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Get Your Website a Favicon 8 June 2010

Posted by Toni Del Rio in Design, Tools & Tech, Websites.
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If you want an extra personal touch to your website you should consider adding a Favicon. A favi what?…

An image speaks more than a thousand words, so this is how a Favicon looks like:

They also show up in your bookmarked sites, on the tabs in tabbed browsers, and as the icon for Internet shortcuts on your desktop.

This is how Wikipedia defines a Favicon:

A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a website icon, shortcut icon, URL icon, or bookmark iconis a 16×16, 32×32 or 64×64 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage.[1] A web designer can create such an icon and install it into a website (or webpage) by several means, and most graphical web browsers will then make use of it. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page’s favicon in the browser’s address bar and next to the page’s name in a list of bookmarks. Browsers that support a tabbed document interface typically show a page’s favicon next to the page’s title on the tab. Some programs allow the user to select an icon of his own from the hard drive and associate it with a website.

How to add a Favicon to your WordPress website? (more…)

Is Your Company Broke? You Better Optimize. 1 June 2010

Posted by daniellegatsos in Design, Development.
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In the wake of our economic crash many companies have found themselves with limited advertising budgets forcing them to find other means to get their information in front of the head honchos without paying thousands to get it there.


Best Practices: Designing for Nonprofits 1 June 2010

Posted by jannaq in Design, Non-Profit.

Like any website available on the Internet, nonprofit sites require similar best practices like being user friendly, easily navigable, and use appropriate fonts, colors, and other design elements of that ilk. The difference though is that often a nonprofit website, because of their goals, needs more than what’s required for a corporate site. Non profit sites need to design to make designated tasks as easy as possible. Visitors need to be able to effortlessly learn about the cause, how to donate money and time, in an inviting manner that wont detract from these goals. (more…)

The Webby Awards – One Man’s Approach to the Portfolio Genre 1 June 2010

Posted by pamkahl in Design, Examples, Trends.

In class we have talked about design, message and social media integration as key considerations when building a website.  Knowing that the 2010 Webby Awards ceremony is two weeks away, I thought I’d check out the winners to see what insights could be gleamed from those the Webby judges deemed best of breed.  As many know, the Webby’s cover four major categories– websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video and mobile.  Judges are members of the International Academy of Visual Arts and Sciences (Beck, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington, Rob Glaser and Richard Branson to name a few).  Each category also has a People’s Voice Award – where people have the opportunity to vote on those nominated by the Academy.  With 70 categories, the website entries make up the majority of the winners.  Key criteria for websites include content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience.

The winners represent a wide range of creativity and digital storytelling.  Check out Hank the Singing Bottle, which won in the Associations category.  The graphics are decent, the song is catchy and the story is cute.  The HBO Imagine site that won for Best Navigation/Structure is very cool- don’t forget to spin for the 4-way perspective.  Twitter took top honors in the Best Practices category, which is defined as sites serve as an industry benchmark for the most current, innovative, and advanced practices in Web development. Sites demonstrating unparalleled excellence across The Academy’s six criteria: content, structure & navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality, and overall experience. Nike’s Michael Jordan History of Flight for Best Visual Design/Aesthetics- which (in my humble opinion) is not nearly as cool as the 2008 winner in the category — design company by the name of Checkland Kindleysides (I love the simple artistry of their design).  The Economist Thinking Space won for Best Visual Design/Function and Best Use of Photography- a very cool site that is reminiscent of Apple’s What’s on Your PowerBook campaign.

It’s interesting to me that the People’s Voice winners in those categories were, arguably, more personally engaging in design and experience.  For example, Speak Now for Kids was voted best in the Association category; Best Practices went to NPR; We’re All Fans got the nod for Best Visual Design/Aesthetic; and The Image Collection was deemed Best Visual Design/Function.  HBO Imagine won both categories for Best Navigation/Structure.

I have to say, the big Huh? is the winner of the Best Home/Welcome page.  The competitive line-up included Evian @ Wimbledon, Hello Monday (a design firm), Life.com (who knew Life still existed as a brand?), T2 (a motion and visual effects company) and a site called Male Copywriter.  You can probably already guess the winner.  Yes- Male Copywriter – the portfolio site for a guy by the name of Lawson Clarke.  It’s a reminder that randomness can go a long way when it comes to engaging an audience- or at least judges.  It’s worth noting that Life.com took the People’s Voice award.

Social Media Mining 1 June 2010

Posted by marcpease in Applications, Competitive Analysis, Design, Development, Examples, Privacy, Reflection, Trends.
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Just when you thought maximum data mining for personal information was so over, look out! More modeling functions are on their way in a new classification model from IBM – the SPSS Modeler 14 Premium Edition. This software will track customer sentiment and influencers on Twitter, Facebook and other social media in order to assist those businesses like telephone, insurance, consumer electronics, and others which want to find out more about what your personal habits, behaviors, product interests surround so that marketing programs can be developed to yes, sway your decision making. (more…)

Presentation is Everything 31 May 2010

Posted by schmeslie in Design, Reflection.
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My friend Dr. Phibes has a hilarious story about a ghost that stole his sunglasses. After tearing about the house in search, the sunglasses reappeared weeks later. However, they weren’t just found in a suitcase or a bag, according to the good doctor, they were “presented” on a shelf by his front door. This presentation left no room for interpretation: the shades were back and the ghost was making sure Phibes knew it.

Effective presentation, like this, aids comprehension and can ensure an idea or concept is absorbed. (more…)

Blog Roll Insights 30 May 2010

Posted by elisemchisholm in Design, Trends.

I’ve been debating about including a blog roll on my website, so I searched for recent info on blog roll trends and etiquette. A post by Melanie Nelson of Blogging Basics 101 caught my attention. Below is a summary.


Newsweek Website Redesign Embraces Simplicity 30 May 2010

Posted by gjchatalas in Design, Reflection.

We’ve covered the importance of the symbiotic relationship between usability and appearance, and that successful websites find a way to incorporate both. When considering Newsweek’s site redesign, it’s clear the designers gave great consideration to the user experience.


Entertainment Site: Hulu (Revisited) 26 May 2010

Posted by jannaq in Course Notes, Design, Examples, Reflection, Websites.
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Hulu is the digital baby of NBC and FOX. Hulu is a website that offers free, commercial-supported, streaming video of TV shows and movies. Offerings include TV shows from FOX and NBC, as well as from subsidiary cable channels such as Bravo and Syfy. Hulu streams video through the internet on demand, free of charge, the day after its broadcast debut. The site is ad-supported with revenue-sharing arrangements with partner sites such as AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo!, and Comcast. (more…)

Re-Analysis of NFP “Beth’s Blog” 26 May 2010

Posted by daniellegatsos in Competitive Analysis, Design.

Since I am working on a site that will give social media advice to nonprofits I decided to analyze a “competitor” site that does the same. Beth’s Blog is a site that is strictly devoted to featuring nonprofits who use social media and online marketing as a means to gain support, awareness, and donations in a non-profit realm.

Name: Beth’s Blog

Website URL: http://www.bethkanter.org/

Beth's Blog

While analyzing this site I decided to look at various heuristics to determine its effectiveness. These included design layout, use of social media, effectiveness of content, website format (and technology used) and overall usability.



 Audience: Anyone looking to learn more about nonprofit social media marketing and expansion.