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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Category Archives: Design


I Need Some Spacing

Way back in June over on Subtraction, Khoi presented a tweaked version of the Gmail interface (and then a follow-up article regarding the feedback on the first), improving spacing and alignment by making a few small but significant changes overall…

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008.

Apples and Oranges

My second column, entitled “Apples and Oranges,” was published over at Digital Web Magazine, while being asleep. This time around I take a shot at understanding the relation between the fields of usability and design and why, more often than not, they collide. Yup, that topic — again. Both fields are mandatory and I think […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Thursday, June 10th, 2004.

Contrasting Vision

In one of my previous posts I encouraged people to abandon #000 as copy text colour in favour of lighter shades such as #333 or even #666, for example. In retrospect there are two things wrong with that post. First, I should not tell people what, or what not to do, even if my words […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Saturday, May 22nd, 2004.

Design Eye for the Usability Guy

If you have to name one usability guru out there that is in desperate need of a design makeover, who would you name? But of course, none other than Jakob Nielsen. Therefor, in the spirit of sharing, Andrei Herasimchuk decided to gather up some knowledgeable designers and help Nielsen with a little bit of design […]

This item was posted by dhilhorst on Wednesday, May 19th, 2004.

When Black Is Not Black

Stop using black for copy text. Just stop. It hurts my eyes. All you contrast freaks, stop telling me that default black (#000) text is a necessity on white backgrounds. It is not, I repeat, it is not. I will stop reading blogs and web sites that insist on defying common sense rules of design, […]

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Tuesday, May 11th, 2004.