As many businesses now supply products and information via their Web sites, Web
design has become a very hot area of IT. And very few people have all the
skills to meet the demand, particularly for those businesses moving into
Photoshop skills can create a visually attractive site, but there is more to a
successful site than the graphics. The information needs to be structured so
that it is easy to access, without getting lost in the process.
If it is an interactive site, it needs to meet the needs of browsers, searchers
and, sometimes, shoppers. If it doesn’t, the business loses potential revenue.
The solution is usually to call in a Web design consultant. Continue Reading “Website Design as a Career”
Past upheavals in countries including Iran and Burma have highlighted the difficulty of getting uncensored news into and out of countries with heavily controlled Internet access. But government researcher Sho Ho told a panel at the recent Defcon conference about research on a program that would make it extremely difficult for governments to block citizens from sending or receiving information.
Feed Over Email is essentially a proxy-less RSS feed that can be delivered through Web based mail programs like Gmail. If both the client and mail server can send and receive encrypted email, foreign governments will have trouble using deep packet filtering to block certain keywords.
While research is still beginning and Ho said that funding is still needed, this could be a huge breakthrough in providing email security to bloggers, reformers and average citizens in countries with restrictive or draconian personal privacy restrictions.
Their designers may think they’re masterpieces but many Web pages are actually as ugly as a bucketful of hammers.
A couple of times this year I have written about innovative Australian Web design companies. On each occasion I was deluged with emails from other Web designers. Now, I can’t write about everyone, but there are a lot of people doing some very good things with Web design. But there are a lot of people who aren’t. I surf the Web a fair bit, and I’m also in the middle of editing a book about e-commerce and the use of the Internet for business. It amazes me the number of lousy Web sites there are, many of them from large organisations capable of much better. Continue Reading “Sites for sore eyes demand a dose of simplicity”
The dot com crash doesn’t mean the end of Web design prospects, writes Natasha Skrivankova.
A few years ago, if you had even a slightly creative bent, and knew what HTML stood for, you were on the autobahn of Web design the cyber expressway to big bikkies and online cred. Continue Reading “Net profit”
YOU do not have to be a celebrity like Geri Halliwell or Britney Spears to have your own website: these days, it seems, almost everyone has one. Websites have become the modern-day calling card, not to mention the ultimate shop window, and it is not surprising that web designers are in huge demand. The good news is that you can learn how to do it yourself. Continue Reading “TRAINING – SPIN YOUR OWN WEB BY DESIGN”
It is not surprising that the Internet revolution is often likened to the Gold Rush. The stampede into Internet business has created a whole new industry made up of companies and individuals with wildly varying experience and backgrounds.
Web design is one of the most explosive areas of this new territory, and, as with other areas of Internet consultancy, it is not necessarily the design fraternity that is reaping the most rewards. Continue Reading “Web Design: Join The Gold Rush”