News : July 2001
So, what's this... Friday and no A List Apart?? What's going on?? Has hell frozen over? Nope, not at all... the Demon of Domains has been playing around again, Jeffrey Zeldman explains all of it.
My buddy JAZ has a track that is now at #5 on MP3.com! Show your support and listen to the track, it's phat!
The latest word from Macromedia is that HomeSite 5.0 will have full XHTML 1.0 support. I can't wait! [ Source: Macromedia, Inc. ]
Have you been craving attention? Or, if you get Slashdotted, do you want to make sure that you're not chained to the telephone at an inopportune time? Well, you might want to make sure that you put content on your site that's meant especially for journalists.
If you are going to be in Portland on August 7th, you should make it a point to go to WebVisions. Jeffrey Zeldman, Gabe Kean, Molly Sokolow, Geoff Hiller and Heather Irwin will be speaking at the event.
Assimilating the Web on Salon is a must read for anyone who uses the web to publish articles, etc.
A new issue of 0sil8 is out... this one is called "Pocket." Pocket is a mailing list formulated especially for your wireless device. Check it out.
Issue 113 of Kaliber10000 is up... check it out. Also, some of you may not know this, but our friend mschmidt is now hiding out in San Francisco... so if you happen to be in the Bay Area, e-mail him and offer to buy him beer.. lots of it.
This may change the way a lot of hybrid print/online publications do buisness.
I am not sure exactly what a Wiki is... in fact, I don't even think the people who made it know what it is... but what ever it is, it's cool.
Special thanks to Joe Jenett for the linkage... sorry for the late reply my friend.
A new issue of A List Apart is online. This issue covers SmartTags. SmartTags are, perhaps, Microsoft's wet dream responce to NBCi's QuickClick technology and gaining net traffic through the use of YOUR website. Also covered in ALA this week is accessability in multimedia. Joe Clark puts a different angle on what may be down the road for multimedia.
Size matters. Joe Gillespie reminds us that the Maxxi truetype font family is available for all of your designs where every pixel counts.
Yes, that's right... after a lot of delay, a new issue of Digital Web Magazine is up and online for you reading pleasure. This issue is all about simplicity in design.
It seems that Tim Donahue over at CHP has added a new section for Logos. Check it out, rate the logos and then add your own logos!
The photo above of Dave Mirra catching air like only Dave can is a sample of good things to come... I have received interest from others who are willing to start a project dedicated to photos such as this... those individuals include a former editor for Transworld Skateboarding magazine... so keep an eye out for it! More news on this project later.
Much ado about pixels and points. The debate is starting up again over the CSS issue of using pixels or points and which is the best method. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so I will let them speak for themselves: CodeBitch, Little Green Football, Zeldman and of course, ALA.
Sometimes things happen... and after they happen you take a moment in pause... look back and go what the hell was that? It seems like some DJ is going around pranking our web deisgner friends... I can't imagine what the phone bill looked like.
Jade tells us that a new project over at Basefield is in the making, and is hanging for you hungry people to sign up! Get the latest, and help make it a success!
Some work earlier this week has paid off today; A new issue of A List Apart is up and it's all about clients!
Most articles about type on the web bitch about what you can't do. I'm quite lucky to have found an article that talks about what you can do. [From Lines & Splines]
With the recent talk about birthdays, I thought it high time to mention that both Steph (my favorite Francophone) and I are celebrating our 27th birthdays on 7 July (three weeks from Saturday).
I don't normally ask for gifts, but I'm in an activist mood. So... I want to see gifts given, just not to me: if you don't already, spend some time with a child, listen to them, hug them from the bottom of your heart if they're okay with that. If you want to "get your design on" buy a pad of paper and a big box of wax crayons, share them with a kid, and enjoy the results. Have some fun.
Speaking of watching the passage of time... I was digging through my file cabinet and found some old documents that really date me. For example, the first documented date of myself being online was February 18th 1994, though I am sure I was on the Internet before then, running around like a mad man without a PPP connection, building HTML pages in Pico and viewing them in Lynx. Then came Trumpet WinSock for Win3.0 and wow, I had a graphical browser! On May 15th 1995 I started my web design business, then called Digital Productions Inc. which would later evolve into what Digital Web Magazine is today. I even found some floppy disks (ya, remember those?) with some of the first web pages I made for my business site. The design was not as bad as my first personal web site, but damn near it.
It seems like everyone is having a birthday... today is the birthday of a very special site... this one has 'oomph' or shall we say, harrumph! Jezebel turns 5! Congrats to Heather.... keep rocking bay-be! Also, our favorite tattooed bad-ass design ninja, Joshua, hits the big three-oh.
Jeffrey Zeldman makes a few comments worthy of some deep thought... consider what it would be like if a said company controled all web standards by default... pass the brimstone.
iStockphoto.com gets a redesigned... I have always loved this site, now I love it more.... my favorite part? The Skate Park, of course... maybe I should get some of my photos up in there.
