News : October 2000
This is simply too phat for words. Crank the volume up.
A new issue of A List Apart is hot off the press. This week's article is "Indie Exposure" by Julia Hayden who encourages us to share the wealth... it's all about independent content production.
If you like pixel art or icons, or you're a Japanese culture fan in any way, you just have to check out Hide Itoh's fantastic icons for Mac, Unix or Win. Wow!
What's New postings have been few and far between. There are several reasons for that. One is that we are working hard on getting the next issue of Digital Web Magazine out. The other is that we have a taken a new job with a bright and young company. The other reason is that, well... I guess I will be an uncle in about 9 months... so I am spending what little time I have with the family. More posts coming soon.
Visual Dialogue 05 is now live. VD05 is between INfront member Andrew Johnstone (www.designiskinky.net) and Peter Reid (www.ourcommon.com). Find it in the Visual Dialogue section on the Australian INfront.
A new theory column is up over at Design is Kinky. This issue is entitled "Inspiration or rip-off? Where is the fine line?" which includes some comments from yours truely.
Every once in a while when you are sifting through the dirt and rock, you find a gem. Today I found a gem worth sharing. I found philosophe.com, a thoughtful approach to web site quality. It details everything you thought you knew about web site quality and several things that you may have misunderstood. This gem is worth more than most any old diamond on the web.
we just published the 4th issue in 4 weeks of Wise-Women today. We're strong on content..maybe short on design (design by committee and all that...)still, I like the new cover illustration from Suzi....for a self-confessed graphics beginner, it's pretty good.
BTW, if anyone's thinking of using em for font-sizes in CSS, forget it. unless you want Nick going nuts. :P (though the problem really is invalid CGI-generated HTML + Netscape...mumble mumble.)
Does working weekends and into the wee hours of the weekday nights sound familiar? Does your company own more than one beanbag chair? Do you wear flip-flops to work or walk around bare-footed there? Do these things ring a bell? I am guessing 90% of you just said yes... so I have to ask the obvious question; will dot-coms ever grow up? I hope the answer is yes, but at this point it's only a guess. Maybe all those years I spent as a animator and film/video director will pay off in the long run after all.
http://www.thedesignersrepublic.com. Matt Pyke says "More to come in the following 46,016,242 seconds". It's not much, but ...
I am always the last to know... well, sometimes. A new issue of the half project is live for your viewing pleasure. Take special note to the De-Phase section, you may recognize one of the designers. This is just one of the many projects I have been contributing to over the past few weeks. Expect to see more of my stuff on Design is Kinky and Creative Republic, not to mention all the work I have been doing on a new project called c2x2 which will launch soon.
The creative gears are grinding again for Invertebrae... the theory is if a first you do not succeed, then try again. There is a new spin on education for the design community and a new idea evolving at Invertebre. Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of their page to see the idea evolve.
Some interesting issues have cropped up today with web-safe colors. Is the 216 Web-safe color palette 'really' Web-safe? A enlightening article at WebMoneky by David Lehn and Hadley Stern show us the death of the Web-safe color palette?. Proof? Try out these two test pages at different bit-depths; the web safe test page and the Really-safe color palette. Special thanks goes to Nick Johnson for bringing this to out attention.
Visual Response 08 TRAFFIC is now live on the Australian INfront. This Visual Response was completed live, in class at Sydney's Enmore Design Centre.
In all the chaos around the office Friday (i.e. drinking beer, quaking, etc.) before the three day weekend, we almost forgot to mention that there is another great article by Eisenberg at A List Apart. Take a look at what the Internet is and is slowly becoming beyond the browser.
Underpaid? Overworked? Forgot what a social life is all about? Kforce has released their 2000 Salary Survey, you may find it very handy if you plan on approaching your boss for a raise.