Tomorrow Facebook is rolling out a redesigned layout for user profiles. You may access that new layout today by following these simple steps.
- Go to http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/
- Click the green button in the top right
The new layout is a bit cleaner. The new profiles focus on photos and the Wall.
I have no real gripes, except that profile information is a little cramped at the top of the page, but I don’t really care. That being said, I’m sure there will be 1,000 “bring back the older version of Facebook” groups by tomorrow evening.
They come up one at a time, so click the, “This isn’t enough, I need more fucking advice,” link to see more.
If you are a delicate fucking snowflake you can feel free to turn on “Family Fucking Friendly” mode in the top navigation (Or you can turn it on for the hell of it because it’s really quite funny).
I’m posting from my phone on a train, so that all for now.
Famed belligerent drug addict, and Cream/ Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker launched a new website that is boldly crass.
The design isn’t remotely noteworthy, but I’m very fond of the written content on the homepage.
“Am I to blame if people try… to emulate my life and die?”
No, but you don’t need to celebrate it.
“Official Website and Online Store of the World’s Greatest Drummer.”
Would you look at that, he even has a store.
What a jackass.
HTML5 lets interweb folk do some pretty cool stuff without the need for Adobe Flash.
Yesterday’s Google Doodle (Google’s name for alternate Google logos on their homepage) was a simple but nifty bit of HTML5.
Moving your mouse through the logo would scatter the bubbles.
It’s fun. Not hours of fun, but a solid 10 seconds of fun. Which is more fun that you ever need from a logo.
Regarding the Doodle, Google tweeted, “Boisterous doodle today. Maybe it’s excited about the week ahead…” So that could be interesting.
When I showed this at work, one of my coworkers was quick to point out that this Doogle is actually riffing on a larger HTML5 experiment conducted over a year ago by a web design company called 9elements.
The 9elements experiment is incredibly complex and very impressive. It’s well worth your time to see the caliber of animation that one can achieve using HTML5 (It takes some time to really get going).
The other day I posted The Oatmeal’s cartoon “How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell.”
In my post I described the cartoon as truthful, hilarious, and depressing. It turns out a lot of people agreed.
While only one comment was left, I received more messages on the cartoon than any post I have ever created (and the damn cartoon wasn’t even my idea).
Everyone said the same thing:
That cartoon is dead-on accurate.
People who work in design, development, site management, content creation, content strategy, and even people who work on the client side thought that the cartoon was profound, funny, and an accurate description of reality.
The people who contacted me about this live in places like New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, California, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.
The events described in this cartoon are a universal experience in web design.
I thought it was funny until I contemplated the implications.
Website quality is suffering from inexperienced decision makers.
Organizational politics, personal preferences, and out-dated models of work are the factors that take precedence when many websites are created, and they make for a poor, if not useless user experience.
Audience, usefulness, and efficiency should be the primary drivers, but they clearly aren’t… If they were, the cartoon wouldn’t be poignant or funny.
Input regarding the technical parts of your trade, and how you want to present your business is great.
However, when you are working with competent web designers, let them do their job. If you know think you how to design a website, don’t hire a web designer.
I could have sworn that I posted this ages ago, but it seems that I forgot.
This cartoon from The Oatmeal about the progression of a web design project with a bad client is dead-on.
The truth is both hilarious, and depressing.
(This is a snippet from the cartoon, click it to view the entire thing, in all of its glory)