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The New Shop Window / Home Page’s That Sell

By Matt Davies on April 1st, 2008.

Is your website working for you? Is it driving your sales, is it driving your brand image - or is it simply an after thought? The ugly duckling of the family trudging along your other marketing efforts? With the web becoming so important in business these days, one of the …

25 Ways To Improve Your Site In 5 Minutes

By Andrew Faulkner on February 12th, 2008.

A while back I wrote 25 Ways To Improve Your Site Today. Many people thought it was useful. I’m trying again now with a twist. I’m offering you, dear reader, tips to improve your site in various ways - each one only taking approximately 5 minutes.

This is starting to …

Calls To Action - Click Here!

By Matt Davies on February 7th, 2008.

As we go about our online lives we are all exposed to “Calls To Action” on a day by day, and sometimes minute to minute, basis . This article examines what a Call To Action is and how you can make yours stronger than the competition.

What Is A Call To …

Accessible can be Beautiful

By Andrew Faulkner on January 15th, 2008.

I may be preaching to the choir in this post, but one can always use it as a reference to clients or colleagues.

Accessibility is one of my favourite aspects of web design. It’s also got a lot of hangups and myths associated with it. For …

The Life and Times of Cool

By Ron Scott on January 2nd, 2008.

2007 has been an interesting year for the internet, and for web design in particular. We have seen the rise and fall of Web 2.0, the increase of lobbying for web standards, and the growth of interest in CSS3 and HTML5. And these three things are just a few out …

Will Software Ever Make Us Redundant?

By Matt Davies on August 24th, 2007.

We are normally so positive about stuff here at Fadtastic. I thought I’d be different and see what we all thought about something negative for once! We are people who face problems on a day to day basis so this shouldn’t be a problem. I just wanted to put something …

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Weekly Thought: Why Good Designers Should Stop Saying “Web 2.0″

By Ezekiel Bruni on May 17th, 2007.

I have decided to write something up for you guys once a week. The goal is to improve my writing skills, and to contribute more to Fadtastic. Enjoy.
The Thought
On just about every design blog, you will find at least one post that attempts to define “Web 2.0″, and what it’s …

Best of the reboots ‘07

By Andrew Faulkner on May 2nd, 2007.

For those who didn’t realise, May 1st saw the reboot sites (Standards Reboot and CSS Reboot) open their doors to the rebooters. Whether you love or hate the concept, it’s an ideal place to browse for inspiration for both graphics and coding.

This year, I have the honour of …

Interview: Jon Christopher of Monday By Noon

By Andrew Faulkner on April 23rd, 2007.

Jon, of Monday By Noon chats about standards and accessibility:
Welcome, Jon.
I’d like to take a second to thank you Andrew, for giving me the opportunity to interview at fadtastic. The site is great and I’ve been a long time reader.
Thanks. Jon, for the few that haven’t heard of you, can …

Leading By Example

By Ted Goas on April 4th, 2007.

The World Wide Web Consortium Promotes Standards for Web Markup. But Do Its Members Practice What They Preach?
As most within the web community know, the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is “an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards,” quoted from their site. Their mission is to “to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.”

The W3C has been publishing recommendations for web standards since 1994. While it is not limited to, these recommendations include ones for web markup (including HTML and XHTML). Using valid code in the recommended standard structure ensures interoperability (technical compatibility between systems), functionality, consistency, accessibility, and a host of other benefits.

One would think that W3C member organizations are on the forefront of web standardization efforts and practice what they preach. I’ve come across research by others and conducted my own research to help answer this question.

Interviewing 9rules ~ A Group Interview

By Andrew Faulkner on January 31st, 2007.

It’s always a pleasure to interview a 9rules member and get their views on current web design issues. It’s even better to interview six at once. So without further ado, I present the 9rulers in question (in alphabetical order.)

Marco Jardim |
Tammie Lister |
James Mathias | …

The Demise of Flash: 8 Main Reasons

By Tadeusz Szewczyk on December 11th, 2006.

As a former Flash developer turned CSS zealot in the last 3 years I want to present the 8 main reasons for the demise of flash.

Now don’t get me wrong I still love Flash sites, at least to watch them and I acknowledge that there are certain cases where Flash …

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