American duo Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer. Their site Don’t Fear the Internet is a really great beginners’ guide to the fundamentals of web design, practical but in no way patronising. (via itsnicethat)
Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn’t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Through short tutorial videos, you’ll learn how to take a basic wordpress blog and manipulate the css, html (and even some php!) to match your aesthetic. You’ll feel empowered rather than crippled by the internet and worst case scenario you’ll at least end up having a better idea of how professional web designers turn your design dreams into a reality on screen.
Trend.ly is a site for those who need to determine how popular any concept is over another at any moment in time. On the site, anybody can either check already-existing trend polls between current concepts, or suggest a trend poll himself in case he has caught wind of something right before the rest got wise. Of course, the user might just want to know something very concrete that has got nothing to do with the degree of current popularity of a concept, but rather with its universal acceptance or perception.
What they say: “Trend.ly is an online, user generated trend list that you can access from any device which has an internet connection. Everything on trend.ly is submitted by our community. Once a trend poll has started, other people see it and vote what they like more.”
It is an entertaining way to find out which concepts are more popular among the public at large. Less useful but entertaining. Looks like virtually anything can be compared.
xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.
Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop.
Wix has recently surpassed the 2.6 million user landmark and is introducing a fresh new homepage and a brand new statistics feature for users that have chosen to create a Flash website using the Wix builder. And it’s thanks to the support and feedback from Wix users that it continues to evolve! Check out their blog to keep track of latest news & features.
“Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times”. Google has several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Use them for everything from business research to trivia answers.
Google Trends – For a broad look at search query data, enter up to five search terms to see relative popularity over time.
Trends for Websites – Google Trends for website traffic data. Type in a website address to see visitors by region and related sites visited.
Insights for Search – A deeper dive into search query data for marketers and power users. Create your own lists of “most popular” and “fastest rising” queries for different geographic regions over time and by topic.
Hot Trends – The top 100 fastest-rising search queries right now (U.S. only). Updates throughout the day