some geeky links
The folks at Sessions.edu
have a newsletter for students, and the upcoming newsletter will have little ole me in the "faculty focus" section. It's just to advertise my courses
, which are part of the advanced web design
certificate track and are two of the four courses required for the web coding certificate
. Gah. Link much? Anyway, I had to come up with some links to resources that I particularly enjoy. You know how you know your favorite song right up until the moment someone asks you "hey, what's your favorite song?" and you forget everything you've ever known about music? Yeah. That's how I am when it comes to telling people what web sites I visit.
It also doesn't help matters that I'm not a "web designer" in the sense of colors and what not; my job as Technical Director of an interactive media company is to ensure that we are aware of current trends regarding the technical aspects of multimedia development, so we can best serve our clients when we put these technical aspects into play. Oh yeah, and I also make things go. No really, that's what it says on "the team
" page of our web site. I make things go. Mary makes things pretty. Shona keeps everything in order and us in line.
But I digress. Here's the list of links I gave them, which reflects some
(emphasis on "some") of my primary sources for relevant news and information regarding development techniques, issues, and trends. Some of you might be interested in some of these things.
- A List Apart
Articles for web developers, exploring design and development while utilizing techniques focused on advancing web standards. Everything from business to CSS to DOM to XML and then some.
- CSS Weblog
This blog tracks trends, bugs, tips and techniques related to CSS-based design.
- CSS Zen Garden
A showcase of CSS-based designs, for graphic artists and by graphic artists, with the intent of inpsiring more designers to embrace CSS and all it has to offer.
- Digital Web Magazine
Articles by and for web developers and info architects, with numerous topics in the meta-categories of "discover," "design," "build," and "evaluate."
- InformIT Articles
These articles are from the best of the best authors from the major computer and technology publishing houses. Topics range from business to hardware to software and beyond.
- Open Source Technology Group
The parent company (and thus the jumping-off point) for resources such as Slashdot, NewsForge, SourceForge.net, Animation Factory, and MediaBuilder.
- Patterns in Interaction Design
Here you can find mini case-studies of the design patterns used in granular aspects of web, GUI, and MobileUI design.
I use Technorati as my gateway to the "world live web," using the concept of folksonomy to find current discussions about timely subjects relevant to web design (and other things!).