Monday, December 11, 2006

Web design inspiration galleries

[Tags: , ]. Lots of useful links from Danny Sanchez: a "fabulous Flickr gallery featuring screenshots for design inspiration." also: "CSS-Galleries, Web Creme, CoolHomePages, and, in case you’ve been living under a rock, the CSS Zen Garden." And: "Unmatched Style and Most Inspired"

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wikipedia mark II: Citizendium

[Tags: , ]. The founders of Wikipedia are launching a new project which aims to tackle some of its criticisms. Citizendium uses the same idea but with academic 'constables' ensuring that the information is accurate. The current holding page explains: "It will begin life as a "progressive fork" of Wikipedia. But we expect it to take on a life of its own and, perhaps, to become the flagship of a new set of responsibly-managed free knowledge projects."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Microsoft's 7 Laws of Identity

[Tags: ]. High concept stuff here in an era where our personal identities and privacy are increasingly important. Microsoft's laws are summarised below, but you may want to read (and re-read) the original document.

The Laws of Identity

1. User Control and Consent

Technical identity systems must only reveal information identifying a user with the user's consent. (Blogosphere discussion starts here...)

2. Minimal Disclosure for a Constrained Use

The solution that discloses the least amount of identifying information and best limits its use is the most stable long-term solution. (Starts here...)

3. Justifiable Parties

Digital identity systems must be designed so the disclosure of identifying information is limited to parties having a necessary and justifiable place in a given identity relationship. (Starts here...)

4. Directed Identity

A universal identity system must support both "omni-directional" identifiers for use by public entities and "unidirectional" identifiers for use by private entities, thus facilitating discovery while preventing unnecessary release of correlation handles. (Starts here...)

5. Pluralism of Operators and Technologies

A universal identity system must channel and enable the inter-working of multiple identity technologies run by multiple identity providers. (Starts here...)

6. Human Integration

The universal identity metasystem must define the human user to be a component of the distributed system integrated through unambiguous human-machine communication mechanisms offering protection against identity attacks. (Starts here...)

7. Consistent Experience Across Contexts

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Nine skills that separate good and great designers

[Tags: , ]. Here's a great analysis of what makes great design, complete with PDF slides, and an mp3 sound file that narrates them (there are a lot of examples that need explanation).

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Search Engine Preparation Tool

Friday, September 29, 2006

Serving up content for mobiles

[Tags: , ]. If you're producing content for mobile consider using a mobile style sheet to present it. A comment by Staci Wolfe, however, says "it might not be as easy as it sounds...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

12 Lessons for Those Afraid of CSS and Standards

[Tags: , ]. Excellent article about CSS from the reliable A List Apart - my favourite quote: "Perfection is not when there’s nothing to add, but when there’s nothing to take away"