The Social Web
How’s that for an ambitious headline? Seriously though, here are a few ideas that I’ve found to be useful over the years, by way of framing what this process we call “web design” is really about. Then there’s the really useful stuff: resources for learning more about html, css, design, content, ux, and more!
First, a few guiding principles:
- Focus on a purpose.
The first thing to do when starting to build any new web site is to ask questions. This question in particular: “What purpose does this serve?” Once you have a succinct and well-thought-out reason why this new (or redesigned) site needs to exist, write it down, commit it to memory, make it your mantra. It’ll help you stay on track later on. Continue reading: Everything you could ever possibly want to know about building web sites
From this morning’s “Media Bistro” enewsletter:
One In Five U.S. Adults Does Not Use The Internet (TechCrunch)
Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-’90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80 percent. The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. (FishbowlLA) Of that one in five, half don’t go online because “they don’t think the Internet is relevant to them.” That equals 30 million Americans who don’t think that newfangled Internetz is worth all the hubbub.
Presented by Dave Olsen (@dmolsen) developer/project manager at WVU as part of the 2012 .eduGuru Summit. Dave knows a ton about the intersection between higher ed, mobile web, and social, and we even use some of his open source code here at CC, the Mobile Web OSP. From the description:
“Social media and mobile devices have combined to help create the always-with-us, always-on, always-connected campus. Not just student-to-student but, importantly, institution/faculty/staff-to-student as well as staff-to-staff. We need to look beyond the silo-ed, one-way web sites of the past towards more personal, two-way applications that take advantage of this sea change on campus.”
Continue reading: An .eduGuru Summit session report: The Future Friendly Campus