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August 2010

  1. Happy Cog-designed Kongregate: one of Time magazine’s top 50 for 2010.

    August 26, 2010

    Way back in 2006, we worked with social gaming company Kongregate, helping them devise a plan for world domination. Kongregate was just recognized in Time Magazine’s annual “50 Best Websites” list. Read more.

  2. Happy Cog 2011 SXSW Panel Ideas

    August 20, 2010

    Voting is underway for next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. Happy Cog professionals are bringing their expertise and insight resulting in eighteen panel ideas that are sure to delight and inform. Voting ends 11:59 CDT on Friday, August 27, so check out the panels and vote Happy Cog! Read more

  3. iPhone app development and the joy of help copy

    August 17, 2010

    In Issue No. 312 of A List Apart for people who make websites, Twitterific’s Craig Hockenberry tells what iPhone app developers need to know in Apps vs. the Web, and Lyle Mullican shows how to convert frustrated users into your most loyal customers by strategizing, writing, and maintaining better help copy in Good Help is Hard to Find.

  4. Happy Cog meets .net

    August 12, 2010

    The leading publication of web design, .net magazine, has a new issue out today, guest-edited by Happy Cog founder and executive creative director Jeffrey Zeldman. Jeffrey uses the guest pulpit to argue that 2010 brings us to a genuine turning point in web design: the beginning of a mature web where content comes first, and where web standards mean never having to say you’re sorry to any browser, platform, or device. Read more on Jeffrey’s website.

  5. Say No to Bad Ideas

    August 3, 2010

    You can’t create what clients need when you’re too busy saying yes to everything they want. As a user experience designer, it’s your job to say no to bad ideas and pointless practices. But getting to no is never easy. In No One Nos: Learning to Say No to Bad Ideas, Happy Cog senior experience designer Whitney Hess shares techniques to turn vocal negatives into positive experiences for you, your client, and most importantly, the end-user. (A List Apart Issue No. 311.)

  6. Kickass Kickoff Meetings

    August 3, 2010

    Too many kickoff meetings squander the busiest, most expensive people’s time reiterating what everyone already knows. If every meeting is an opportunity, why waste your first one? In Kickass Kickoff Meetings (Issue No. 311, A List Apart for people who make websites) Happy Cog’s Kevin M. Hoffman tells how to turn a room of mutually suspicious turf battlers into an energetic team with shared ownership of the end-product and the kind of bond that can sustain the group through the challenges ahead.

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