The first chapter of HTML5 For Web Designers, originally published in issue 305 of A List Apart.
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Freud popularised the term, “The Narcissism of Minor Differences”, to describe how adjacent villages—identical for all practical purposes—would struggle to amplify their tiniest distinctions in order to justify how much they despised one other. So you have to guess how much he would have enjoyed design mailing lists. And, Perl.
Truth is, to the untrained (un-washed, un-nuanced, un-Paul-Rand’d, and un-Helvetica’d) outsider, discourse in the design community can sometimes look a lot like a cluster of tightly-wound Freudian villages.
So, how is the role of design perceived by the people who are using the stuff you make? What role (if any) should users expect in the process of how their world is made and remade? What contexts might be useful in helping us turn all of our obsessions into useful and beautiful work?
Can an Aeron chair ever be truly ‘Black’? Will there ever be a way to get Marketing people to stop calling typefaces ‘fonts’? And, when, at last, will the international community finally speak as one regarding the overuse of Mistral and stock photos of foreshortened Asian women?
By leveraging his uniquely unqualified understanding of design, Merlin will propose some promising patterns for fording the gap between end-users and the unhappy-looking people in costly European eyeglasses who are designing their world.
Is there hope? Come to Brighton, pull up a flawlessly-executed mid-century-Modern seating affordance, and we’ll see what we can figure out together. One village to another.
Merlin Mann is best known as the creator of 43folders.com, a popular American website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.
Have you ever had a spontaneous creative triumph, perfectly in sync with your team?
A passionate believer in improvisation as a design skill, Hannah’s session will talk about the importance of this technique in her own design process and what lessons can be borrowed from improvised music.
From the jazz masters to the humble basement band practice, musical concepts such as timing, structure, rolls and expression have many lessons for designers creating an off-the-cuff interface.
Hannah will explore how the methods of music translate for a design/development team, as well as sharing personal stories and techniques for those times when you need a bit of a jam session.
Originally from Canada’s icy north, Hannah Donovan is creative director at Last.fm, where she’s worked for the last four years. Before moving to London, she designed websites for Canada’s largest youth-focused agency, working on brands such as Hershey, Heineken and Bic. Hannah also plays the cello with an orchestra and draws monsters.
Shaun Inman is the creator of Mint, Fever, IFR, and Mimeo and the Kleptopus King, a brand new game for the iPhone.
Dan and Shaun discuss the creative process, transitioning from a designer to developer to game maker, music, inspiration, building community, and more.
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"Dan Benjamin interviews Ryan Carson, the co-founder and voice of Carsonified, organizer of events like Chirp: The Twitter Developer Conference, Future of Web Apps, Future of Web Design, the Carson workshops, and creating web applications like MATT and DropSend.
They discuss how he works, his inspiration, how he’s built such a strong personal brand, the Carsonified 4-day work week and unique offices, and more.
You can learn more about Ryan, his work, and upcoming events (like FOWA Miami) at Carsonified."
Dan Benjamin interviews Jeffrey Zeldman, designer, founder of ALA. They discuss the evolution of the internet, the web, web standards, Happy Cog, A List Apart, An Event Apart, and something new: A Book Apart.