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News : March 2006

Starting Small: Web Business for the Rest of Us

For those where not able to attend SXSWi this year or for those who did and missed our panel (we know who you are), the podcast, slides, and notes from our panel are now online at If you wrote any notes or blog posts about our panel, please let us know so we can add them.

March 28, 2006 at 9:20 PM

Nick Finck

Article: Preparing for Widescreen

Designing for different screen resolutions is just one challenge designers face daily. Can you be all things to all screen resolutions? With a little JavaScript and some CSS Mike Madaio thinks so. Read more

March 27, 2006 at 8:13 PM

Krista Stevens

The 2006 SXSW People Awards

Ok, as we do every year now, rather than just posting a standard list of names and links to people I meet, I ve everyone a title of sorts. The titles were developed and given based on a complicated algorithm using darts, sticky notes and newspaper clippings. Without further delay, here is the list, enjoy:

Ok, so I know I am totally missing like a three thousand people... well, maybe more, but to be honest, the whole event was a blur to me... I am only now beginning to put the pieces back together via the photos that I have taken. So, with that said, if you have any more awards you feel should be given out for SXSWi 2006, please by all means add them in the comments to this post.

March 26, 2006 at 6:06 PM

Nick Finck

Formally Educated or Self-Taught?

Here’s a short, informal poll here at Digital Web Magazine. How did you become a Web designer? Are you formally educated or self taught? If you’re formally educated, did your formal training prepare you for life as a designer? Do tell.

March 23, 2006 at 5:04 PM

Krista Stevens

Newsletter updates

So what's going on with the Digital Web Magazine Newsletter? Those of you who have been subscribed for a while may have noticed a slight change in the layout of the text-only emails we send out. Well, thats only one small change that is happening with the newsletter. Thanks to Mark Wyner's design skills and help from Dave Greiner from Campaign Monitor we now have a HTML version of the newsletter that you can get. This is totally optional, but in my opinion it looks 100 times better than just plain ol' ASCII text-only. To get the HTML version (which will be out in our next issue) all you need to do is subscribe and choose HTML in the subscription form. Already subscribed but want the HTML version? No wories, just subscribe with the same email in which you already get the newsletter and click the HTML radio button, your subscription will be auto-updated from text-only to HTML.

March 22, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Nick Finck

SimpleBits realignment

While I was away getting drunk in Austin it turns out that Dan Cederholm has launched a realignment of his site, SimpleBits. Very nice touch Dan! Yes, I know this is a late news, but I just recovered from my hangover. On a related note, if you haven't read it yet, check out Digital Web Magazine's interview with Dan and review of Web Standards Solutions.

March 21, 2006 at 6:28 PM

Nick Finck

Article: CSS Mastery book review

For the Web standards converted, Cascading Style Sheets have been the de-facto standard for styling and positioning content on the Web for years. Does Andy Budd’s CSS Mastery have anything new to add to the canon of CSS literature? James McNally thinks so. Read more…

March 20, 2006 at 9:50 PM

Krista Stevens

Article: Building Your Own Start-up Technology Company

This week, Innovating the Web Experience columnist Dirk Knemeyer returns to advise would-be tech entrepreneurs. He draws from his experiences starting and growing Involution Studios for part one of a three-part series, Building a Start-Up Technology Company. Read Part One: Making the Leap...

March 14, 2006 at 12:39 AM

Krista Stevens

Starting Small site and photos from SXSWi

For those who have not been able to get a pass to SXSWi and for those of you who are looking to see what you may have missed while in a different panel, etc. I have been posting a bunch of photos of the panels and parties at SXSWi that I have been attending on Flickr. Meanwhile, I remind you that the slides, notes, photos, links and other resources for my panel can be found our site Starting Small. Go check it out.

March 12, 2006 at 3:18 PM

Nick Finck

Last Chance for Free Hosting

Last chance to win free hosting for a year by attending our SXSWi panel Starting Small: Web Business For the Rest of Us. Panel starts in about 15 minutes in Ballroom E.

March 11, 2006 at 2:44 PM

Nick Finck

Free Things to get at SXSWi

Ok, so just by going to SXSW Interactive I have found a series of cool things you can get for free with little or no effort at all. So here goes:

Not going to SXSW Interactive this year? Well hell man, Digital Web Magazine and plenty of other sites give away free passes every year, just subscribe to our RSS feeds and keep an eye out starting in January of 2007. No more excuses.

March 7, 2006 at 9:03 AM

Nick Finck

Article: Just Build It: HTML Prototyping and Agile Development

Communicate effectively with your clients and you'll build a relationship and rapport that will help you deliver a better product. Is the time-honored design document always the best way to communicate Web project outcomes with your customers? View Source Columnist Garrett Dimon doesn't think so. Read more...

March 6, 2006 at 8:23 PM

Krista Stevens

Web Design in a Nutshell 3rd Edition Released

New to the world of Web design and looking for a great primer? Check out Web Design in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition from O'Reilly Media, written by Jennifer Niederst. Digital Web Magazine contributing authors Aaron Gustafson and Derek Featherstone both worked on the book.

March 6, 2006 at 2:17 PM

Krista Stevens

South by Northwest

It's that time of year again, where hundreds of web geeks make the long trek down south to city of Austin for South by Southwest Interactive. Now, anyone who has gone to SXSWi knows fairly well that the best part of the conference is all of the parties that go on after hours. With that said I am happy to invite you to South by Northwest sponsored by Blue Flavor, Bryght, Newsvine and Raincity Studios. There will be lots of beer, wine and margaritas to suck down. Be sure to bring your digital cameras because there is nothing more bloggable than drunken web geek celebrities.

Special thanks to Austin Web Standards Group, Digital Web Magazine,, Refresh Austin, WebDesign-L, and the Web Standards Project for their support of this event.

You can RSVP via if you like.

March 2, 2006 at 8:07 AM

Nick Finck

Veerle's Blog redesigned

Veerle Pieters tells me that she has just launched the redesign of her blog. She's running it on Expression Engine and it looks pretty nice. Veerle will be joining me and a group of panelists at SXSW Interactive as we discuss Starting Small: Web Businesses for the Rest of Us. Be sure to get in on your chance to win free hosting for a year from Media Temple.

March 1, 2006 at 1:46 PM

Nick Finck

The Candy Store

Jeremy Keith has a great post that resonates with me on the subject of Less is more. He cites a few examples including a 2000 Digital Web Magazine interview of Joshua Davis... of all things. Some excellent points here. It seems that while so many business are jumping on what is being called the Web 2.0 bandwagon, they are often forgetting that it also has to do with simplicity and ease of use. To many business are trying wildly to cram every new web feature into their sites so fast that the justification for the feature in the first place is often overlooked or completely absent. Don't let this candy store mentality happen to your or your projects.

March 1, 2006 at 9:12 AM

Nick Finck

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