An Absolute Goldmine of Web Design Education

Posted on January 20, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Design, Education, Projects |

I appreciate it when I find a place that does something way better than how I was doing it. I used to have a usability research directory that I kept up. It was mostly for my own use, to keep track of case studies and articles that would back up the work I do. I became too busy to keep it up.

However, there is an incredible resource that some of you may not be aware of, that I wish to share. It is the Web Design References by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Topics covered:

Every page is packed with articles and publications culled from authoritative sites.

My favorite haunts are Accessibility and Usability. When you visit each section, you’ll find they’ve broken them down into a wide variety of sub-categories.

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DIY: Make an Altoids tin survival kit

Posted on August 25, 2006. Filed under: Advice, Projects |

Field & Stream online has a step-by-step for creating your very own Altoids tin survival kit, complete with all the gear you’d need to survive in the wild (well, maybe not you, but someone who doesn’t cry if they don’t hear the Windows/Mac boot-up music every morning).

The “Pocket kit” includes fire-starting gear, an LED flashlight, a compass, water bag, iodine tablets, fishing gear – and oh so much more, all stuffed into your tiny little Altoids tin. We’ve covered several inventive uses for the lovable Altoids tin, but there’s always room for more.

+ Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin (and Two More Life-Saving DIY Projects)

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Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: Animation, Projects |

A project started with a simple idea: create disposable “designer toys” with pure d.i.y. ethics. We started drawing over balloons what we would like to draw over vinyl toys, but we couldn´t afford. So we tried it and liked it, and decided to spread out the idea and make something else out of it.
+ latex for fun

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CAPSoff – remove Caps lock

Posted on August 20, 2006. Filed under: Projects |

CAPSoff is a campaign from a guy called Pieter Hintjens. His goal with the campaign is to get rid of the Caps lock key on all keyboards.

I’ve launched a campaign to rid the world of the caps lock key. Sure, there are more serious problems to solve but please, think of the children! How am I going to explain to my kids why some of the most valuable keyboard real estate is squatted by a large, useless key that above all you must not press! Our campaign mission is simple: to send a message to the computer industry to force it (by any means necessary) to retire the CAPS key. It’s going to be a hard, long, and possibly very embarassing war on uppercase, but some things just need to be done.”

+ CAPSoff

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