Jun 172014
 

Prototyping Your Workflow explores the process of introducing new ways of collaboration for working on innovative approaches to development in a way that retains organizational efficiency while not having the client “bankroll our workflow remodeling project”. Techniques used include a more direct approach in working together with cross-functional development teams:

pairing designers and developers early on in a project, and having the developer create markup that “waterskis” behind the designer’s sketches and Photoshop explorations.

What I found particular interesting is the implementation of  HTML/CSS wireframes with an eye towards eventually delivering HTML/CSS prototypes to the client in the final round. I believe there is a definite trend in that direction.

Prototyping Your Workflow.

Mar 272014
 

This is a must read for independent designers and developers. Rachel Andrew is right on the money in her observation that world of large design firms and web conferences is a world apart from independent web developers who work in the trenches creating websites for small businesses on a budget. They represent a large segment of the web workforce and are not apart of the rarified world of expensive speakers and high end conferences. This breeds an alienation and relevance factor that deserves serious attention.

Our Enclosed Space ∙ An A List Apart Column.

Sep 262013
 

This article offers good insight on business models for web freelancers. The primary considerations is “Base pricing decisions on the service you want to offer, and who you want to offer it to”. Working strictly on an hourly rate has drawbacks and affects design decisions in that clients may feel like they are getting nickeled and dimed everytime they consult with you. So you may want to consider a weekly rate or a flat project rate. When you look at project rates be very careful on spelling out the project scope in writing. Another consideration is support. What will you offer and what is the cost.

Rachel Andrew founder of edgeofmyseat.com, the company behind Perch CMS discusses business models in light of her experience. This article also includes links to rates others in the design and development community charge. Note that the links are for EU businesses which differ from those based in the US.

Pricing Underpins Everything You Do ∙ An A List Apart Column.

Aug 302013
 

UX design starts with and is utterly dependent on thorough research of an organization, it’s competition, users, HCI, and other factors that may influence the ultimate effectiveness of a design. These articles are a good primer because they address issues on how to manage large amounts of user research so it’s integrated across an organization and not residing in department silos. Also covered is how to organize complex user research so it’s accessible to all and easy to comment on and share. Both articles include links to additional related resources.

Seeing the Elephant: Defragmenting User Research · An A List Apart Article
Connected UX · An A List Apart Article

Jul 272013
 

wpmudev looks like a promising source of premium WordPress plugins. It uses the “all you can eat” low monthly subscription model that I’ve seen other premium service sites use. It’s enticing so long as you can continue use after your subscription laps which seems to be the case here.

Premium WordPress Plugins, Support & Themes – WPMU DEV.

Feb 152013
 

This is the best explanation I have found that explains how to reliably include or eliminate html including scripts in various versions of IE. In my experience the solutions presented here work.

Comments in Microsoft Internet Explorer – Conditional Comments and the comment Element.