News : May 2000
The Bullshit Analyzer is 40% bullshit according to the Bullshit Analyzer.
Apparently we are 300% bullshit, or so this analyzer claims. Thanks to the guys at K10k for pointing this site out to us... really... thanks.
Speaking of updates, Carole Guevin informs us that there has been an update to the navigation of NetDiver plus a new onzines issue. There are some really great sites that Carole managed to find, very inspiring.
If you haven't noticed yet, we have been busy doing some minor updates to the site. One nice feature is that you can now access an archive of the What's New page here. A new Bio section and a Cover Archive are in the works, keep checking back. We are even considering adding a gallery section to the site.
Joshua Davis tells us that there is something new to check out on Once Upon a Forest. He calls it 'Firebrats'. Don't forget to check out PrayStation to read up on how Joshua made Barneys.com and you can even download the source code. Also, the threads continue at Dreamless.org. Joshua has been a busy man this month.
Juxt Interactive was very honored to receive a Clio award for the Process More importantly I wanted to communicate to all you flash heads out there that the Clios was a total Flash-Fest. Big money advertising has finally woken up to the fact that their is an effective new branding medium that taps the web and overcomes the bandwidth barriers that have been used as an excuse for so long. This new interactive medium is opening up a whole new form of advertising and brand building that is not a regurgitation of an old medium but is innovative and dynamic on it's own terms. the short list of Clio finalists
The question of the day is what didn't I do last night? I had a wonderful conversation with Gabe over the loud music in a smoky room that is the Pint of Portland (note to self: Never drink on Thursdays). The fun part, aside from the eye-opening conversation with Gabe, was when I got to dodge a few pool sticks. I also got to briefly meet Brad and Julie, which was cool. I have been in this town for 25 years you'd think I would have meet Brad and Julie sooner. After staggering home I managed to hoist myself up to the computer (Ok, I wasn't that drunk, just buzzed) to finish the development of today's A List Apart (which has a great article this week, BTW) and reply to a few posts from Glenn Davis, Jeffrey Zeldman, Lance Arthur and Rebecca Pranger. I feel like Zeldman does, I need my own weblog to keep track of my own life.
The cat is out of the bag. More news on this to come soon. I am proud to take part in fostering this new idea Glenn has and I am proud to be included with such a group of respectable web innovators... the shakers and movers of web design and development if you will.
Jeffrey Zeldman has a new edition of his HTML Hell column for Adobe. This time he talks about the revolution on the Web... an no, it was not televised.
We have a new TSHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION on over at Design is Kinky. Check it out and submit your designs!
I looks like I will be meeting Gabe Kean for coffee and conversation on Thursday. Brad and Julie may be there as well. After that we'll probably head over to Touché's for The Pint of Portland. I assure you, no city parties harder on Thursdays.
Everyone, put down your Wacom pens and minimize your Photoshop and read this. It's a breath of fresh air. I work for a company that sometimes I think, why are we even working with this client? I mean, they don't listen to us, they screw up our designs, they don't want to see what 'can' be done and they arn't willing to pay for anything. Life is to short... shit or get off the pot. Do good design and do it good. Only work with clients willing to listen and learn. 37 Signals mastered the art... it's time we do too.
Apparently PHP 4.0.0 has released. If you haven't looked into PHP before, you should. The results much better than any other web based programming language (not to name names) and it's lightning fast. While your at it check out our PHP Resources page. Feel free to suggest new resources as well.
I have been spending my time paying attention to interactive sites like Banja. A co-worker of mine, Robert Lewis, is really into this kind of things and I think it's only a matter of time before most everyone starts going this route for sites that really should be built this way.
Some discussion on Dreamless.org brought up the idea of web design portals... what if the portal used navigation trough sound? Yacco shows us how it is done: YN. I managed to stumble across some cool sites via this portal such as Retina-e along with some of my current favorites.
Congratulations Matt, pretty soon there will be several little Haughey's running around... the world is a crazy place. :P Speaking of getting hitched, if I forgot to mention this before, Jesse is now hitched... congrats to him as well. It's hard to imagine geeks like us actually finding a girl. :P For me? I am still looking... hey, it's a big sea.
