Parallax scrolling on websites has been overused and abused, according to Tara Hornor, who asserts that the effect works well only on certain types of websites. Parallax scrolling works effectively for websites that use a storytelling approach rather than ones that are looking to communicate a good deal of information quickly. Above all, make sure the parallax scrolling effect does not interfere with a user's ability to read text or navigate pages, Hornor adds.
Checking out different Web designers' reinterpretations of famous websites, such as Facebook or YouTube, can provide a burst of inspiration, writes Dan Black. He highlights 10 major sites including Skype and Yahoo as reimagined by innovative designers.
Most people's Web browsers are out-of-date installations with serious security holes related to Java plug-in exploits, according to a Websense study. About 1 in 20 browser installations have the most up-to-date version of Java, the study found.
Yelp has created a free tool known as the Revenue Estimator that helps businesses figure out how much money they're making from Yelp-generated leads. A free listing on Yelp can allow companies to bring in about $8,000 per year, according to a study.
Designers tend to look to websites for inspiration, but some Web applications are also gorgeously well-designed, writes Nathan Barry. This gallery rounds up 10 of the best app designs. "All of these designs ... make it easy to accomplish a particular task, while staying out of the user's way and focusing on the content," Barry writes.