Associated Press opening their archives

July 23, 2015

Associated Press announced that they will make their video archive public and will upload more than 550’000 historical video clips to YouTube.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941,Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

This is great. Tons of historical video material right at our fingertips.

YouTube Channel – AP Archive

Baymard Institute – E-Commerce Usability Research

July 23, 2015

Baymard conducts original large-scale research studies on e-commerce usability.

The research is published in articles, reports, and benchmark databases. Topics include e-commerce search, homepage and navigation design, the checkout process, and mobile sites.

If you are looking for extensive research on E-Commerce Usability, look no further. The full guidelines are priced at $150 each but there’s also a lot of articles for free.

Baymard Institute

Web Design: The First 100 years

July 22, 2015

So the world of the near future is one of power constrained devices in a bandwidth-constrained environment. It’s very different from the recent past, where hardware performance went up like clockwork, with more storage and faster CPUs every year.

And as designers, you should be jumping up and down with relief, because hard constraints are the midwife to good design. The past couple of decades have left us with what I call an exponential hangover.

(Maciej Cegłowski)

Web Design: The First 100 Years

Logitech changes name to logi

July 21, 2015


In case you missed it: A few weeks ago, swiss company Logitech revealed a new logo as well as a change of their name to logi. I do like the new logo and the explanation for the name change makes perfect sense to me:

“If we look out five or ten years, it’s going to seem odd for a company to call itself “something-tech,” says CEO Bracken Darrell. “There will be tech in your clothing, in your shoes, in your tires. To be Logitech at that point will seem awfully 1980s.”

Also, it reminds of that other company which cropped “…Computers” off it’s name in 2007.

Wired – New Logitech logo: ‘Hey, We Don’t Just Make Mice Anymore’


July 20, 2015

Handpicked code snippets you can use in your web projects. Find web design inspiration with code samples.

A nice collection of Tutorials and Code Snippets from all around the web.

Automattic VS DIYThemes

July 16, 2015

Apparently, Automattic just won a legal case against Chris Pearson from DIYThemes regarding I’m not a lawyer and thus wont comment on the legal side of it (if you need a proper legal analysis, here you go), but this whole thing seems a bit strange to mee.

To cut a long story short, here’s what appears to have happened:

1. Some third-party held the domain name

2. This third-party approached both Automattic and DIYThemes to sell the domain to them

3. Automattic outbid DIYThemes and bought the domain for $100k

4. Pearson of DIYThemes filed a request with ICANN to get the domain name transferred back to him, as he was/is the owner of the trademark for Thesis

5. Automattic won and in the process of this, the whole Thesis trademark got questioned and Pearson now has to fear loosing it altogether in a case still open

Whether this all is legally correct (which I suppose it is), whether the trademarks from Pearson were valid or not, whether he was or is a jerk and refused to properly comply to the GPL: All of this doesn’t explain why Automattic buys a “cool generic domain name” for $100k which has absolutely nothing to do with any of their own trademarks or brands but is solely and directly attacking the business of someone else.

I struggle to find an explanation other than personal vendetta and from the comments on other posts I’m not alone with this. Looking forward to a statement from Matt on the topic, which presumably won’t happen until the trademark case is closed, though.

If you ask me, there’s only one winner in this whole battle and that’s the “third-party” who sold a domain for 100k. Everyone else involved would have been better of without all this.

WPTavern – Chris Pearson Loses Cybersquatting Case Against Automattic