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JQuery and Web Standards

Posted Jun 22, 2008 in Design Comments 1

I may be running behind the pack on this one, but I’m starting to get the feeling that JQuery is about to become the javascript library of choice for the discerning web standards developer. See, for example, Dave Shea discussing his use of JQuery for the Bright Creative redesign.

Maybe this will finally spur me into getting my portfolio in working order!

On spam

Posted Jun 13, 2008 in Hope for the Future Comments 0

So I just cleaned up after my first ever spam attack. It wasn’t too bad; just a few comments advertising some rancid gewgaws. One day the slimy reprobates behind the IP address 92.48.106.160 will drown in a foetid pool of their own inhuman waste, with the full knowledge that their every dream has become like ashes.

The Penny Arcade game

Posted May 24, 2008 in Games Comments 3

Character detail screen from the Penny Arcade Game

So yeah. Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, part one is finally out and in my hot little hands. I’ve been playing it on and off for the last couple of days. It’s really fun. I’m pleased to note that Gabe and Tycho’s juvenile/erudite humour is in full force.

The thumbnail on the left is of my player character. It’s a scarily good likeness.

On Keyboards

Posted Apr 30, 2008 in Design and Usability Comments 1

Via Daring Fireball (who devoted an entire episode of his podcast to Apple keyboards), Mark Llobrera rants entertainingly about the pathetic state of keyboards in our diminished world of the Fourth Age.

I actually have a Matias Tactile Pro keyboard. I don’t use it anymore because the noise really is a bit much for a shared work environment. Plus, some of the keys (like the Return!) work very poorly. And the plastic housing is amazingly brittle and I’ve already injured myself on some of the razor-sharp shards that break off it. Catriona wondered very quickly after I bought it why I’d dropped AUS $200 on a computer keyboard. I sometimes wonder about that myself — and I’m still searching for the perfect QWERTY interface.

grain edit · inspiration from vintage kids + rare graphic design books Posted Apr 05, 2008

grain edit · inspiration from vintage kids + rare graphic design books.

Lovely resource.

(Via Made in England by Gentlemen.)

Thoughts on Safari 3.1

Posted Mar 19, 2008 in Web Design Comments 2

Apple has just posted a new version of its Safari web browser, featuring improvements to Javascript, CSS, and speed, amongst other things.

I’m intrigued that, in addition to the Windows version, Apple is still maintaining current releases for a previous version of the operating system—something they’ve largely avoided in the past.

Safari’s trajectory almost mirrors that of iTunes: third party product (KHTML) integrated into the operating system as a standard component (web browsing), becoming cross-platform, and a critical component in the functioning (and saleability) of the iPod. But I think it’s going to be more than that. There are clues that Apple wants to get into the web application game on a larger scale than the disappointing .Mac offering. Supporting that by having control of a fast, standards-compliant but aggressively featureful browser is pretty logical.

What’s more, Apple is unusually open in its road-map for the product. Dave Hyatt and his team have unprecedented visibility—Apple engineers typically are virtually anonymous and almost never blog about their own work. The openness around Safari development is probably required by its open-source origins, but it also must reassure third parties intending to base products around Safari’s Webkit renderer.

With this release, and the forthcoming Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8, it’s an exciting time for followers of web technology development.

17 Tips For Getting Bloggers To Write About You -- Cory Doctorow -- InformationWeek Posted Mar 14, 2008

17 Tips For Getting Bloggers To Write About You — Cory Doctorow — InformationWeek. Sane and sage advice from Cory Doctorow

(Via Making Light.)

10 Mistakes in Icon Design - TurboMilk Posted Feb 25, 2008

10 Mistakes in Icon Design - TurboMilk: "And so, here are the most commonly observed mistakes in icon design".

(Via Made by Elephant.)

2D in a 3D world

Posted Feb 24, 2008 in Arts and Culture Comments 0

The trailer for the indie video game, Fez:

More than one moment of “WTF” in this video.

Saturday, 16 February 2008 11:07 AM Posted Feb 16, 2008

KATI » Blog Archive » Computer Administrative Debris. Promising resource on design issues.

Saturday, 16 February 2008 10:54 AM Posted Feb 16, 2008

Logo Design Love

Interview: Bjarne P. Tveskov, Classic LEGO Space Designer - Boing Boing Gadgets

Posted Feb 13, 2008 in Design and Graphic Design Comments 0

Interview: Bjarne P. Tveskov, Classic LEGO Space Designer – Boing Boing Gadgets

It’s kind of scary to think how much of my design sensibilities are owed to this guy.

Small triumph

Posted Feb 09, 2008 in Meaningful Labor and Reciprocal Affection Comments 0

As part of the refresh, I did a bit of radical brain surgery on this Textpattern installations’s database. I first installed Textpattern pretty early on in 2004 and it’s survived numerous upgrades. Sadly, it’s also become increasingly crufty and corrupted. If you’ve ever heard me cursing about XML-RPC, then you’ll know that I’ve been unable to use desktop blogging tools such as MarsEdit for writing.

But recently, Textpattern support in Marsedit (and XML-RPC support in Textpattern) has improved markedly. And I’ve found that many of my other Textpattern sites now worked very well. But not Retrorocket. Clearly, something deranged in this install was tripping up the delicate rites of communication between the two systems. So I resolved to clear away the debris and begin again. Luckily, with my articles, comments, and permalinks intact.

This is the dawn of a new age. I hope.

A new blog design is forthcoming

Posted Feb 09, 2008 in Hope for the Future Comments 0

Yeah, I’ve been starting to feel that the design that has served me well for so long has become stale and restrictive. It’s time, then, to have a radical re-think of this site’s design and purpose. Stay tuned.

More free accessibility and usability resources

Posted Jan 27, 2008 in Accessibility and Web Design Comments 0

Access by Design, via Smiley Cat

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