November 30, 2007 Comments Off on NaBloPoMo: I Did It
November 30, 2007 Comments Off on The End (of NaBloPoMo 2007)
November 29, 2007 Comments Off on More Geographic Goodness
November 28, 2007 Comments Off on Google Maps: Google Maps Adds Terrains
A week ago I wrote “Google has a more up-to-date image of where I live now but taken from straight overhead all the coulees appear flattened out.” And now they’ve come out with a terrain view for their maps. (maybe I should’ve asked sooner?) It’s not very detailed yet but still pretty interesting.
November 27, 2007 Comments Off on The Debate on What Makes a Web Design Great
Armin Vit (before he was so soundly trounced by Marian Bantjes in [Layer Tennis](http://layertennis.com/071102/)) started a worthwhile and far-reaching debate on what makes a web design great:
Design solutions that, in their consistent use as exemplary cases of execution, concept and process, don’t even need to be shown anymore and that, for better or worse, (almost) everyone acknowledges as being seminal works that reflect the goals that graphic design strives for: A visual solution that not only enables, but also transcends, the message to become memorable in the eyes and minds of viewers. Whether these projects are indeed as amazing, relevant and enviable as we have built them up to be is cause for a separate discussion but it’s safe to say that, as far as designs recognized around the profession, there are a certain few that invariably make the list, usually without question. Myself, I could list projects in every category from logos, to annual reports, to magazine covers, to packaging, to typefaces, to opening titles that could be considered landmark projects… But when it comes to web sites, I can’t think of a single www that could be comparable — in gravitas, praise, or memorability — as any of the few projects I just mentioned. Could this be?
To which some really thoughtful responses have been posted:
By injecting the idea of an historical perspective into a field noted for its lack of history, Armin gives web design the very things he questions—gravitas, praise and memorability.
November 26, 2007 Comments Off on Textorizer – vectorise a picture using text strings
On the home stretch of NaBloPoMo a little graphic (no, not that kind of graphic) fun:
NaBloPoMo graphic textorized using text from from my NaBloPoMo entries…
…and a picture of myself textorized with text from my blog (sort of appropriate don’t you think?).