Recently, I have been reminded, in three unforgiving ways, that the culture and integrity of this medium is not accepted everywhere. That some people put themselves before everything. That I am the one that is nieve. That what I do is just a job. Somewhere people are living, while we just survive. So for now, I take care of the people who matter. I was mistaken.
♦ Relative | Who:Alison Krauss & Union Station What:MusicLife
At Alger Elementary in the fourth grade social networking was alive and well long before the internet. We passed notes to people in our subset of friends. A back channel in the fourth grade. Imagine that. (perhaps another post for another time)
Without the benefits of 'security' the biggest concern we had was when the teacher caught us sending these paper packets of information. She would abruptly stop teaching and ask the child to share the contents of the note. She made the argument that that it should be shared with the class or not sent at all. She was a futurist, thank you Mrs. Nelson. Her second point was that information in a large group had a bigger function than insular behavior. To say the least it was socially awkward to get outed and made you think about sharing your thoughts to a bigger community. That was in 1969.
In the year 2013 that insular behavior incubates and festers in a place called the world wide web. I observe people as they communicate while never leaving the comfort of their 4th grade classroom. Small business people seek out web designers (publishers) from their immediate social construct to build pages. They trust these people not to share too much as if they are passing a note in a trusted group when exactly the opposite has to happen. Interaction does not happen in small groups. It needs the larger social construct to grow and mature. Prepare to be challenged about your insular control. The web is not a private note from the fourth grade.
♦ Relative | Who:The Client What:DesignContent Where:Archive Bookmark
Interactive design adapts to change quickly with fluent movement. It transposes information and gives peoples vision continuity in a medium that is ever changing. Elvis Costello And The Roots, go figure.
♦ Relative | Who:Elvis Costello & The Roots What:VideoMusic
Client narratives exist in a fragile duality. There can be two distinct story lines in one conversation. The honest and intuitive story about why they are in business, what makes them strong, and their ongoing vision for the future. These things have function and form. There is this other narrative. This one does not listen, 'knows better', and drowns out the dialogue of values and vision with certainty only in itself. These two narratives have differing outcomes and both affect the end product. How do I sell honest and intuitive before the project starts?
The Moth Project takes the naked and the honest stories from peoples lives and turns them into broadcast matter and live aural presentation. To be engaged all you have to do is listen and have a ear for the real.
♦ Relative | Who:The Moth What:ContentDesign Where:Stories From The Moth
The web is obsessed with semantics. Any time we need to justify some markup argument semantics is tossed about. My 4 year old grandson could care less. He does not navigate the web with semantics. He can't read yet but zips around YouTube like a college grad. (without the debt load)
He employs semiotics.The relationship between signs and the things to which they refer and pragmatics. The relationship between signs and sign-using agents. As we discuss what the latest design fashion is these things never change. They are always there regardless of circumstance or data. Maybe UI begins at a point where the native and natural qualities applied are both atomic and objective.
♦ Relative | Who:At Large What:UIDesign Where: Look up Semiotics at Wikipedia
It is one thing to do 14 years of web research. Entirely another to pack that up on a bus and take it on tour. This summer I did just that. However, my tools and research were were not as important as listening to the shocking stories of web design gone bad and fractured relationships between web folks and their clients. Emerging out of those painful experiences is a positive trend in secondary markets.
For whatever reason, business folks in these markets purchased web design that was not qualitative to state of the art design. This market phenomena has lasted a number of years as a result the designer/client relationship has been slow to mature. That is changing, thanks to brave people who are willing to listen and grow beyond their painful experiences. WE make this work together. You folks are great.
BTW there was the fun stuff along the way. From the middle of July to the middle/end of August there was sort of a hole. Filling this hole was easy, I spent it with my family. Art Prize is this week plenty of energy and inspiration and tomorrow is the first day of autumn. Change and growth is a good thing.
In the not so distant past there was a meeting at a local venture capitol concern. There were lanyards that labeled us, drink tickets(2), presentations from the next generation of hopeful millionaires and a mixer after all that. It was then that more labels were applied. As to give some order to something they could not get a handle on. The label was not important. But this is. While they were applying labels other people in other places were just simply listening.
