At the speakers dinner at WordCampNYC this past fall I had the pleasure of dining with William Davis, a young journalist/technologist who is the online editor of the Bangor Daily News. He was telling me about the BDN's use of WordPress. Well now he has consolidated the whole paper into WordPress and developed a really innovative workflow combining Google Docs, WordPress, and InDesign for the print version. This site has a ...
At the Inside Search presentation yesterday Google unveiled it's new search by image feature. There have been other tools created that do similar things to this feature but never on the scale or with the scope that Google has undertaken.
This article on Poynter lays out some good points on how CMS' are changing. My main takeaway, and something we try to do with Pressible, is to keep the systems flexible so that other tools and systems can be easily tied into it. Worth the read.
HTML5 and the related technologies are upon us but it is still not that easy to get a HTML5 project off the ground. This is mainly due to a lack of implementation of the as yet unfinished standard by all browsers. There are plenty of things one needs to do in both their HTML markup and their CSS to get elements working and rendering correctly. Enter Initialzr a small framework to get your HTML5 project off the ground.
Initialzr is based upon the powerful and helpful HTML5 Boilerplate framework, but is distilled ...
Skitch is a collaboration tool based around annotating screen captures. It seems like a lot of designers are using it to do quick and communicative wireframes and re-designs. I like tools like this that serve one simple purpose and can then be easily uploaded to a service like Teambox or Basecamp.
You can read a short overview of how one small design team uses Skitch here.
Tools like this can also serve to be a great education tool. A user can b...
Members of the NYTimes R+D lab, including former EDAR resident Jer Thorp, have just released an application called Open Paths.
The tool collects data from the now infamous iOS tracking file that was so scandalous last month. It allows user to anonymously store their data and also creates a larger database of all the data, anonymously of course. What I think is interesting about the tool is that they built it in a little more than a week, in response to a very real issue, due to Apple's deci...
According to this report Cisco is closing it's Flip business, but will still support existing Flipcam customers in a transition period. This is certainly not a surprise with the rise of high quality video recording on mobile devices, but is indeed the end of a certain era. In all the debate over apps vs. web that swirls around iOS and Android devices it's easy to forget that those same devices are quickly replacing standalone hardware devices.
Almost as quickly as she became NYC School's Chancellor Cathie Black is stepping down. The Times has the scoop here.
Khoi Vinh, until recently the design director of nytimes.com lays out some thoughts about what the Times is really costing itself with their implementation of the pay wall. He points out that this move is not likely to create any new customers for the times, instead it will appeal to those who would already subscribe to the paper. He also makes an interesting point about the products that could have been developed with the time and resources put towards the pay wall.