Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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September 2004

  • Blog entry // 09.30.2004 // 12:27 PM // 8 Comments

    My KC Arena Dot Com

    Sprint Center Proposed DesignIf you’re a sports fan, you’ve probably heard that Kansas City is building a new downtown arena. By all reports, it is slated to be the most impressive arena of its kind in the USA. Today, the two possible designs will be revealed. Reportedly, they will be available at yourkcarena.com later this afternoon.

    • Update: Images of the local team’s design have been released, and are included in the full entry.
    • Update #2: The local group won and will be building the Sprint Center. I’m mirroring all the photos and video I can find at the end of this entry.

    As this arena will have a sports franschise (hopefully NBA or NHL) as its primary tennant, I’ve been following the story closely. I listen to sports talk radio daily. What I’ve learned is that the typically American sports fan hasn’t a clue what design is all about.

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  • Blog entry // 09.28.2004 // 11:35 AM // 6 Comments

    Bloglines Web Services to Allow Syncing

    Best news I’d heard in a while (from the bloglines news weblog):

    Today we announced the Bloglines Web Services, a set of functions to access Bloglines data in other programs. The services are built on open standards, and make it easy to access Bloglines subscription and blog entry data.

    We also announced that several leading desktop aggregators, including FeedDemon and NetNewsWire, will be supporting the new functions, which will allow their users to synchronize their desktop accounts with Bloglines.

    As I’ve metnioned here before, I used to be a heavy NetNewsWire users, and I still love the program. however, the need to have my feeds at any computer I at prompted me to switch to bloglines — which, while brilliant, is nowhere near as robust a reader as NNW. Sounds like I’ll soon have the best of both worlds.

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  • Blog entry // 09.23.2004 // 7:39 PM // 3 Comments

    Welcome to the new server!

    If you’re seeing this post, you are viewing this site on the new server! The new server is exponentially faster than my old one, and is also located in a more robust datacenter with much greater bandwdith. Enjoy the new speed of jeffcroft.com!

    Note: I expect there to be minor problems while I get used to the new box. If you notice anything, feel free to report it in the comments. Thanks!

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  • Blog entry // 09.20.2004 // 10:53 AM // 5 Comments

    KC MacHeads: Plaza Store Coming this Week

    Kansas City-area Apple fans (I guess I am now less of one, living in Manhattan): you’ll be happy to know that the new Apple Store on the Country Club Plaza opens this week. Cool. I’ll have to check it out sometime. It’s always fun to head down to the Plaza for a day, anyhoo. I expect you all to hit the grand opening and try to rake me some free stuff. Booyakasha!

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  • Blog entry // 09.17.2004 // 10:52 PM // 4 Comments

    Seven Hundred.

    Giant’s slugger Barry Bonds tonight hit his 700th career home run off Padres’ pitcher Jeff Jake Peavy. To say that Bonds is in good company would be to drasticly underestimate the point. Bonds joins Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players in Major League history to reach the 700 milestone.

    Despite steroid accusations, being generally despised by the baseball public, increasing age, and being walked (often intentionally) more often than any other player in baseball, Bonds reached one of the truly unthinkable milestones in sports. Hitting a baseball is absolutley the most difficult thing that any professional athlete does; going yard 700+ times while every pitcher in the league avoids throwing you a strike is simply unimaginable. Perhaps due to the public’s general dislike for Bonds, or maybe because of the steroid accusations, I think most sports fans today don’t really “get” the magnitude of this feat.

    Like him or not (and frankly, I really don’t), Barry Bonds is amongst the greatest players of all time, and is quite possibly is the most magnificant slugger ever. Not Maris, nor Mantle, not Mays, nor Robinson, not Banks, nor Williams, not McGwire nor Griffey — none of them are even close. Respect is long since overdue.

    Every night we can turn on our TV and watch and he storms closer and closer to Aaron’s “unbreakable” record. It’s a great time to be a sports fan. Congratulations, Barry, and thanks for the highlights.

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  • Blog entry // 09.17.2004 // 1:15 PM // 6 Comments

    Cuban on Benefactor Episode One

    Mark Cuban answers some questions about the first episode of his new show The Benefactor on his weblog.

    I watched the first episode and am hooked. Cuban is the absolutle bomb. Gimme Mark Cuban and Steve Jobs to run my company anyday…

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  • Blog entry // 09.16.2004 // 9:01 AM // 1 Comment

    Wilson Miner redesign

    I just wanted to point out the redesign Wilson Miner recently did at his personal site, Wilson Miner Live. For all the talk that has been going around about how out-of-the-box blog designs don’t always work, I think Wilson pulls it off perfectly. The design is sparse and clean, managing to mantain a touch of personality in the process.

    Only bad thing about this redesign: Wilson beat me to half my ideas for my next version. :)

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  • Blog entry // 09.15.2004 // 4:28 PM // 10 Comments

    KC Chiefs Go CSS.

    As I clicked over for my daily visit to kcchiefs.com, I was surprised to find an all new design. While I’m not exactly in love with it visually (that background image could litteraly make one ill), they did switch to a 100% CSS-based layout. Props to the designers for embracing standards.

