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Four Design Links: October 15, 2009

It's Thursday once again. Take a brisk walk through the leaves with Four Design Links.

1. The Battle Over Good SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you for SEO, you have been conned.

That’s the start of this blog post from Derek Powazek which is currently causing all manner of controversy in SEO circles. He says some things I believe many web professionals have been thinking and I can’t help but agree with his conclusion: If you want people to find you make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again..

Danny Sullivan, an SEO professional, has crafted this defense of SEO, which I also like. He shares some of Powazek’s concerns, but is careful to draw the important distinction between bad or spammy SEO and good/legitimate SEO.

Both posts may be worth a read if you are new to SEO or just want to brush up on best (and worst) practices before your next job or client meeting.

2. Letters of Note

Letters of Note

Not quite a design site or trend, but file this under “of interest”.

Letters of Note is a recent find that has kept me entertained for the past week with fascinating and often humorous letters from famous people. Hunter S. Thompson is a favorite. Check it out.

3. Baked-In: Creating Products and Businesses that Market themselves

Survive an Avalanche with an Avalung

Core77 has a great interview with Alex Bogusky and John Winsor authors of Baked-In: Creating Products and Businesses that Market themselves. In other words: how to make better things, so don’t have to make stuff up. Sounds like a book after our own hearts.

4. The Logos of Lego

Lego Logos

Something I’ve never thought about: What can we learn about life in Legoland from its logos?

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NickOct 15, 2009

Comments on this post


Wow, those two links on SEO were exactly what I needed to read now that I’m starting to get into the topic… thank you guys, perfect timing!

Alan Furth at 1:47pm on Thu, Oct 15th.

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