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Job opening for a web designerMay 23 2006

I'm the Design Advisor for a new small company in NYC, and we're looking for a full-time web designer. I can't tell you a whole lot about the company here, but I can say it involves the web, contagious media, & weblogs and the people responsible are creative, reasonable, smart, level-headed and not at all "dot com".

What we're looking for is a generalist sort of web designer, someone who can develop the information architecture for an information-oriented web application, do visual mockups in Photoshop/Illustrator based on the IA, code the site up with valid XHTML/CSS, doesn't flee at the sight of a little Perl or PHP code, is familiar with weblogs, and knows some JavaScript. You don't need to be completely solid on all of that, but if you're not, you should be a quick on-the-job learner and just generally curious about the world and interested in learning how it all fits together.

I will provide ad hoc feedback and you'll be working closely with Jonah Peretti and a small team of smart folks onsite in NYC (most likely in Soho or Chinatown). This is a full-time salaried position, benefits are included, and you'll get equity in the company. The position is open immediately so if you're interested, send your resume/portfolio to jobs@buzzfeed.com with a subject line of "Web Designer position" (plain text resumes and links to online resumes/portfolios are greatly preferred to email attachments). We look forward to hearing from you.

Microsoft to retire pile-of-crap web design program FrontPage.Feb 17 2006

Microsoft to retire pile-of-crap web design program FrontPage.

CNN International redesigned their on-screen graphics. YouFeb 14 2006

CNN International redesigned their on-screen graphics. You can see the definite influence of lo-fi web design here...those screens look like a web site. I'd love to see these in action.

Update: A UK firm called Kemistry did the work.

Nifty "straight man" redesign of The Onion.Aug 31 2005

Nifty "straight man" redesign of The Onion. Khoi Vinh of Behavior explains how the design was realized. (via waxy)

New design for A List Apart, theAug 23 2005

New design for A List Apart, the venerable Web design site, done with XHTML/CSS (of course) and Ruby on Rails. (via waxy)

Salon profile of 37signals and "the nextAug 10 2005

Salon profile of 37signals and "the next web revolution". Also noted (for the first time in public, I think): Adaptive Path's secret web app is "a tool to help bloggers measure traffic and other stats on their site [and] will be out by the end of the year".

Andy Baio dug up this circa-1995 versionAug 02 2005

Andy Baio dug up this circa-1995 version of BobaWorld, one of my earliest favorite pages on the web. Boy, that square imagemap at the bottom of the page takes me back.

As a designer, who owns your portfolio?Jul 21 2005

As a designer, who owns your portfolio?. I've never had any problems with this, but I've heard some pretty bad stories about other people's troubles.

Creating styled checkboxes and radio buttons with CSS and JavaScriptJul 14 2005

Creating styled checkboxes and radio buttons with CSS and JavaScript.

How to style a restaurant menu with CSSJul 13 2005

How to style a restaurant menu with CSS.

Jeff Veen's The Art and Science ofJul 01 2005

Jeff Veen's The Art and Science of Web Design is 5 years old. To celebrate, he's made a proof of the entire book available for download.

Zeldman's observations about judging the May 1st RebootJun 24 2005

Zeldman's observations about judging the May 1st Reboot. Most of the entries lacked originality, had little content, and even less focus on the user. Sounds like many of the winners of interactive design annuals as well.

Coates redesigns plasticbag.org and is aApr 19 2005

Coates redesigns plasticbag.org and is a little hand-wringy about it, but it's good so he shouldn't worry too much about it.

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