Show 68: Tagtastic

Paul Boag

This weeks show includes hints on email campaigns, writing Web design contracts and site navigation approaches.

On this week’s show; Matthew Patterson from Campaign monitor shares some handy hints on sending an email campaign, Marcus finishes his series on web design contracts and Paul looks at some interesting alternative approaches to site navigation.

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News and events

Diversity in web design

This week the web design blogosphere has been dominated by discussions about the lack of women speakers at conferences. Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer, Jeremy Keith, Tantek… the list goes on and on. Frankly, I find the debate less than helpful. It is interesting to note that all of the women I have seen post on the subject have seemed very defensive almost as if they are under attack for not speaking more!

More on Open ID

Open ID continues to build momentum with both AOL and saying they will support the standard. Dan Webb also provides a guide on how to support Open ID in your web applications.

Validation: why it matters

Ethan Marcotte has just published an interesting article on the List Apart website looking at the business benefits of validation and why it continues to polarise the web community.

The sorry state of web accessibility

The subject of web accessibility receives another body blow this week with Mike Davies posting a damning criticism. What is probably most disturbing is that I am yet to find a post disagreeing with him.

Client Corner: The statement of work (final chapter!)

This week sees the end of Marcus’ series on the statement of work (I know, it is distressing for us all!). In this final segment he takes a look a:

  • Milestones and timescales
  • Project management
  • Testing
  • Deliverables
  • Pricing

Ask an expert: Matthew Patterson on email campaigns

Matthew Patterson works for campaign monitor one of the best email management sites about. Their site is stuffed with great advice for those thinking of running an email campaign and so it seemed only natural to get him on the show and get his thoughts on how best to run a successful campaign.

Non hierarchical navigation

Headscape was recently approach by a potential client who had literally hundreds of thousands of web pages which were almost impossible to organise into a traditional information architecture. They wanted us to suggest some alternatives and so I thought this sounded like a great issue to cover on the show.

Instead of trying to stuff everything we covered in those show notes, I have instead posted a separate article on non hierarchical navigation which includes everything I said and the links I mentioned. Hope you find it useful.