Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
This afternoon I needed a brake from all things university. I decided to leave
the digital world for what it is, momentarily, of course. The last time I seriously
used a pencil and a sheet of paper must have been more than two years ago —
shame on me! So today I decided it was time to pick up that pencil again and
what better than to immortalize my new found favorite guru: Andrei
I’ve never actually met Andrei in person, and all I had were the
photographs on his website. Apart from the limited resources I really need
some more practice drawing. Yes, I know his head is huge — that’s
the whole point, from a stylistic point of view that is, of course. I’m
not much of a “one stroke” cartoonist (if I can call myself one),
as you can probably see. So, are there going to be any future editions? Well,
that’s not sure. First I need to seriously practice! But I had fun either
Monday, April 12th, 2004
By color coding I usually mean assigning a specific color to a section or sub-section
of a web site (I realize that may be a bit of a narrow definition, but bear with
me here.) Mention color coding and I will, unsurprisingly, reply amazon. Now
before I go on let me state that color coding has both positive and negative
implications, but from this posts title it’s pretty obvious I think there’s
more wrong to color coding than good.
Color in general is an important facet of any web site. Different colors have
different connotations: red for warning, green for okay (simple example.) To seek attention designers
might use vibrant and bright colors, while for subtle communication more mid-toned
and pastel colors would be preferred. Colors are known to work subconsciously.
The thoughtful use of color can increase the speed of comprehension for the
user and produce instantaneous associations that are most easily recalled.
Friday, April 9th, 2004
Before I go on with this first post let me quickly introduce you to this new
weekly section on SB entitled FAST. I have a passion for cars, especially fast
cars. Nevertheless it’s not all about facts and figures — I especially
value the design of a car. FAST will present you with an exotic car every week (price and exclusivity are not the only criteria). The good thing: you can contact
me and make suggestions, or send in your own short review.
You can be sure to find the stylish Italians, the classic British, the big
Americans, the powerful Germans and the fast Japanese, but there’s also
those rare and unique vehicles from all over the world. FAST will mainly review
the design of the car, with a quick overview of the most important facts and
figures related to performance. Without further ado, let me introduce you to
our first candidate: the Lamborghini Murciélago.