News : March 2000
Keeping on a roll with news about Jeffrey Zeldman, his first HTMLHell column entitled "Breeding Better Sites" is now live at Adobe.com
Zeldman [and I] encourage Francis Chan to rethink the immolation of his site.
Here is something to get you thinking in new ways. Have you ever questioned why it's a box? Would a octagon work? How about a circle? Who really thinks up these rules? Food for thought:
"In the morning, I wake up in my sleeping box called a bedroom that's in my living box called a house. I make my way to the feeding box called a kitchen so I can eat cereal from a box called Cap 'n Crunch. It's then time to go to the concrete box called garage and get in the rolling box called a car so I can get to work. Once there I take a small floating box called an elevator to the work box called an office, and get into my own box called a cubicle, where I type all day on a box called a computer. Then when I get as much work done as I can, I go back to the elevator box taking me down to the parking garage box so I can drive back to the house box in my car box. Along the way I may stop at a big box called a grocery store to pick up a frozen box of dead animal parts called dinner that I can later heat in a humming box called a microwave oven so that I may eat a healthy meal. After eating I relax in a sitting box called a living room by staring at a flickering box called the TV. I decide to retire to my bedroom box so that I may rest. Before drifting off to sleep I imagine I might take some time off from the work box, so that I may go to a busy box called an airport to take a flying box called an airplane to another airport box somewhere South where I can relax in a box full of boxes called a hotel, maybe lie around in a wet box called a pool and enjoy the exotic locale. But that's for another day, for now I must live today's experiences all over again tomorrow, so that I can buy more boxes, bigger boxes, and better boxes, so that I may be truly happy and fulfilled in life. And if I am really lucky, everything will be airconditioned."
- Pasi Nuutilainen
Reprinted with premission. Spring 2000, Adbusters.
Since Up is now down, Uploading.com is going to present some kind of Public Humiliation on March 1st at 10:00am till 5:00pm Eastern standard time. Of course, I will remind everyone on March 1st as well.
Some interesting mud slinging going on at 72pt about the K10k redesign and their endorsements by Apple. Part of me thinks this is just a big publicity stunt to get people to go to 72pt.com ...so why am I linking into them? Mainly because I support anything allows anyone to share his or her opinion. Let the designers speak.
Ok, so it's not Friday, but a day late never hurt anyone, right? There is now a new issue of A List Apart online for your reading pleasure. Special thanks to Zeldman for pulling through when I was sick (Just like the good 'ol days, eh Jeffrey?). This week's article is "Clickthru is Evil II." by Alan Herrell.
After 55 hours of downtime ProjectCool and all associated sites are now back online. A special thanks goes out to Convad for offering crappy service despite what their home page says about them being "the leading national provider of DSL services."
Glenn Davis sends an email to explain why ProjectCool and other sites associated with it are no longer responding. "Who needs hackers when you've got Covad?" is the title of this month's Experience column.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to work on ALA this week since I have been sick. Fortunately, Jeffrey tells us a new issue of A List Apart is out. Unfortunately, the servers are down so we may never be able to read it. Ah yes, the conveniences of modern technology.
Sick as a rat, but still browsing. It's not another K10k or a spitting image of Born, it's 24-7cool. Some fresh stuff shinning through here. Special thanks to Zeldman for pointing this one out for us.
Some more sweet design going on at volumeone. Meanwhile, I continue to battle this flu, it's going around.. and it sucks.
After what would be a lifetime in web years, Kaliber10000 has finally launched it's redesign. Look for an article on Digital Web by mschmidt explaining his experience with the redesign.
Jason Kottke wrote a brilliant statement on Web Design Saturday. The statement reflects a lot of what I have seen and what I know of Web Design (coming from a film, video, architecture, arts and animation background).
As Zeldman mentioned, independent Francis Chan has decided to call it quits. Francis is most known for his Famewhore site. He is now only one of many independents who have decided to throw in the towel. It's sad to watch such great sites die off one by one.
It's Friday and good things come on Fridays. Not only do most of you not have to work tomorrow, but a new issue of A List Apart is out. This week Simon St. Laurent explains why XML is good for you in the article 'A Child's Garden of XML.'
We found this site linking in to Digital Web a few days ago. I have no idea who or what ThinksEven is, but I like them already... very cool Flash interface.
Matt Mejia is at it again, there are new site critiques by Woody Lincoln and Bronco Southfield on Holodeck73 today.
I managed to stumble across Scott Ewen's Fusebox site today. He has created a very impressive portfolio of his works ranging from web design to comic books. Yet another must see.
Mad props to Eolo Perfido for the linkage. Eolo is a 3D graphic designer, digital illustrator and photographer from Italy. His work really rocks. If you haven't seen his site yet, check it out now! He is also mentioned on K10k today.
I stumbled across Rob Dobi today online. He is a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Check out his pride, passion and pain; Attack of the Flesh Eating Art School Zombies, trust me on this one.
Jesse is still sick with mono, which is rather unfortunate, but the show must go on. Several new articles are being submitted and the feature spot is still up for grabs. If you're interested in writing an article or designing a cover for Digital Web Magazine visit this page. Meanwhile, check out my latest work for IBM, it's the NUMA-Q InSync newsletter.
Patrick Kalyanapu of Introversion tells us he is starting up a new foundry/resource/magazine. He is looking to team up with a couple of talented designers/webheads who are passionate about typography and visual design. If you think you may be interested in collaborating on the project, send him a email.
If you haven't done so already, go check out Jason Kottke's 0sil8 site and send your significant other a Valentine's Day card... or if you prefer, send them an evil card from here. Also, Derek Powazek shares with us his recipe for chasing away the rainy day blues. It has been tested and apparently it works.
James Widegren tells us that the new redesign for Three.Oh is almost done. Three.Oh recently made the cover of Mat Meija's ever so slick Holodeck73 site. In the mean time, you can visit Three.Oh and check out the 3rd power wallpaper called 'Idiorrhythmic Graphicism'. The main typeface is 'Prenoptica' by the font foundry Brainreactor. Andreas Lindholm, a good friend of James's from Sweden, designed the typeface.
The excitement is escalating for the next South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. The conference is set to kick off on March 10th. Yes, this is the same group of people who bring you North by Northwest (NXNW) in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Among the speakers and panelists here is my must see list; Lance Arthur, Derek Powazek, Steve Champeon, Matthew Haughey, Meg Hourihan, Jason Kottke, Clive Thompson and many, many more. It's going to be one hell of an event.
Alper Balkanli tells me that there is a new issue up over at Dexign.net with lots of news about cool design. Alper is also the designer of Digital Web Magazine's February cover that will soon be published. Daniel Jenett of Razorfish has agreed to create a cover for a future issue of Digital Web Magazine so expect to see some cool design there. And last but not least, mschmidt of K10k has agreed to write an article about his challenges and triumphs of the K10k redeisgn as soon as it is completed.
It's Friday, so that means a new issue of A List Apart. This week features 'Cutting the Cheese', an article by Joe Clark about user-contributed content. This site is what I have been helping Jeffrey Zeldman publish over the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy the articles found on this site as much as I do.
The interview with Tor Kristensen of Netbureauet Araneum A/S is coming along quite nice. Jesse is sick with Mono, so it may be a little while before we see the Dreamweaver3 / Fireworks3 Studio review, but we are going to aim for our late February release date.