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#311173 08/10/2006 10:22 AM
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There's been a lotta talk (some just rambling wink ) re: Web 2.0 , the new web, tha Intarweb, what web design and interaction is moving to. I've got a few links to some nice tutorials about web 2.0 design and thought I might share some with you.

The basic cliff notes edition of what web2.0 design is about:
  • Simple layout
  • Centered orientation
  • 3D effects, used sparingly (drop shadows, reflections, fades)
  • Soft, neutral background colours
  • Strong colour, used sparingly
  • Cute icons, used sparingly
  • Plenty of whitespace
  • Nice big text


Some BIG no-no's:
  • Java Applets (Script is fine though)
  • Animated GIFs (the blinky ones)
  • 100% Flash sites
  • visible tables


As for the last one (visible tables) that's one area I think most forums and other scripts are lacking - we really push the boxy cookie-cutter design. No-one has yet to create the css-only divs-n-peas forum script, whoever does will be leaps and bounds in front design-wise if they are able to get it to look nicely in all current popular browsers. I imagine we are still a year or more away from that.

http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/current-style.cfm - probably the best article, the rest are also good.

http://www.profitpapers.com/dev/web-20-design-tutorials.php

http://www.vipedio.com/roman/blog/20culture_full.html

What progress are you making in design on your site, or are you still reveling in the designs of the oh-so-yesterday web1.0? smile

Post some other examples of web2.0 done right when you run across them - a prime example is probably www.alistapart.com


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I think tables are a must tipsy They won't give you a medal if you don't use them tipsy

The name "Web 2.0" is registered by O'Reilly AFAIK. You can't freely use it anywhere you want. Like the "Perl Camel"...

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Originally Posted by AllenAyres

As for the last one (visible tables) that's one area I think most forums and other scripts are lacking - we really push the boxy cookie-cutter design. No-one has yet to create the css-only divs-n-peas forum script, whoever does will be leaps and bounds in front design-wise if they are able to get it to look nicely in all current popular browsers. I imagine we are still a year or more away from that.


http://getvanilla.com/ laugh

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hmmm.. that forum shows the limitations of css'd forums - they could never have the detail displayed here with current css methods. Maybe something in the future will improve options. Same with blogs offered today, a lot of them are css'd, but are of the plain 1-3 column variety, not much detail, etc.

Maybe THAT's why web2.0 sites appear to look a lot alike - in their quest to be all css divs-n-peas they are limited in their display of info. Complicated table layouts are the domain of tables smile


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Yeah, there is definetly a trade-off when you go with the no tables route, it makes it alot more difficult to get things to display the way you want them too. Vanilla is definetly a good start, and a great light weight discussion forum. But when you get to such a feature rich forum like threads I think you almost NEED tables just to keep everything well organized. Still if someone could pull it off it'd be a nice refreshing view to see. smile

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Here's the site you validate your web2.0 site against:


http://web2.0validator.com/

ubbdev gets 6 out of 52 wink


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