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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.

June 30, 2001 at 10:37 AM

Nick Finck

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!

June 29, 2001 at 6:42 PM

Nick Finck

Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that Microsoft is not to be broken up after all, at least for the time being. On the heels of this news comes a Linux Journal article which asks, "Why is Microsoft Attacking the GPL?" The answer to this question is important to Web developers everywhere, as the Web development trades need to be alert to the efforts of Microsoft (or any other company) to "embrace and extend" (or "assimilate" if you prefer) the open standards—such as XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which are explicitly referred to in the article—upon which our working lives are wholly based... whether we like to admit it or not. Where do you stand?

June 29, 2001 at 11:00 AM

Ben Henick

Better late than never... Congratulations to Billy and Jessica! :)

June 28, 2001 at 11:13 PM

Nick Finck

The latest word from Macromedia is that HomeSite 5.0 will have full XHTML 1.0 support. I can't wait! [ Source: Macromedia, Inc. ]

June 28, 2001 at 8:43 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 28, 2001 at 1:18 PM

Ben Henick

The winners for the Monson Boards Design Contest 2001-2002 have been announced. [ Link from SurfStation ]

June 28, 2001 at 12:57 PM

Nick Finck

Time to vote for your favorite finalist in the Flash Film Festival!

June 28, 2001 at 9:30 AM

Nick Finck

Microsoft abandons Smart Tags feature (for now). [ Link from Zeldman and WebDesign-L ]

June 28, 2001 at 9:25 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 28, 2001 at 9:19 AM

Nick Finck

Assimilating the Web on Salon is a must read for anyone who uses the web to publish articles, etc.

June 26, 2001 at 10:52 PM

Nick Finck

Mappa.Mundi Magazine has an article up by Martin Dodge that is titled "Mapping how people use a website" Check it out! [Link from iaslash]

June 26, 2001 at 12:53 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 26, 2001 at 10:20 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 25, 2001 at 9:23 PM

Nick Finck

This may change the way a lot of hybrid print/online publications do buisness.

June 25, 2001 at 9:27 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 22, 2001 at 9:45 PM

Nick Finck

Special thanks to Joe Jenett for the linkage... sorry for the late reply my friend.

June 22, 2001 at 9:42 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 22, 2001 at 12:53 PM

Nick Finck

Size matters. Joe Gillespie reminds us that the Maxxi truetype font family is available for all of your designs where every pixel counts.

June 21, 2001 at 10:06 PM

Nick Finck

The Web is going to Hell in a handbasket. [Link from The Study of Design ]

June 21, 2001 at 9:53 PM

Nick Finck

Special thanks to Design is Kinky, K10k, Zeldman, Harrumph!, SurfStation and SKdesigns for the linkage! Got linkage? Let us know!

June 21, 2001 at 1:05 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 21, 2001 at 1:32 AM

Nick Finck

The top 40 finalists for the Monson Boards Design Contest are up to be voted on. [link from DiK]

June 19, 2001 at 1:31 PM

Nick Finck

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!

June 18, 2001 at 9:31 PM

Nick Finck

Dave Mirra

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.

June 17, 2001 at 11:20 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 17, 2001 at 3:56 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 17, 2001 at 3:44 PM

Nick Finck

For those who don't already know, CoolHomepages gives the skinny on kerning. [From Lines & Splines]

June 17, 2001 at 6:47 AM

Ben Henick

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!

June 15, 2001 at 6:47 PM

Nick Finck

Some work earlier this week has paid off today; A new issue of A List Apart is up and it's all about clients!

June 15, 2001 at 11:36 AM

Nick Finck

This just chaps my hide.

June 15, 2001 at 10:13 AM

Nick Finck

I am reminded again of one of my favorite font matching sites... I had missplaced the URL a long time ago and now it resurfaces from my friends at WebDesign-L... the site is called WhatTheFont!

June 15, 2001 at 8:01 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 15, 2001 at 12:39 AM

Ben Henick

Todd tells me that Juxt Interactive's recent Billabong project (Pickled the Movie) has made it into the Flash Film Festival... Check it out and cast your vote!

June 14, 2001 at 6:16 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 13, 2001 at 9:47 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 13, 2001 at 7:17 PM

Nick Finck

Check out the sweet sequences at SkateDept. [Props to K10k for the link]

June 13, 2001 at 8:56 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 13, 2001 at 8:51 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 12, 2001 at 3:47 PM

Nick Finck

Cheri Painter has some picture up from my birthday party in Austin for SXSW. It was one of the best birthdays I had in a long long time. Thanks to everyone especially Billy and Ash.

June 11, 2001 at 6:11 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 11, 2001 at 9:28 AM

Nick Finck

Our good friend PPK dispells the rumor of Netscape backing out of the browser business. Read for more details.

June 11, 2001 at 8:44 AM

Nick Finck

Surfs up! Brand new look and feel. Thomas knows how to design like the mad dawg he is! Very slick!

June 11, 2001 at 12:26 AM

Nick Finck

My review for Jeffrey's book finally gets posted on Amazon.com along with eight other reviews... all of which denote 5 of 5 stars... he must be doing something right!

June 9, 2001 at 1:32 PM

Nick Finck

Drew tells us that the HalfProject has new section up called dpick where you can rate the art pieces. I love the artwork on their site! Check it out!

June 9, 2001 at 12:49 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 8, 2001 at 1:11 PM

Nick Finck

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).

June 8, 2001 at 11:46 AM

Nick Finck

We were told about a very interesting article by Kent Dahlgren entitled "Design is not a therapy session" This is totally worth taking the time to read. [link from The Head Lemur]

June 8, 2001 at 10:53 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 7, 2001 at 10:02 PM

Nick Finck

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!

June 7, 2001 at 7:25 PM

Nick Finck

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:

...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?

June 6, 2001 at 5:39 PM

Ben Henick

A note to Google: Don't give in to the darkside of the force. I've already given up on several search engines because of this craziness... let's hope Google stays clean.

June 6, 2001 at 1:00 PM

Nick Finck

For those whose hearts beat in time to the vibe of independent web development, you may find—especially if you're working on applications—this Slashdot post on Open Source and the law to be a worthy read.

June 6, 2001 at 12:20 PM

Ben Henick

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]

June 6, 2001 at 9:58 AM

Nick Finck

Deepend struts their stuff in the Adobe Web Gallery this week.

June 6, 2001 at 8:54 AM

Nick Finck

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!

June 5, 2001 at 10:31 PM

Nick Finck

After much delay, I finally managed to get my SXSW 2001 photos online. Enjoy.

June 5, 2001 at 10:08 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 5, 2001 at 1:41 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 5, 2001 at 8:46 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 5, 2001 at 12:03 AM

Nick Finck

Lance has launched storyFUCK.

June 4, 2001 at 12:13 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 3, 2001 at 11:32 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 3, 2001 at 1:22 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 2, 2001 at 11:26 PM

Nick Finck

Jose Illenberger has released version 2 of Redberger, check it out!

June 1, 2001 at 10:42 PM

Nick Finck

A new *Spark-Online is out... you won't believe this one.

June 1, 2001 at 5:21 PM

Nick Finck

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.

June 1, 2001 at 9:22 AM

Nick Finck

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.

June 1, 2001 at 9:16 AM

Nick Finck

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