Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons - Alice Popkorn summer feeling 8

The Gilded Age Now

Archive Link • Referenced in culture and markup

In the late 1800's business and the economy grew in large part to the technology of the day. People grappled with adaptation then as they do now. Those that could adapt profited and grew. The fallout was that many of the current population and immigrants could not realize a better outcome. Along the way, the social concern was that gilding was an attempt to paint over what was undesirable.

It is important in the development 'new age' that core standards and practice are still first, regardless of CMS, framework, or can of gold paint.

▶ Relevant: Gilded Age - Wikipedia


June 14th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in diversity and culture

Bouncy, if not rocky at times, collaboration brings about a diverse sum for a single experience, building on the strengths of others and bringing out their best. You have a commitment to something greater than yourself.

Had the pleasure of seeing Mr. David Lindley perform at a small (small) venue. He brought along his current kit and did monologue inner spaced with music that had something else besides talent and expertise.

Listening to his virtuoso solo performance and yarns of campaigns past I realized this effort was the sum of years of collaboration.

A real benefit to collaboration is how it transcends you and what you take away from it. For some, the danger is that the relationship will change you and that you will not look at tomorrow as the present. In both cases you can only hope.

▶ Relevant: New Minglewood Blues - Gus Cannon (1930) - You Tube

▶ Relevant: David Lindley CD Catalog

Pedantic - The Movie

June 6th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and culture

The premise is simple. Generate a radial gradient as a body background. This would be deployed at resolutions above 1000px and a white background below that size. It was in testing when things got unnecessarily deep. The CSS background properties in iOS Safari are broken. IE6 broken.

Background-attachment: fixed, is not supported in iOS7/Webkit. It defaults to scroll. iOS7/Webkit reverts background-size to cover by default. It is how this pair handles background-size that is confusing and its documentation incomplete. Shouldn't this be simple?

Background scales to cover by default for gradients this is relative to the browser width. There is horizontal distortion, the smaller the width the more pixel density compresses/distorts. It seems to be true of any browser. The iPads tested were further influenced because of their pixel density and color profile.

According to Webkit docs background-size default is measured by the length of any element and width is calculated proportionately which enlarges background-images undesirably. Background-size length and width can be declared. Horizontal compression of pixel density also occurred when an image of a radial gradient was applied suggesting that visual compression of pixels also applies to background images.

Webkit documentation does not cite that above iOS 5.1 the prefix was dropped however for iOS Webkit the behavior remained the same. Such pedantry for a simple background.

I am reminded of two things. Quick fixes and computers usually don't work and in the new age of new terms and new acronyms people who craft HTML and CSS are as valuable as ever. It is a mistake to dismiss the past. It got you here.

▶ Relevant: Safari CSS Reference - No direct link go to Colors And Backgrounds from the list and scroll down. (sigh)

▶ Relevant: The New Generalist

The New Generalist

May 28th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and culture

For sometime now the word 'generalist' has been knocked about and perhaps revised to specify people by a current skill set or competency. However, being a generalist does not equate to being generic and just how do you specify what a generalist is? Maybe we need a specialist to define that.

Last week being a generalist was about iOS Safari/Webkit and why the documentation of background-size property for Webkit is incomplete and ambiguous relative to the production model.

There is the assertion that Web Standards mitigated or in some cases eliminated the need for hacks and fixes and while this holds true the evidence in the above paragraph suggests that the same intellect that solved those problems is still of value and will be in the future. The symptom changes, the logic is the same.(SSDD)

It is not a set of special skills that move web design forward rather an underlying core competency of an applied science that exists despite fashionable trend. No, it is not rocket science, just applied science.

▶ Relevant: Web Standards Killed the HTML Star - Jeff Croft

▶ Relevant: Generalist & Specialist Species - Wikipedia

Dee C'rell feat Richelle Claiborne - The Ballad of Love

May 3rd, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in video and music

It's 11:00 p.m. Do you know where your thoughts are? All these things were said to me 36 years ago. I think the words to the message change. The road signs that point us to that message and others like it do not. They are universal markers that have existed before the argument of time. Curation as survival?

▶ Relevant: KCRW - Eclectic 24 Radio

Now Serving Webtype

April 17th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and fonts

The default typeface has changed and along with it, the way the asset is delivered. This now uses Webtype. With one link element our typeface is delivered and is crafted and maintained by people who believe in something better than just a result.

The font selected is the News Gothic family, designed in 1908 from Linotype. In both regular and bold the height and width make it easy to read on any device at any reasonable distance. It brings clarity to the written word at about 11 cents a day. How cheap is that? Thank you, Webtype.

▶ Relevant: News Gothic Typeface @ Webtype

I Still Want To Be Little

April 7th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in culture and information

We stood at the edge of the Mezzanine. He looked out on the shelves of books and all that information, his 5 year old spatial comprehension working overtime to fathom scale and scope. In a small voice he said, "I still want to be little".

So, like it or not, my 5 year old grandson is beginning to understand information push and he is not comfortable with its expanse. I wonder how many adults feel the same way? Everyday our aesthetic is challenged with a barrage of art direction, web design, and digital interface. Instead of using our aesthetics to appreciate digital culture we become aesthetically exhausted just moving through our daily information push.

In an effort to grasp this push we have sacrificed our aesthetic pull. I like the idea of being little and pulling the world to me. You can only ingest so much push.

▶ Relevant: Mezzanine - Wikipedia

▶ Relevant: Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Google Maps


March 20th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and information

For 3 days now, I've approached the laptop to write about this redesign. I can't sell some new or revived process, spec, or hype a new language. This is built with tools that are simple and have been around for ~25 years. Humble is good.

This, is 100% hand crafted from the ground up. I like to build my own tools and jigs. To date, This is a javascript free design pattern. Organic is good. I may release it publicly.

This, was built with HTML, CSS, XML and XSL with a smidgen of PHP then, shaped and refactored until the control and view was reduced 40% in size. Both control and view operate on just 30kb including CSS. It runs on water.

The ergonomics of how people consume and use information was given priority. The default scope of the design is narrow so the view is focused. This creates a native HTML width to 768px. Media queries are employed below that resolution for mobile devices.

It is also visually friendly. This can embed vids, supports landscape and portrait images. It reaches out to You Tube and Vimeo, importing clip images when a video is posted. It also manages pagination and chronology depth.

Curation is inherent and native. An archive link is provided for each entry and also two reference links. The content/article references are static and persistant. This makes the curation reference uniform and manageable. More as that develops. Good curation and good SEO go hand in hand.

The methods used for This create a rich diverse canvas that can be shaped in many ways. All this from a 'generalist'. I love labels.


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