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31 Jul. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Beyond Usability Testing

To be sure we’re designing the right experience for the right audience, there’s no substitute for research conducted with actual users. Like any research method, though, usability testing has its drawbacks. Most importantly, it isn’t cheap. Fortunately, there are other usability research methods at our disposal. The standouts, expert review and heuristic evaluation, are easy to add to a design and development process almost regardless of budget or resource concerns.

31 Jul. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Product Management for the Web

Whether we prototype, write, design, develop, or test as part of building the web, we’re creating something hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions of people will use. But how do we know that we’re creating the right enhancements for the web, at the right time, and for the right customers? Because our client or boss asked us to? And how do they know? Enter product management for the web—bridging the gap between leadership and customers on one side, and the user experience, content strategy, design, and development team on the other.

31 Jul. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Lessons Learned Building a SaaS with WordPress

WordPress has been dominating the content management system landscape for the past few years. WordPress is used by over 50 million sites; among them are ubiquitous web properties and companies like Mashable, TechCrunch and CNN[1].

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the lessons I learned while developing my latest startup, Restaurant Engine, a web design service for restaurants built on top of WordPress.

Introduction

WordPress had humbling beginnings: It ...

11 Jul. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Native App vs. Mobile Web App: A Quick Comparison

A light bulb goes off. You have the next great idea for a mobile app that you want to develop. It’ll change lives. It’ll make you millions. What’s the next step you need to take?

One of the things you’ll need to decide early on in your mobile application development process is how you’ll build and deploy your app. There are two main directions you can go: native app or mobile web app. In this article, we’ll talk about the differences between the ...

10 Jul. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

ALA Summer Reading Issue

Presenting the ALA Summer Reading Issue—our favorite articles from 355 issues of A List Apart. You can also read them all as an epub on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Readmill, or other e-book reader.

8 Jul. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Announcement: Winners of PageLines Developer Licenses

We recently hosted a giveaway of 10 PageLines Framework Developer licenses. With over 320 participants, this was one of our most successful giveaways. In this post, you’ll see the lucky Six Revisions readers who’ve won!

The Winners

Here are the 10 winners of PageLines Framework Developer licenses:

Joigie
Robert Sandström
Ruben Guzman
Karl Fitzgerald
Howie
Miles Fuentes
robyn rainwater
Cheryl
Verious Smith III
Santiago Persico

I’d like to congratul...

7 Jul. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Announcement: Winners of Depositphotos Subscriptions

We just hosted a giveaway for three 1-month subscriptions to Depositphotos, a premium site that provides high quality, royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vector images. In this post, we announce the three Six Revisions readers that have won themselves a subscription to Depositphotos.

The Winners

Here are the three winners of our Depositphotos giveaway:

Mark Kanninga
Prayag Verma
Andre

I’d like to personally congratulate our winners! The winners shou...

5 Jul. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Improvising in the Boardroom

Stop over-preparing for client pitch meetings. Approach them the way musicians approach improvisation: open your ears and listen. Matt Griffin tells how to forget the slideshows, be genuine—the person that you are every day in your job—and win the clients you should win.

26 Jun. 2012 Posted by Six Revisions in External

Giveaway: 10 Licenses to PageLines Framework for WordPress

This giveaway’s a big one: We’re giving out 10 Developer licenses to the PageLines Framework 2.2, a web development/web design drag-and-drop platform for creating WordPress-powered websites easier, better and quicker. A Developer license is worth $397. Read on to see how you can be one of our 10 lucky winners!

About the PageLines Framework

PageLines Framework makes WordPress design and development easier for new and pro users alike.

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26 Jun. 2012 Posted by A List Apart in External

Agreements = Expectations

Every client/vendor relationship is based on a set of expectations, whether they’re stated or not. A lot can go unsaid or unspecified for any project, large and small. Not being specific can lead to disagreements, quarrels, and high blood pressure. But, it doesn't have to be this way. Greg Hoy says that while due diligence is important, being vague is a must. Yes, you read that right.

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