All posts from
July 2003

SVG: The Sure Thing

“If you mention Scalable Vector Graphics language (SVG) in a crowd of web developers they will immediately gravitate to the question of whether it can ‘beat’ Flash. Recently SVG Print has focused attention on the question of whether SVG can compete with PDF and Postscript. These are exciting possibilities: it would be great to unify these domains under a standardized, XML-based syntax. Nevertheless, it is ultimately quite limiting to define SVG by its success in replacing these existing technologies. SVG is much more than a Flash and PDF-killer.” (Paul Prescod – SVG Open 2003)

To Wax Nostalgic

“The evolution of personal music delivery is directly relevant to the creation of powerful brand experiences. To make strong, genuine connections with our audience, we need to be conscious of the value of rich, multi-sensorial experiences.” (Josh Alkire – Thread)

Information Design: The Understanding Discipline

“Information design is not the same as information architecture; it is not merely an ‘enlightened’ version of graphic design; it is not somehow a niche component in interface or experience design; it is not technical writing. It is a broad and exploratory discipline that encourages research and development, understands that a galaxy of disparate tactics are bound together in creating successful information solutions, endeavors to understand people and the world as thoroughly as possible to enable better design and endeavors to identify and synthesize any discipline that contributes to better understanding.” (Dirk KnemeyerBoxes and Arrows)

Measuring Your Web Content Management Processes

“What’s really important to measure for your website? Firstly, you need to measure how successful you are at creating, editing and publishing content. These are your web content management processes. Secondly, you need to measure reader behavior. There will also be some core website performance issues to measure. This week, I’d like to examine key web content management process measurables.” (Gerry McGovern)

DUX 2003 Case Studies

“The DUX 2003 program featured accepted submissions of real-world design practices, research, and cases from around the globe, creatively combined in sessions moderated by leading design practitioners and theorists.” (AIGA) – courtesy of beth mazur

Personalization on the Web

“As of October, 1999, about 200 million people regularly access the Internet. However, this access is still more or less standardized in that almost everyone uses the same means of information retrieval. It is unlikely that 200 million people are so similar in their interests that one standardized way of retrieving information fits all needs. This paper takes a look at about 50 available personalization systems, proposes a classification scheme and discusses the systems w.r.t. to this classification.” (Alexander Pretschner and Susan Gauch)

Browser Wars II: The Saga Continues

“In the First Era of browser history Mosaic and the other early browsers ruled. The Second Era was that of Netscape dominance. Microsoft’s challenge to Netscape marked the beginning of the Third Era, the Heroic Age of the Browser Wars. Netscape’s bleeding to death marked the start of the Fourth Era of Explorer dominance. The recent news about Explorer shows that this Era has come to an end, too. We stand at the beginning of the Fifth Era of browser history. What will it bring?” (Peter Paul KochEvolt)