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    The life and death of Flat Design

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 3, 2013
    120 days. That’s how long it took for the term Flat Design to go from cutting edge to extremely uncool. On September 25, 2012 the LayerVault team introduced Flat Design in their post The Flat Design Era:

    We interpret recent shots taken at skeumorphism as a sign of the coming of “Honest Design.” Much like we were not too long ago, designers working for the web are getting fed up with the irrational, ugly shortcuts being praised as good design.

    On January 23, 2013 Cole Peters...

    Alternatives to User-Centered Design

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 3, 2013
    Cennydd Bowles casts a critical eye on the UCD process in Looking Beyond User-Centered Design. He lists several weaknesses of UCD, including the negation of style — the idea that “Good design is invisible”:

    By negating the idea of a designer’s influence, we also negate the idea of style within the UX discipline. We’re saying that, done properly, it should be impossible to tell one UX designer’s work from another’s. There should be no signature elements, no philosophical movements, no...

    Is Semi-Hidden Text Bad for SEO?

    Jill Whalen
    by Jill Whalen
    Feb 1, 2013
    Is using hidden text within class tags ideal for SEO, or should it be avoided?

    The Lead Up To the Super Bowl: How Are We Searching?

    Vanessa Fox
    by Vanessa Fox
    Feb 1, 2013
    Since 2009, I’ve been writing articles here on Search Engine Land about how Super Bowl commercials influence online behavior and how well (or not) advertisers have taken advantage of that online opportunity. One clear trend has been that each year, these commercials trigger increased online activities. This is both because each year, we are more likely to juggle multiple devices while we watch the game (TV + mobile phones + tablets + laptops +….) and because we have so many more places online...

    Google Updates Maps Review Spam Algorithms

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 1, 2013
    Googler, Dasha, announced in a Google Maps Help thread that they made a major update to their spam algorithms to block spammy reviews in Google Maps.
    Dasha said that Google "made some recent improvements to our spam detection algorithms that have increased the number...

    Animated Google AdSense Ads

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Feb 1, 2013
    Google is testing a new form of ads where the ads animate and reform themselves as you place your mouse cursor over them. It is a form of animation within the Google AdSense ad formats.
    @IncrediBILL posted videos of what these look like at WebmasterWorld when you interact with them. They are pretty wild!

    Google Patent for Touch Screen Keyboard

    by Bill Slawski
    Jan 31, 2013
    I remember 10th grade keyboarding class in high school, which was a required course for everyone. I’ve typed a lot more characters than I ever expected in the days since, but I’ve been wondering how much longer people would be typing, or at least typing on a physical device intended just for typing. I’ve tried [...]

    The post Google Patent for Touch Screen Keyboard appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    3 Months and Still No Penguin Recovery

    Jill Whalen
    by Jill Whalen
    Jan 30, 2013
    Our site has been affected by Google's Penguin update. Our website traffic and search queries are down almost 80%.

    Google Places / Local Business Management Update

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Jan 30, 2013
    Last night, Google's Jade Wang announced in the Google Business Help forum that they have made an update to the area businesses can maintain and update their Google Places / Loca Listing in Google Maps.

    High Rankings Question of the Week

    Jill Whalen
    by Jill Whalen
    Jan 29, 2013
    What do you think of the fact that soon many SEO tool providers will no longer be showing keyword rankings?