I’m trying to keep timeless articles here, so there’s no links on new frameworks, DBs, etc., because they’re getting old the moment they’re posted.

Bookmarks / Design

7 reasons why you can’t sell usability, and what to do about it Craig Tomlin on how to sell usability. “The audience is completely un-receptive to ANY sales message, because the service is not understood.” read... Learning to see Oliver Reichenstein explains the difference between “design” and “taste” and why good design can be ugly. “[Design] is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” read... Lessons from the “Seductive Interaction Design” Book Useful extracts about UX design from the “Seductive Interaction Design” book. read... On browser support David Bushell’s post on browser support. “When I tell people I often support IE7 the common response is “why?” — followed by an assertion that browser statistics show IE7 usage is now insignificant enough not to warrant attention. How could you possibly know that? I haven’t told you which website I’m building yet!” read... The value of beauty Jacob Bijani on perfection. “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through. — Steve Jobs” read... UI anti pattern: website loading bars Thierry Rietsch on JavaScript loading bars. “Website loading bars appear on more and more websites of all kind — unfortunately. The usage of this pattern is a really bad idea as it duplicates existing functionality combined with cognitive distraction.” read... Usability checklist A handy checklist with common usability rules. read... Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for People Who Haven’t Read Them “Let’s rip off that legalese and ambiguous terminology like wrapping paper, and see—in a single article—what gifts the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 editors have bestowed upon us.” read...