Best of the web 2009
There have been some great blog posts written in 2009 and here are some of my favourites.
Guy changes one button on a website which leads to a lot of extra revenue. Hooray for usability.
Smashing magazine lays down the law on the corporate website.
“Here’s the truth, though, and why all the good designers need to relax: the vast majority of the self-described designers on sites like CrowdSpring aren’t really designers.”
This reads like a fantastic how-to design HTML emails.
Good insight into what it’s like to set-up and run your own software (web-app) house by Garrett Dimon of Sifter.
Daniel Teller sums up my opinion on this subject pretty well.
A good case study about an awkward client not paying up from Sarah Parmenter.
Sam Brown lays down the law on SEO.
Ah, I remember the complete storm this article caused. The follow-up, Dear Dustin Curtis, is worth a read too. As is the follow-up follow-up, The Incompetence of American Airlines & The Fate of Mr. X.
If in 2010 you wish to stop paying your SEO provider then read this, then read the rest of the articles at SEOMoz.
Really interesting write up about experience using ad banners/landing pages from CampaignMonitor.
Jakob Nielsen calls for the end of the asterisked password field.
Simple tip about how 37Signals increased sign-ups with a little A/B testing on some copy.
John O’Nolan let’s .NET magazine have it after their inane article about the top 20 web designers in the world.
SEO’ers came in for some right stick in 2009, first Sam Brown, then Derek Powazek kicked their bums. The follow-up, SEO FAQ is equally good.
How John Lewis tackle the shop v e-shop rivalry and a short summary of the problem.
Case study from Headscape (boagworld) on the increased sales of one of their clients.
Some nice examples of common user interface/experience errors on big websites.
Ed Baldy provides digital account managers with some useful guidelines.
To me, HTML5 just seems like a bit of a mess and it would appear that Robert Nyman, kinda agrees.
Review of apple’s online store’s checkout forms being redesigned.
Sriram Krishnan, a Microsoft employee tells us what he’s learnt from working there for 5 years.
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