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  • Blog entry // 09.14.2004 // 12:12 PM // 6 Comments

    Why sIFR Matters

    Today at work I’m enjoying the tedious task of creating hundreds of nearly identical images based on a simple template. They are small header images for the sub-sites of each department here at KSU. They are all the same, except for where one says “Office of the Vice Provost,” another might say “Computing and Network Services.” At a large Universirty, you can imagine how there can be hundreds of these to create. While the task isn’t difficult, it certainly is tedius and time consuming (Note to those who work with me: I’m not complaining! :) ).

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  • Blog entry // 09.09.2004 // 2:17 PM // 13 Comments

    Carroll on Standards: Drop the Religion

    In his most recent column, ZDNet commentator John Carroll tells any standards advocates who will listen that we need to “drop the religion” and start embracing the non-standard features of IE. He professes that web developers should use them, and “alternative” browser makers should implement them in their rendering engines. While his points have some validity, I have some of my own.

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  • Blog entry // 09.09.2004 // 9:22 AM // 9 Comments

    And then there was football.

    Living in Manhattan, hometown of a perennial top 10 NCAA football team, the NFL seems a bit on the backburner. But not for me.

    NFL Opening Day is truly one of my favorite days of the year, and it doesn’t look like this one is going to dissapoint. ABC has lined up a nice crop of stars to headline its hour-long pregame show, including Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Simpson, MJB, Elton John, and Destiny’s Child (yes…as a group). The game looks to be a winner, too. The Indy/New England matchup is a redux of last season’s AFC Championship Game and pits a top-three offense against a top-three defense. Plus, there will be Destiny’s Child.

    I’m playing in two fantasy football leagues this year (down from three and four in previous seasons), including one that squares me off against 19 other bloggers, including ESPN’s own Beastie Boy Mike D., local Kansas talents Holovaty and Miner, design blog superstars Cederholm, Scrivs, Andrei, Didier, Storey, D. Keith, and more. It should be a great time. I take on Scrivs in week one, and I fully intend to pummel him into submission. If not, at least there was Destiny’s Child.

    Welcome back, NFL. We’ve missed you. Go Chiefs! P.S. Did I metnion Destiny’s Child will be in the house?!

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  • Blog entry // 09.06.2004 // 10:17 PM // 12 Comments

    New TiVo, More Movies?

    Last week I bought a new TiVo. But first a bit of history…

    For those of you who haven’t been privy to my feelings about TiVo, let me say this: the first TiVo I had (which I got at least four years ago) is, without a doubt, the most well-designed, effective, useful, fun, and all all-around best piece of gadgetry I’ve ever bought. Period. Bar none. Not my iPod, nor my PowerBook, nor my Sony RMAV-2000 universal remote, nor any cell phone I’ve ever had can touch it. Not even close. It’s that good.

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  • Blog entry // 09.03.2004 // 4:25 PM // 3 Comments

    Bill Gates has one-liners?

    I thought this was funny. When asked about the fact that Apple/Pixar CEO Steve Jobs thinks the portable video market is going nowhere, Bill Gates responded:

    Ask kids in the back of a car on a two-hour trip, ‘Hey, would you like to have your videos there?’ My kids would,” Gates said. “I guess Steve’s kids just listen to Bach and Mozart. But mine, they want to watch ‘Finding Nemo.’ I don’t know who made that, but it’s really a neat movie.

    Nice dig, Bill.

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  • Blog entry // 09.02.2004 // 10:06 AM // 12 Comments

    J.Cro Homework: AAC/WMA and the iPod

    Okay, boys and girls, it’s assignment time! For this project, you’re asked to choose one of the following options and explain why you believe it’s the best strategy for Apple (of the available choices). You may only choose one (1) option. Now, class — commence with the comparing and contrasting!

    1. Apple licenses AAC/FairPlay to other music stores, allowing them to offer songs in the iPod-compatible format.
    2. Apple licenses AAC/FairPlay to other hardware manufacturers, allowing them to make their MP3 players compatible with songs purchased from the iTMS.
    3. Apple adds WMA support to the iPod, allowing it to play songs purchased from other music stores, such as the new MSN Music Store.
    4. Apple adds WMA-formatted songs to the iTMS, allowing iTMS songs to be played on non-iPod players.
    5. Apple stands pat, keeping the iMTS compatible only the with iPod and the iPod incompatible with most other music stores.
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  • Blog entry // 09.02.2004 // 9:31 AM // 8 Comments

    More Public Begging

    So, I’m only one person shy of getting me free iPod over at freeipods.com. I’ve got four referrals that have singed up and done their offer — five are required. So, I’m begging again. Someone please help me out! I’ll be forever grateful. Please? :)

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  • Blog entry // 09.01.2004 // 3:06 PM // 1 Comment

    Thanks, Paul!

    Just a shotout to thank Paul Scrivens (of Whitespace, Forever Geek, CSS Vault, Business Logs, etc, etc.) for featuring my site in the ‘recently redesigned” area of the CSS Vault. You’ve brought me quite a few hits, and I am very thankful!

    Now go check out Scrivs’ sites, which feature real content, rather than the boring, repetitive crap you’ll find at this place.

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  • Blog entry // 09.01.2004 // 9:33 AM // 14 Comments

    G-Mail: Giving Back

    A few weeks ago I publicly begged for a G-Mail invite, and my homeboy Wilson kindly dropped one on me. Now, as a show of goodwill and humanity, watch as I give back to the blogging community by offering invites of my own.

    That’s right, folks, I have six G-Mail invites ripe for the pimping. All you gots to do is axe me, and I’ll be happy to turn one out for you. First come, first serve. Word?

    Word.

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