Something grand and astounding is about to take place. This is the next grand idea.
Digital Web Magazine has been added to the famous Glassdog.net list. Lance, you rock. For those of you who have never visited Glassdog.net, perhaps now is the time for you to check it out. And maybe, just maybe, you could put your site up to be listed as well... provided you meet the rules for inclusion.
The Dreamless.org thread continues. Perhaps you're getting tired of me mentioning this thread? Maybe that's a message from me to you to go read it and contribute your thoughts on this subject.
I have been busy with getting this week's A List Apart article finished. We are blessed with a brilliant article by Swedish designer/developer Pär ("Peyo") Almqvist entitled "Fragments (of Time)", it's a must read.
On another note, many people have recently asked me why I work on ALA... I mean, here I am with my own magazine and deadlines, why would I want to spend time working on some other magazine? Well, to me, the answer is simple; it's not about me, it's about us. I enjoy working with great people and I enjoy contributing to the web community. Sure there is little reward, but to me the reward comes when I see the article live on Friday and a smile on a good friend's face. Here's to us.
An angel appears, offering you the chance to save a man's life. You do not know this man, who lives on the other side of the world. The angel will not even tell you his name. In order to save this anonymous stranger, you must make a personal sacrifice: you can never, ever use the web again. What do you do?
Hello people of the Digital Web world...I have a question for you all. What are your thoughts behind what inspires you? Why do you think certain things inspire you? Send a brief answer to these questions to me, Andrew from DiK for an upcoming article right here at Digital-Web Mag. We want your input!
The thread to answer the burning question continues. I think if there is a will there is a way. Somehow we will find the answer, it's only a matter of when.
Another crazy man joins the Pyra team today. Matt, be nice to Derek on his first day... no pixel-dueling. Pyra is quicky becoming a popular place to work... not to mention that Blogger is such a cool tool.
The latest head-turning portfolio site has to be the site of Danyshevsky Serge. Serge is a true renaissance man living in a digital world. His talents (or as he calls them, hobbies) range from Web Design, Painting, Photography and even playing music on his favorite guitar. His styles in graphical design are very appealing and his use and placement of visual elements are much more than just eye-catching. Special thanks to Carole Guevin of NetDiver for this find!
Many of us living in Europe are trying to recover from last night's Eurovision song contest which was held in beautiful Stockholm and featured huge flag-colored lips (you had to watch it to understand.) The Danish team, aka "two old geezers with guitars", won, which surely makes the Kaliber10000 boys very happy. The Flash/Shockwave-based website is amazingly cool - especially "Make your own Waterloo Mix" featuring an animated version of (of course) Abba. The site was made by Paregos. (A sidetrack - why do so many web-design sites have their name transcribed into pseudo-Japanese now, even if there's no Japanese content? Is it the "cool" thing to do? Does Nick want "Digital Web" in Japanese? :)
Speaking of Flash, this 5-minute version of Star Wars Episode IV on my friend Nicole Parrot's excellent Star Wars fan site is absolutely hilarious and very well done.
Check out this fresh site I stumbled across today. EatCat.com seems to be the personal site of designer Stephen Lo. This is what web design should be all about: self-expression, vivid colors, good design, coherent structure and navigation, simplistic and to the point. Meow, baby!
Well, Jason didn't win... but Halcyon walked away with an over-sized corkscrew for Cocky Bastard. At least someone won that I feel deserved it. The year before last, the Webby Awards were something different... they had spirit, energy, and they meant something. This year, I don't know, I just think it's a way for someone to make a quick buck (talk about over-hyped). You have to register to even be considered for possible nomination (you have to have a large ego for that) and when you do it's not cheap.
Is it a web site or just an over-hyped movie following in the foot stepes of what NRG did for Kimble.org? Balthaser was honored with the 'Best of Show' award and the Gold Award winner for 'Best Overall Creative Design' at the ad:tech.World 2000 Awards in San Francisco. Oh ya, and the over-hyped Webby Awards event will be happening tonight... not that it's worth mentioning... but you never know, Jason Kottke may win.
