Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

design

jan
07
2004

iDisappointment

Yesterday was the big Steve Jobs MacWorld keynote. As expected, Jobs announced a new Apple iPod: the iPod mini. It’s cute, it’s teeny and it comes in different colors … but it’s $249. The iPod mini has a 4GB capacity …

dec
23
2003

usability and design

E-Media Tidbits’ Steve Outing mentions that Jakob Nielsen has published his list of the Top Ten Design Mistakes of 2003. Perhaps ironically, a number of the problems he points out — such as over-descriptive ALT tags or too-small thumbnail images …

under construction

Googling for something else, I found an amusing site listing various Web site “under construction” graphics, with “translations” of what they mean. If writing a simple web page is so difficult for me that I compare it to doing hard …

sep
29
2003

word of the day: suac

SUAC v. Acronym for “Shut Up and Color”. How Marketing and Engineering departments often think (or wish) design should be done. The above acronym/definition comes from usability guru Jeffrey Veen, in an Apr. 25 post about corporate jargon. Rob saw …

jul
25
2003

behind the typeface

The promise. The sudden stardom. The fall from grace. The comeback. Learn about the storied history of Cooper Black…

feb
20
2003

news website redesigns

ESPN and BBC News both recently redesigned their web sites. ESPN’s redesign applies mainly to its home page. The site is now pushing a new feature called “ESPN Motion,” which integrates full-motion ESPN video clips into the page. The feature, …

feb
07
2003

page not found

I recently found one of the funniest 404 - Page Not Found pages I’ve ever seen. Ah, the musings of a sad, overworked, underappreciated webserver… A 404 page is what comes up in your browser when you try to load …

dec
18
2002

the language of type

As human societies have evolved, ideas and thoughts have been distilled and communicated via an oral language. Over time, this oral language has been further distilled into another symbolic form: the printed word. Discussion of this evolution often leaves out an important mediator between the printed word and the reader: the typeface.