WordPress 3.0 ~ Fatal Error Fix

Yesterday I “automatically” upgraded the Refresh Tallahassee site from WordPress 2.9 to 3.0, and when I was finished, all that remained of the site was a fatal error message. Nice. After a little searching, I found out that the Event Calendar plug-in was the culprit. After removing this plug-in via FTP, everything now seems to be working fine. Now you know.

10 Design Principles ~ Dieter Rams

Good design is innovative.
Good design makes a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic.
Good design helps us to understand a product.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is honest.
Good design is durable.
Good design is consequent to the last detail.
Good design is concerned with the environment.
Good design is as little design as possible.

Source: DesignApplause

Kevin Hale: How to Design Web Apps People Love

How to Design Web Apps People Love: An evening with Kevin Hale

As a part of the Wufoo team, Kevin Hale is no stranger to creating wonderful web apps. In his presentation, Kevin will be showing how to focus on user interaction in order to create an experience that users will love.

UPDATE: Join us from 5:30 on for pre-meeting cocktails at Versailles (located next to 101 Restaurant & Lounge, directly across from the Challenger Learning Center).

Thursday, May 27th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Challenger Learning Center
200 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Cost: FREE

About Our Speaker:
Kevin Hale is the co-founder of Infinity Box, Inc., a company seeded by Y Combinator. He is responsible for safe guarding the user experience of the Wufoo application and designing every pixel of its interface. As much as Kevin likes keeping things clean and reliable, he loves innovation. He writes about interface design issues for the web development blog, Particletree and served as editor-in-chief of the web development magazine, Treehouse. As a child, Kevin was the kid in class who ate a box of crayons for a dollar.

And a Word of Appreciation
Special thanks to Alan Hanstein at Paragon New Media and Darren Allen at White Dog Design Group for helping sponsor and coordinate our meeting!

How to Design Web Apps People Love (13.4 MB)

Web Design Conferences: just expensive blog posts?

As I continue to consider organizing a conference for the benefit of the Refresh Tallahassee family, I thought this post made a great (and sobering) point about the value of web design conferences in general.

The summary: My verdict for the future of web design is to stay away from expensive conferences. If you are a conference person and can spare the money, good on ya! But don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to attend them to keep up with future web design trends. Attending smaller, local meet-ups with like-minded people and following the ‘celebrities’ via Twitter is a much cheaper and rewarding experience.

The source: brizk design blog

That being said, stay tuned for details about our next meeting in late May. It looks to be another GREAT one. In fact, we may even hold the event in the Planetarium at the Challenger Learning Center!