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Posts Tagged ‘Jeffrey Zeldman’

“Design Matters” Season Five Schedule Announced


Effervescent host (and quite the hostess as well) Debbie Millman has leaked the new season of “Design Matters” to UnBeige first, kicking off January 18 with our Man of the Year, Chip Kidd. Graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors, a Nobel Prize winner and many, many UnBeige favorites will be featured on the show, which, incidentally, was voted a “favorite podcast” on PSFK’s IF Marketing Podcast survey. Tune in every Friday at 3pm to hear these fine voices:

January 18: Chip Kidd
January 25: Eric Kandel
February 1: Kurt Andersen
February 8: Vaughan Oliver
February 15: Jonah Lehrer
February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
February 29: Stefan Bucher
March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
March 28: Abbott Miller
April 11: Robynne Raye
April 18: All Music Show with DJ and Designer Michael Hodgson
April 25: Lawrence Weiner

Full bios for each guest can be found below.

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Wear a Blue Hat For Web Standards On Monday, November 26


Don’t get panicked if you’re stuck in the elevator tomorrow with a bunch of people wearing blue ski hats; chances are they’re probably not going to jump you as soon as the doors close. No, it’s much more likely that you’re just surrounded by harmless and quite intelligent supporters of web standards, who are wearing blue beanies in a sign of solidarity. The origins of this seemingly thug-like tradition are rather simple: When a man named Jeffrey Zeldman wrote the book on this topic, he sported the blue beanie you see to your right on the cover of his book. While he calls it both silly and serious, he does agree it could help to spread the word:

If enough people do it on enough social networks, it might even raise web standards awareness in a small but positive way. (As opposed to, say, busting people for a validation error, which, surprisingly, doesn’t win you their love.)

There’s a Flickr pool where the web standards-aligned have begun uploading self-portraits, making themselves all the more recognizable to the nefarious Sloppy Code ‘N’ Tables Supporters who, incidentally, will be wearing red hats tomorrow to promote their cause. If you see any of them, run.

Unstuck Yourself, Already


Web guru Kelly Goto is putting together a process to help web designers get “unstuck,” both creatively and in their workflow. But since she couldn’t be here at SXSW to present it, Liz Danzico pinch hit for her at a star-studded panel including Kristian Bengtsson of FutureLab, Chris Messina of Citizen Agency, Luke Wroblewski (“Luke W”) of Yahoo!, and Jeffrey Zeldman, founder of Happy Cog.

The panel was interesting both in content and in format. The tips from the experts seemed to translate well into other mediums (seriously, an investment banker could still stand to learn a few things from Zeldman). After each panelist got a few minutes to chat about their unstuck ideas, audience-contributed questions each received one minute answers in the “lightning round.” Tons of issues got addressed this way. We jotted a few choice highlights.

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AIGA Launches New Zeldman-ified Site


Well, we knew this day would come–in fact, we were so prepared for this day to come that we spent a little extra time on the AIGA site the other day, saying goodbye to its sweet, stodgy interface. We don’t know how long ago that site had been around, but judging by the color palette, we’d guess 1973.

Today, it’s a whole new AIGA, after almost a year of collaboration with Happy Cog team leaders Jeffrey Zeldman and Jason Santa Maria, and tech support from Thirdwave. Executive Director Ric Grefe seems pleased:

“We are proud of the fact that has regularly exposed an audience 10 times our membership to the stories of design excellence and effectiveness, providing inspiration and education, and we are confident that the redesigned site will go even further toward meeting those ends.”

Our only wish is that a little “Tell us what you think” button would lead to a discussion about the new site. But maybe we’ll leave that up to one of the other sites that focuses on that kind of stuff. Ready? Check it out.

Update: More at Happy Cog and from Zeldman and Santa Maria.