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Futurate to develop new member-focused website for the Association for Learning Technology

The Association for Learning Technology (www.alt.ac.uk) has awarded Futurate the contract to work with the association to develop a new website. The new site will deliver ALT’s services, promote ALT’s activities (as a professional and scholarly organisation dedicated to spreading good practice in the use and development of learning technology) and facilitate the activities of the main stakeholders.
 

Wed, 14/04/2010 - 13:01


Horizontal Attention Leans Left (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

People spent more than twice as much time looking at the left side of the page as they do the right:

* Left half of screen: 69% of viewing time
* Right half of screen: 30% of viewing time

The remaining 1% of viewing time was spent to the right of the initially-visible 1,024 pixels. Such information is visible only after horizontal scrolling, and the minute amount of attention it attracts confirms the guideline to avoid horizontal scrolling.

Wed, 07/04/2010 - 09:47


20+ of The Best Designed Tourism Sites For Your Inspiration | Web ...

As we are gearing up for summer time and starting to plan vacations I wanted to take a look at an area that can help us in our travel plans and perhaps give us some great design ideas at the same time. Today lets take a look at 20+ of the best tourism sites from around the world whose one goal is to impress you, quickly give you the information you need and then get you to visit.

Mon, 29/03/2010 - 12:03


5 Top jQuery Chart Libraries for Interactive Charts | Graphic and Web ...

Nowadays the need for an easy way to add interactive charts becomes essential because we are shifting from pc applications
to web application. jQuery and other libraries allows to make accessible data visualization in (x)HTML, giving us this needed functionality.

In this article we are going to present 5 chart libraries that suit different needs from simple charts to high complex charts. Most of them are free for personal and commercial use.

Thu, 25/03/2010 - 12:40


The Opposite of Fitts' Law

If you've ever wrangled a user interface, you've probably heard of Fitts' Law. It's pretty simple -- the larger an item is, and the closer it is to your cursor, the easier it is to click on. Kevin Hale put together a great visual summary of Fitts' Law, so rather than over-explain it, I'll refer you there.

The short version of Fitts' law, to save you all that tedious reading, is this:

* Put commonly accessed UI elements on the edges of the screen. Because the cursor automatically stops at the edges, they will be easier to click on.
* Make clickable areas as large as you can. Larger targets are easier to click on.

Wed, 24/03/2010 - 14:14


jQuery Spritely | Spritely

jQuery.spritely is a jQuery plugin created by Artlogic for creating dynamic character and background animation in pure HTML and JavaScript. It's a simple, light-weight plugin with a few simple methods for creating animated sprites such as the birds you see on this page, and dynamic scrolling backgrounds.

Mon, 22/03/2010 - 11:05


Study: Ages of social network users | Royal Pingdom

How old is the average Twitter or Facebook user? What about all the other social network sites, like MySpace, LinkedIn, and so on? How is age distributed across the millions and millions of social network users out there?

To find out, we pulled together age statistics for 19 different social network sites, and crunched the numbers.

Thu, 18/03/2010 - 16:28


Designing Websites for Kids: Trends and Best Practices - Smashing Magazine

Websites designed for children have been largely overlooked in web design articles and design roundups, but there are many beautiful and interesting design elements and layouts presented on children’s websites that are worthy of discussion and analysis. There are also a number of best practices that are exclusive to web design for children’s sites — practices that should usually not be attempted on a typical website.

Thu, 18/03/2010 - 14:43


35 Super Crisp and Clean Free Fonts To Help Make Your Designs Great ...

The difference between a good design and a great design sometimes comes down to the fonts you are using. There are so many different styles, faces, themes and looks to choose from it is sometimes very hard to find just the right one. While there are countless wonderful and affordable fonts to buy, most of the time you can find equally great ones for free. More than ever some great typography designers and type foundries are sharing some of their beautiful designs with the public for free.

Wed, 17/03/2010 - 09:22


45 Awesome Colorful Logo Designs and Tutorials For Your Inspiration ...

There are those times when starting a new project that we ask “what colors do you want me to design with?”, and we get the answer we always thought we wanted to hear…there are no specific colors and we can use our imagination. The opportunities are endless, and that is sometimes a problem. With this perceived lack of limits it can sometimes be difficult to find focus and direction in our designs.

Where do we start? What colors work best? When developing a full color logo and we don’t know where to begin, we should look to be inspired by the best in order to keep the creativity flowing.

In this article, you’ll find 45 awesome colorful logos and tutorials to inspire you the next time you are going to design for yourself or a client.

Wed, 17/03/2010 - 09:19