designs that I wasn’t previously achieving.
  • The CSS3 border-radius property « Blogging CSS – One of the CSS3 properties designers have been longing the most for is undoubtedly the border-radius property. With CSS3 border-radius property it’s possible to create the so popular rectangles with rounded corners exclusively via CSS – no images needed.
  • A jQuery Plugin for Zoomable, Interactive Maps – New Media Campaigns – We wanted the experience to be engaging as possible but also easily updatable in the future. We settled on jQuery as the interface technology to use as it made it simple to build, display and animate the map. I did a longer writeup on the detailed mechanics of how this worked two weeks ago in one of our most popular posts. Due to the great feedback we got on it, this is a follow-up with a revised version of the code as a jQuery plugin which should make it easier to integrate into other projects.
  • 11 Ways to Influence People Online and Make Them Take Action – Influence can be defined as the power exerted over the minds and behavior of others. A power that can affect, persuade and cause changes to someone or something. In order to influence people, you first need to discover what is already influencing them. What makes them tick? What do they care about? We need some leverage to work with when we’re trying to change how people think and behave.
  • 30 Must See Web Generator for Lazy Webmasters – Smart webmasters do not work everything out from scratch; instead, we make good use of the free tools available online. There are tons of brilliant web tools available online – it’s a waste not to leverage these tools and save some working time (or, to have more time for beer). In this article, I’m going to share my must-have list of 30 web design tools, I hope you’ll find them useful. On the other hand, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the developers who had done some much and made our world better.
  • Slides from Accessibility Camp DC
  • Sketchy Wireframes – Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design – When it comes to user interface documentation, wireframes have long been the tool of choice. However, using traditional diagramming tools like Visio, OmniGraffle, and InDesign, most wireframes today look the same as their ancestors did from a decade ago – assembled with rigid, computer-drawn boxes, lines and text. While these artifacts have served us well, they can also be slow to produce, burdened with unnecessary detail and give a false impression of “completion.”

    To compensate for the drawbacks of traditional wireframes, many practitioners put aside the computer in favor of simple pencil sketches or whiteboard drawings. This speeds up the ideation process, but doesn’t always produce presentable or maintainable documentation.

    There is a growing popularity toward something in the middle: Computer-based sketchy wireframes. These allow computer wireframes to look more like quick, hand-drawn sketches while retaining the reusability and polish that we expect from digital artifacts.

  • 4 Design Elements Behind a Good Call to Action | letscounthedays – It is not uncommon for companies to sink large amounts of money into obtaining traffic to their websites in an attempt to increase conversions. Some of their money might go towards search engine optimization and some might go towards pay per click or search engine marketing. Little do they know their problem might not be about getting more traffic. The real problem could be that they have a poor call to action.
  • List of Really Useful Tools for CSS Developers | W3Avenue – This is not an attempt to create a mega list of tools for CSS developers; only few but really useful tools have been selected and placed under appropriate categories. If you see that a really useful tool has been missed, please feel free to share the link in comments.

    Note that for a tool to be really useful, it also needs to provide easy to follow instructions and user friendly interface; unless it is really straight forward. Unfortunately several tools listed in this list may not fulfill this criteria. If you are aware of another tool that is more user friendly and feature rich, please let us know and we may replace it with an existing tool.

  • Foundations of Customer Service for Freelance Designers – DesignM.ag – There are a lot of factors that play a role in determining the success of a freelance web designer. Obviously, design ability and technical skills are needed, but other factors like customer service, marketing, networking, and work ethic will have a significant influence. In this article we’ll take a look at customer service as it applies to freelance designers.

    Providing high-quality customer service can at times be frustrating for freelancers, but taking good care of your clients is critical for client retention and for encouraging word-of-mouth referrals. Here we will look at 10 aspects that should be considered by freelancers who aspire to provide a high level of customer service.

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