Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.

Matthew's articles

  1. iPhoney: Test Your Site for iPhone Compatibility

    Can’t afford an iPhone (or don’t live in the US) but eager to check how your site might look on the hottest device of the moment? Enter the iPhoney: a small (1.3MB) desktop application that simulates web browsing on the newly released device. iPhoney is not an iPhone simulator but instead is designed for web […]

  2. Web Directions South: Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!

    The lovely folks at Web Directions have informed me that the Early Bird Pricing for this year’s Web Directions South conference in Sydney has been extended to July 4. If you’re thinking of attending the Australian conference for web professionals in September, then you only have a few days remaining to act. SitePoint will of […]

  3. Rich Developer, Poor Developer

    In case you’ve had your blinkers on, over the past twelve months the marketplace on has gone completely gangbusters. What began as a simple platform for SitePoint’s online community to buy, sell and trade web sites and domain names has exploded into an onslaught of back-to-back auctions, to which there are now entire blogs […]

  4. Safari for Windows!

    Apple has released a public beta of its Safari 3 browser for Windows. It’s a small download, its rendering of pages is fast, and it comes with all of the features and elegant user interface tweaks (love that text search bubble effect) that make Safari such a popular browser among Mac users. What stands out […]

  5. User Style Sheets Come of Age

    User style sheets — CSS files that sit on the user’s desktop machine and override a site’s original styles — have been around for a long time. Personally, though, I’ve never really seen the benefit. Sure, from an accessibility perspective, I concede that the ability to restore underlines to links, bump up the font size, […]

  6. Easy Database Schema Diagrams with DBVisualizer

    I’ve never particularly liked databases. Don’t get me wrong–I love using them. You know, filling them with data, watching my users fill them with data, deleting my users’ data* … but as long as it’s all from the safety of a server-side programming language–I’ve never been a big fan of interacting with them directly. All […]

  7. Typography: Baseline Rhythm Deciphered

    Have your pages got rhythm? In a previous post I reported on Richard Rutter and Mark Boulton’s web typography presentation at SXSW, where Richard explained the importance of ensuring that the text on your page maintains a “vertical rhythm”. If you haven’t explored this concept yet, allow me to explain: if you were to overlay […]

  8. HTML: The Top 5 Forgotten Elements

    So you’re a front-end guru who spends your day churning out complex CSS layouts and dynamic DOM wizardry. You’ve mastered cross-browser layouts, you’re confident with your DOM scripting skills, and you’ve made every effort to make your pages as usable and accessible as possible. Heck, maybe you’ve even added extra semantic meaning to your site […]

  9. Are You Ready For Web 3.0?

    Ok, so I admit it — the title of this post was indeed meant to draw you in. But before you jump straight to the comments form to leave your cynical wisecracks, hear me out. Granted, we’ve struggled until now to even agree on what the term “Web 2.0″ means (although SitePoint’s own Kevin Yank […]

  10. SXSW Interactive 2007: Final Wrap-up

    (Read coverage of day one, day two and day three of the SXSW festival.) And so the mother of all festivals comes to a close. Here are some highlights from the final day: Web Typography Sucks British typophiles Mark Boulton and Richard Rutter teamed up to deliver my pick for the best panel of SXSW, […]