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Dan Rubin's SuperfluousBanter

Design, random musings, and the Web. Since 1977

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The Art of Washing Forks

Washing a fork is a special skill, often requiring an extensive apprenticeship—usually at the hands of your mother, father, or skilled caregiver—and years of practical application.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Friday, October 9th, 2009.

Some Thoughts on Logo Design

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of answering a few questions for an article being written by my friend Elliot Jay Stocks for .net Magazine (Practical Web Design here in the States). Elliot quoted me quite nicely in the article, but I thought it would be interesting to publish my complete answers here, along with his questions, and he kindly gave his permission.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Friday, June 20th, 2008.

Screencast: Finder Window Icon Trick

To celebrate Mac Day (any Steve Jobs keynote address deserves a worldwide holiday as far as I’m concerned), I’ve decided to do my first screencast, so you’ll have something to play with while waiting for the MacWorld madness to begin (it also helps justify my purchase of ScreenFlow a few months ago).

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Monday, June 9th, 2008.

Sidebar Creative: Collective Realignment

Two years ago in Austin, Texas, at SXSW Interactive 2006, an idea was conceived by 4 friends, and nine months later Sidebar Creative was born. That was a little over a year ago, and now that our fledgling design collective has had a chance to stretch its limbs, open its eyes, and all the other lovely things that newborns do, it’s time for some changes (no, not the diaper kind; and yes, all positive).

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Thursday, April 10th, 2008.

Email Doesn’t Scale

I’ve been wanting to write about my problems with email for a while now, but keep coming up short when it comes to explaining exactly why it fails for me. That is, until reading Tantek’s latest on the subject…

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008.