One of the best things about the web is a larger sense of self. Mutual discovery drives that. Connecting a commonality to a cross cultural base. Sometimes you find humor in knowing you are not alone. Voosa is a startup parody out of N.Y.C. This video has labels, lots of labels.
♦ Relative | Who:At Large What:VideoVoice Where:More Startup Videos From Vooza.com
The beginning of sunset. As a web worker, it is my responsibility to build things that manage the online image and assets of my client. Just as expressive and changing as the sunset, responsive design means understanding the diversity and qualities of those around me. It is not a service. It is a people business. *This is as close to a mission statement as you are going to get.
♦ Relative | Who:The Reader What:DesignResponsive Where: Deep Lake
I recently saw this band. The performance was as powerful and full of life as this recording from 2001. Shared this tune for my wednesday morning regular, Michael R. If you want to make life the obvious choice then celebrate it every chance you have.
♦ Relative | Who:Michael Franti and Spearhead What:MusicLife
All the voices in this tune are compelling. The arrangement sucks you in. This is new music for me. Here's to discovery. It's what moves you forward and sharpens the peripheral skills.
♦ Relative | Who:Parov Stelar What:VideoMusic
John Mayer, home town performance. A great show and recording from the Internet Archive. Learning how to use the audio element in HTML5.
♦ Relative | Who:The Reader What:DesignMusic
One size does not fit all. However, you should not try to cram your content on every screen shape or resolution if it does not complement the experience. The device should not lead. What does it say about you have to offer if the user does not think enough to use the appropriate viewport? With content first, form follows function.
Researching breakpoints for responsive design is a dodgy task. There is no linearity between the design metric, typography, and content. A breakpoint should create a subtle transition over a given device range, which in this case is the desktop/laptop. Taking into consideration the resolutions of the device range, this design can accommodate 1024px to 1600px and beyond at a 4:3 to 16:10 aspect ratio while maintaining tolerance and integrity between design metric, typography, and content. The outcome is an environment that is sustainable and welcomes content diversity.
Ideas work and become sustainable when people respect ethics, interaction, and the world around them. Clothing Matters puts good things next to your body. Offering alternative fibers that reflect a care for the earth and you. Ethical business practice goes a long way. I found it in between the soy T's and hemp shirts.
∫ Relevant | Clothing Matters website
♦ Relative | Who:The Reader What:DesignResponsive Where: Clothing Matters
Within top down page flow, adding adjacent short passages of relevant information can bring insight, contrast, and attitude while expanding the parent subject. Unlike a pull quote this information stands on it's own and is not repeated elsewhere in the body.
This method can be shaped as needed within the entry. It is employed two places in this website. As a standalone to link to other resources and inline information within an existing element. An almanac entry is now included for the day of publication.
∫ Relevant | Simon & Garfunkel - A Hazy Shade Of Winter
♦ Relative | Who:The Reader What:DesignContent Where:Your Current Weather
Days past you could easily define the third world. Technology has changed that. It has brought about challenges and opportunities to information and its interaction with culture. The short and long term choices we make will redefine that global picture and shape when and where the third world manifests itself. The developed world is looking over its collective shoulder as information application empowers the small and yet to be noticed.
I wrote a website for a coffee shop. Along with the usual tri-state traffic there was always traffic from countries that produced and exported beans. (along with hits from Seattle NYC California) He dismissed this traffic as a mistake on the users part. Writing this I reflect back and wonder, who made the mistake?
♦ Relative | Who:At Large What:Writing Where:Archive Bookmark
Update, that word can bring about anxiety for most of us. I decided to update my operating system over the long holiday weekend. For me it was OSX Mountain Lion. It could be any OS, it just happened to be that one.
I gawked at user reviews, the professional summations, ghost stories, contemplated the Zeldman curse, and got sage advice from some guy named Ray Ray. After all that I was still apprehensive. "Your milage may vary." That is true for most far flung advice and user experiences. It is only relevant to unknown events that proceeded it. Trusting this type of advice is like peering into a black hole with a weak flashlight.
Funny how Apple names their OS after big cats. Mountain Lions can be unpredictable and their actions sudden and fatal. Would you trust a user review when dealing with a big cat? BTW the install went fine.