Embedding Google Maps into a page is fairly easy, but there are little things you can do to improve the appearance and usability. There are also several things you can do if you dig into the API, but the fixes this article covers are fairly painless to carry out. The default Google Maps iframe embed does not come with a map marker. Here are some very simple hacks to fix that.
GoDaddy Buys Media Temple. This news on the (mt) blog this morning sent shock waves throughout the web community. GoDaddy owns the majority of the web domain business in North America, and also provides notorious hosting and site building services. The web community came out in full force on Twitter this morning, lashing out Media Temple owners for selling out to GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s ads have been slammed for objectifying and exploiting women, and ex-CEO Bob Parsons caught tremendous heat for shooting a bull elephant in Africa.
To many in the web community, this feels like a betrayal of trust. How could the company that they love and have supported join forces with the powers of darkness? Maybe it was all about the Benjamins. Maybe the owners of (mt) simply got tired of running things and wanted to take some time off. Perhaps, both companies thought they could learn something from each other.
There are many types of design. Web design, interaction design and user experience design are processes that web agencies deal with every day. But all sorts of things: products, transportation, architucture–had to be designed as well. These are part of a larger ecosystem of systems design. Governments, currencies, systems for measuring distance and time are all things that had to be designed and agreed upon. Today, I’m focusing on a small corner of the design world, web design and its related fields.
Art, to which design is often compared, must be aesthetically pleasing, but has the option of solving a problem. Design can look good, but must always solve a problem. Design is a box into which we put our best conceived solutions. So where does design ethics come into play?
We have important decisions as designers. We must decide what problems we are trying to solve, for whom we are solving those problems for, and how we are choosing to solve those problems.