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WordPress begins to open up its redesign process

The ongo­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion of Mark Boul­ton Design’s redesign of the Dru­pal web­site is pro­vid­ing some great insight into the process; Leisa Reichelt’s lat­est post, on the com­mu­ni­ty wire­fram­ing project, is a prime exam­ple. Now — whether by hap­py serendip­i­ty or a desire to com­pete — Word­Press have begun to do likewise.

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Personal notices, open practices

Today is my penul­ti­mate day in my cur­rent job; next week I’m going on a trip to Spain, and when I get back I’m start­ing my new job at the award-win­ning Pre­loaded agency. My focus will be shift­ing away from client-side devel­op­ment and onto infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture; it’s a fan­tas­tic chal­lenge for me, and I’m very excit­ed about work­ing on top brands for a top agency.

I’ve been slow­ly intro­duc­ing IA into my role over the past three years, and so this is a log­i­cal step for me to take. I’ll be sad to leave my cur­rent agency, but delight­ed to be mov­ing to some­where I’ll be able to focus on what I think are the next hot top­ics on the web: find­abil­i­ty & usability.

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Google Chrome — on reflection

So, it’s a cou­ple of days since the launch of the first beta of Google’s new brows­er, Chrome, and the hyper­bole has died down a lit­tle. After using it for a few days, I want to look in a lit­tle more detail at some of its fea­tures — more specif­i­cal­ly, its inter­face and usabil­i­ty. Luck­i­ly, Google have pro­vid­ed user expe­ri­ence doc­u­men­ta­tion (for Chromi­um, the open source project) to make this easier.

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What I saw at FoWD 2008

As promised, slight­ly more detailed notes on the ses­sions at FoWD (fur­ther links to pre­sen­ta­tions to fol­low). In chrono­log­i­cal order:

Finding Inspiration for Design (Patrick McNeil)

I missed the begin­ning of this, but it seemed to be pret­ty sage, if not rather com­mon­sense, advice (don’t just use web­sites for web design inspi­ra­tion), as well as some notes on cur­rent trends and tips on future ones; soft colours, more use of hor­i­zon­tal space, more video.

User Experience vs Brand Experience (Steve Pearce and Andy Clarke)

Set up as a con­fronta­tion, but in fact both speak­ers were at pains to point out that both should be thought of togeth­er. Andy Clarke adds: don’t be afraid to fail, we learn from our mistakes.

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What I saw at @media 2007

So @media 2007 is over and, after a lit­tle breather, here’s a short break­down of what I saw, in chrono­log­i­cal order, along with links to pre­sen­ta­tions where possible.

There were lots of great, inspir­ing ideas, which should spin out into a few more posts in the near future.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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