News : August 2000
Some funky phresh stuff going on at Simain... this is volume two.. not bad at all.
Another good article from ClickZ. This one is rightfully titled, "The Brand Promise." Something that goes to the core of another project I am working on with several well-recognized designers and webzine publishers from all over the world.... We are not selling the product; we are selling the idea of the product. Perhaps one of the best recent examples of this is Marc Klein's Creative Republic.
Daphne Blum tells us that there is new artwork from JN Foster and Alicia Sparaco as well as new writings by Jon Argyle and Hugo Seijas at Infinite Race for your viewing and reading pleasure.
Ok, I know we mention Jeffrey Zeldman a lot on this page, mainly because I work along side of this genius on his site A List Apart. But this week we have posted his name in our headlines more often than not. Jeffrey Zeldman, unofficially known as the busiest web guru alive, although he would never admit to it. As you can see reading though this week's "What's New" posts he is anything but resting. Just to name a few things that he did over the last week:
- Posted a issue of his column on Adobe's website.
- Got interviewed by Design is Kinky.
- Designed a cover for Design is Kinky.
- Wrote and posted a new article for this week's issue of A List Apart.
- Developed and posted next week's article for A List Apart.
- Wrote another chapter for his soon to be published web design book.
- Updated his personal site (every day).
- Did work for his own web design company, Happy Cog Productions.
- Got the Web Standards Project site up and working again.
- ...Ok, and maybe he slept for a few hours in there somewhere.
Design is Kinky has a new profile up. Mr Jeffrey Zeldman takes the stage.
Is it just me or is everyone getting a book deal? The latest news is that Derek Powazek (the genius behind The Fray) just signed a book deal with Macmillan. This following news that Jeffrey Zeldman also received a book deal. Hats off to both of you, this is all well deserved. The web guru gets published.
Being home sick sucks... there is never anything on TV and nothings going on online. Well, thank heavens it's Friday and thank A List Apart for releasing the forth issue of the ever so famous "Fear of Style Sheets" series by Mr. Zeldman himself. For those of you who haven't yet used CSS I have one thing to say to you; it's been four years since the first recommendation has been released, what rock are you hiding under? It's time to overcome your fears.
OK, so now I can concentrate a bit more on that other community thing Nick. :)
Jeffrey has a new edition of HTMLHell on Adobe for your reading pleasure. This one's rightfully entitled "Style vs. Design" I think it says a lot about what we see, hear and breath regarding the web. Read this, it's good for the soul.
You have got to love work... this week I am scheduled for 48 hours of work... the problem is that all but eight of those hours are suppose to happen today... anyone have a hammock I can barrow?
Many people have asked me why I haven't pursued putting Digital Web Magazine on the press and release a printed version. Salon.com explains it better than I could in the article "When magazines lose their charm" by Scott Rosenberg. It's all about the signal to noise ratio.
A new issue of A List Apart... this one strikes a chord with me, Bob Jacobson goes into detail about what most designers are missing; designer to designer collaboration... which also happens to be something that I am working on with a new project that has yet to be named... keep checking this page, I'll talk more about it later.
VR07 is live at the Australian INfront. View the Select 10 as well as all 96 amazing entries to the word CULTURE in the Visual Response section.
just hanging around in the automobile sites, if you have missed this beauty , well don't miss it...
Check it out, the new Design is Kinky T-shirts are available online now! Support the design zine movement and buy a DiK T-shirt! And don't forget to buy a Digital Web Magazine T-shirt while you're at it.
To add to my little rant on e-commerce... I am in the market for a new truck... something to replace my old Ford Explorer. Toyota's corporate site had some useful information... but things only got worse from there. I searched for a dealer and found the two near my location. I decided to check out Beaverton Toyota. It looked promising... then I discovered that most of the site had no useful information other than an inventory of their used cars... that's more than we can say for Royal Moore Toyota which had no inventory at all. Digging deeper into Beaverton's site I noticed that 1/2 of the site wasn't even completed... navigational bars linked into pages of gibberish text (obviously for placement, but yet unfinished). Keep in mind that this is a site linked in from the Toyota corporate site. Some companies just do not belong on the web.
Value America closes shop... good bye and good reddens... don't let the door smack you in the back on the way out. With that said, I ask you, when will the web grow up and get a clue? Talk about media over-hype... "Yes you can have your own e-commerce website, you customers will be able to buy with a simple point and click!" Give me a brake. You and I know there is a lot more that goes into a website than just putting it online regardless of how will the interface is designed or how easy the shopping cart is. May Value America and Boo rest in peace and shine as an example of how not to embrace the web.
It's Friday once again and a new issue of A List Apart is hot off the press. This week's article is titled, "Dr. Strangeglobe. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the W3C." which is beautifully written by Erika Meyer.
And let the battle begin... It turns out that Adobe is filing a lawsuit against Macromedia for a patent infringement over the 'tabbed palette' patent that Adobe owns. Macromedia, of course, denies the claims.
How much talent does it take to ripoff someone's creative work? How much money can you make by stealing someone's beautiful design? How much blood shall we spill people? How much pain do we have to see before people start realizing it's about being unique and creative in your own way. Marc proposes a Black Board and I stand behind him.
Mike Cina (formely of TPC) has his portfolio up at http://www.mikecina.com.
This may be the first time I have ever heard of a contest to "dress" someone... especially when you are talking just a few pixels here and there... check out Neopod's Pixel Fashion Comp.
Noah here with a new portfolio (yes, again). I'm on my way to New York at the end of this month. Like the site? Give me a job.
David Eisenberg finishes the third part of the DOM Design Tricks tutorials now available at A List Apart for your reading pleasure.
Gabe tells us that there is great new work from Jimmy Chen (Typographic), Nicola Stumpo (ABC), Oleg "cmart" Paschenko (conclave obscvrvm), Yohan Gingras (Evil Pupil), Ross Mawdsley (IKDA), Sam Ward (Second Story) and Brian Taylor in the new issue of Born Magazine. Perhaps the web's most creative zine.
A new issue of *Spark-Online it out and in full greyscale. It's all about sex, lies and mp3's... hats off to Kris Krug for making this happen, thanks to all the Spark crew for making a zine that shines and sparkles like none other.
The Australian INfront profiles the legendary Fischer West. One of the few (and the only Australian) people recognised by Adobe as a master of digital imaging. Find his profile in the INdividuals section.