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Archive for January, 2003


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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Tuesday, January 28th, 2003

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

This humongous orange gear (400×400 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 1280×1024, but I have all my browser windows set to 800×600 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.