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17 May. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Helping Your Clients Build an Effective Mobile Strategy

It can be a challenge convincing clients to add new strategies to their existing Web presence.

In a perfect world, a client would simply say, "You’re the expert. You know what’s best. Do whatever needs to be done to make it happen!" But, unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that.

Granted, we shouldn’t expect smart business managers to implement every new thing just because we tell them it’s a good idea. That wouldn’t ...

15 May. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

10 Excellent Online Payment Systems

In this article, we’ll be reviewing my top 10 online payment systems for accepting payments on the Web. While many of the companies on this list have been available to online merchants for years, many are also now getting into new areas of online payments such as social commerce and in-store online card reader systems.

A Quick Primer on Online Payment Systems

Before getting started, here are just a few things to know about online payment systems.

ACH payments are...

15 May. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Responsive Images and Web Standards at the Turning Point

Responsible responsive design demands responsive images—images whose dimensions and file size suit the viewport and bandwidth of the receiving device. As HTML provides no standard element to achieve this purpose, serving responsive images has meant using JavaScript trickery, and accepting that your solution will fail for some users.

13 May. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Ultra Sleek Accordion Slider: Free PSD Template

This exclusive freebie on Six Revisions, brought to you by www.bestpsdfreebies.com, is a design mockup of an accordion slider that can be used to display content. It comes in 3 variations. Each slider variation has a unique texture design with a hover effect on the 3rd slider tab. This freebie comes in 3 separate and neatly organized PSD files that allow for endless customizable options.

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Here are the 3 accordion sliders:

Slider 1

Slider 2

Slider...

11 May. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

5 Reasons Why Metaphors Can Improve the User Experience

There are many ways to experience the world around us. Especially offline, we can make use of our different senses to collect information, interpret our environment and make judgments.

On the Web, however, our senses are more limited. As designers, we need to present information carefully to make sure our users think, feel and do the right thing.

A great way to help your users understand abstract content, create a sense of familiarity, trigger emotions, draw attentio...

8 May. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Application Cache is a Douchebag

We’re better connected than we’ve ever been, but we’re not always connected. ApplicationCache lets users interact with their data even when they're offline, but with great power come great gotchas. For instance, files always come from the ApplicationCache, even when the user is online. Oh, and in certain circumstances, a browser won't know that that the online content has changed — causing the user to keep getting old content. And, oh yes, depending on how you cache your resources, non-cached resources may not load even when the user is online.

8 May. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Say No to Faux Bold

Browsers can do terrible things to type. If text is styled as bold or italic and the typeface family does not include a bold or italic font, browsers will compensate by trying to create bold and italic styles themselves. The results are an awkward mimicry of real type design, and can be especially atrocious with web fonts. Adobe’s Alan Stearns shares quick tips and techniques to ensure that your @font-face rules match the weight and styles of the fonts, and that you have a @font-face rule for every style your content uses.

24 Apr. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Content Modelling: A Master Skill

The content model is one of the most important content strategy tools at your disposal. It allows you to represent content in a way that translates the intention, stakeholder needs, and functional requirements from the user experience design into something that can be built by developers implementing a CMS. A good content model helps ensure that your content vision will become a reality. Lovinger explains how to craft a strong content model and use it to foster communication and align efforts between the UX design, editorial, and technical team members on your project.

24 Apr. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Tinker, Tailor, Content Strategist

What does content strategy mastery look like? As in any field, it comes down to having master skills and knowing when to apply them. While there are different styles of content strategy (from an editorial and messaging focus to a technical and structural focus), the master content strategist must work with content from all angles: messaging architecture and messaging platforms; content missions and content management. Above all, she must advocate for multiple constituents, including end users, business users, stakeholders, and the content vision itself.

10 Apr. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Getting Clients

Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, his new book from A Book Apart, released today, is packed with knowledge you can’t afford not to know. A List Apart is pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 2 of Design Is a Job.

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