What constitutes a catchy flag design?
This site has assigned a letter grade to the flags of the world, with points taken off for bad color combos, trite slogans, and other flag faux pas. Which flags do you find eye-catching, and which are more appropriate as tea towels?
posted by Oriole Adams
on Mar 4, 2002 -
The People's Bureau for Consumer Information
has been a long time coming (The Designer's Republic have been trailing it to those in the know for over 2 years). Yesterday, it finally went live. tDR's work may or may not be your bag (I'm about 50/50) but the way they have set this site up is amazing - everything even the secure purchasing is done with a very uniquely styled Flash frontend.. It's worth going just to play with it.
posted by jackiemcghee
on Feb 15, 2002 -
Jakob Nielsen believes
can save you $2000/year. Um, yeah, Jakob.
Go just for the experience of seeing the God of Ugly Design say, "We desperately need better-looking computers..."
[link via typographer.com
posted by Su
on Feb 7, 2002 -
The New WTC?
The Max Protech Gallery in Manhattan has an exhibit
of sketches and designs from artists, architects, and others with their ideas on how the World Trade Center could be rebuilt
posted by owillis
on Jan 20, 2002 -
Why is American architecture so bad?
"American architecture is, as a rule, conventional, bland, and dull. This is true almost across the board: from public buildings sponsored by federal or state governments to commercial buildings; from privately sponsored civic institutions, such as museums and concert halls, to local community centers and religious sanctuaries; from public-housing projects to private housing."
posted by rushmc
on Dec 24, 2001 -
became a reality, with the construction of the 100 meter bridge spanning the E-18 in the township of Ås, east of Oslo. The design of the bridge makes modern bridges seem old in comparison. It seems that many
of DaVinci's 500 year old ideas are coming to fruition.
posted by dancu
on Nov 1, 2001 -
The Chrysler Design Awards
include Susan Kare. "Her bitmap wrist watch, travel-destination city fonts, lit bomb icon that signals a computer crash (“they told me it would almost never be seen ”) and smiling, welcoming Mac start-up screen helped re-envision the computer from machine to co-creator."
-- "almost never be seen" -- heheheh. Well -- at least it's got more wit than a blue screen of death.
posted by fpatrick
on Oct 30, 2001 -
If you crow about your redesign,
claiming your site is now "better-looking and easier to use" (and not, say, "sludgy as Hotmail and nearly as ugly"), and you offer a graphical tour
to "show you how all these slick new features work", the link to which is a 404, are you the stupidest monopoly around?
posted by textist
on Oct 29, 2001 -
The Froggy Page
was the Cool Site of the Day
from August 8, 1994. It's the oldest site archived there without the disclaimer, "site no longer live". The page sure looks like it was built in '94 -- not even a single table! (Can anyone who was coding back then confirm if the code is really that old?) Does anyone have a favorite site from those good old days?
posted by mattpfeff
on Sep 27, 2001 -
Deepend.com calls it quits.
U.K. web design firm Deepend has decided to fire all 90 employees and liquidate assests, due to the ripple effect of the 9/11 attack. That's their excuse anyway. If most or all of their clients were air or travel related I could believe their reasoning. What do you think?
posted by catscape
on Sep 25, 2001 -
Instant Design at the touch of a button
More good news for designers -- not only has the ad market bottomed out, now this software from move design
spits out instant layouts. Just add the text you want, choose the style, and hit Ctrl-G. The results are surprisingly tasteful. Is this the end of design as we know it, or just a toy for generating new ideas? Would you like fries with that?
posted by fellorwaspushed
on Sep 10, 2001 -
Scott Adams helps to design the ultimate cubicle.
Oh, the irony. According to The Register
"So has Adams sold out, or what?
On closer inspection, this whimsical parlay could well be a physical extension of the Dilbert strip. How else to account for the 'sun indicators', or as the blurb says:-'Regardless of the weather outside, sunlight travels across your space, glowing and fading with the rhythm of the day.' Yes, to remind you of the futility of your miserable, rabbit hutch existence, of course."
posted by jetgrrl
on Aug 30, 2001 -
via Play with the Machine
) (warning: I'm no web designer, so you trendy people in black out there are free to tell me this is tired old cliche).
posted by andrew cooke
on Aug 21, 2001 -
happy birthday jakob
Though we all like to scream about his pronouncements or catch him when he makes an error in his own rules, it's time everyone who has a job relating to human factors to acknowledge that Jakob Nielsen's tireless promoting of usability is very likely the reason our bosses or our clients are willing to consider allowing usability testing. Thanks guy! Wish I could afford to buy you that rogers and hamerstein collection
posted by christina
on Aug 20, 2001 -
B&O goes virtual
: Beoplayer 1.0 is a Windows application that sits on your desktop and, like everything Bang, works in a sleek, elegant, unintuitive manner (until you learn what the icons and doodads do, then you can show it off for all your friends). Guaranteed you've never seen a music player like this one.
posted by honkzilla
on Jul 31, 2001 -
Demo Design is neat.
Lots of flash to entertain you
. Try the sound section; I feel like I'm Ross from Friends wigging out on my ancient synthesizer, but with modern drum loops. And dig the clock if you click on the middle or right symbols that appear if you click on video.
posted by moz
on Jul 19, 2001 -
We keep hearing about this "who owes what to whom" now that Assembler
has closed, and Kaliber
But what of it? What does it mean? Are we so closed minded to think our Web world is the only one and that somehow the rest of the universe revolves around those of us privileged enough to be able to embark on it as a daily journey?
All of us feel one way or another towards this debate. Either we hate it, or love it, and what of that too? What *do* each of us want from this virtual world? Is there something here worth redeeming and at least arriving at a point to agree to disagree? Discuss?
posted by sixandone
on Jul 14, 2001 -
Assembler.org ("making art with machine code") is no more. Quoth the Zeldman
: "Lately we feel like Smokey the Bear - and the forest fires are winning."
posted by fraying
on Jul 6, 2001 -
Obscene Interiors From Porn Pics
) "Amateur porn photography is one of the rare instances where everyday people expose their naked bodies to the public. Seeing your neighbors nude my be shocking, I, however, am more frequently disturbed by the gross display of amateur interior design found in these photos." (There's no naughty pics, so don't worry)
posted by wackybrit
on Jul 4, 2001 -
“Nobody needs information architects anymore”
“His problem, he figures, is simple: Nobody needs information architects anymore. The entire discipline was overly specialized, a hologram created by temporarily explosive demand for Web-site design, which vanished last year.” (Link sometimes worked and sometimes did not over the course of ten trials in three browsers. ROBMagazine.com → Table of contents → “Crash Test Dummies”
will get you there.)
posted by joeclark
on Jun 4, 2001 -
The new Webmonkey redesign
is slick. Liquid width, CSS positioned boxes (hacked z-index and negative margins to get those overlapping boxes is my guess), easter eggs on the logo, and now a frontdoor split based on skill level. Although this design doesn't lend itself well to their more text heavy subpages, I'd prefer to see a bit more integration than the new on the front and old look inside (the splash of white from every link off the main page is a bit much).
posted by mathowie
on May 9, 2001 -
Join the first-ever Blogger Template Design Contest
and you might win part of over $6,000 in prizes!p.s. contest only open to residents of the United States, so nuts to you if you're a dirty steenkin foreigner
posted by lia
on Apr 27, 2001 -