News : October 2000
There is a new redesign, or should we say, reprogramming of CoolHomepages. You will need to sign up to some some of the cool personalization features. Show your support and vote or comment on Digital Web Magazine.
My band K Through Six has recently released it's 7 song EP entitled "Episodes from 44th Street and the Hearsay Thereafter". It's readily available on your normal mp3 services such as mp3.com, farmclub.com, and napster. If you are stopping by the farmclub.com site please take the time to vote for us! Official site is up at http://www.diode.nu/kthroughsix/.
The crew at Dreaming America are at it again. They just released a new site for a local support organization for independent storytelling. Check out Fusion Pictures. Mad props to Josh, Scott, Kerry and crew.
While we are waiting around for a few more articles to come in for the next issue of Digital Web Magazine, I took some of my spare time to update my portfolio. Specifically the art section.
Jeffrey Zeldman's mom passed away today at 3:35 pm eastern time.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
- - Anonymous
Things have been quiet around here because we are getting a new issue of Digital Web Magazine out the door. Lots of good articles, a helpful tutorial, good interview and reviews to come. We are only weeks away.
Some funky Flash5 going on over at Design Insites. Another example of the OS look inside of Flash.
Please keep Jeffrey Zeldman in your thoughts and, if you are religious, in your prayers tonight. His mother's condition has worsened. He says she could go at any time now.
Keep your calendars marked for the Web2000 conference. This year's "Cool Site in a Day" should be a real blast. I have been assigned with the task of heading up one of the two teams in the competition. The c2x2 team includes myself, Carole Guevin, Matthew Haughey, Makiko Itoh, Paul Petrunia and last but certainly not least, Matt Rea. I hope to see you there.
Another new article is up at A List Apart, this week it's all about doing business on the web as a designer. Part one of a series by Scott Kramer.
Well, David said he would finish up his site for all to see, and now he has.... behold, David Carson Design (full launch soon).
Speaking of great things coming back, Matt Owens tells us that there is a new autumn edition of VolumeOne live for your senses to absorb.
Have you ever heard of Spongelab? Take 10 leading art and design colleges, add the grammys to cover music, mentoring, portfolio and peer reviews, we are talking e-ductaion, community and opportunities for all creatives. This goes off. And follow the design links to check out an awesome and totally interactive flash profile on yours truly. Or follow this link directly to the piece. And also on the lines of online education, mentoring and experimentation is the return of the Om'nium project. Class starts TODAY! Check out the progress at www.omnium.unsw.edu.au
Welcome back Kaliber10000 with, as Toke puts it, "speeds of lightning giving you that foul smell of burnt rubber lingering in your nostrils... K has got the afterburner cellotaped to it's bollocks!" Welcome back guys, we have missed you!
Speech Therapy has posted a new Interview with yours truly. I talk a little bit about some of my recent challenges and issues that I have had to overcome. We talk about working at agencies and I talk about criticism of personal sites and a lot more. Good reading.
Design is Kinky has a new profile up on Francis Chan, the creator of FameWhore. Check it out.
Jeffrey Zeldman writes about dealing with his mother's Alzheimer's. It makes me realize that there is more to life than just doing what you enjoy... and that is, enjoying others around you while they are still around.
If anyone happens to be in the San Francisco area at the time of Web2000 please let me know. I will be there for the first week of November and I plan to meet as many web-heads as I can. More news later on why I will be in San Francisco, but I can tell you it is both business and pleasure.
Filip Stoj tells us that there is a new Flash Gallery up on Digitalthread, perhaps the definitive source for cool sites and agency resources for web designers.
I am off to Wieden and Kennedy today. No not for a job (I have had my fare share of working for large corporations) however, feel free to send me any job offers as I am currently between jobs. This time the meeting is for a focus group about computer and video games. It should be pretty cool.
Josh Kneedler over at Dreaming America just told me that they have released a brand new zine called Ranger Magazine. Don't be fooled, this is no typical e-zine... it's all about content and design with some nice kung fu scripting action and effects. Congrats to Josh, Kerry Seed, Scott Benish, Ryan Matson and the rest of the Ranger Mag crew.
Oh no...yet another t-shirt contest. Wise-Women is having a t-shirt (and mug, and mousepad) design contest. Open to anyone, and winner will get a Box of Goodies! (this may include autographed books, software, chocolate..you never know. It's a Surprise.) Please check it out. Incidentally, we also have issue 6 up, with 3 brand new articles.
Who said size matters? Check out this tiny design shop out of Chicago called D6GA, they are producing some rather killer stuff. Props to the DiK guys for passing the linkage along... speaking of DiK, did you get your T-Shirt yet?
Thanks to Ryan Mayer of Interbaun Communications for posting a message on the Creative Republic mailing list about Critique's "17 Myths of Graphic Design". Some of which I agree with, most of which I disagree with, all of which calls for a good discussion. Special thanks to Marc Klein for building probably the best web design related mailing list I have ever been a part of.
A fresh new issue of Born Magazine is now online for your creative pleasure. Cover by Rene Cruz, new addition to the birthing room by Arron Bleasdale, Louise Hart and written by Keith Hart, other contributions from Erin Dunn, Jordan Crane, Sean Jordan, Jon Butko. Pascal Bompard, and Florian Jenett.
As some of you may or may not know. I have decided to make a change in my lifestyle. I have decided to leave my job as senior technical designer at White Horse Interactive in search for a more creative role at a much smaller company.
I look back on my three years or so at White Horse and wonder about what went wrong with my passion for design... about what went wrong with the web. Have we all been brain washed to believe the web is about making a sale, whatever happened to sharing information or creative expression? What ever happened to the art and information in it all. Maybe it's just my Dada roots showing, but I feel the soul of the web has been lost in the idea of the web agency. Where have all the craftsmen gone? Where is the passion to do a good job and not just to get the job done? Here's to the road less traveled.