Rants & Ramblings

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

nov
20
2005

joys of flash

Sometimes, getting a Flash piece to work requires a whole lot of voodoo. I don’t mean “voodoo” in the “I’m really good at working my Flash magic” sense. I mean “voodoo” in the “banging my head against the desk because …

nov
17
2005

delayed launch

Someone told me today that a site I worked on more than four years ago finally launched recently. It was a nightmare of a site. The clients hated my initial comps and kept talking about how much they liked a …

nov
09
2005

bring me my graphics

Jon Stewart’s former “incredible exploding title graphics” have claimed another victim: CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Fishbowl NY observes: One interesting point: is it just me, or does the new 360 set look a lot like the Daily Show set? The funniest …

nov
07
2005

font bad

Here’s a design movement I can get behind: bancomicsans.com. In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts …

nov
05
2005

random pop culture detritus

Apple has a trailer for the new movie version of The Producers. A movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And it looks hilarious. A few weeks ago, the Coverville podcast featured an astonishingly good …

oct
26
2005

before and after

Part of my job involves converting graphics from the paper for use on the Web. If a graphic “calls out” for interactivity — for example, it tells a compelling story, or, as designed, the graphic works in print but not …

oct
18
2005

seen: job title

Awesome job title, seen in a job listing posted last Friday to an e-mail list I’m on: Hiring - CSS Ninja in Vancouver, BC And it carried through in the listing, too! Compensation for this position starts at: White Belt …

oct
07
2005

creative inspiration

It’s been out for a while now, but I finally took a look at the latest Communication Arts Interactive Annual today. I noticed at least two nods to excellent museum exhibits here in D.C. whose interactive kiosks were done by …

sep
27
2005

adventures in multimedia

Doing research / inspiration-gathering for an upcoming project, I went looking for sites that do interesting things with design and video. Some of the highlights: Churchill and the Great Republic - An online exhibit for the Library of Congress. Yet …

sep
25
2005

guitarmania

One of my recent freelance projects just went live on Friday. Guitarmania is a public art project sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and Fender, featuring 10-foot-tall Stratocaster guitars that have been decorated by local artists and …

sep
22
2005

mapping new orleans

Rob’s volleyball friend Brody, a cartographer, is off on an intriguing adventure: He’s flying out to New Orleans to make maps. He’s set up a blog to chronicle his trip. You all have probably heard the news, and if not, …

sep
12
2005

cooking on the grid

CookingForEngineers.com has a really unique approach to displaying a recipe in condensed form. I’ve never seen anything like it before … but I actually like it — it’s very logical. (Thanks to Shawn for the link.)

sep
09
2005

mac users need not apply

Ars Technica reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in its infinite wisdom, made its online application for disaster relief accessible only to users of Internet Explorer 6, effectively blocking out (or at least putting up some sizeable roadblocks for) …

aug
22
2005

user experience

I signed up for Day One of Adaptive Path’s User Experience Week 2005, spurred on mainly by the promise of lots of talk about new trends in web development (“Web 2.0”) and a case study of Flickr. In the end, …

aug
17
2005

silver surfer

BBC News uses a novel term to describe older Internet users: silver surfers. It’s a cute play on words, particularly if you’re a comic book aficionado. I’d never heard the term used with respect to a particular online demographic before, …

aug
04
2005

hindsight, foresight

An intern at work today asked to sit in as I put together a Flash graphic for a project she’s working on. The graphic mainly consisted of adapting a graphic I’d put together two weeks earlier, so I spent a …

jul
27
2005

diamond shopping

Amazon has launched a very visual approach to buying diamonds, with an AJAX-powered application that allows users to narrow or expand their search selections via a series of sliders and instantly (without reloading the page) see how many diamonds match …

jul
15
2005

case study

Enticed by the focus on AJAX and user-generated content, I’m planning to go to Day One of Adaptive Path’s User Experience Week here in D.C. next month. But I was even more jazzed when I read about an addition to …

jul
13
2005

new digs

Catching up on my TV, I watched Monday’s edition of The Daily Show last night. The show went on a brief hiatus last week in order to move to a new studio; Monday was the first taping on the new …

jul
11
2005

ff05: day three wrap-up

The wifi in the hotel room died on me Friday night and was still out by the time I had to check out Saturday at noon. Yesterday was all about playing catch-up and getting ready for the week ahead, so …