Prototyping is About Capturing the Essence of a Project

What is essential to a web property? What can drive traffic, achieve conversions and translate into profits for the company? What can change peoples live in a substantial way? These are the questions we should be asking ourselves when we talk about website prototyping. Version 1 prototypes should be embryonic, direct and effective at capturing the user’s mindset. You have to make do with less, but you have to make it as effective as the…

An Update on Web Assembly

Yesterday, I posted about the imminent release of Web Assembly in 2016. And guess what? Here it is! You can now test several experimental Web Assembly releases across browsers. See the quote below:   WebAssembly is an emerging standard whose goal is to define a safe, portable, size- and load-time efficient binary compiler target which offers near-native performance—a virtual CPU for the Web. WebAssembly is being developed in aW3C Community Group (CG) whose members include…

Web Assembly: A Tectonic Shift

Web Assembly is the next stop for bringing web sites closer to the speed and versatility of native apps. The new standard would provide an assembly layer of compiled code that can be executed as much as 20 times faster than JavaScript. Web Assembly is a W3C standard that will bring similar functionality as Java and .Net without the requiring any plugins.   WebAssembly, or wasm for short, is intended to be a portable bytecode…

Don’t Ignore the Social Challenges of Web Development

Our goal is to leverage what is already out in the field in terms of partners, but then hire in project management capability and a bit of technical capability. – Kevin Rollins It is easy to get excited about the new wave of technologies entering the market and the constant evolution of frameworks, hardware and technological ecosystems while at the same time forgetting about the single biggest bottleneck in web development: social challenges. Organizational structures,…

Content Fragmentation Follows Device Introduction

If we map out the evolution of the Internet by device introduction we find very interesting dynamics. For one, every major device introduction has been preceded by a revolution in content production. We saw it with web browsers, mail list servers, iPhones,  social networks, Bitcoin, the Internet of Things  and now with wearables. Every new device category that is successful in the marketplace brings with it a fragmentation in the content production unit of your…

100x Web Development

Social media has created the 100x game for companies around the globe. But how are you going to fight for those retweets and shares? In this day and age of social media, smartphones and on-demand services, web properties can perform faster and more efficiently than ever before. Your business can distribute information to millions of potential customers for cents. However, in order to make use of everything this new age has to offer,  you need…

Dear Linux, Please Go Back to School

You have a big problem dear Linux. You’re not discoverable. And that’s holding back an entire industry. In fact, it’s holding back our entire planet. Dear Linux, I am sick and can’t take it anymore. The five most common problems of Linux are drivers, interoperability, talent, fragmentation and legal issues. However theres another elephant in the room. Linux lacks intelligence. Spotlight, Siri, Google and Google Now are offering a natural language layer that simplifies usage…

UX Makes All the Difference

The Whole Foods experience is singular among supermarkets  “User experience” encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products. – Jakob Nielsen From a technical standpoint, few issues carry more weight than user experience. UX creates a fluid dialog between users and computers that ultimately is store in our brain as the most important brand association pertaining to your firm. UX matters because it impacts both the perceived as…

Mobilegedon: The Google Mobile Update

IP’s Site is Mobile Friendly If your site is not responsive and mobile friendly get ready for a drop in search traffic next week when Google will use its dominance in the SE market to pressure developers to go “mobile first” or be “mobile conscious”. Let me express my disagreement: – Ranking websites based on technical factors introduces an unfair discount in rankings for ONGs and universities that lack the budget for these costly updates.…

The Lost Art of Information Architecture

Some wireframes It used to be that everybody was into information architecture. We used to quote the gospel of Nathan Shedroff, the teachings of Jakob Nielsen and the books of Steve Krug. However, I have news for you: new web developers aren’t buying the IA gospel. Websites that mimic applications, one page responsive sites and super-simple apps have rendered the IA practice a second rate passenger in the tours of web development. This is such…

What You Can Learn by Reading Terms of Service Pages

You can learn a lot by reading terms of service pages So you want exclusive access to the inner workings of some of the most successful companies on the planet? Today is your lucky day!  Why? Because I’ll show you how to extract competitive intelligence from Term of Service web pages. Let’s get right to it… Picking Companies Pick a public company such as Yahoo or Microsoft, those companies are required to disclose more information…

SEO 2015: Dawn of a New Age

Marketing and SEO Books – A great book selection for doing SEO in 2015 SEO 2015 is the keyword of choice for new SEOs looking for tips and tricks in this new era. Almost everything has changed in the SEO arena since the inception of the field. The biggest change in 2015 is the promotion of reputation as a key ranking signal. Ranking algorithms are getting more and more complex and now they include a…

Upcoming Consumer Internet Startups – 2015

Of network of media properties will be called the O.N.E. Media Network, aside from that we’ll also launch three major companies in 2015. The first will we strawball.com, a service for grouping links into sets that have semantic meaning. The second startup that is on the pipeline is nukepost.com, a civic network that displays just one post per location and user intent. Beta versions of Strawball and Tellfari will be launched by late Q3. Finally,…

Upcoming Content Projects – 2015

My roster of projects for 2015 is nothing short of amazing. After completing the total redesign of jordhy.com and ip.do (my digital agency), and launching sites for US Latin Investments and Math Multipliers we are now in the process of starting several blockbuster launches in 2015. Here they are in order of expected launch: – MesotheliomaONE.com will be one of the biggest portals on the Internet for all things mesothelioma and asbestos. Including lawyer and…

Learn SQL “The Hard Way”

SQL enables you to find the best datapoints even in fogy days A lot of emphasis is being placed to get more and more people to code. And, while a worthy enterprise, this guidance misses an important opportunity: gradual computer science involvement can boost retention and improve comprehension. Before learning C, our children should probably learn a bit of UNIX although some people might think I’m a little ambitious here. But what about learning SQL.…