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Five Points Of Inspiration From Engadget’s Responsive Redesign

We all hailed The Boston Globe when it launched its responsive site last year, and Engadet — one of the oldest and largest technology blogs – recently launched a similar redesign. Here are a few points where newspapers and other media can draw inspiration as they move increasingly to responsively designed websites.

1. Display section header as you scroll

This is something I haven’t seen in this style before. For the more extensive, long form articles on Engadget that are broken up by section headers, the title of the header remains at the top of the window as you scroll through. This visual indicator helps those of us with short attention spans to keep track of where we are in a story and remember the the theme for that section. It also helps us feel like we’re being productive — recognition that we’re making progress as we read.

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WWDC 2012: The Liveblogs Recap

If you were on Twitter today, your feed was most likely overflowing with information from Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Known more commonly by its abbreviation, WWDC, the annual conference is Apple’s time to show off its new software and technology aimed at developers. Yet while the initial target audience may be developers, it has grown to anyone who is an Apple fan.

Any news outlet or blog worth its salt that writes about technology was covering WWDC. Since you can expect any number of write ups from these other sites on all the new features announced, I wanted to focus on how they covered the conference.

Like most people, I wasn’t able to make it to California to attend the conference so I had to rely on liveblogs for my information. It wasn’t hard to find one to watch — almost every tech site and blog I read had one. But they varied in some key ways: Mainly technique and if they were more photo or text-based.

Here’s a quick recap of my favorite liveblogs covering WWDC 2012. Read more

Ebony’s Bold, Vibrant Website Redesign

Ebony logo

If I could think of one word to describe the changes with Ebony in the last few years, it would be evolutionary.

In 2009, the magazine’s parent company Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was rumored to be on the verge of financial collapse. In 2010, JPC sold their historic Chicago headquarters, named Amy DuBois Barnett as editor-in-chief, launched an iPad app to celebrate their 65th anniversary, and hired former White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers as CEO of JPC. 2011 marked more big changes for Ebony, including releasing another iPad app, appointing Kierna Mayo as editorial director, digital, and tapping former ESQUIRE art director Darhil Crooks to completely revamp the print magazine’s design from cover-to-cover. (Crooks is now Creative Director at Ebony.)

Now, Ebony has debuted their new website redesign which complements and strengthens the magazine’s visual theme while bringing the brand into the 21st century.

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Three New iPad Apps For The Media Enthusiast

Several companies unveiled new iPad apps this week, much to the delight of iPad-toting journalism geeks everywhere. Here are three new apps for e-reading enthusiasts to try out.

1. Facebook for iPad

It took a year and a half, but Facebook finally released an official iPad app, allowing tablet users an alternative to browser surfing or third party apps. The interface is sleek and simple, with all of the top clickable options neatly stacked in a lefthand sidebar. Like Facebook in a browser, the News Feed takes up the majority of the app, showing you live updates from your friends. As Fortune writes, “The new look isn’t very flashy, but it’s clean and works extremely well. Where the smartphone apps emphasize text for on-the-go consumption, the iPad app leverages the iPad’s larger screen and highlights photos and videos beautifully.”

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