From time to time administrators ask me what I think the home page of a university website should look like. I tell them it should look like the music site The Sixty One, which simply puts a giant photograph of a musician or band in your face, stretched (or shrunk) to the size of your … Continue reading Generous Interfaces for Scholarly Sites
Rather than focusing on a new technology or website in our year-end review on the Digital Campus podcast, I chose reading as the big story of 2011. Surely 2011 was the year that digital reading came of age, with iPad and Kindle sales skyrocketing, apps for reading flourishing, and sites for finding high-quality long-form writing proliferating. … Continue reading Reading and Believing
One of the more uncomfortable truths about digital humanities—indeed, likely one of the reasons for resistance to digital humanities among traditional scholars—is that design matters. Those of us who have chosen the life of the mind like to think that ideas and insights will find an audience and make an impact regardless of such superficial … Continue reading Design Matters
Louis Rosenfeld, co-author of the enormously helpful Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, may be right—emotionally, at least—that "web redesign must die." Anyone who has ever been involved with a redesign of a major website knows that it is a painful and long process, full of compromises. But a redesign is often more than … Continue reading CHNM, Then and Now
It's time to subscribe to the blog of CHNM's Creative Lead, Jeremy Boggs, if you haven't done so already. Jeremy is ramping up for what promises to be a very important blog series on how to create and execute a digital humanities project, from conception to design to coding to maintenance.
OK, so you can now run Windows on a Mac. So what? For most of us in the humanities, all we need is already on the Mac, which (in addition to intangibles such as the Mac's design) is why so many of us remain stubbornly attached to Apple's computers while over the last twenty years … Continue reading An Actual Use for Windows on the Mac