Quote of the Week

Mike Davidson has written an excellent article regarding the whole Apple vs. Adobe stuff. Read the article for sure, but what I’m more interested in is the Quote of the Week honors:

And the HTML/CSS that slowly sashayed that 300×250 div right the fuck over that paragraph you were trying to read is an open standard too.

Definitely made me laugh out loud.

Web Design Survey Results Released

The results of the web design survey conducted by A List Apart in April have finally been released. A staggering 33,000 people responded to the survey and the final report tops out at 81 pages.

Overall the report is quite interesting. It seems to confirm a lot of suspicions about the industry as a whole. The industry is in fact male-dominated; only 16% of the respondents said they were female. Almost everybody in the industry has a blog, but not necessarily any prominence for it. There are a lot of self-employed people, with varying salaries and levels of job satisfaction/unsatisfaction.

I’m quite impressed by the results of the report. There are some interesting questions posed by the data and also clear areas where a more focused approach is needed. Obviously, the method of data collection (voluntary web survey) has some serious drawbacks, but I think the data does lead to some broad conclusions of the industry and is a good starting point for more research.

On a side note, the design of the report looks positively snappy! The graphs and charts all look great, as does the type. I’d love to know how all those graphs were made so pretty.

Update: Eric Meyer has written in-depth about the process of collecting the data and creating the report. Definitely read this post after taking a look at the report. I’ve also experienced those Excel pains Meyer speaks of as well. Short answer for how the charts were created: Excel (for mac)NumbersPDFInDesign. Yikes.

New Photoshop Logo

I’ve been trying to refrain from commenting on the new Adobe Photoshop logo because it seems that everybody else already has:

The first three things that came to my mind when I saw the new logo were:

  1. Ew
  2. Microsoft
  3. This is a joke right?

Nothing very groundbreaking there. I haven’t read of a single person liking it, and many have also pointed out how similar it looks Microsoft designs. While I thought Microsoft in the back of my head, I didn’t actually bother to go look at any Microsoft stuff to compare. That is…until Armin Vit linked to one for comparison.

Photoshop and Silverlight Logos Comparison

Yikes. I decided to go back to the Photoshop website for some further comparison. As it turns out, there’s some very lovely1 Microsoft-esque marketing videos. The thing that really caught my eye was the whole silhouetted people concept. It reminded me of something…oh wait! I know! People_Ready!

Adobe People Ready

I just don’t get what Adobe is trying to achieve here (other than cheapening their brand)2. It seems like just a couple of months ago that Adobe went through that whole CS3 re-branding thing. While I don’t think that it was 100% successful, at least it did unify the suite in a unique way. Those little color bricks have grown on me, although I still have an awfully hard time telling which one is which. The only one I can remember is that Dreamweaver is green, but then again…Dreamweaver has always been green. Anyway, enough said on my part. Read Armin Vit’s article for a more articulate analysis.’

  1. Insert sarcasm here.
  2. One could at least hope for a drastic price cut to follow. 🙂

Photoshop for iPhone

This video is actually pretty good:

I particularly like the URL in the video: adobe.com/itsnotreal

Via Daring Fireball.

Adobe CS3 Suites

All of these different versions of the Abode Suite are making me want to pull my hair out. I can’t wait to try and figure this one out for our computer labs the next time we do upgrades.

Get the breakdown here:

Also, get it from the horse’s mouth:



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