So many links to check out but hate having a messy bookmark file full of urls you only visit once or twice? There's a great little freebie for Macs called Linkpad. It's kind of like a Sticky for links, uses drag-and-drop, and is great for intermediate storage of all the cool links you encounter but don't really want to permanently bookmark. (While you're there, check out the site's cutely Mac-oriented look and feel.)
I ran through a quick color test from home and it said I was brown, does that mean I am full of shit? I took the same test again during my lunch brake at work, taking time to think about the question... now it says I am blue, does this mean I am a Smurf or that I have been brainwashed from working on IBM's site for so long? I can no longer see the color #0033CC now... my eyes are immune to it.
Mark your calendars now for the next NXNW. The event will be held September 20-23, 2000 in Portland.
A fresh and new, volume 42 of Shift is now avilabale on their site. Check out the interview with Enlightenment, the designers of this month's Shift cover.
Mad props to Andrew Johnstone of Design is Kinky, Token and MSchmidt of Kaliber10000, James Widegren of ThreeOh, and Jeffrey Zeldman of A List Apart for the mad linkage. Did you link to Digital Web Magazine? Drop me a line and let me know, we'll mention you on the What's New page.
Joshua Davis, the creator of PrayStation, has launched his new site that allows designers to exchange ideas and information via forum. Check out Dreamless.org, a cool forum site moderated by cool designers.
Friday, May 5th of the year 2000 will be a day of reckoning. We lost one of the greatest of the grandest today. Glenn Davis, after six years of picking one great website every day of every week of every month, he has decided to move on. Is it all for greener pastures, new ideas or perhaps better pay? Probably not the later... Glenn was never in it for the money; he was in it for the spirit. Has the spirit faded away? Is it not the bright sparkling light we used to think it was? What happened to this place?
At any rate, Glenn will always be remembered even if he does not resurface in this industry at all. He was a mentor to many, a innovator of the web, a inspiration to all including myself. Heros are remembered but legends never die.
...Ok, gesh, the guy is not dead. He may show up somewhere with another grand idea. Have a little faith. Give the man a moment to rest for the first time in six years.... six years in web years is a long time to be doing the web, I should know.
How do you spell relief? p-u-b-l-i-c-a-t-i-o-n A big thanks to everyone who has already emailed me back and said how much they like the new issue and the new redesign. You all rock! I have no idea how I managed to put this issue live without actually being able to 'see' it via browser. I am still seeing the old site... it's only a matter of time before my DNS updates. Thanks to all that acted as my eyes while my DNS waits to be updated.
Oh, and before I forget, a new issue of A List A Part is out as well. This week's issue contains a story about information overload written by Bob Jacobson and entitled "DigitGlut.com"
The new issue and redesign of Digital Web Magazine is now live. Special thanks to Alper Balkanli for the kick ass cover, Daniel Jenett for the killer feature, Rick Cecil for the slick article, Makiko Itoh for the helpful tutorial, Tor Kristensen for allowing us to interview him, Jesse Nieminen for the great review, Joe Hewitt for the timely column, Noah Maas for the awesome redesign, and Steve Bruno for all the editing help.
Where do web sites that kick ass go when they die? Maybe they go to a special web site heaven? Maybe to the dumpster out back? Or perhaps they just rot six feet under? We will never know, but we do know we will miss that little bastard. Thanks to Mat Mejia for remembering the lost.
Today is just full of redesigns. The new redesign of Vir2l is out. Do not try to load this in older versions of Netscape Navigator, use Netscape Communciator 4.5+ or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0+ Trust me, it's well worth it... very nice design in full effect. Thanks to Nate Flood for reminding us that the new design was out. Vir2l is perhaps today's hottest design company to work for.
The almighty designer James Widegren has released his semi-finished redesign of ThreeOh. Check it out (though you may not be able to see anything sense the server is totally swamped with hits right now). In conjunction with the ThreeOh release, Nate Flood has new site out for your viewing pleasure; N.Gin. Other sites that are updated today in conjunction with ThreeOh are Dform1, SubMethod, GreyScale, Vitaflo, and endekks. Most of these only work in Internet Explorer (probably 4.0+). Also, Desktop Imperium is expected to update sometime today.