The Shoemaker's Web Site
Fog Creek Software (famous for its FogBugz bug tracking software and the opinionated essays of its founder Joel Spolsky) recently re-launched their web site. They've written up an interesting post about the challenges of growing beyond "Product Launch Cycles" to ongoing continual improvement -- both for their products and their site.
Usability and design critiques are all the rage this week: Daring Fireball's John Gruber weighs in on the changes in Windows 8, engineer Majd Taby reviews the good and the bad in Google Chrome's interface, and designer Luke Wroblewski takes a deep look at Netflix's evolution towards a streamlined interface that puts the content first. Meanwhile, UX designer Andy Budd writes a kicky essay titled "I Don't Care About User Experience." (Spoiler: He actually does.) If you're looking for some meat-and-potatoes tips for your own software, UX Design Edge has a great article that's full of low-hanging fruit.
The three juggernauts of the search engine landscape -- Google, Yahoo, and Bing -- have just launched Schema.org, a clearinghouse for information on the structured data formats recognized by their search crawlers. They've also announced microdata, a new format for embedding metadata in HTML pages. Naturally, Drupal's resident RDFa guru Lin Clark has already spun up a new project to support the format...
Mobile Apps and APIs
Jeff Eaton and Karen McGrane of Bond Art + Science will be presenting on mobile strategy at the Web Content Conference in Chicago next week. If you're still trying to decide on your strategy, an inevitable infographic has been making the rounds...In Friends-Of-Lullabot news,