A Tale Of Two Design Philosophies: Consistency Vs Wow

This morning I read an interesting article courtesy of the New York Times comparing the approaches of Google and Yahoo when it comes to releasing new applications. Yahoo’s approach has been to maintain consistency across it’s various products where Google has usually gone after the ‘wow’ factor when releasing something new. Most of us aren’t Google or Yahoo though, and the two philosophies has gotten me thinking about designs in our own smaller sites, particularly this site, and if either approach is better than the other.

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Fixed Or Liquid Design

One of the first choices you’ll invariably make when it comes to designing your website is whether to use a fixed or liquid layout. Both design options have their pros and cons along with their supporters and detractors. Neither is automatically a better option and the nature of the site and the goals of the site should probably be the determining factor in the fixed vs. liquid design decision.

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Firefox Extensions For Web Developers

One of the main benefits of the Firefox web browser is the active development community that continues to allow new features to be added through extensions. You can find extensions to Firefox that help with many aspects of your web browsing experience. Extensions though can turn Firefox into something more than a simple or enhanced web browser. Web developers can find many that will increase productivity and help get projects done quicker.

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Content Is King

Earlier today I came across a table on the ZDNet blog listing the top 10 visited sites for the month of February, 2006. None of the sites on the list will shock you at all. They’re some of the major players on the web and if I asked you to make your own top site list before seeing this one you’d probably include 7 or 8 of them on your list.

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Usability And Convention

It seems my latest post on usability was well timed. Ok usability isn’t exactly new, but earlier in the same day Jakob Nielsen released his latest Alertbox column on avoiding within-page links. I think some his rationale emphasizes points I made in that post and figured the topic was worth a revisit.

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