:Archive Of March 2004:

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2004 - 10:23 PM -

Terminology is almost an indiscretion.

I've got problems with speaking of 'web designers'. It's bad enough we have a flux of evolving disciplines as the web gains detail, and there's that whole sorry business of confusing style and design*, a hangover from graphic design.

Is it more useful to say 'communication designer'? I don't mean to start inventing titles (You can almost hear someone saying "e-communication designer". Shoot me now.) but I'm liking how it fits into sockets that'll help me get across that web design is about communicating information. That it's in the service of information transmission. Whether it's the right colour or the right font or progressive enhancement or link shape/placement/labeling or (forgive me) information architecture, this is communication design.

[* "Design is an art of planning. A problem is presented, a conceptual blueprint is formed in response, a solution is achieved. Style is a matter of appearance -- the way something looks or feels." -- Paula Scher. Great book. Buy it. I'll complain about it later.]

Sunday, Mar 21, 2004 - 12:28 AM -

Dan Vine rocks.

ieCapture alpha is up. Bookmark it alongside his wonderfully generous iCapture.

I know we're well past the deep-pocket dot.com days, but if there is a project that deserves serious web-company sponsorship, this is it. Talk it up with your friends and maybe it'll reach the right ears. This should be an extremely well known tool with beefy hardware backing it up.

It'd be pocket change for Apple to sponsor, and it'd do wonders for their own customers to have iCapture a commonly used tool by the Windows majority. (Nevermind that it would simply be the proper thing for them to do after releasing an OSX-only browser.)

My view? My view is that if you release a platform dependant browser then you should either host a test station or release an exact emulator for Win/Mac/Linux (both free). It's a responsibility. Or produce a 100% standards compliant browser in the first place, which is the idea. Anything less is toxic to the Web.

Saturday, Mar 20, 2004 - 3:12 PM -

Coffee & Cigarettes trailer.

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 - 11:40 PM -

Megalomania Exhibition blog. (And over here would be the Megalomania blog.)

Thursday, Mar 11, 2004 - 8:39 PM -

  1. roadrocket.de, home of nice aluminum things.
  2. Keisuke Kishi wallpapers.
  3. The Dream Anatomy gallery.
  4. "These 9 drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD - - part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's. The artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and free access to an activity box full of crayons and pencils. His subject is the medico that jabbed him."
  5. Kitten, Anonymous (12th century).
  6. Yoshitomo Nara. Ashtray, home gallery, dogs from your childhood, saucer tales, and 10 feet dreaming Dog.
  7. Robert Therrien. Beds: one, two, and three.
  8. Antony Gormley. Capacitor II, Domain Fields, Domain Fields detail, and Quantum Clouds.
  9. Yanobe Kenji at Dig.
  10. Yeah, so you heard about this one way back, but it's beautiful. Especially peeling away the foil just as you need to use things. I hope he photographed that progression. It'd make a nice time-lapse film too.
  11. Simpsons Pinball. A gallery of big pics for you wallpaper types, and one of even bigger images. Hm. This image is from a different machine then.
  12. Aw man, Southpark too!
  13. There's just no place like home.
  14. Melamine formaldehyde, from the Plastics Timeline.

Sunday, Mar 7, 2004 - 1:12 AM -

  1. Lap Pool, by Dale Chihuly.
  2. Nothing restores my faith like a fat archive of a bitter web comic. Thank you, Randy Milholland.
  3. Jeph Jacques's Questionable Content is turning into worthy kin of Randy's.
  4. Machines, Arthur Ganson.
  5. ScratchBot and Monkey On My Back at thraxil.
  6. I still can't get enough of Toyo Ito's Tower Of Winds. Movies anywhere? Webcam?
  7. Archive.com. Nice big collection of commercial aviation brochures.
  8. Rockin' red Lambretta chopper.
  9. Rockin' red tires.
  10. Scroll for an R.Crumb detailed Vespa.
  11. Rembember your first car.
  12. Play with fire.
  13. Question innovation.
  14. Remember the future.
  15. The spools of Robert Crumb: 1, 2.
  16. Hand by Jeff Green.
  17. Barbeque by Brian McCutcheon. There's a better shot if you click the second last grey rectangle of the upper row in his annoying flash site. Some nice things in the second gallery too.
  18. Scroll down. Tiny rubber band powered ornithopters.
  19. John Suttman in the furniture section of The Gallery of Functional Art.
  20. The Syd Mead Project.
  21. You always wanted a 152kb image of Jeff Koons's mylar rabbit, didn't you? Here you go. How about the dog?
  22. Art clocks by David Ralston.
  23. Domino Clock.
  24. Framed wall computer.
  25. Greg Pak's Robot Stories. US opening dates on the last page.
  26. "the bear which does not have the back backs up" by Satoru Tamura at the Contemporary Art Factory.
  27. Obsessive Furniture by Johnny Swing.
  28. The Art Of Machines exhibition. Link one, link two. Click that video labeled 'christian ristow'.
  29. Painting Manufacture Unit by Roxy Paine
  30. Aluminum, at the Wooden Periodic Table.
  31. Rocking Pig by Barry Norling.
  32. Recumbent avec canoe.
  33. Damian Ortega's untitled exploded VW Beetle: one, two, three, four.

Saturday, Mar 6, 2004 - 1:50 PM -

Kris Elmer's 1931 Ford Highboy Coupe at Hotrod-a-Rama. "It's not what you buy, it's what you build." Sweet, sweet design candy.

Friday, Mar 5, 2004 - 1:40 AM -

Bucky in 28 clicks. Recommended.

Wednesday, Mar 3, 2004 - 9:05 PM -

Machines of Delight by Marcel Betrisey.

Tuesday, Mar 2, 2004 - 2:56 PM -

"Now in Pink!"

The second edition is out. A new publisher, rewritten end to end (a little over eight pounds of coffee for my part), an added chapter on styling tables by Matt Patterson, and a vastly more extensive projects section by Dave Shea, John Simons, Mike Switzer, Dan Rubin, Mike Pick, and Cornelia Lange. And (and!) tech edited by Dave Powers. Dang, huh?

Tuesday, Mar 2, 2004 - 10:03 AM -

waking up with my brain is like having a labrador. HI! WHAT'S THIS? HEY! I'VE GOT THIS IDEA! LET'S PLAY! look brain, not yet. now is for having a shower. gotta be outa here in an hour. BUT LOOK! I'VE GOT THIS IDEA! REMEMBER "WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?" sweet jesus, who's been feeding you the seventies? --no. no, i won't be sucked in. gotta shower. now. c'mon. YOU CAN DO ALL OF HAMLET WITH "WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?"! ("WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?") ... ah, wow. m'kay. look. why don't you just keep working that out and i'll do this shower thing here. 'kay? SURE! ("WDWDIITR WDWDIITR WDWDIITR WDWDIITR") BUT IT'S EASIER TO DO IT TO THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. what? WEIRD HUH? WHY IS THAT? well... --no! no. look. just, where's the conditioner? are we out of conditioner? look, can you remember that we need to pick up conditioner? ("WDWDIITR WDWDIITR WDWDIITR WDWDIITR") sigh.

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