Category: Design

Wireframing – Great Article

Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing
Cameron Chapman's article on Wireframing - Must Read!

I am sorry to say that most of the projects I work on lack this very valuable step.  It is often weeks into a project where missing elements are found and I lament the day that it was decided that we ‘skip’ the wireframing step.  In fact it is happening right now.

I have only breezed through this article quickly, but it is bookmarked and ready to be revisited [as soon as I can squeeze it in].  In the meantime I really recommend you take a look yourself at Cameron Chapman’s Ultimate Guide to Website Wireframing.

Special thanks to @boagworld for sending the tweet.

JQuery Alert Notices

Thanks to Boagworld for tweeting this wonderful Pines Notify jQuery Plugin.

It seems to have a whole bunch of features I could employ [although a little too late] into a current project:

  • Timed hiding with visual effects.
  • Sticky (no automatic hiding) notices.
  • Optional hide button.
  • Supports dynamically updating text, title, icon, type…
  • Stacks allow notice sets to stack independently.
  • Control stack direction and push to top or bottom.
  • Supports HTML (including forms) in title and text.
  • Variable opacity.
  • Supports Pines icons/jQuery UI icons/any CSS based icons.
  • Supports custom classes for individual notice styling.
  • Standard and custom effects.
  • Optional drop shadows.
  • Callbacks for various events, which can cancel events.
  • History viewer allows user to review previous notices.
  • XHTML 1.0 Strict compliance.
  • I don’t have much experience with jQuery, but I am really liking a lot of the plugins that I have been seeing lately.

    A/B Testing

    Here is a nice, short – and to the point – post about A/B testing and the results it yielded.

    I know in most projects I have worked on recently A/B testing has not gone beyond internal back-and-forth.  Something I hope to change moving forward.  It we could only budget the time to do so.