Google Chrome Version 6 Arrives on Browser’s Second Birthday

Blake Robinson

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the Chrome browser first hit the web. In that time, Chrome has come to control more than 7.5% of the worldwide browser market, according to Net Marketshare. Sure, Internet Explorer and Firefox hold 60.4% and 22.9% respectively, but if one considers that after 10 years, Opera holds less than 2.4%, then it’s fairly impressive.

Now, on its second birthday, Google (Google) has released a stable build of Chrome version 6. Heralding itself as “The Modern Browser,” Chrome (Chrome) 6 does indeed boast a number of improvements, but as with previous updates, the focus remains on speed and simplicity. Seguir leyendo “Google Chrome Version 6 Arrives on Browser’s Second Birthday”

New Google Chrome Extension Will Translate Your Tweets and Facebook Updates

The social web is increasingly multi-lingual. About half the updates on Twitter are in a language other than English, according to a study released in February. Facebook has been translated into more than 50 languages for its 500 million users are all over the world. The day when English is no longer the dominant language on social networks may not be far off.

Social Translate is a new open source extension for Google‘s Chrome browser that translates updates on social networking sites into your native language using Google Translate.

You can choose between “reliable,” which appears to attempt fewer translations, or “aggressive,” which is less accurate but attempts to guess at more words. Seguir leyendo “New Google Chrome Extension Will Translate Your Tweets and Facebook Updates”

Google adds World Cup extensions to Chrome

Fifa plug-in brings latest scores, news headlines and match statistics straight to Google‘s browser

Google's World Cup site

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Samsung, 3D projections, Google speed test and the iPad

by Barney Loehnis
I’ve come across a few interesting ideas this week. The first:

1. Mountains and Mona Lisa – Samsung >> this has limited application as an emerging media I admit, but I offer it firstly because I was bought up on Wales, but more importantly because it was the precursor to the second idea – which is much more applicable:

2. Monuments and masses – Samsung 3D projections>> 3D projection will grow and grow as a brand experience format. These two ideas  in tandem create quite an interesting space that Samsung is beginning to own – innovation with LED and lighting –  similar to the Crowdsourcing ideas in Liverpool Street and Trafalgar Square that T Mobile had so much success in. There are lots of examples of monumental 3D projections – one most recently by BMW in Singapore. I adore this sort of creative work, because it is the true fusion of physical and digital. It creates both a physical and digital Theatre for the Brand in which consumers co-exist and co-create. Developing these “sustained conversations and dialogues” is core to building brands and emotions between them and consumers. Seguir leyendo “Samsung, 3D projections, Google speed test and the iPad”

Breaking the Rules: How to Effectively Break the “Rules” of Good Web Design

By Cameron Chapman

We’ve all seen articles devoted to the various web desing “rules” out there. In fact, they’ve probably been drilled into all of our heads ad nauseum. And for many, they serve as a comforting set of guidelines that make our lives easier, at least when it comes to design.

But what about those occasions when you have an idea that doesn’t quite fit in the rules? Or what if you’re just sick and tired of doing everything by the book and you want to challenge yourself creatively? Are the rules really set in stone?

The answer to that is of course not. For one thing, a lot of the rules are outdated. So while they might have been true at one time, they’re not anymore. The other thing is that there are almost always circumstances that demand that the rules be bent or broken entirely. And as designers, we need to learn to recognize those times.

Below are a bunch of commonly-accepted web design rules, along with the reasons you might want to break them, and how to do so effectively. We’ve also included examples for each and the one unbreakable rule.

Your Web Page Layout and Design Should be Consistent Throughout the Site

Consistency can help make your visitors feel at home on your site right away. This makes them more likely to look around and spend more time there. Comfort is a good thing. Most of the time.

But there are two problems with this rule. First, some designers interpret it to mean that every page should be virtually identical. They use the same basic template for every page on your site, regardless of the content present. This almost always results in a site that’s boring and no fun to look at.

The other problem is that different content often calls for different design treatment. Removing most of the consistency on your site can make for a much more interesting user experience. Note that I said “most” of the consistency, though. You’ll want to choose one or two anchor points to keep your visitor from feeling like they’re visiting a different site entirely every time they go to a different page. Consider keeping either a design element like your header or color scheme or something as simple as your logo the same on every page on your site.

Case in Point: Jason Santa Maria

Jason Santa Maria’s website uses a different page design for a large number of his articles. It’s refreshing and shows just how much thought he puts into the content he provides. At the same time, it’s worth clicking through to multiple posts just for the designs alone. Always a good thing if you’re looking for deep engagement from your visitors.

The unifying element that keeps you feeling like you’re on the same site is the top navigation.

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15 Google Chrome Extensions for People Who Build Websites

April 24th, 2010 by Kawsar Ali 

10 Google Chrome Extensions for People Who Build Websites

Google Chrome is a wonderful web browser of choice for web designers and web developers. With Google Chrome extensions, you can add more features to the browser to help you with designing, debugging, and working on websites. We share with you the top ten Chrome extensions for designers and developers.

1. Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome)

Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome)

Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome) is an extension that sets up Firebug Lite in the browser. Although the built-in Developer Tools in Chrome gives you relatively the same features of Firebug (and more), long-time Firebug fans will appreciate this extension for debugging and testing their work in Chrome.
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