These are my links for May 31st through June 14th:
jQuery Masonry · David DeSandro – Intriguing way to tesselate content areas. Better than CSS floats, David Desandro’s method minimizes empty areas caused by content area heights in the same row.
One-Third of Twitter Users Talk Brands – eMarketer – There are a finite number of influencers in the social space who will _ever_ consider talking brand or products. As this plateau continues, the competition for a share of voice with these influencers will become more and more fierce. Better spend some time on creative social presence, and stop just pushing out coupons.
Web Design News 30/03/10 « Boagworld – An killer group of usability & blog tips from @boagworld last week. The dirty quickly:If your site is designed well (with a visual hierarchy, scannable content, and good typographic relationships, etc) there really is no fold. Yes, important content will always compete for the top of the page, but great designs draw the visitor naturally deeper down the page.Usability testing needn’t be a daunting task. Do it early, do it often. Grab a few people and freely available web tools like fivesecondtest and checkmycolors Finally, Mark Hayward lays down some tips for anyone who needs to get started with blogging, but has “I’m not a writer” syndrome.
The Battle of the Men’s Body Washes – WSJ.com – Ms Wells thinks W +K’s Old Spice campaign has the edge for men’s personal grooming because they’re selling to the ladies. For the rest of us, we prefer whatever is already in the shower. I’ll do frilly, especially if it’s convenient.
Utilize alt tags on images.
The only way a screen reader (a device used to aid sight impaired internet users) will “see” your image is to describe exactly what the image is in words. **Savvy designers will realize added benefit here, as search engines will pick up keywords in the alt tags. Just make sure your alt tag copy is descriptive of the image, not loaded with keyword phrases that won’t aid the sight impaired.
Utilize title tags on links.
Imagine a web page being read aloud to you. Now imagine the person reading the page to you encounters a link. Instead of telling you where clicking that link will take you, they begin to read out the destination URL. Yikes. With a proper title tag, you can tell your sight impaired users exactly what clicking the link does. ie “click here to login”, or “click to visit my portfolio.”
Make sure you have fallback content for rich media.
Most of us including rich media content will use Flash to do so. If so, provide content that will be seen if the video or Flash cannot be loaded. Usually, this can be taken care of with the SWFObject implementation method. Don’t leave a hole where the media would be, fill it with a backup image or copy. **Here’s another plus for you cheeky designers. Continue reading →