Websites for Finding Design and Programming Jobs

[originally published 31 January 2012 08:00] From (which bills itself as The Curious Side of Smashing Magazine) comes Help Wanted: Websites for Finding Design and Programming Jobs The post lists 18 sites for finding Web design work, including both traditional job boards and freelance referral sites. Curiously, however, the post doesn’t list Stack Overflow Careers, the […]

Blacking out your WordPress blog to protest SOPA / PIPA

If you blog, you’re probably aware that January 18, 2012 has been chosen by many websites as a day of protest against the draconian Stop Online Protection Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, respectively. Sites that are planning to participate in the protest […]

Google launches Android Design site

A week ago, I wrote about the launch of Google Android Training, Google’s effort to increase the number of Android developers. Now, Google has followed up by launching Android Design, “your place for learning how to design exceptional Android apps.” Looking at the Creative Vision link, I believe Android Design is focused on introducing existing […]

Free WordPress themes from

[originally published 7 January 2012 13:16] Smashing Magazine shared a link to the Grid Portfolio theme by on Smashing’s Facebook page. However, the Grid Portfolio theme is just one of several elegant free WordPress themes on’s site. All the themes are designed to showcase visual work, but the demos are configured to show different […]

Website Magazine – Inspiration – 5 Destinations for Designers

[originally published 6 January 2012 20:51] A few months ago, I ran across a short post on Website Magazine on Inspiration: 5 Destinations for Designers  The five destinations are: Forrst Dribbble DesignInspiration Layer Tennis Tumblr / Quora / Twitter Of the seven sites listed above, I found Layer Tennis the most fun. What is Layer Tennis? […]

Programming Windows Phone 7 – free ebook download from Microsoft

When I installed Microsoft’s Visual Web Developer Express Edition last year, I was surprised to find that the available downloads included a package for writing Windows Phone 7 apps. Surprised, because I was not aware that any Windows Phone 7 devices were actually on the market. Now it’s 2012, I own a Windows Phone, and […]

Android Market Hits 400,000 Apps – Google Launches Android Training

Google’s Android Market hit 400,000 apps last weekend. Do you believe Google thinks that’s enough apps? If so, think again. In fact, Google has just announced a program to increase the number of Android developers – and it’s free. Google Android Training is an online training program. Currently, there are 34 lessons in 11 sections. […]

Smashing Magazine – Stop Designing Pages And Start Designing Flows

[originally published 4 January 2012 16:09] Many years ago, I read and was inspired by Seth Godin’s book on user flow design, The Big Red Fez. Seth never used the term “user flow” if I remember correctly. But The Big Red Fez was all about the desirability of articulating the goal of one’s website, then designing […]

CodeAcademy and Code Year – Learn to Code in 2012

From CodeAcademy (via TechCrunch and LinkedIn) comes Code Year. Sign up (with a valid email address) on the Code Year site, and you’ll get a new programming lesson in your inbox every week. From the TechCrunch story: Codecademy co-founder Zach Sims tells me that the courses will be a mix of everything so people have “well-rounded basics,” […]

The Obliteration Room and ThisIsColossal art and design blog

[originally published 2 January 2012 23:21] This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a […]