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Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

Archive for 2007


And The Nominees Are…

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

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The finalists for the 2007 SXSW Web Awards have been announced, and I’m humbled that SuperfluousBanter has been nominated in the Blog category (which, somewhat strangely for this site, is described as including “Sites that revolutionize the power of publishing by providing regularly updated content of a personal or professional nature.”—I won’t make a direct comment on the “regularly updated” part, though I’m sure Garrett might agree that I’ve revolutionized the art of getting traffic without posting…), in what seems to have been an incredibly difficult year for the judges to even select finalists.

I’m up against some tough competition, including a fellow Sidebar Creative founder:

Now, Twitter may be considered by some to have something of an edge, especially in the “number of authors” category, but it’s definitely revolutionary, and has become a blogging substitute for many people already. The other finalists can definitely hold their own, and frankly I think I peed a little when I read the list ;)

I’m honored to be in such company, and this may just be the final kick in the pants that I’ve needed to get off my duff and clean this place up—I mean, seriously, it’s like no one’s lived here for ages, and just left without washing the dishes in the sink…

Finally, don’t forget to cast your vote once a day in the People’s Choice awards. And I mean that: don’t vote for this site unless you actually enjoy it (and if you want to see more content, hint-hint ;) but make sure you vote for your favorite no matter what, every day.



Introducing Sidebar Creative

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Today, a new team is born. No, it’s not a new company (per se), but a collective of developers and designers who all share the same goals, run their own consultancies, are active in the web standards community, and want bigger and better things for the web community.

We are authors, designers, programmers, and thinkers. We love XHTML/CSS, we champion usability while striving for good looks (in our designs ;) and we love branding.

The list really goes on and on (we get along really well, we’re all musicians, etc.) but the most important thing is that together, we will be able to tackle larger projects than we could on our own (and perhaps more importantly, larger clients may approach us as a group where they might not individually) and have a ton of fun in the process.

So, who are we? As individuals, you may know the gang as Steve Smith, Jon Snook and Bryan Veloso. You can even listen to us ramble on about it on a brand new episode of Live from the 101. But it’s the sum of the parts that really makes this exciting.

We are Sidebar Creative, and we’re just getting started.