User Experience expert Dave Hogue joins the Authored Content crew to talk UX Ethics and black patterns. Also discussed: Google and Apple connected watches, Drawscript for Illustrator and the mothballing of the Web Standards Project.
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Justin Seeley joins the Authored Content crew to talk about the death of Google Reader and Adobe BrowserLabs, Adobe dropping boxed copies of their software, icon fonts, and Ray’s list of various useful tools. As a bonus you get to see James’ back yard complete with a princess castle!
We are graduating members of the class of We Made It
Sometimes amazing things bubble up from the murky depths of the web to provide us with perspective. Whether you are or were a victim of bullying, you stood by while others were bullied, or you were a bully yourself, grant yourself the time to watch this piece of internet art.
Where does inspiration come from? And how do you find it? Whether you are working in a creative capacity or not, inspiration is what drives innovation. In episode 4 of Authored Content lynda.com senior staff author Simon Allardice joins James Williamson, Ray Villalobos, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen to talk about where inspiration is found and what to do when inspiration doesn’t want to be found. Get tips, tricks, reading suggestions, and most importantly some perspective on what inspiration is and how failing over and over again is the only way to create something truly unique.
A lot of books and other materials were referenced throughout the episode. Here is the complete list:
Deciding to become a freelancer can be the best or the worst decision you make in your professional career. There are great benefits and horrible pitfalls. In episode 3 of Authored Content new lynda.com staff author Jess Stratton joins regulars James Williamson, Ray Villalobos, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen to talk about the many issues surrounding freelancing and freelancers and how to avoid them. Topics covered include what to charge for services, how do deal with difficult clients, avoiding scope creep, and valuing your own time.
In episode 2 of the Authored Content video series lynda.com authors James Williamson, Ray Villalobos, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen discuss how they started out in the web industry and where someone just starting out should … start out. Want to become a web designer or web developer but find yourself confused about how to begin and what to focus on first? Watch the episode and let James, Ray, and Morten’s widely different backgrounds and ideas help you navigate. Topics covered include education, learning paths, school vs. on-the-job training and other elements. And as a bonus you get to see Morten eat an apple.
In collaboration with fellow lynda.com authors James Williamson and Ray Villalobos I have started a new weekly video web series called Authored Content. In the video series James, Ray, myself, and invited guests discuss web development and design and anything related to these topics. The series is recorded using Google+ Hangouts and is made available live during recording and on YouTube for posterity. The goal of the series is to provide a more direct channel for viewers to interact with us and discuss the topics. And who knows, in time we might open our hangouts to the public!
To further the discussion we have created a Google+ Community for Authored Content and we are also working on a Facebook Page. Join the discussion and let us know what you want us to talk about and any topics you’d like to see covered in more detail either in Authored Content or in future lynda.com courses.
In episode 1 we discussed the tools we use for web development and what they have to offer. Below is an incomplete list of the tools mentioned along with links.
Version 3.5 of WordPress is just around the corner (slated to be released the first week of December) and with it comes a much anticipated and needed overhaul to the Media Manager. Gone is the non-button Upload/Insert button, replaced with a proper Add Media button that is clearly a button. And once you click it you are met with a new and very different experience.
When I say the Media Manager has been overhauled I mean it. The interface has a new look and behaviours have been moved around and simplified. When you add new images you see the new images as well as existing images and assets in your site right away. This will likely hopefully result in less double/tripple/quadruple uploads of the same image and it also provides a much better user experience than the old method. The images are displayed in a gallery rather than in a list allowing for more thumbnails without scrolling, and images for insertion are selected by simply clicking on them.
With the new Media Manager comes a new and improved caption feature which allows full HTML captions. In other words you can finally use a caption to link to the original source of your images, something that is sure to please all the unattributed photographers out there.
Creating image galleries has also changed completely. Whereas before you had to restrict your galleries to the images that were associated with the current post (unless you wanted to use the unfriendly shortcode) you can now select any image uploaded to your site and add it to your gallery. That seemingly small change will solve a problem many a plugin has been built to address and makes WordPress a more powerful and useful tool for artists, photographers, and trigger happy photo lovers alike.
Of course the Media Manager isn’t the only major change in WordPress 3.5. The new version has a slew of back end updates that will make developers happy and also brings some more obvious changes including:
New default theme Twenty Twelve
Removal of the Links post type (not that anyone would notice)
New hi-rez graphics to support high resolution displays like Apple’s Retina display and the new displays on Android devices
A new and improved colour picker to make theme customization even easier
A more streamlined and less cluttered welcome page for when you first start using the application