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Website Usability Testing: “We Are Not Our Users”

In a recent interview, Chris Butler talks about why usability testing is important to a website’s success—how it supports design decision-making, and how testing leads to an improved user experience. You can hear Chris speak on the topic live in his upcoming design tutorial, How Simple Usability Testing Benefits Your Web Design, on Thursday,...

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HOW Interactive Design Conference Rocks DC

Editor’s note: You may have missed this recap from the recent HOW Interactive Design Conference in Washington, DC.  In late September, hundreds of designers from all over the country made the pilgrimage to our nation’s capital for the second annual HOW Interactive Design Conference (HIDC). Because the 2011 event was so popular, this year...

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How to Switch Servers for Your WordPress Install

With any widely used platform, there are going to be issues everyone struggles with. In this live design tutorial on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT), WordPress expert Jesse Friedman will tackle four of the biggest problems people face using WordPress. We asked him to give us a sneak peek...

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Learn JavaScript and JQuery

Have you ever seen something on a website that made you go, “Now that’s cool.” Chances are that functionality was powered by JavaScript or jQuery—two core web languages that bring a lot of the complex visuals we see online, to life. Before you discount this kind of design as “out of your league,” consider...

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Start Learning Web Design Online

If you’re a designer looking to start learning web design, HOW Design University has the perfect course for beginners starting Monday, April 30. The four-week online course Principles of Web Design lays the foundation for your web design career. You’ll learn about the technological basis of a website, design skills that transfer from print to...

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Web Design for Beginners: Working on the Web Recap

Patrick McNeil wrapped up his Web Design for Beginners series of DesignCasts today with a session focusing on the benefits of learning to code, and how to build good relationships with a development team. More and more, designers are expected to have basic coding knowledge. If you know how your design will come to...

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How to Use WordPress as a Website

WordPress is a robust, user-friendly content management system that powers more than 70 million websites. More than a fifth of all new websites created this year will be powered by WordPress—and it already powers more than 14% of the top 1 million websites. You can build everything from a simple blog to a Fortune...

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Learn Information Architecture with Brian Miller @bmdg

What is information architecture? Brian Miller, author of Above the Fold, explains it this way: “It’s easy to begin designing from an aesthetic point of view, but what information architecture does is force us to think about and plan for the user.” It’s not just sketching out boxes and containers. Information architecture is the blueprint for a...