Zeldman debunks the theory that online content is dying... he tells us what is truly happening in the market beyond what the mass media believes. A plague on both your houses, big business and start-ups.
Our good friend PPK dispells the rumor of Netscape backing out of the browser business. Read for more details.
Surfs up! Brand new look and feel. Thomas knows how to design like the mad dawg he is! Very slick!
A new issue of A List Apart is out.... this week Peter Balogh returns for Game Design in Flash 5 part 2: Heroes and Villains. Note to readers: we are now starting a new policy where we link directly into the current week's ALA article so that out archives are linking to the correct resources several months down the road.
Dreaming of logos, names, colors and all around ID? I just stumbled across this site: brandchannel.com. Check out the features area and the papers area... packed with tons of good reads! Also, check out FT's Billion Dollar Brands for a good ranking of brands (note: posted in July of 2000).
Pending an up-and-coming announcement, we would like our readers to critique our existing site. Please visit SiteCritique and submit your comments... our site is under the 'Design' area.
Heather (perhaps the most photographed woman on the web... through a mirror ..hehe) launches the new site for The Mirror Project. New functionality and a new interface. Be sure to keep an eye out for the wet paint!
A year ago today Microsoft was ordered to split up it's company... today, AOL/Netscape leaves the browser market. No one can predict the future and this was probably the last thing on anyone's mind a year ago. Let us not forget that a year is a long time in the Web industry. Navigator, RIP. In tribute, a few of my favorite articles:
- ALA: 'Forgiving' Browsers Considered Harmful by J. David Eisenberg
- ALA: To Hell With Bad Browsers! by Zeldman
- ALA: Making the Best of Netscape 6 by Zeldman
- DigitalWeb: For and Against Microsoft by Joe Hewitt
- DigitalWeb: Why Gecko Doesn't Matter Yet by Glenn Davis
- ALA: Why IE5/Mac Matters: What Microsoft
...But as long as Google doesn't give into the Dark Side, our contributor Shirley Kaiser and Paul Boutin (formerly of HotBot, writing for Webmonkey) both tell you how to get the highest possible ranking. Are you tough enough?
For those whose hearts beat in time to the vibe of independent web development, you may findespecially if you're working on applicationsthis Slashdot post on Open Source and the law to be a worthy read.
Ok, we are seeing a new change in online advertising. First it was the banner ads, the sponsor blocks, then on to things like interactive Flash banners, and we recently saw DOM/dHTML banner ads flying over content ...now it's time to really say 'yes, we are owned' ...check out the Quote Page at CBS's MarketWatch site... this is just out of control. [link from SVN]
Digital Web Magazine has made HOW's Top 10 Links list for the second time. Thanks to everyone for getting the word out! :) Also, I would like to take this time to say if anyone finds Digital Web Magazine linked on a site, referenced in a book or mentioned in a magazine, please let us know!
After much delay, I finally managed to get my SXSW 2001 photos online. Enjoy.
I just about choked on my spicy Italian sub when I read this on CNN: Study: Four sites account for half of Web surfing... please pass the salt.
Want to know how the industry is doing? So do we, take Turtle's Web Design Survey and help us find out how bad things are. It's really simple... only seven questions, multiple choice.
Turn off the lights, stop the MP3, sit in the darkness and quiet... turn up your speakers.. put your browser at full screen and load EvilPupil.
A belated birthday wish to our friends at Surfstation keep kicking ass! Matt Rea also had a birthday recently which we forgot to mention... for those who don't know, Matt is the man behind DesignFlea... check it out! Oh ya, and Matt... check the snail mail.
What do Jeffrey Zeldman, Todd Purgason, Lynda Weinman, Jakob Nielsen, and David Siegel have in common? Completely different points of view about the web industry. Read Christopher Schmitt's article entitled 'Then, Now, Next: Five Perspectives on the Web Development Industry' to find out more.
Tonight Ben and I went to a trance party that Gabe told me about... the weird thing was that the party was at the caretaker's house in a cemetery... there was even a fire dancer.. and DJ Ranger spinned for us. Next time I will bring a load of booze and some turn tables.
It's Friday and a new issue of ALA is out. This week we hit on a core web-related topic that everyone knows about... the ugly step-child of the Web, if you will... So what is the topic? Why, it's Porn of course. Jacobson studies 'adult' sites to see what they can tell us about the future of web content.
Joe Gillespie already has this month's editorial up. This time he is covering the idea that Layout is not a dirty word. In his own words: HTML [and XHTML] provides for the basic structure of a Web page and some people are quite happy to leave it at that, but 'layout' has a lot more to it than just making the page look pretty! The beginning of a new series of articles on Web page layout.