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Web 2.0 for Designers

The article “Web 2.0 for Designers” from Richard MacManus & Joshua Porter has six main themes covering design in the Web 2.0 world:

  • Writing semantic markup (transition to XML)
  • Providing Web services (moving away from place)
  • Remixing content (about when and what, not who or why)
  • Emergent navigation and relevance (users are in control)
  • Adding metadata over time (communities building social information)
  • Shift to programming (separation of structure and style)

The Web is Fluid

Jay Cross’s post at Internet Time Blog on the role of construction signs and beta versions:

“In the early days of the web, construction signs littered the landscape. Some people put them on every page! In time people realized that web pages weren’t meant to be static, like books. You didn’t need to excuse unfinished work. because everything is a work in progress. Nothing is ever finished!”

The Web 2.0 Big Font Controversy

Max Kiesler on the trend in web design to use large, high-contrast fonts:

“Do you ever wonder why many of the new websites you go to have giant high-contrast fonts? Extraterrestrials, a clan of very elderly web designers, or maybe it’s just a bunch of punk kids that are trying to be trendy? While in some cases any of these may be true, I would argue the real culprits are designers who base their typographic decisions on research (hopefully). “

Interview mit dem Zukunftsforscher Paul Saffo

Auch der iPod liegt voll im Trend. Warum eigentlich?

“Weil er kein Produkt, sondern ein System ist. Ohne das Online-Geschäft iTunes, wo man Songs einkaufen kann, wäre der iPod ja nur ein weiterer hübscher MP3-Player. Apple liefert aber ein ganzes Erlebnispaket, ein ganzes System von Diensten. Ich kann nicht nur Musik online kaufen, sondern auf die Web-Seite von Stanford gehen und mir Vorlesungen als Podcast herunterladen.”