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July 12, 2006

Reboot the Beeb

Writing about web page http://open.bbc.co.uk/reboot/gallery/2006/05/bbc_homepage.html

This is a site to get lost in full of signposts to a very near future. The brief for this competition to completely reimagine and re–design the BBC homepage was pretty much as follows:

We want to allow Internet users to go into their own BBC space containing all the content they're interested in, all the TV shows they like and all the things they've played with on the Web. We need to come up with a personalised BBC homepage that will provide users with a starting place for their journey through BBC content and beyond.

As a summary of what's working well and gaining ground on the web it's fascinating. Personalisation abounds. Widgets and aggregates. Embedded media players playing your selections gain more prominence. The spaces imagined allow users to feed external content of their choosing into the hallowed BBC internet foyer. The 'user' is in charge.

Are there any lessons in here for online learning spaces?


March 04, 2006

Web design best of 2005

Writing about web page http://netdiver.net/newsarchive/boty/boty05.php

Netdiver's Best of the Year 2005: It's all so very illustrated and hi-res and gorgeous and worth a look through to shake us out of our header, 3 column, footer complacency.

Provocative little quote – not exactly William Morris but quotable nonetheless – from Ben Hammersley in a recent blog post about some web design's affection for code over aesthetics:

We went through the early stages of the web building our toolkits and learning technique, and now its time to stop talking about how wed build stuff, and go on and actually do it. Validation porn has had its day. Enough about the brushes already: give me some beauty.

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