a regularly updated site containing links to pages the author finds interesting, typically with commentary attached
Sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and even a bit of political purpose
Do as I say, not as Rubel does
You don’t have to link to everything..
Try and make your own versions of icons
Use alternate symbols from everyone else
Especially for common things like PDF or RSS
Don’t use full color icons
Try grey scale
Wunderkammern and the birth of the museum as we know it
Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Wunderkammer or wonder-rooms) were collections of types of objects we now regard as quite separate, but whose boundaries were in the Renaissance yet to be defined.
A great blog is..
Informative and sexy
Based on beautiful typography
At times, funny
Small pieces, loosely joined
Blogs are almost all about Typography…
Words are all that you have to work with (For the most part..)
Readability vs. Usability
Steal from the best
Look at great blogs, it will rub off on you
Keep your enemies close
Monitor your competition
Website Field Trip
Make sure you have your permission slips signed!
a blog that hosts downloadable music in the MP3 audio file format.
It’s like an RSS reader just for MP3s.
Image heavy blogs
One of your goals could be to get featured by your local gothamist
Contact the editors
Have good content to pitch
Don’t be annoying about it
Authentic Boredom is the platitudinous web home of Cameron Moll. Is it ‘Mall’ or ‘Mull’ you ask? It’s ‘Mall.’ The correct pronunciation, however, is actually ‘Mull,’ as the surname is Germanic. But for the love of Pete, please don’t pronounce it as ‘Mole.’
Simplicity is key.
Use humor where possible
On DFs contact page
I encourage you to send me your comments regarding Daring Fireball. Unfortunately, I am at times a lousy correspondent — where by “at times” I mean “most of the time”. If I don’t respond to your email, or do so only after an inordinate amount of time has passed, please don’t take it personally.
The Contact page
It’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself
Think about it like a business card
Except you can have a form that collects data
So think of it as a better business card!
Display your email as an image
Use (dot) instead of your real email address
Be transparent about why
Jason Santa Maria
Sexy and informative!
Jason Santa Maria is a Graphic Designer living in sunny Philadelphia, PA with his wife Liz and three cats. He serves as Creative Director for Happy Cog Studios, both in New York and Philadelphia. This status grants him access to most black-tie galas and groundbreaking ceremonies.
Create an image for each letter, a.gif, b.gif and put in a folder called “letters”
Switch the corresponding letter on and off..
Build it in to your default post
What kottke.org might be, a list:
The personal site of Jason Kottke. But also his full-time gig.
A weblog, which is a frequently updated, chronologically ordered collection of hypertext fragments. You'll find the most recent posted stuff on the front page and many ways to get at the older posts on the archive page.
This blog is called etcetera. And it’s ours as it is yours, also. If you are into graphic-design-post-consumerism-retro-futurology-how-it-looks-area, you’ll certainly like visiting us for your daily-design-dose!
Use your own screenshots
But stealing is second best..
Steal from the best
You can always customize the stolen screenshot
That means you need to know photoshop
But just the basics are required
Outputting the entire screen in a common format such as BMP, PNG, or JPEG.
The display system dumps what it is using internally upon request, PDF in the case of Mac OS X. As of Mac OS X 10.4, pictures are no longer saved as PDF. They are saved as PNGs. (which can be annoying)
Capturing the screen over an extended period of time to form a Video file.
Know the boundaries
Include a link to your flickr rss
Know the sizes flickr automatically produces
Flickr natively supported blog platform
Atom Enabled Blogs
Blogging flickr images
Take those flickr images and do something with them
I use lightbox on my portfolio site
I use snap on my blog
You can preview internal and external links
Building this from scratch is untheisable
It would require you to cache all the websites in the world.
You can customize a little bit
Adding your logo aint bad
It used to be called Urchin
Then google bought them and changed the name to Analytics
It’s free and it looks amazing
By free I mean $0.00
Image Search Results
If you title your images relevantly and you do a couple other things right
You will get hits from people searching for images
Same rule applies for flickr
And YouTube has tags to
17% aint bad..
It is a social network….
And myspace too!
Start the conversation right
If you don’t. someone else will
Or worse.. No one will at all
Yahoo bought them
Quality loves company
9rules is an online community of blogs and Blogger.
They have over 200 members, each hand-picked out of thousands that apply to join.
In the past, applications have been handled in submission rounds, occurring roughly twice a year and giving applicants a 24-hour window to submit their blog. Their fifth membership round attracted 1,190 new submissions.