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Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

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Zeldman Redesigns…Again

Friday, January 31st, 2003

Jef­frey Zeld­man is redesign­ing in pub­lic. Again.

I was never quite com­fort­able with the pre­vi­ous redesign (green back­ground), and I guess the big Z wasn’t too thrilled with it either.

This has con­vinced me to go ahead with my own redesign plans, mov­ing towards some­thing a lit­tle more sim­ple, clean, and with a stronger brand (hey, it’s what I’m sup­posed to be doing for a liv­ing, so I ought to prac­tice what I preach).

In a related note, I emailed a ban­ner design to Zeld­man for his new site (as of this writ­ing he does not have a title ban­ner, nor have I heard back from him). Who knows? Maybe I’ll get lucky and he’ll like it :-)

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Gearhead

Tuesday, January 28th, 2003

Zeldman’s Gear. That’s what I’m call­ing it.

This humon­gous orange gear (400x400 pix­els) occu­pies most of the “above the fold” area of Zeldman.com, and has for over a week now.

I just think it’s a bit much. I view the web on a 17in screen set to 1280x1024, but I have all my browser win­dows set to 800x600 so I get a more real­is­tic view of the web as my poten­tial clients and their cus­tomers might see it. I have spent more time scrolling on Zeldman’s site this past week than on any other. Of course, I check his site about 3 times a day to see if he’s posted any­thing new, and maybe that’s a lit­tle exces­sive, but I think I still have a good argu­ment against his use of such a large graphic on his homepage.

Per­haps he’s try­ing to prove a point to some­one. Maybe a new client really, really wants a large graphic on their home­page, and Zeld­man asked them nicely if they would mind vis­it­ing his site over the next few days, and see how they liked the effect.

Who knows. Who cares, really. I just thought I’d men­tion it. Any­way, he’s not sup­posed to be a graph­ics whiz, just a well-written web stan­dards pun­dit. OK, so he’s made some pretty snazzy sites too.

Aw hell. Goodnight.

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Late-Night Printing

Thursday, January 23rd, 2003

You know how some clients just sit and wait for oppor­tu­ni­ties to really make life dif­fi­cult for you? One of my cur­rent clients decided yes­ter­day at 5pm that he really needed 40 color laser demo copies of a brochure we’re design­ing to com­pli­ment the web site por­tion of the project. Oh, and he needed them later in the evening, or by 8am the fol­low­ing (this) morn­ing. By the way, did I men­tion that the pho­tog­ra­phy for the project had not been totally sub­mit­ted? Or that the body copy hadn’t been writ­ten for half the brochure?

Of course, he wouldn’t have time to get these items to me before he needed the 40 copies. So, from around 6pm last night, straight through until I dropped the copies off at the hotel this morn­ing at 9:30am, I worked my ass off to please my client. I’m an idiot.

Now, you must under­stand that I believe in mak­ing clients happy, but some­times I just go to stu­pid lengths to do so. This was one of those times.

Through var­i­ous file-format and printer mishaps (I used Kinko’s for their top-of-the-line Tec­tronix, although it made my life hell for about 3 hours last night), I blew an entire 15-hour period on what ended up being (get this) 15 copies of the brochure! Paper jams and mis-prints con­tributed to the extreme reduc­tion of the total num­ber of deliv­er­ables, at least that’s what I think was the cause: it could eas­ily have been the evil spir­its that the old guy next to me was mum­bling about the entire night. That was a thrill in itself, believe me.

So, as if all that effort was not enough, an hour after I drop them off he actu­ally picks them up, and calls all upset because some of the copy is wrong (!), and because the pho­tos I used for one sec­tion were not the ones he had in mind (which we have not yet received from him, BTW), and he thought we were send­ing it off to the print shop for some rea­son (it isn’t even close to the sched­uled deliv­ery date, and the project design has yet to be com­pletely approved, so I don’t know where he got that idea), and wanted to make sure that under no cir­cum­stance could it be printed before the changes/corrections he wanted were made.

I haven’t slept in 2 days. This is the sec­ond time this week that I have done this.

First time: Sunday/Monday. Client: The Same.

I’m an idiot.

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Well Hello There…

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2003

If you’re arriv­ing here after fol­low­ing Zeldman’s link to my Apple­Scripts, then I’d like to wel­come you to my hum­ble cor­ner of the internet.

If you use OS X and have been frus­trated with the lack of a method in any browser to view web page source in an exter­nal edi­tor, then check out the scripts. You’ll like them :-)

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Should I Redesign?

Thursday, January 16th, 2003

OK, if there’s any­one out there who actu­ally reads this site, please let me know your thoughts on redesign­ing this site.

First, I’d like to know if you think the site needs a redesign. If you do, com­ment on what you would like to see in the design (usabil­ity fea­tures, lay­out, col­ors, etc.)

I promise I will review every sin­gle item of feed­back, and since this site is mostly for you, the reader, I will be weigh­ing your input more heav­ily than my own this time around.

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