Category Archives: Web Design

How To Understand Your Users With Personas

This comic strip by Brad Colbow says a lot about how an online persona works. A fun way to look at a necessary part of website design.

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KOFFEE KART ASSETS

Adobe Muse Koffee Kart site
Koffee Kart is owned by Adobe and licensed to Lynda.com

I’ve gotten a lot of hits by people looking for the Muse “Koffee Kart” assets. I searched for a bit this morning and didn’t find anything myself, so I contacted James Fritz who did the tutorials on Muse at Lynda.com. Evidently the Koffee Kart assets are owned by Adobe and Lynda.com negotiated with them to make them available for their premium users.

James did mention that the assets for “Katie’s Cafe” were done with Muse and are available at muse.adobe.com. I found a page there that has a download link for them here. The actual test site for these assets is http://www.katiescafe.com/.

I would like to encourage anyone interested to sign up for Lynda.com and go through James’s tutorials. He takes you from installation to publishing your site in just over an hour with some really good tips in between.

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Fastcodesign.com has a good article over Muse on their site. It features some good links, though it’s not necessarily written for the technically minded.

Muse seems to be a hot topic recently, one which I have a lot of interest in covering. If you find any interesting articles, information or tidbits about Muse, please let me know. I’ll continue to cover Muse as much as I can.

 

Review: Adobe Muse (Beta Version)

Muse start screen

Last week I talked a little about Adobe’s latest creation: Muse. With tons of controversy circling this web design-simplifying software, it’s no wonder Muse is the focus of so many web designers’ attention.

To summarize Muse in just a few lines, I would have to say it takes much of the coding out of web design, lending itself to a very visual GUI interface. The layout is similar to InDesign with a few of the same tools, giving it a much more intuitive feel than traditional web design software. Plus many of the features are added to avoid touching text, almost to the point of obsession. It’s been touted as a replacement for iWeb, but how does it really weigh in?
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Are Community Created Logos The Next Step?

When clicked on the logo the once stationary logo comes to life, providing the viewer with a virtual interactive guitar that can be strummed or plucked to the delight of the ear.

Les Paul Google Logo
Google logo celebrating Les Paul's 96th birthday

I’m speaking of one of Google’s recent logo morphs where they reinforce their company’s interactive nature by presenting us with a literal one. In their celebration of Les Paul’s birthday (the creator of the solid-body electric guitar), Google allows its users to be a part of the creative process, equipping the strummable “soundtastic” logo with a record and playback feature. Continue reading Are Community Created Logos The Next Step?

Quick Link – Lorem Ipsum

Just about all designers know what lorem ipsum is… well, not what it means obviously, but what it’s function is. That’s right, it’s placeholder text. One of the great timesavers when you don’t have the copy that your client will be using.

Today’s link is to HTML-Ipsum, a site containing filler text for various HTML needs. Bookmark it and save yourself time in your website design.

Design Do’s and Don’ts for Mobile Websites

Many experienced web designers may have a tendency to drop the ball on their first mobile websites. As a rule of thumb, a designer creates a website not just for functionality but for aesthetics… they want their site to look good. Though the look of a site plays a major role in mobile sites as well, it is functionality that the designer must focus on. Not since the 1990’s have websites been designed strictly for content, so that’s a skill we need to revisit, with a touch of finesse. Continue reading Design Do’s and Don’ts for Mobile Websites