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Reshma Kumar | 07 Oct 2011 | 5 comments

With the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder, I got to reflecting on what are some of the key learnings and takeaways of his design genius that he imparted on our industry and me personally.

5 Things Steve Jobs Taught Me About Design 1. Design is powerful.
Good design is powerful and something that is well-designed from the inside out has the ability to make a huge impact. Steve Jobs famously said that "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." A product that is well-crafted—whether it is digital or physical—can inspire a reaction and action from people.

2. Designs should be tasteful.
Sleek, sophisticated, exquisite, and even cute are some of the adjectives that can be associated with Apple...

Reshma Kumar | 05 Oct 2011 | 1 comment

Same Check. New Name. No Hassle.

VeriSign Trust Seals to Norton Secured SealThe VeriSign Trust Seal which you have come to recognize as a symbol of trust on websites, is undergoing a rebranding and redesign.

The VeriSign Trust Seal will be renamed the Norton Secured Seal. This is expected to happen in April 2012. All VeriSign seals will automatically update to the Nortonâ„¢ Secured Seal at that time.

The design of the new seal follows the same form factor as the current seal with the circle and pill-shape, as well as the inclusion of the familiar checkmark. The main differences are in the color scheme and copy. The seal goes from the VeriSign cranberry to a golden yellow and gray.

Look for the new seal to morph its way onto a screen near you in April 2012.

To learn what it all means to you, visit...

Reshma Kumar | 31 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

I am pleased to share with you the launch of a Symantec Executive blog called Information Unleashed. The blog will focus on executive insights and thoughts on the information age as it relates to your businesses. Authoring the blog are a wide variety of Symantec executives who will offer high-level perspectives on relevant business issues. The first post is titled "Cyber Security: A State of Digital Denial" by Michael Parker. You can read the post here.

Reshma Kumar | 15 Aug 2011 | 3 comments

GeoTrust LogoThe GeoTrust logo recently underwent a slight modification to improve its visual profile. It is essentially the same solid brand logo you know but with a twist. We did a 180 degree switch of the logo elements - swapping the order of the graphical "G" and logo text "GeoTrust". We found that this orientation of the graphical element on the left of the text serves as a stronger anchor for the logo text. It also helps to reinforce the "G" in the logo text by appearing at the beginning of the word "GeoTrust".

No radical change here - just improving on an already strong logo design to make it even better.

Hope you like it! See it live on www.GeoTrust.com.

Reshma Kumar | 30 Jun 2011 | 2 comments

The below is the earliest known screenshot captured of what the first-ever website looked like.

This early creation still represents the basic tenets of good design and usability. For instance, it is highly readable and provides great contrast with a very basic white background and black text. There is no gratuitous imagery. It utilizes the times roman font-face at a legible font-size. There are blue, underlined links clearly defined which we have all come to recognize as clickable. The page is written concisely with information-carrying words hyperlinked - notice there are no "click here's". And, I bet it scales to any resolution, is cross-browser compatible, and is mobile-browser friendly :).

Twenty years later from when this web page first went live, it is still a winner in terms of ease of use and usability.

First-Ever Website

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Reshma Kumar | 21 Jun 2011 | 1 comment

Firefox 5 web browser is now available. This latest version of the Mozilla browser offers some interesting features which are useful for designers and developers alike and ultimately beneficial to end-users.

Firefox 5 (FF5) provides support for new CSS3 styling features like CSS animations, allowing more capability for leveraging style sheet elements. FF5 also now has an upgraded graphics engine which renders text and graphics faster and sharper and automatically color-corrects images to display exactly as the image data intended. There is also support for open font formats like WOFF, TrueType, and OpenType which means that any font type - regardless of if it is installed on users' computers - will render true to type. This eliminates any limitations around using web-ready only fonts for Firefox users. Additionally, FF5 is providing HTML5 support for video which enables the use of the high-quality...

Reshma Kumar | 21 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

Internet Explorer 9The latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE) browser launched one week ago. Since, its debut, we have been seeing an adoption rate of 5.3% of users on VeriSign.com already on IE 9. And, compared to the previous week, there has been an approximately 3% drop in users to the site on IE 6 . While the percentage of IE 6 users on VeriSign.com is relatively small, the absolute number of users is still notable. Microsoft's IE 6 countdown site is a clear acknowledgment that this 10-year old version of the browser is steadily declining in usage. As of February, 2011, only 12.0% of the world was using Internet Explorer 6, which was 9 percentage points less than the previous year. IE 9, like...

Reshma Kumar | 23 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

This is a bit of a fun diversion. Here are some fotos of this year's RSA Conference where one lucky attendee won a smart car fortwo, compliments of Symantec. CEO, Enrique Salem, was also a keynote. Watch video.

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Reshma Kumar | 13 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

First-ever free trial of EV SSL certificates!

Free trials of all VeriSign Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates, including the industry's first-ever free trial of fully functional Extended Validation (EV) SSL, is now available starting today!

Now, website owners and operators can get a 30-day free trial of any flavor of VeriSign SSL certificates on their live websites without any obligation to buy. And, websites that don't require SSL encryption can take advantage of a 60-day free trial...

Reshma Kumar | 22 Nov 2010 | 2 comments

VeriSign Trust SealThe VeriSign seal is seen more than a half billion times in a single day by Internet users. Additionally, more than 100,000 websites are now displaying the VeriSign seal - this is more than six times that of the second most popular security mark.

Once you have your seal, the next question is where do you put it on your site to maximize its impact. The optimal placements for the seal on your website are:

1) On your homepage near the top of the page where it is clearly visible without the need to scroll, so your customers instantly know they can...