Design Commandments

June 12, 2009


Dieter Rams, an industrial designer for Braun, is well known in the design world for his ten commandments of good design:

  • Innovative
  • Useful
  • Aesthetic
  • Self-explanatory
  • Unobtrusive
  • Honest
  • Durable
  • Thorough
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • As little design as possible

Tor Løvskogen Bollingmo takes it one step further with his Design Commandments.

Built on Ram’s 10 Commandments, the site provides some useful links to help you apply the principles to website and application design.

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I took the 2008 survey

Are you a webmaster, web designer, or information architect?  Do you make a website? If you do, A List Apart wants you!

The 2nd annual Survey For People Who Make Websites is aimed at anyone involved in making websites. The survey seeks to gain a better understanding of the jobs, salaries and demographics for those of us that work the web.

Thanks to Rob at LibTech Life for bringing this one to my attention.

Charlene at Essential Keystrokes points to some handy cheat sheets from Added Bytes. My favourites are: HTML, HTML Character Entities, and RGB Hex Colour Chart.

If you are a World of Warcraft fan, you’ll want to check out the WOW cheat sheet.

Thanks for the links, Charlene!

Looking for some hints and tips to make your website one people want to use and reuse? Computers in Libraries lists 20 Fast and Easy Website Tuneups to keep readers coming back to your site.

Tips include:

-ensure your copyright statement is current and up-to-date
-avoid using “click here” and substitute it with actual links and actions
-try to learn more about your readers with a short survey
-clean-up your HTML by using the W3C Markup Validation Service.

My favourite on the list is tip #20 — “make your site social media friendly by placing ‘Add to del.icio.us (or Digg, or Furl, or …)’ links” to your site.

the webby awards

April 11, 2008

Nominees for The 12 Annual Webby Awards were announced recently. The Webby Award nominees represent websites that are beautiful to look at, innovative and cutting-edge.

Awards are given out in over 70 categories including: art, associations, best use of photography, fashion, music, government, health, and, radio.

You can vote for your favourites until May 1st.

Search Engine Journal provides a great list of the 50 questions to evaluate the quality of your website. If you are looking to revamp or refresh your website, this is a good starting point.

Questions cover the following areas:

  • accessibility
  • navigation
  • design
  • content
  • security
  • technical considerations
  • marketing considerations
  • legal stuff, re-assurance, legitimization


The Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario (OALT/ABO) has revamped their website. I am pleased to have served as a member of the Web Committee over the last two years.

Please send your feedback to the Web Committee at info@oaltabo.on.ca.