- Published: November 24, 2012 November 24, 2012
UPDATE ON AUG. 25, 2013:
Since I originally wrote this blog post, the term "responsive design" has taken a firm hold across publishing channels, thankfully replacing the outdated phrase, "mobile development."
In my last post I wrote about how we need to ditch the web dev phrase "mobile development." That's because that phrase doesn't get to the true meaning of the term. It's not just about designing for mobile, it's about device detection.
Web dev needs to be built to detect what type of device is looking at it, and then feed out the best layout. That's because there will always be another phase, another transition in computing. Smartphones are just another phase, so there's no reason to tie a conceptual phrase to it.
Along those transitional lines, the next possible battlefield is enhanced optics, or glasses. Google Glass is already out for developers to play with. And apparently Microsoft has now filed a patent headed in the same direction. In that article at BI, the writer makes a good point that computers keep getting closer to the face:
"First they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they're in our palms. Next they'll be on our faces.... (Eventually they'll be in our brains.)"
- Published: October 21, 2012 October 21, 2012
By now the push to mobile design is in full swing. The open source CMS, Joomla!, has announced that their upcoming 3.0 version will be mobile-ready, meaning no need for average users to find mobile plug-ins. Sorry, Mobile Joomla. (However in fairness to Mobile Joomla, they're super smart and their product will most likely remain superior).
However I think it's time to change our terminology. We keep referring to this transition as Mobile, which is fine for now. But the term we should be using is Device Detection. The future isn't about mobile; it's about detecting what device someone is using and feeding them the best layout & presentation.
Why does this wording make a difference? Well, think of what's to come: people accessing websites via larger & larger screens (think flat-screen TVs), or perhaps electronic paper, or whatever the next phase will be. And we all know, there will always be a next phase. So why call our design job something that is, in the end, just a phase?
- Published: October 02, 2012 October 02, 2012
Saber-rattling shook the ad world today as dozens of huge advertisers released an open letter to Microsoft and its plans for its upcoming IE10 browser. What does this have to do with things we love and hate?
Well, one thing consumers hate is the idea of getting tracked while web surfing. This is when web advertisers know, for example, that you look at new glasses on one corner of the Internet, and then lo and behold, perhaps some time later, you're shown advertising for new spiffy glasses on a different corner of the Internet.
And these are the corners of Love Street and Hate Street on the Internet. Web advertisers love this idea, as they well should. It gets the right ads fed at the right time and ushers in that fun, entertaining ad-filled future we've been longing for. Well, perhaps not all of us on that last part...
So here's more on that open letter to Microsoft. Turns out Microsoft wants to ship its upcoming IE10 browser with a "Do Not Track" feature turned on. And thus then did the saber-rattling begin...
- Published: July 16, 2012 July 16, 2012
In its search for its next revenue source, speculation is that Facebook is eyeballing the Google AdSense approach. Quickly coined "FaceSense" by perhaps its dubious source (i.e. perhaps a banker looking to pump up FB shares), the gist is that Facebook could expand into selling its ads on the third party website market, much as AdSense does.
Right now Facebook only runs its ads on its own platform. But in this graph derived from a cleaned up whiteboard, it shows that they could benefit from launching their own exchange, funneling ads to other websites.
- Published: June 06, 2012 June 06, 2012
Interesting article today on TechCrunch about the Power of Torso TV. Most people have gotten familiar with the term "the Long Tail." Writer Mark Suster takes a look at the potential for a "bulge" (aka the torso) between the forefront of media consumption and the long tail that everyone has gotten familiar with (okay, not everyone. I should ask my family what the long tail is. And record it. That would be fun).
With the digital media marketplace in constant flux, it's nice to see another proposed model floating out there for what's happening.