News Round up

Starting today is an article from Ars Technica about the future of Internet Explorer Mobile. Internet Explorer Mobile comes on Windows Mobile phones as the default web browser (of which I own one the HTC Touch). Anyone who has coded web standards based websites is well aware of the beast that is IE 6, which can render standards compliant code in what seems like a random way. Internet Explorer Mobile is another horrid beast entirely. Based of the code for IE 4, Internet Explorer Mobile often entirely breaks web pages making them un-useable as a mobile page. With the rise of Safari and the iPhone (also Skyfire, Opera Mini among a few others) people have seen that mobile browsing doesn’t have to be as painful as an in-laws thanksgiving. Unfortunately it appears that the new version of IE Mobile will be based of the IE 6 code, which while a vast improvement over IE 4, is still not even close to the user experience that we see from the iPhone. If you’re thinking about building for the mobile web give the article a read to catch up on the state of affairs in the mobile browsing world, though you may be disappointed.

Secondly, Freelance Switch has an article on missing the point of being a freelancer. Most people got into freelancing for an increase in freedom in choosing clients and their work habits. Often though we end up working with the same clients on the same type of projects, which removes much of the freedom we can see in the day. The article walks you through a number of ways to break the monotony of the same clients and projects so you don’t burn out.

We talked about brand designing yesterday and today there is an article from Veerle on her design process for Scroll Magazine. She starts by walking us through the design brief (if you’re not doing one you should be) and shows us some of the logo concepts. I love getting inside the mind of other good designers so I really enjoyed this article and Scroll looks beautiful and sounds like it will have interesting content so I would also suggest you get a copy as I did.

Next up if David Walsh who lists his worst  CSS mistakes. It is a humorous read, especially when you realize you did many of the same things, and it’s interesting to see how far you’ve come as a CSS wizard.

We’ll finish off today with an inspiring post from Smashing Magazine that shows off some awesome retro web design. It lists a bunch of secrets to vintage design and shows off a number of amazing designs.

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