A few random tidbits from around the web this week:
- Feeling Random?
- Take pictures of people at SXSW. Lots of them. Upload them to Flickr. Wait. If the random person of the day happens to be in your photo, both you and they win an iPod nano. That’s it? That’s it. Brought to you by those fine folks at WestCiv.
- Veerle’s blog now 2.0
- Holy moly, that’s a hell of a redesign. Hats off!
- Layout Gala
- One common markup format, 40 different CSS layouts. Creating a new CSS-based site? Start here. Every time.
- Windows Live Local Virtual Earth Technology Preview Enoughsyllablesalready? Edition
- Not sure if I’ve said it on here before, but I really loved Microsoft’s response to Google Maps. Now this new one, despite being buggy and obviously not a final product of any sort, is just totally mind-blowing.
- The IE7 MIX 06 Release
Okay, this is a bit of a shocker. Look at the IE7b2TechPreview screenshots (the IE7 beta that came out last month, that is) vs. the upcoming IE7 beta release later this month. What the…? I mean, bloody fantastic, but how in the world did they go from the middle to the bottom in only a month?
Though Microsoft has obviously gotten a bit better at communicating with the developer community, I’m still waiting for any sort of public roadmap about what we can actually expect of the final release. Which, if the random sources on Google can predict properly, appears to be some time this summer. At least things are looking up.
I’ll be plunging head-first into Microsoft land later this month, and plan to live-blog as much as I can from the conference. I’ll tell you what I find out.
- Designing Against a Degrading Experience
I didn’t expect to be so Microsoft-heavy today. But anyway. Checking in with Jensen Harris’ Office UI blog once again, he’s posted a fascinating article about the longer-term cruft buildup Office users frequently struggle with, and how they’ve chosen to expressly design against that experience in the upcoming version.
This isn’t something web sites have to deal with yet, but when feature creep and user customization start becoming issues, this will be one to refer back to.
- I Know HTML
- The greatest T-shirt ever for a web designer of the male persuasion.