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Understanding the existing habits of your users is critical to how you design for them. This is especially true when you’re building a product, but is also relevant to the content you create. Just because you want your audience to use content in a certain way doesn’t mean they will.

- Nuggets of digital wisdom from Undercurrent.

Don Draper, your antitrust attorney is on line 2 ⇢

A good look at what happens when my world and my husband’s world collide.

To that end designed elements should look like how they behave. Form follows function. In practice this means that someone should be able to predict how an interface element will behave merely by looking at it. If it looks like a button it should act like a button.

- Among the many good reminders from Principles of User Interface Design

Pack: For Lovers of Dogs and Digital ⇢

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my post about Pack, a website for people who love their dogs, and, I’d venture, who love good design and digital experiences.

I signed up for Pack to support the Midwesterners who built it, and because I’m curious to see where it will go. How will it differ from Dogster? 

I have three invites to Pack; if you’re interested, leave a comment with your email address (which is shared privately through Disqus) and I’ll send one to you. You can also peruse the dogs on Pack without an invite — you can start with Maeby!

Nice.

webmsmith:

A winning strategy. Coupled with SEO and great web development, it can dominate all. 

Designers vs Coding

A good read. (And take note of the Don’t Fear the Internet plug — it really is a fantastic collection of [short] tutorial videos.)

In my opinion, any one that works on the Web could benefit from being familiar with coding.

viafrank:

“Do I need to know how to code?” is a question that comes up with sure-fire consistency in design circles. I’ve seen it asked by so many, from uncertain design students in classrooms worried about their chances of landing a job, to seasoned professionals at conferences seeing their pool of print projects slowly evaporate. The question is being asked with even greater frequency as of late, because Adobe has launched their product Muse, which promises designers the ability to “create unique websites without writing code.” So, if a designer wants to work on the web, should they take the time to learn this dastardly “code” or instead rely on software like Muse?

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Introducing Commit Threads

Last summer when Dan and I were planning our wedding, this idea for aesthetically pleasing athletic tees kept coming up. So in between work, the wedding and pushing ourselves physically, we started coming up with ideas.

I’m happy to say that we have something to show for it: An online shop called Commit Threads, filled with seven original designs, which we created with the help of independent designers. All printed in independent U.S. shops on ridiculously soft, American-made shirts.

Whether you’re a gym rat, a weekend warrior or just appreciate sports and well-made shirts, I think you’ll find something to love in the shop. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, where you’ll get wind of shop updates and the athletically-leaning stuff we’re reading. 

While this Tumblr won’t turn into CT-central, I am hoping to share a few lessons learned in branding, design and business as we grow. (Handling the helm doesn’t always ensure smooth sailing.)

Explore the store, and ladies, stay tuned for two more women’s shirts about to hit the shop!

Avoiding the Digital Overshare

Admittedly, I get a little uncomfortable when bloggers pen lengthy letters to their significant others or unborn children. I always feel like I’m intruding on a private moment when I read them. And frankly the whole “Mommy and Daddy love you sooooo much” is hard to stomach.

So where’s the line between sharing the love and keeping some content between you and your inner circle?

Daniel Lee seems to have found it, and Google captured it perfectly.

Great idea Daniel; well played, Google. [via]

Read This: Orbital Content | A List Apart ⇢

Cameron Koczon tells us what’s next in content consumption. Good stuff.

Useful content is expensive. This is a fact that editors have long understood, but web companies have only just begun to discover.

- From “The Elements of Content Strategy.” You can grab an e-copy for $9.00. I bet your boss could use a copy. :)

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