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Blast from the Past

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

I’ve recently redis­cov­ered Cameron Moll’s excel­lent web­site, and through that have found a rea­son to start post­ing again [a mix­ture of cheers and groans can be heard in the distance].

Cameron poses this chal­lenge: What was your first website?

Now, some­where in the dusty card­board boxes of my long-lost past, I have at least one set of files that make up the archive of what is, to my knowl­edge, my very first paid web site project (circa 1998). I’ve phys­i­cally and dig­i­tally searched for about an hour tonight with­out find­ing it, so for the time being you will have to amuse your­self with another first of mine: my first (and one of only a few) foray into the world of Flash.

This was seri­ously my first attempt at doing any­thing in Flash, and the client asked for an entirely Flash-based site. I had only been learn­ing about web design and HTML for a year or so when I took this job, and didn’t even own Flash, so of course I said “sure, I can do that!” — I promptly ran out and bought a copy of Flash 3, and set to work. I was proud of the work at the time, and even now, look­ing at it for the first time in years, I’m quite happy with it: it’s sim­ple, easy to nav­i­gate (rel­a­tively speak­ing, espe­cially for early 1999) and isn’t too ugly either.

With­out fur­ther ado, I present: Green­frog Adver­tis­ing (ver­sion 1.0)

Warn­ing: There may be some links that don’t work, or some pop-up win­dows, or other things that you may not take a lik­ing to. I’m not going to do any­thing about it either. So there.

I’ll post my pre­vi­ously men­tioned first web site project the very sec­ond I find it… in the mean­time, post your com­ments hither!



Bits and Pieces

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004


This morn­ing I was read­ing my news­pa­per (NRC Han­dels­blad) and on the back page I came across this
hilar­i­ous story from a plas­tic sur­geon (translated):

Plas­tic surgery is a won­der­ful pro­fes­sion. About half a year after her
nose job a woman comes back for a rou­tine check. She looks fab­u­lous, is very
happy and has brought her hus­band along. She tells me that after years of wait­ing
for the oper­a­tion she can finally get preg­nant. It’s been two weeks since
the cou­ple dis­cov­ered she’s preg­nant. To my ques­tion how this relates
to her nose job she answered that they both decided to wait after the oper­a­tion
to have chil­dren. Both were ter­ri­fied at the thought their child would end up
with a sim­i­lar ugly nose.”



Peter Huwyler, an offi­cial Lam­borgh­ini employee and sales­man, reacts
to the com­ments
made in the first
edi­tion of FAST
. Now if only I can lay my hands on one of them cars. How
about a spon­sor­ship deal? Free adver­tis­ing for life on this site, a Gal­lardo
must atleast be worth that, right?



Every­body remotely inter­ested in Mozilla and design has heard the news —
but I’ll per­son­ally point you to the lick­able™
draw­ings and sub­se­quent final icons for Thun­der­bird by Jonathan Hicks.

From Bel­gium, Veerle
Pieters shares her thoughts
on how to keep code and the final prod­uct in mind through­out the design phase.

The folks at web-graphics
point me to this pecu­liar
arti­cle on web stan­dards
. Some valid points, but, in my opin­ion the author
com­pletely mis­un­der­stands the role and place of stan­dards in web devel­op­ment.
Read what Jef­frey Zeld­man and
oth­ers have to
say and you would know why stan­dards matter.



FAST: Porsche Carrera GT

Monday, April 19th, 2004

FAST Issue no.2


If you ask a ran­dom kid on the street to men­tion some sports­car brands, sure
enough, Porsche will be named more than once. How­ever Porsche never really had
a sports­car that was over the top, so to speak. Sure, we have the 911 —
add GT3 to the name and you’ve got a pretty neat machine. But, com­pared
to a McLaren F1, Fer­arri Enzo or other asphalt rip­ping machines Porsche was miss­ing
some­thing. Well, the Ger­mans filled the gap and intro­duced a super­car extra­or­di­naire:
the Porsche Car­rera GT.




Weekend Reading (16)

Friday, April 16th, 2004


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Guru on Paper: Jakob Nielsen

Thursday, April 15th, 2004

A reader of this blog sug­gested I take on Jakob
to prac­tice my draw­ing skills. Instead of wait­ing another two years
before using a pen­cil again I decided it’s a good thing to draw more fre­quently
(addi­tion­ally, it really proves relax­ing). Besides, Nielsen really is a joy
for any car­toon­ist — the man is almost a car­i­ca­ture in real life.

dr. jakob nielsen

As opposed to last time I had enough mate­r­ial to work with. Nielsen’s
assort­ment of pressphoto’s
was defin­i­tively use­ful in this case (or should I say usable?) This illus­tra­tion is a reply to Herasim­chuk — seems like he has a new fan. I depicted Nielsen
as I would like to see him — and I’m sure many design­ers will agree. Show
the love brother, show the love… Do not be afraid, we will not bite. Back to work kids!



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