What resolution do you design RIA in?
Average: 0I read an interesting post this morning on how the author wanted folks to consider the 800px resolution for their designs. He cites that although he has a large resolution, it doesn't mean that he's not also using other applications at the same time. ...But with 1900+ pixels, I keep half for…
Once you achieve perfection, it's no longer perfect.
Average: 0Why did the media feel Macworld was flat this year? Why does Steve Jobs present so well, Why do people want Silverlight to succeed over Flash, why do some people believe OSX is better than Windows Vista, why does Windows Vista sell so well? Why does... The answers to all of the above are simple.…
Understanding Web Design
Average: 5(1)Today Zeldman published what will go down in history as one of his best posts ever. Like Donald Norman harping on unusable designs that "probably won an award", or Bill Buxton emphasizing that aesthetics is only a small part of design, Zeldman says that many traditional print designers…
RIA: 10 Questions on Icon Design - I ask our Microsoft Design folks to respond.
Average: 0I have an Icon fetish that is disturbingly wrong. In that I collect them, horde them and will happily spend Microsoft's good hard earned money on as many of them as I can find - if allowed. Yet, what makes Icon's so special? in that why do they enhance an applications user interface to the point…
Apophysis - Freeware Fractal Editor for Windows
Average: 0Back in the day, I was a huge fan of Kai Krause. In the squared arena of 90's interfaces, Kai showed us that round corners and shaded depth in interfaces just felt good, and the world followed. The fact that Kai bought a 1000 year-old castle, filled it with developers and then promptly disappeared…
Greenprint for the future: Dongtan, China
Average: 0In the current issue, Douglas McGray’s “Pop-Up Cities” for Wired Magazine could be the most interesting read on the newsstands. The story follows the progress of creating an environmentally friendly city for 500,000 people on a small island across from Shanghai. Designing a complete city from…
Grass-covered buildings and other bad jokes
Average: 0The best part of April Fools is that everyone channels more of their imagination into ideas that seem ludicrous yet plausible. This is also the worst part of April Fools, and the building we have here is a perfect example. The kids at the design blog Inhabitat thought it would be hilarious to trick…
Expression Studio added to the MIX07 goodie bag
Average: 0The countdown to MIX07 continues and the anticipation for this year's 72-hour conversation about the web gets closer all the time. The MIX News blog has been a great way to keep up on the announcements, and yesterday's post was no exception. Every MIX07 attendee will receive a commemorative copy of…
Vista desktop backgrounds from Flickr users and MS employees
Average: 0One of the most entertaining parts of setting up your new Vista install is walking through the new desktop backgrounds that are included. The Microsoft Design team has done something truly excellent, by including photographs from Microsoft employees and Flickr users such as Hamad Darwish. Read more…