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And Now…This

It’s interesting to note that, though an individual might spend 18 hours a day tied to a computer screen, they can neglect to spend a few minutes writing something intelligent (or not) to post to their public, somewhat oft-viewed weblog. As I finally read all the emails I’ve been getting from loyal readers asking if I’m alive (or in a coma, or other variations on that theme), I come to realize the importance of spending the time to write something on a regular basis, so my readers do not lose interest and never come back.

The truth is, I have been working 18 hour days (weekends too) for more than a month now (so has Alex), and while there is a lot of exciting news on the horizon, and potential work in the near future, my schedule of late has been exhausting to say the least; frustrating at times, often exhilarating, and always interesting (for better or worse).

I’ve been hinting over the last few months at a new direction in the works for Webgraph, and there’s been less time to work on our new company than we had hoped (yes, that’s correct: we will soon be co-launching a new company, a new brand, with new people), but I can at least make a partial announcement: Webgraph is joining forces (we’ve already co-produced a number of projects) with Didier Hilhorst (aka Nundroo), a fantastic designer and xHTML/CSS guru from the Netherlands. If you are a fan of the CSS Zen Garden, you have seen his brilliant contribution Release One, the most-copied design to date of all the submissions to the Garden.

Nundroo and Webgraph are forming a new, international agency, and we are building a network of freelancers and other small firms to expand our team on a project-by-project basis. This will allow us to work with other top-notch individuals, such as Dan Benjamin (and his dynamite team at AutomaticLabs), Dave Shea, and others yet to be approached, on what will hopefully be larger, more involved projects, so we can continue to expand our global reach (sorry, I couldn’t help myself — the idea of world domination is too good to pass up ;-)

Our focus will not be on web/interactive design alone: branding, print (and perhaps other mediums), usability, UI consulting, user testing — it’s a list that is yet to be set in stone, but it will surely encompass more areas than we have thus far.

A few projects are currently in-progress, with the fruits of our labor ripening around mid-January (and over the next few months). Other prospects are always being discussed, and we’re also looking forward to working as design partners with technology firms, and technology partners with design firms (so if you’re in need of an expanded team, drop us a line).

On the SuperfluousBanter front, that redesign I mentioned a few months ago is slowly working its way up the to-do list, and will hopefully be unveiled sometime in January. The Photoshop work is finished, so it’s just a matter of completing the conversion to a working layout, and then adding the MovableType hooks.

Also on the to-do list are a few articles, the most-requested of which will focus on how to produce a web site from start to finish on an insanely short schedule and small budget. I would have written about the pros and cons of fixed-width layouts (version 1.0 of this site used a fluid layout, while the current version 2.0 has always been fixed), but some more important folks recently beat me to the punch. There are a few others, which will be written as time permits (not the most confidence-inspiring phrase based on my recent track record).

And finally, just to change the pace a bit (which has, admittedly, been slower-than-a-snail’s of late), Didier will be posting to SB now and then, adding a different point of view, and hopefully a more regular posting schedule on average. His first post is in the works, and should make its debut here soon.

Thanks for checking in, and staying faithful — time for a New Year’s resolution regarding blog posting…

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, December 18th, 2003.

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9 comments on “And Now…This”

  1. Posted by Zelnox on Thursday, December 18th, 2003.

    He’s alive! Wahoo \(^0^)/

    Hehehe.

  2. Posted by Emilio on Thursday, December 18th, 2003.

    Glad to hear you again!!!

  3. Posted by Mike on Thursday, December 18th, 2003.

    …an international agency working with a network of freelancers

    Man that sounds exciting! Keep us informed!

    PS -> Glad to see you’re back

  4. Posted by justin goodlett on Friday, December 19th, 2003.

    I was wondering where you went off to. I understand the pressure of deadlines and 18 hour days. Good luck and it’s good to hear you’re back.

  5. Posted by Keith on Friday, December 19th, 2003.

    Exciting stuff.

    It’s good to see you back and posting. I know how hard it is to keep a personal site up and fresh with so much other stuff going on. I have to really try hard to keep to my “writing time”…

    So I know how you feel.

    Good luck with the new venture!

  6. Posted by Dutchcelt on Friday, December 19th, 2003.

    Good to see someone from the Netherlands doing some really good work.

  7. Posted by Lea on Monday, December 22nd, 2003.

    Wow, Dan. That’s a really amazing venture you’re about to embark upon. I encourage global co-operation. That’s what I love about the internet: you can meet and work with some truly amazing individuals. People you wouldn’t have had contact with without the internet. Yes, keep us updated on further developments!

  8. Posted by Jeff Croft on Monday, December 22nd, 2003.

    Dan-

    Glad to have you back. Only one question: where do we apply to be one of the freelancers? :)

    Jeff

  9. Posted by p on Monday, December 29th, 2003.

    wow, you, dan and dave, sounds like it’ll be a good team. keep me posted on things, can’t wait to check some of it out once you’re up and running.