Dan compares the relationship between a designer and developer in the web world to the relationship between an art director and a copywriter in the ad world. He and Brad made a video to demonstrate how they collaborate.
A really interesting and well-executed portfolio site, utterly let down by the tone of this demeaning and insulting piece of copy:
WARNING: Do not proceed if you suffer from vertigo or if you find experimental interfaces offensive.
(Pssst: copy is also interface.)
Jon’s site is very clever …but is it as clever as Joe’s?
According to this, the forthcoming Clearleft redesign will be totally on fleek.
The (literally) hidden dangers of copying code snippets from the web and pasting them into the command line.
This cautionary tale backs up a small tip I heard for getting to understand how found code works: deliberately type it out instead of copying and pasting.
Ever been on one of those websites that doesn’t allow you to paste into the password field? Frustrating, isn’t it? (Especially if you use a password manager.)
It turns out that nobody knows how this ever started. It’s like a cargo cult without any cargo.
Krystal’s excellent annotated collection of onboarding examples.
The newest Kirby Ferguson video looks at remixing through the lens of the newest Star Wars film.
When you’re struggling to write something that sounds clear and sounds human (two of the essential basics of a good blog post, I’d argue), just use the words normal people would use. The best way to find out what those words are is to try talking the thing through to someone who doesn’t know anything about it. Remember what you just said, then write that.
The text of Nicole’s excellent talk on writing helpful, human microcopy.
Slides of really great practical advice on writing clearly.
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish by Rebecca J. Rosen in The Atlantic
Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability.
The existential angst of unfeeling feedback.
Michael Weinberg’s follow-up whitepaper to “It will be awesome if they don’t screw it up.”
Celebrating the work of the tireless men and women who shorten headlines so they’ll fit on your iPhone.
This is so good. On father’s day, Harry asks his father, an award-winning copywriter, for advice on writing. The result is an knowledge bomb of excellent advice.
Existential ennui delivered through interface copy.
You think that Digital Rights Management is bad? What about Physible Rights Management?
If you live in the States, please, please, for the love of the internet, write to your representative at fightforthefuture.org/pipa