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Excellent free eBook on web design from Smashing Magazine

8 Sep

I’ve just had a quick flick through it, but there are lots of great articles on usability, typography, etc.

This Smashing eBook contains best ― most useful, most interesting or most inspiring ― articles about Web design and development that have been published on Smashing Magazine over the last five years.

Get it for your iPad, iPhone and iDon’tCareWhatElse here…


Do you see what I see? – BBC Horizon

9 Aug

This is a relevant article on the BBC about our perception of colour. There was also an episode last night on BBC 2 about it, but I missed it. You can watch it here on iPlayer though. Although it’s quite obvious that each of us will see colours differently as a result of many colluding factors including the distribution of cone photoreceptors on our retina plus signal processing in the visual cortex, it’s worth considering that combined with different monitors, printers and related colour profiles that we have yet another layer of complexity in dealing with colour and how we present it to users. There is also a slightly more technical piece about perception of colour when multiple wavelengths are present here.

The grey tiles on the left look blue, and the grey tiles on the right look yellow

Contrast Rebellion

29 Jul

Nice site showing examples of what and what not to do when creating web pages, particularly those with plenty of text with respect to readability.

An example with bad contrast....

An example with good contrast...

Visualisation in the age of computerisation | 25-26 March 2011, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

12 Feb

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) is organising a two-day conference on 25-26 March 2011 at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with support from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Oxford e-Social Science project.

When:      25-26 March 2011
Where:    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Cost:         Free register here
Details:   Conference programme

Some UI tips – tables and colours

1 Feb

HTML tables

It’s interesting how many HTML tables there are on bioinformatics websites. It’s equally interesting (in a way) to see how bad they can look. I can literally count in one hand the number of times I’ve actually seen a nice looking table. So…I was very happy to stop by this post on designing HTML tables.

Have a gander, I found the post to be fairly well written and puts into action a lot of design concepts.


The next post I wanted to bring attention to focuses on color wheels. The post is entitled Color wheels are wrong? How color vision actually works.

The post actually brings up some really great points Bang Wong made on his visit to the campus last year. He also has a recent publication in Nature Methods regarding the use of colour.

I hope you find this all interesting and useful!

Share your ideas about a website using Bounce

18 Jan

Another really cool app from the same company who produce the ClueApp.

Get feedback about the most prominent features of your web page

18 Jan

This app is really cool. Click on the image to set up your own test on ClueApp.


19 Dec

Some of you may have heard about the Processing environment which has been developed by Ben Fry. Processing itself is in essence an abstraction on Java for development of visualisations. Since it’s in Java, it is often not deemed suitable for web use since Applets are perceived to be ‘clunky’. In light of this, a sister project to has arisen called Processing.js: a Javascript library for processing. It looks really cool!

How C.R.A.P is Your Site Design?

15 Dec

Don’t worry, C.R.A.P. stands for Contrast Repetition Alignment Proximity. This is a well written article discussing a principle taught in design schools with respect to website design.

I hope you all find it useful!

Journalism in the Age of Data

19 Oct

A really long but interesting video showing some of the key players in data visualisation at the New York Times for example. I’d recommend watching it!

Journalism in the Age of Data from Geoff McGhee on Vimeo.


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