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The “Randys” Website Design Awards – September 2008

No. 1618 • October 3rd, 2008 • 2 Comments

I continue my monthly website design award series, showcasing seven websites I’ve come across recently deserving of special mention. Featured this month are The Ernest Hemingway Collection, Design Intellection, Rob Across America, Robert Henry, William Duff Architects, Deform Group, and Typechart.

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The “Randys” Website Design Awards – August 2008

No. 120 • September 2nd, 2008 • 2 Comments

I continue my monthly website design award series, showcasing seven websites I’ve come across recently deserving of special mention. Featured this month are James Toseland, Pacific Benefits Group, Kent District Library, Coudal Partners, Design Reviver, Westminster School UK, and The Heads of State.

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The “Randys” Website Design Awards – July 2008

No. 112 • July 31st, 2008 • 1 Comment

I continue my monthly website design award series, showcasing seven websites I’ve come across recently deserving of special mention. Featured this month are Wilson Miner Live, NexCore Healthcare, Opera Colorado, AllThingsD, the UC-Berkeley Spanish-Portuguese Department, BART, and MacAllan Ridge.

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The “Randys” Website Design Awards – June 2008

No. 104 • June 30th, 2008 • 1 Comment

I continue my monthly website design award series, showcasing seven websites I've come across recently deserving of special mention. Featured this month are HellYeahDude, 5th Avenue Theatre, Unit Interactive, Jonathan Yuen, the School District of Philadelphia, Trale, and Conde Nast Portfolio.

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Announcing The “Randys” Website Design Awards

No. 95 • May 27th, 2008 • 7 Comments

With this post, I'm launching a monthly series where eventually I'll share some link love for impressive website designs. Eventually this will be a showcase for sites I've found in the last 30 days, but for the first couple of editions, I'll be running through a bunch of the sites I've tagged in my del.icio.us account. There's no official nomination process, so feel free to email sites you'd like me to consider for June. Where possible, I'll credit both the site and the designer.

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Back to Back WordPress Posts?! My Favorite WP Plugins

No. 93 • May 23rd, 2008 • 4 Comments

Graywolf detailed a terrific collection of WordPress plugins last week and got me off my kiester to finally post a list of WordPress plugins that I use frequently, either on my own blog and on my clients’. It’s a lot shorter, but hopefully you’ll find some value from these as well. 1) Plugin to Order […]

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WordPress Upgrade Tips

No. 92 • May 22nd, 2008 • 5 Comments

As many of you know, I heart WordPress. It’s robust, phenomenally easy to customize, and with all of the contributions from the open-source community, “tech support” is never hard to come by. With a few tweaks to the default settings, it’s also quite SEO-friendly. Perhaps best of all, it’s so easy for clients to use […]

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Maybe Web 1.8 Would Be More Appealing? My Take on the Web 2.0 Aesthetic.

No. 1615 • June 18th, 2007 • No Comments

So of course there isn’t really a Web 1.8 (nor is there really a Web 2.0, Tim Berners-Lee would argue), but in my mind Web 1.8 is a concise way of saying the following: I like a lot of what Web 2.0 stands for, visually, but perhaps things have gone just a bit too far […]

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SEOmoz Unveils 2007 Web 2.0 Awards

No. 1614 • May 9th, 2007 • No Comments

This afternoon, my favorite bloggers (SEOmoz) unveiled their 2007 Web 2.0 Awards. It was certainly serendipitous timing given my review of the ‘Web 2.0 Aesthetic’ last week, and my upcoming analysis of the pros and cons of this aesthetic, and how it informs my work. For those of you still somewhat new to the Web […]

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What Defines the “Web 2.0″ Aesthetic?

No. 142 • May 4th, 2007 • 1 Comment

The term "Web 2.0" has been around since 2004, created by Tim O'Reilly to refer to companies and technologies that were helping to shape the next iteration of the World Wide Web. Collaboration, input from users, openness to blogging, extensive database management, and realization of The Long Tail all define Web 2.0 from the economic and theoretical sides. But what about from the design side?

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