design signifies intent. what are your intentions?



Every once in a while, I use something that rocks my socks. Here's where I tell ya about it.

A Better Mouse
Recently, a friend got me into online gaming. Yes, I was resistant. I do not want to spend any more time online than I already do, and I have plenty I want to do off-line. To help me out, my friend sent me this mouse as a surprise. I thought I only wanted Apple mice, but this one has me converted. It is so responsive and reliable, I'm addicted. Yes, the blue glow one looks kinda… macho? silly? So, I've provided a link to the black one, too.
Black: Razer Deathadder Black 3500 High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse
Blue (with glowing design): Razer Deathadder 3500 High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse


Many people are asking me for suggestions on learning, so I created a list of links to books at Amazon.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do earn a single-digit % for each purchase made through my referral, so help me feed my book addiction by making your purchases through these links. Thanks!

First Steps
Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
Website Owner's Manual
Designing with Web Standards (3rd Edition)
Prioritizing Web Usability
The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
Planning & Communication
Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning
Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works (2nd Edition)
Information Architecture and Content Strategy
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
Content Strategy for the Web
The Elements of Content Strategy (Brief Books for People Who Make Websites, No. 3)
Microformats Made Simple
Designing with Microformats for a Beautiful Web DVD
Fluid Web Typography
Designing Web Accessibility for a Beautiful Web, DVD (Voices That Matter)
Interface, Interaction, Experience
Designing Gestural Interfaces: Touchscreens and Interactive Devices
Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)
Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th Edition)
Designing for People (This one is out of print and difficult to find. I found it on ebay for $15 plus shipping.)
Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability (Interactive Technologies)
Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks
Design Patterns
Designing Interfaces
Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Design Briefs)
The Elements of Typographic Style
Typographic Design: Form and Communication
Beginning to Code
CSS, DHTML, and Ajax, Fourth Edition
Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide)
The Art and Science of CSS
CSS Web Site Design Hands on Training
CSS: The Definitive Guide
CSS Pocket Reference: Visual Presentation for the Web (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS (2nd Edition)
CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition (Animal Guide)
More CSS
For researching CSS issues, this is great: The CSS Detective Guide: Tricks for solving tough CSS mysteries
More Eric Meyer on CSS (Voices That Matter)
Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, Video Edition (includes Handcrafted CSS book and Handcrafted CSS: Bulletproof Essentials DVD)
Creative Web Design
Fresher Styles for Web Designers: More Eye Candy from the Underground
Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting
DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
JavaScript: The Missing Manual
Scriptin' with JavaScript and Ajax: A Designer's Guide (Voices That Matter)
JavaScript: The Good Parts
Pro JavaScript Techniques
ppk on JavaScript, 1/e
Bulletproof Ajax
Accelerated DOM Scripting with Ajax, APIs, and Libraries
Learning jQuery: Better Interaction Design and Web Development with Simple JavaScript Techniques
jQuery Reference Guide: A Comprehensive Exploration of the Popular JavaScript Library
Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites (Animal Guide)
PHP Cookbook: Solutions and Examples for PHP Programmers
PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy
Head First PHP & MySQL
Mobile Design and Development: Practical Concepts and Techniques for Creating Mobile Sites and Web Apps (Animal Guide)
Mobile Web Design
Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK
iPhone SDK Development (The Pragmatic Programmers)
iPhone SDK Programming: Developing Mobile Applications for Apple iPhone and iPod touch
iPhone Games Projects
Developing Hybrid Applications for the iPhone: Using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to Build Dynamic Apps for the iPhone
Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa
ActionScript 3.0 Cookbook: Solutions for Flash Platform and Flex Application Developers
Learning ActionScript 3.0: A Beginner's Guide
Foundation Actionscript 3.0 Animation: Making Things Move!
Flex 3 Cookbook (Adobe Developer Library)