Superb in-depth analysis of Ryanair’s website dark patterns and nasty brand strategy.
Archive: March, 2011
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
This could be a handy: a client-side spellchecker. The dictionary files are a bit big of course—maybe local storage could help.
On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.
A dataviz demo of creepiness: displaying the movements of Malte Spitz by correlating her phone activity and web usage.
Use Huffduffer directly in Google Reader and on your Android Phone | Frankie – Award winning Art Director
How cool is this‽ You can create your own custom “huffduff it” link for items in Google Reader.
This is why, when a child posits something ridiculous-sounding, you should encourage them.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
This is wonderful stuff: a long-term project to track the performance of high-traffic sites over time: oodles of lovely data and some quite shocking stats.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
A demo reel for the proposed solution to a very, very, very long term problem.
Andy just debuted this at An Event Apart—lovely stuff.
Monday, March 28th, 2011
A very handy “how to” for recording your own podcast.
A handy papernet tool for emergency situations. “Zombie apocalypse” is not, alas, one of the default options.
Apparently I’m the anti- David Cameron. I’ll take that.
Magazine creators share their experiences of going digital.
I am easily amused.
This code could be useful in determining a user’s bandwidth.
Jason Grigsby pulls together a bunch of links related to responsive design, mobile web and that tricky context problem.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Clearly my knowledge of cheese and fonts is way worse than I realised.
Like Malarkey, I welcome our future responsive design progeny overlords.
The premise of this work is simple: I meet two or more people on the street who are strangers to each other, and to me. I ask them if they will pose for a photograph together with the stipulation that they must touch each other in some manner. Frequently, I instruct or coach the subjects how to touch. Just as often, I let their tentative physical exploration play out before my camera with no interference.
Friday, March 25th, 2011
A superb explanation of rhetorical devices by Ethan.
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
“When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” « The Hooded Utilitarian
What if the Wire were a serialised Dickensian story? …which, let’s face it, it kinda is.
An excellent statement of intent from Mark. You can either read this now and start creating websites the right way, or you can scrabble to catch up further down the line; I recommend reading this now.
Embrace the fluidity of the web. Design layouts and systems that can cope to whatever environment they may find themselves in. But the only way we can do any of this is to shed ways of thinking that have been shackles around our necks. They’re holding us back.
Start designing from the content out, rather than the canvas in.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
James Bridle is my favourite Blogpunk author.
Match the MacGuffin to the movie. Like Hangman for films.
Monday, March 21st, 2011
I really like this idea: one street in Brighton is openly displaying its electricity usage over time.
If I were an American, I’d now be saying something like “ICANN have jumped the shark”. Instead, I’m British, so I’ll say “ICANN are fucking useless twats who need a firm kick in the bollocks”.
Adrian Hon’s Kickstarter project has already reached its goal. I can’t wait for the podcasting to start.
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Cruel in a subtle sort of way: re-posting slightly tweaked Facebook photos of one poor guy.
There’s a Kubrickian quality to this picture Tantek snapped of me asking a question during his microformats panel.
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
An astonishing story from the Soviet side of the space race that is equal parts stupidity and sacrifice.
Brian Eno’s original essay on the origins of The Long Now Foundation. It is ten years old—a long time on the web and 1% of a millennium.
Humans are capable of a unique trick: creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. When Martin Luther King said “I have a dream…” , he was inviting others to dream it with him. Once a dream becomes shared in that way, current reality gets measured against it and then modified towards it. As soon as we sense the possibility of a more desirable world, we begin behaving differently – as though that world is starting to come into existence, as though, in our minds at least, we’re already there. The dream becomes an invisible force which pulls us forward. By this process it starts to come true. The act of imagining something makes it real.
We want the finest Star Wars parodies known to man—we want them here and we want them now!
Friday, March 18th, 2011
An excellent zero-edit counter-proposal from Anne detailing why version numbers are unnecessary and undesirable for HTML.
When you see Craig’s Han Solo PI side by side with the original title sequence of Magnum PI, the genius shines through.
In which I answer some questions about the making of Huffduffer.
Andy hammers home the benefit of a long-term format like HTML compared to the brittle, fleeting shininess of an ephemeral platform-specific app.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Y’know, I think this comparison actually makes a lot of sense.
Matt casts around for new areas of scientific research.
Fellow Brightonians, the brothers Ribot and co., launch an excellently responsive company site.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
A detailed look at how French archivists go about preserving websites.
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
A cute’n’nifty demonstration of transforms and animations in CSS that works a treat in Webkit.
Each weekday I find a headline on a major news site, and illustrate it without reading a word of the story.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
A browser-based ePub reader. ‘Cause it’s (X)HTML all the way down, baby.
A rather vicious evaluation of browser support for the audio element and the audio API. It is divided up into:
- Browsers From Companies That Actually Care About HTML5 Audio
- Browsers From Companies That Hate the Web Enough to Not Support Ogg/Vorbis, but do Have an Audio Tag So They Can Say They Have an Audio Tag (Seriously, Fuck You)
- Browsers That Say They Support HTML5 Audio But Actually Don’t Support HTML5 Audio
The web demonstrates its loosely-joined nature yet again; a photo of mine from a science hack/design fiction exhibit results in Dave discovering his family crest.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
The secret life of punctuation.
If I had the right biological equipment, I think I too might offer to bear Stephen Fry’s children …in a song.
Sunday, March 6th, 2011
The Google voicemail transcript, which begins at 11 minutes in, cracked me up.
Some of the more unusual moments in time that have been captured by Google Street View. There’s something very Gibsonian about this.
This looks like an excellent project for Brighton:
We would like to create a community cooking space in the heart of the city, for people with a passion for food. This will give people access to a commercial kitchen space from which they can learn, share and improve skills while potentially starting food-related ventures.
A very pretty visualisation of tweets on a map using canvas.
Life isn’t always happy and jolly in The Future.
Friday, March 4th, 2011
A nice’n’small lazy loader that should make life easier when it comes to pollyfilling browser support for nifty HTML5 or CSS3 features.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Southby is something of an easy target for ridicule, but this is still mildly amusing.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
If you’d like to place your cup of tea on one of these lovely Fontdeck coasters, make sure you get a ticket for the Ampersand conference.
Some excellent cross-polination between HTML5 and internationalisation — remember the other two Ws that come before Web in WWW.
Timo Arnall has some fun mapping WiFi signal strength with long exposure photos.