March 3rd, 2014 • 12°F -11°C…a 'warming' trend
Genesis - It's Gonna Get Better (Long Version)
Archive Link • Referenced in video and music
Curation is a human declarative. You Tube is one of a few places where music is driven by what humans want. To the bemusement of the record biz. the drive of humanity has curated its own playlist. It's nice when people think for themselves.
This long version was originally released as a the 12 inch B side release to Mama.
Features For The Future
February 28th, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in Google and markup
Markup has undergone changes, additions, and deletions in HTML5. Within this same timeframe so have the technologies that surround and support markup. This progress has not always been to the benefit of HTML5.
September, 2013 Google introduced Hummingbird, the new build of their search engine. One interesting characteristic is the velocity in response to changes in meta content elements such as description. They are recognizing semantic description faster and sooner within the web page. As the web gets bigger you have to be concise about who and what you are in a shorter amount of time.
HTML5 introduced new elements and applied new rules to old ones. Although not mandatory these additions reflected how search worked then, it was in depth but slower to respond. These elements were touted as giving depth and perspective to content through the search return. That is, until Google search changed direction. Beware the agent.
As the amount of data crawled grows larger the bots time on your page is shorter. As a result of this increasing velocity, HTML elements and page structure have to be as atomic/pragmatic as possible. The liturgy of any language or markup is no substitute for its ability to communicate to the now.
When 'Getting The Message Out' Means More Than The Message
December 12th, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in content
There is not much left to the medium that publishes it. If the message has no integrity its latency comes and goes quickly. Our information push has become disproportionate to our ability to create or identify quality content. One thing is for sure. Scope Creep is alive and well.
► Relevant: Bruce Springsteen - 57 Channels -You Tube
Your Message Is Not Your Own
December 5th, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and content
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.
Walk Us Uptown - Elvis Costello And The Roots
November 9th, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in video and music
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.
The Stories We Tell
October 31st, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in content and design
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.
► Relevant: Stories From The Moth
So Easy Even A Four Year Old...
October 1st, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in design
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.
► Relevant: Semiotics - Wikipedia
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
September 21st, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in video and design
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.
August 10th, 2013 | Archive Link • Referenced in video and voice
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 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.