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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Suffering from chronic idiocy since 1977

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First Publication

Friday, May 28th, 2004

We are pleased to announce the avail­abil­ity of our first eBook, in PDF for­mat, enti­tled “Bud­get Design: Increase Profit by Improv­ing Process.” We post­poned launch sev­eral times due to our busy sched­ules — but Dan e-mailed me last night to announce that the web site was live and that down­load­ing can start as of now. Many thanks to Dave Shea for adding his stamp of approval by way of con­tribut­ing the foreword.

The best part? We offer it free for 7 days! Yup. Free. So get it for free while you can. After 7 days we will charge $9. That’s still a bar­gain. The pay­ment phase will be an exper­i­ment of sorts, to see what kind of inter­est there is in this sort of pub­li­ca­tion. Please let us know what you think. Leave a com­ment here or send us a message.

As for me, I’m some­where in Europe wait­ing to catch a flight to Greece. Vaca­tion indeed. Dan e-mailed me that he was catch­ing a flight too (nice tim­ing, eh?) so I decided to find a moment to write up this entry. See you all again in 10 days.

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Contrasting Vision

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

In one of my pre­vi­ous posts I encour­aged peo­ple to aban­don #000 as copy text colour in favour of lighter shades such as #333 or even #666, for exam­ple. In ret­ro­spect there are two things wrong with that post. First, I should not tell peo­ple what, or what not to do, even if my words were meant as a some­what ironic, very much tongue-in-cheek state­ment. It is never my inten­tion to com­mu­ni­cate with such an atti­tude. Sec­ond, I wasn’t jok­ing — even if ironic, I was some­what seri­ous. But was I right to make such a statement?

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Weekend Reading (21)

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

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Design Eye for the Usability Guy

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

If you have to name one usabil­ity guru out there that is in des­per­ate need of
a design makeover, who would you name? But of course, none other than Jakob
Nielsen
. There­for, in the spirit of shar­ing, Andrei Herasim­chuk decided to
gather up some knowl­edge­able design­ers and help Nielsen with a lit­tle bit of design
advice. The Design Fab Five.

What a team we make: Andrei Herasim­chuk,
D. Keith Robin­son, Cameron
Moll
, Greg Storey and myself. My role?
Illus­tra­tion and graph­ics. Time to spice up that con­tent a lit­tle. But that’s
not all — we’ve done the impos­si­ble: com­bine Nielsen and Flash (it
even feels odd putting those two in the same sen­tence.) But what am I waf­fling?
Take a look your­self and read
this most enter­tain­ing and use­ful piece
.

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Weekend Reading (20)

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

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