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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April 2005

  • Blog entry // 04.30.2005 // 9:35 PM // 19 Comments

    Tiger Impressions

    Like much of the Mac world, I installed Tiger Friday night. Yesterday, I got to spend some quality time with it. What follows is a sort-of stream-of-conscious list of initial impressions.

    • On my Powerbook (1.25MHz G4, 512MB) the interface seems a bit more responsive. I don’t think actual speed is increased noticeablty for intesive processes (say, converting a music file from MP3 to AAC), but the general feel of basic operations (opening/closing windows, etc.) seems snappier.
    • The contextual menu in most Cocoa apps includes a “Look up in Dictionary” option. Handy. As nice-looking as the new Dictionary dashboard widget is, this contextual menu option is probably more useful. Even better: go into Dictionary.app’s preferences and select “Open Dictionary Panel” from the contextual menu options. This is a small pop-up panel that opens under your cursor, rather than launching the entire Dictionary.app program. Sweet. Even better than that? Hold down CMD-CTRL-D and point to words on the screen. Woah. Nice. It’s pretty smart, too. It’ll even tell you what “WTF” or “RTFM” means (go ahead, try it).
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  • Blog entry // 04.27.2005 // 2:15 PM // 18 Comments

    Since when is CSS being used for behavior?

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about separation of the presentation and behavior layers of a web application and how it relates to pseudo-classes in CSS such as :hover and :focus. I’ll be honest: I haven’t read most of it. So, maybe this is a basic question and has been answered before, but I’ll ask it anyway.

    I’m confused. It seems to be that CSS only allows for presentational attributes. Colors. Style. Hiding something. Showing something. Borders. Sizes. Etcetera. If I, say, change a background color for a form field when a user clicks in it using :focus, aren’t I changing the presentation of that form field? I’m not changing its behavior. If I show a piece of descriptive text under an image when the user mouses over the image using :hover, I am only changing the presentation of the image and caption. I’m not changing the behavior of them.

    CSS wouldn’t even allow me to add behaviors if I wanted to. So why is this an argument? Can someone explain?

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  • Blog entry // 04.25.2005 // 4:43 PM // 54 Comments

    Dashboard widget wishlist?

    I’d like to try my hand at writing a Dashboard widget or two, and I’m sure some of the other great designers in the CSS blogosphere would, too. As such, I’m soliciting ideas for widgets that would be useful to you in the comments of this post. Widgets users-to-be, tell us what you want to see. Widget designers-to-be, feel free to take any ideas you see and run with them. Just be sure to let us know of the results!

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  • Photo // 04.24.2005 // 10:01 AM // flickr

    Michelle

  • Photo // 04.24.2005 // 10:01 AM // flickr

    Michelle

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    Tasha and Tiffany

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    Tasha and Tiffany

  • Photo // 04.24.2005 // 9:59 AM // flickr

    Tasha and Tiffany

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:18 PM // flickr

    Michelle

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:18 PM // flickr

    Michelle

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:16 PM // flickr

    Jeff

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:16 PM // flickr

    Jeff

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:12 PM // flickr

    Michelle and Tasha

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:12 PM // flickr

    Michelle and Tasha

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11:01 PM // flickr

    Jeff and Michelle

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11 PM // flickr

    A Picture Share!

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 11 PM // flickr

    A Picture Share!

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 10:59 PM // flickr

    Party People in the House

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 10:59 PM // flickr

    Party People in the House

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 10:57 PM // flickr

    Michelle

  • Photo // 04.23.2005 // 10:57 PM // flickr

    Michelle

  • Blog entry // 04.21.2005 // 9:49 AM // 11 Comments

    More proof that cell phone carriers are stupid

    As cell phone carriers (including Sprint, Verizon, and Cingular) reject Apple and Motorola’s new iTunes-capable phone and scramble to come up with their own music download services, they’re making a lot of noise about the fact that they don’t want people to be able to copy music from their PC or Mac to their phone. They are concerned that you will purchase and download music on your computer and then copy it to your phone, bypassing their network and preventing them from charging you for minutes. Which makes some sense, I suppose.

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