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Archive for 2002

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CSS Layout and Typography

Wednesday, September 4th, 2002

Web Page Design for Designers has a new feature on a typographic approach to CSS layout. There is also a neat mini-site titled “Fun With Fonts” — both are worth checking out.


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I Love Intelligent Clients

Thursday, August 22nd, 2002

The relationship between client and service provider can be a rocky one, to say the least. It is typically of the love-hate variety, and that’s on a good day.

Today I read over the survey responses from a new prospect, and was almost giddy: these people (actually, one person in the organization) really have their act together. All the answers were as specific as the questions instructed them to be, and everything was so clearly put that I don’t actually have any questions to send back to them, nothing to clear up. This is an oddity for me. That is why I’m giddy (well, almost ;-)

Good clients are hard to find, and frequently they don’t pay too well, which is the case with this organization — it’s not that they don’t want to pay us lots of money, it’s just that they don’t have a lot to begin with. It’s unfortunate that the clients who cause the most stress and are the most disorganized are also the ones (most of the time) with the biggest wallets.


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Sailing Away

Sunday, August 18th, 2002

OK, I really really promise to get the photo gallery up and running, since I’ve got tons of cool photos to put up. Especially all the shots I’ve been taking while racing on Mistral (there’s a small site coming soon for that too), a Beneteau First 35.5′

Most of the races have been in Biscayne Bay, although we did have one at the end of June from Miami to Bimini, which was just terrific. Much more detail about my racing experiences will be placed in the Mistral mini-site, and if there’s really cool stuff I’ll post it here too :-)

Sigh…my to-do list continues to grow…


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Write for a Reason

Thursday, August 15th, 2002

There’s a really good article on ALA this week (well, two really, but I like this particular one the best): 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web, by Mark Bernstein

I promise I will read it at least twice :-)

Seriously, even though there are a lot of good comments and concepts in this article, my personal favorite is “Write for a reason”. Too often I find people (businesses, copywriters, individuals posting to blogs, whomever) just putting something out there, no matter how trivial or superficial (not superfluous mind you ;-) just so they have something to show.

Effort is something I miss when reading lately; it is clear that folks are turning into machines, simply churning out content as needed. It’s a little sad, and I’ve been guilty of it myself from time to time.

Write for a reason.


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The Last Haiku

Friday, August 2nd, 2002

Of course:

Consolation Champs: Eric Meyer on CSS Contest

For my final attempt:

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Poor designer waits
Can’t afford to buy the book
Needs to win contest


This is my last one
So good luck to all who tried
May the best one win


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