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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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10 More News Organizations To Follow On Pinterest

If you’re ready to hop aboard the Pinterest bandwagon but don’t know where to start, looking to other news organizations can serve as a source of inspiration. We’ve already shared five ways journalists can use Pinterest, five organizations to follow and how The Wall Street Journal is using the new social pinboard. Here are five more organizations to follow — and possibly to mimic if you like their ideas.

1. ProPublica

Board worth noting: ProPublica’s Fracking Board is a visual way for readers to follow a topic extensively covered by the news organization.

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15 quotes to inspire journalists

It’s easy to find litanies of the things wrong with journalism today or the treatises of rumors and reasons it’s dying. This isn’t one of those lists. Instead, here’s a collection of quotes to inspire journalists and pay homage to those forging the future.

As you read these, feel free to replace newspaper with website and print with post, and so on. Think less about the specific word choice and more about the underlying truth.

“Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.”
– Horace Greeley

“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.”
– Arthur Miller

“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
– Henry Anatole Grunwald

“Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.”
– Garrison Keillor

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
– Voltaire

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”
– Tom Stoppard

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ”
– Jef Mallett

“The less you know, the more you believe.”

– Bono

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”
– Christopher Morley

“Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.”
– David Sedaris

“News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising. The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don’t print matter a lot.”

– Katharine Graham

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.”

– Henry Luce

“The future does not fit in the containers of the past.”
– Rishad Tobaccowala

“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
– Eric Hoffer

The last two are my personal favorites when it comes to the intersection of journalism and technology. What are your favorites? Share them in the comments.

Five free tools for finding design inspiration

Whether you’re working on a personal project or a package for your news organization, there will be times when you simply hit a wall and have a hard time moving forward design-wise. It happens to the best of us. When those moments inevitably occur, these are the websites I visit for finding inspiration in color schemes, design layouts, logos, CSS structure, and typography.

Design samples

Web Creme

Web Creme is a regularly-updated gallery of websites with rockin’ designs. There are hundreds of designs to peruse if you’re looking for inspiration in general site design, creative navigation or use of imagery and graphics. It’s also a one-stop shop for simultaneously finding color and typography inspiration. There’s nothing wrong with finding bits and pieces you like from each site and putting it together to make your own masterpiece with your own twist. Stand on the shoulders of giants, right?

Color schemes

If you’re looking for an individual color, a full palette or patterns, ColourLovers is the community to visit. With more than a million schemes to choose from, you can browse through categories like weddings, home, fashion or business. If you have an eye for colors, you can make an account and upload your own for the world to use. The ColourLovers blog features some of the best colors and patterns from the community.

Other great places to go for finding colors are Adobe’s Kuler which you can sync with your Photoshop preferences if you have CS4 or higher,  and Color Scheme Generator if you already have a good idea of the base colors you want to use.

Identity inspiration

Logo Pond

For me, the biggest roadblocks come when creating a logo for a website or a graphic, but we can’t skip out on these elements. They’re important for visual engagement. LogoPond has great identity inspiration from very talented designers who upload their comps to the site to be rated.

CSS Frameworks

HTML5 Boilerplate is a well-document framework for getting started with HTML5.  From Github, you can download a .zip file that includes images, CSS, javascript and all the other necessary files to get the site up and running. And if you have any questions, mosey on over to the documentation or forums to search for answers or ask.

If all you’re looking for is a basic CSS framework, the 1140-pixel grid system and 960-pixel grid system are excellent starting points. These layouts are based on percentage-width columns so that you don’t have to worry about applying classes and pixel widths to divs when creating a site. All you have to focus on is the content within and which column widths you want to use — and where.


Google Webfonts

Google has a nifty font API that allows you to use pretty fonts on your site without needing to purchase a license, replace fonts with images, or do any other annoying technique.  The API is limited to fonts within Google’s own directory, but the selection isn’t terrible, especially considering that it’s free.

Using the open-source API (a collaboration with TypeKit) is simple. Just define the replacement fonts in a stylesheet and use the WebFont Loader to call the Google API and ta-da — you’re on the path to overcoming your design roadblock and making your site a little prettier.