Web Design Ledger
is a publication written by web designers for web designers. The primary purpose of the site is to act as a platform for sharing web design related knowledge and resources
. Topics range from design inspiration
and everything in between. [more inside]
"The mark of a real
writer is that she cares deeply about literary joinery, about keeping the lines of her prose plumb. That’s what makes writers writers: to them, prose isn’t just some Platonic vessel for serving up content; they care about words
. Any chief product officer who says “quality online does not equal craftsmanship” is channeling the utilitarian gospel of the managerial class, an instrumentalist vision of journalism that presumes writing, online, is just a turkey baster for injecting content into the user’s brain." Mark Dery, on writing for the web
Time has released their list of the best blogs of 2010
. [more inside]
Your Old Crap Website
- This blog is to celebrate the time when web design wasn’t limited by web standards and convention, and when the office geek was given full reign to set up the website on his own since the bosses probably couldn’t see the point in having one.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball
"My friend Merlin Mann and I had a session at SXSW Interactive about two weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t a panel, and it wasn’t really a presentation. It was more like an hour-long duet rant, the main goal of which was to inspire anyone who wants to publish or write on the web to pursue their obsessions in a serious way.
We got the audio recording of the session from SXSW a few days ago, recorded short intro and outro segments, and Merlin spliced it together and has published it on his 43 Folders podcast. I encourage you to go ahead and listen to it."
In the same spirit as the Open Net Initiative
and Committee to Protect Bloggers
that both track global internet filtering, Sami
ben Gharbia's Access Denied Map
tries to track the blocking of sites like Blogger, Flickr, YouTube and others by governments, as well as efforts by activists to keep them accessible or to challenge their blockage.
Jazz '71-'89 Dave Douglas
posed the challenge
: “Is there a writer who can take on the project of an unbiased overview of music since the end of the Vietnam War?”
The Bad Plus answered
(though not unbiased). The Guardian
and NY Times
Suck it, haters
And ultimately, Behearer
used a wiki to answer the call.
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party in the UK, reaches out to the Youtube generation.
Just another blog, sure, but a good one. 3quarksdaily is a filter blog much like our very own, but with only 15 users (and an editor). As they say on their about page "On this website, my guest authors and editors and I hope to present interesting items from around the web on a daily basis, in the areas of science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating."
The do an admirable job.
is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
Internets: Serious Business!
These last few months have seen an increase in the attacks on the participatory culture of the web. The mainstream establishments, both political and corporate, have been looking with a cautious eye towards this new developing place.
So far we've established that blogs can get you fired
, keep you from getting a job
, give pedophiles a place to ruminate on snatching your children,
threaten journalistic integrity *snicker*, endanger the marketing
, product planning
, and product life cycles
for automobile manufacturers, can infect your computer with virii
, and have all sorts of negative consequences
. The internets (both of them) can cause your children to be charmed, seduced, and addicted by readily available porn,
and can also provide access to extremist radical and fundamentalist groups, prompting Congress to discuss more restrictive legislation
), but only for the porn. It has even been claimed that the web has given "Al Qaeda wings"
. P2P is blamed as causing record loses by the music industry, despite their investments in
local station marketing
payola. The FEC has held public hearings attended by both hemispheres of the blogosphere
(amazingly in near-agreement) discussing the regulation of political speech online
. The figureheads of a certain political party fear that their affiliated slice of the blogosphere may be too far-left.
Newspapers and TV are leading the charge, with the internet standing in for pharmaceutical scares, yo-yo diets, and missing white women.
The question is, how will the libertarian-minded digerati respond to this very real attack on the essence of web culture?
"A fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
-- ground zero of Web irony, Blog 1.0, the Picassos of the deflating hyperlink, Suck.com
rocked. This is their history
, as told by the promisingly named Matt Sharkey at keepgoing.org
. (Suck's ex-editrix Cox is Wonkette
and Terry Colon
's art is everywhere. And God knows we could use a good Suck right about now.)
FontLeech: The Free Font Blog.
Searching for free fonts (that don't suck) so you don't have to. Just launched the other day; might be worth watching for us broke designers.
Word Press 1.5:
People have been waiting
, and people
have been talking
, and now, the wait is over. If you're in the Bay Area, consider attending the party
Another weblog goin' down.
There are almost too many of these to mention these days, but I hope I can be excused for thinking this one is special: Tomalak's Realm
is shutting its doors on Friday after two and half years and almost ten thousand links. A genuinely useful site, with lots of attention to detail. Thanks to Lawrence for all the work.
This link is copyright, Eric Costello...
. No, really, he's serious. Is this really necessary? Comments?
Mattl.com (links to dubious content)