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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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