News : July 2000
Imagine, mini-Joshuas running around... all over the fucking place... designing like mad little devils! Well... we are not there yet, but Joshua is a lucky man this week... he's getting hitched... send him a congrats and pat on the back!
A new project is in the works. This will be a good thing, it will help bring together the zine community more than ever. If you run a zine (preferably a zine that focuses on the web) please send me and email and I will give you a run down of what the project is about.
The Australian INfront is now in version 02. A total redesign of the site taking into consideration all the feedback recieved in the past year. Getting around INfront is a lot faster and more pleasurable now. And there is still one week to go before the Visual Response 07 deadline. So to all the international creatives out there. Get involved. Get INfront!!!
Surfing one of my favorite Japanese sites/source for free anime-style fonts, I came across a brand-new online study group for people playing with vector graphics. There's only a few "student" samples up but it looks promising...and the idea is great. Though I guess you do have to read Japanese to become a member...
Speaking of Jakob Nielsen and so forth, there is a new issue of A List Apart for your reading pleasure. This week we have an interesting article by Curt Cloninger about a war between usability experts and graphic designers.
In case you've read (and been bemused by, or enraged by) Jakob Nielson's most recent AlertBox that declares the End of Web Design, read this. The Web is compared to both a dogshow and a strip mall in Monterey CA. Makes perfect sense if you've been to either. :)
Liam Wolf tells us about his site, some very interesting icon-like art going on here... almost k10k-ish, but with other influences as well. Check out the pixelated neopod.
It's Friday and, as you know, with each Friday that passes there will be a new issue of A List Apart. In this week's issue Eisenberg returns to continue the second part of his DOM Design Tricks series.
The Web Standards Project (WaSP) has released a letter to Netscape/AOL regaurding it's Navigator browser and the development of Mozilla/Gecko. Please take a moment to read the important words in the article, "For the Good of the Web: An Open Letter to Netscape."
Ok, ok, ok, I have given in to the great corporate branding and marketing dark side. I have been putting this off since Matt started his own shop for MetaFilter... at last, I have succumbed to the pressures of announcing the Digital Web Magazine Shop. I can safely say that I won't make a dime off any T-Shirt, Mug or Mouse Pad sold; it's available to you at cost. This is just another way to spread the word. First person I see walking down the street wearing a Digital Web T-Shirt gets a prize... more on that later.
The world is full of needs, wants, and of course the occasional absolutely must haves.
The winner of the Design is Kinky tshirt comp has been announced. Go check it out and pre-order your tshirt as they are going quickly!
Igor Krizhanovsky made the new fingertips ; where the flash becomes art once more.
Just a few more days till Webzine 2000 in SanFran. Anyone heading south?
Question of the day: When does this man sleep? ...Referring, of course, to Jeffrey Zeldman... WaSP was a buzz over the last few days with the release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.5 for Windows, which still lacks in aggressive support for existing standards. But enough about that war, there is another war (or should we say, revolution) going on. This week on A List Apart we put up a double feature about a subject that I am sure everyone has had their opinions about. Without giving away the theme, go and read about it for yourself... I promise, its good reading.
An idea is cooking... you can almost smell the seasoning but your not quite sure what is in the kettle... the smell is familiar... you catch a whiff of it here and there... you can almost visualize the dinner table... but what is the idea? All will be said and done at dinnertime.
I have my mind set on attending the 11th annual Portland Creative Conference this year. I have been to the last 5 conferences and I don't intend to miss this one. Brad Johnson and Julie Beeler of SecondStory will be speaking as well as several other creative people. If you are interested in attending, please let me know.
I have been receiving a few reports that the site is "creeping along," probably due to the increasing number of hits from the new issue. If you are experiencing any unusually slow load times for Digital Web Magazine, please contact me directly via email.
A brand new issue of Digital Web Magazine is out for your reading pleasure. Mad props all around to Justin Fox, Andrew Johnstone, Jesse Nieminen, Daphne Blum, Makiko Itoh, Kris Krug, Matt Owens, Steve Bruno and Sandy Combs for making this happen. I couldn't have done it without you. Additional thanks to Gabe Kean, Glenn Daivs and Jeffrey Zeldman for all the moral support.
This week's A List Apart article comes to us from Ross Olson. He talks about why it is important to have a design method and how that can affect your productivity.
An acquaintance of mine, Rudy Limeback from WDF, recently wrote an article on Evolt about designing sites that fit into the three classifications of interfaces; Ice, Jell-O and Liquid. I found this article to be a good introduction for those unfamiliar with the techniques.
The finalists for the second Flash Film Festival are up and awaiting public praise or scorn we are stoked to have http://Shorn.com as a finalists in the sound category but urge you to go and vote as you feel led.
If this site was a movie I would classify it as some kind of bizarre twist of Tron, the Matrix, and Enemy of the State... yet, for some strange reason I almost want to add Brazil to the list of movies.
Drew introduces us to The Half Project, a collaborative project that engages two artists through the creation of one image that is split 50/50. A successful blend of diverse artists makes these pieces amazingly explosive. You have to see to believe.
The July issue of *Spark-Online is out and includes tons of new articles including "Life Inside the Universal Machine" by Ira Nayman and "Motion Zapping Megatrends" by Jacob
In perhaps what is one of the only brilliantly designed filipino websites out there, Drew's site shows not only her skill as a web designer but as a true graphical artist. A beautifully designed site with a "linear impression," as she puts it.
The World Wide Web Consortium recently redesigned their site... I still can't find anything I am looking for.