About this site's lack of design: Yes, it's supposed to look this way — I'm helping create a new sandbox theme for WordPress (see it on GitHub).

Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for May, 2003


Personal Rules of Design

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003

Every designer has at least one design they would never admit ownership of, even under oath; some of us have a slightly higher number, and I’ve just been reminded of most of my own.

I’ve been reviewing my collection of work recently, for various reasons ranging from self promotion to just digging up old ZIP disks used for project archives, and after spending a good deal of time reviewing over 7 years of my personal efforts (in graphic design and web design), I have reached some conclusions which I thought I would share with you in the form of my new Personal Rules of Design.




Designing With Web Standards

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003

It’s out. Finally. No more waiting.

By “it” I am of course referring to Zeldman’s new book, Designing With Web Standards (hereafter known as DWWS). I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my own copy, and after perusing the sample chapters it promises to be a very interesting read.

In honor of Zeldman’s latest accomplishment, I’ve added a new graphic to the randomly rotating images you see atop most pages within this site, as well as a banner to the sidebar (which will eventually link to the book via my Amazon affiliate account; if I can only find that email confirmation…) so you will never be more than a click away from this great new resource.

Congrats JZ: nice job, as usual.


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Ephemera Rules

Friday, May 9th, 2003

I know it’s not much, but for those of you arriving here via Zeldman.com I’d just like to say: “hey.”

Take a look around, kick the tires (this public-redesign is pretty tough when no one gives you feedback…) and let me know what you think, or what you find in the way of problems. Be aware that the deeper you delve into this site, the more inconsistencies you are likely to find…

Almost all my readers are coming from the link on Zeldman’s site today, and I’d certainly love to hear from some of you!

UPDATE: It was pointed out that the site was missing its archives, so for those who want to explore, I present to you: SuperfluousArchives



Mom’s Gonna Be Proud

Thursday, May 8th, 2003

See, there’s this new project we’re working on, right? And it involves scantily-clad women to a certain extent (ok, so they are non-clad too), and I get to sudo art-direct the photo shoots, ya know?

Well, just to give you a sneak-peek (and because I just have to brag about this sort of thing), here are a few samples from the latest shoot (warning: young viewers, or anyone who thinks for some reason that the human body is a Bad Thing™ might want to think twice before clicking these next links):



Now, if I could only get paid too…



Search This Site

Thursday, May 1st, 2003

The Search function for this site is now fully operational (if you tried it over the last few days, you probably got results, but it didn’t look pretty).

To give it a whirl, type a search term in the text box in the sidebar, and click “search” (duh :-)


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