Good Magazine recently published a quite interesting article on how social networking is changing the way we identify ourselves, leading to a behavioral shift. For the last hundred years, we’ve distinguished ourselves by our car, clothes and houses. Now we’d rather spend our time expressing our ideas, opinions, the causes we support and showing photos of our life, instead of tending to the lawn. Read more and join the conversation..
Ever seen a really cool business card and wondered, “How’d they make this? And how much do these things cost?” FPO - For Print Only (a division of Under Consideration) is a handy website showcasing gorgeous print work, who printed it, what processes/fonts/paper were used and how much it all cost…right at your fingertips.
I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes get stuck in a rut when designing websites. And navigation menus can be particularly challenging because it’s so important to make them easy to find and use. It’s all too easy to focus solely on making them user-friendly and forget about making them unique! I think we could all use a little inspiration from time to time, which is why this list is a great resource. (Plus who doesn’t love lists?)
And if that’s not enough inspiration, there’s even a part 2!
Finally, just what we’ve all been waiting for—an online comic about graphic designers! The comic, written and illustrated by Nate Voss, is supposedly based on a true story. “Sometimes when things reach ridiculous levels, you just need to ridicule them,” says Voss in his blog. Visit 36point every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to view the latest shenanigans!
As election day draws near, there are all kinds of fun little tidbits across the web that make light of the situation. This one promises to be updated daily: palinaspresident.com
Fluidesign’s latest client project to make its appearance on the world wide web is Cramster.com, an online study community for students. The site functions like a study group, where users can ask questions about their homework problems, share notes and review practice exams, among other features. There is also a Facebook app where students can share textbooks and find peers to study with. The site has a plethora of users; not only students but educators, subject enthusiasts and parents.
The new site design is getting some A+ reviews and the company has just secured funding of $3 million. (We’d love to say the new design helped! *wink).
We evolved their existing logo, keeping the recognizable “A+”mark, but transformed it into a cleaner, more student-friendly logo.
We organized their website, made it clear and easy to use, and gave them a fresh color scheme to appeal to students. We also designed some cute little icons to signify the user types. Here they are for a better look:
We were excited to be a part of this project, and are interested to see how this company will do in the coming months! Go Cramster!
Here are some samples.
(for this one, you’ll need the Java web applet)
For more go to his site.
It’s TextMate for Windows and it’s new. And you can skip my intro to get it here.
And for those who don’t know what TextMate is, it’s Mac-only text editor that increases a developer’s productivity by folds through many useful features like color-coding, shortcut keys and commands for anything from simple processes like inline editing to large snippets across a majority of programming languages to compiling in a target program (i.e. Flash) through its bundles feature. The general consensus about what makes TextMate awesome is it’s ease of use for newbies and power users alike.
It’s good to see that E follows that standard over on Windows. E keeps bundles, but needs Cygwin (included in the installation package) to use the feature. It also adds remote folder access, but does not seem to have a built-in SVN client. Instead, there is a local version control feature called ‘history’ that saves any files changes. Bundles are easier to manage, but the project management and bundle editing in E feel very different and not in a good way. Luckily, there is a wiki to walk you through most issues.
When I first starting coding websites by hand, I used Dreamweaver. But soon like most other folks I found it lacking a lot of productivity enhancements that other more dedicated text editors (Dreamweaver targets mainly the visual web designer and has a lot of features I don’t need) like Eclipse and Notepad++. The only problem with the latter was it couldn’t deal with all the languages out there with its, last I checked, relatively weak support of languages like ActionScript 3 and Processing, both of which have TM bundles. The ability to save ‘projects’ took me from Smultron on the Mac to TextMate, which like E has a reasonable $40 price tag to register from the trial version. Imagine Photoshop costing only $40 and coming out of the box with 100+ fully-featured actions sets.
Other issues? the Windows keyboard doesn’t allow the same shortcut keys as on a Mac, but that will change too, since there was a lot of work done to ensure bundles worked on the Mac as they did on the PC. All of this for me means that for developing on the PC at home, I can hold off on learning something big like Eclipse.
The biggest thing is we’re seeing an application go from Mac to PC, when it’s more common the other way around. To me this has more impact than when Safari for Windows was released in the pre-Chrome days.
Getty Images released a mashup this summer called Moodstream, which is designed as a visual brainstorming tool to take users in unexpected, inspiring directions. Moodstream adjusts its visual and audio output based on settings the user sets up. Feeling calm? Set the sliders to see imagery/video and hear music that reflects a peaceful state of mind. Users can also create and save a moodboard to refer back to when beginning a project. schnazzy!