31 March 2010

[design] Critique My Business Card

As an independent creative, there isn't much chance for critiques. I learned to love them.

The jury's out over whether or not there is such a thing as constructive criticism, but in the world of design school, it's positively magic. I think I enjoyed fielding comments about my designs in critique groups almost more than actually producing them. You'd go in with a design, and you'd come back with that design and an armload of things to try.

Well, I'm throwing open the doors on this one. I've updated my business card design, which I need very badly. What do you all think of this? Could I work on the type? Improve the type hierarchy? I enjoy the way I've gotten the type to align along one side of my logo. The real updating is using Myriad Pro, which is a font I've become very fond of.

I think I've pretty much nailed it here, but is there something I can do to push this up to the next level?

Generally, when you think you've nailed it, there's something else you could have done that you've missed. Leave whatever suggestions you have in the comments, and thanks.

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30 March 2010

[pdx] What I Saw At The #PDXBoom

If I didn't love Twitter before, I do now. As it is, I enjoy the pal-making, chaotic, cocktail-party chattering that happens. And, occasionally, it makes sort-of history.

For the first time that I can remember, sitting in front of your computer all day actually made a little more sense than going out and doing something. Fortunately, Mondays being days off for me, I had the time. And the ongoing Twitter-driven saga of the #PDXBoom was a compelling show I couldn't ignore,and better than anything on the TV.

The activity on the Twitter hash-tag has damped down quite a bit after yesterday but it's still going on, mostly people tweeting and retweeting the observations they had about the power of social media and sharing articles they were reading. The take-away from all this seems to be that the chaotic buzz of social media and geekery surrounding #PDXBoom made a sort of history. It also made for great fun.

1. Portland Makes History Via Social Media.

As the story goes, Reid Beels, local member of the Open Source community, got the inspiration to make a Google community map after seeing tweets that were coalescing under the #PDXBoom hashtag. Even I put a marker down (Didn't hear any noise; we suspect the unicorns), and by the beginning of the day Monday it was fairly thick with reports about who was where, what they heard, and what they thought it was.

The map became known as PDXBOOM as well and, minor technical problems not withstanding (the edit button on the Google community map seemed to be a little fugitive) provided a great view, on its own, of the spread of the phenomenon.

The vigor at which the map was pinned alone seemed to be a phenomenon of its own. The boom just seemed strange, and I sensed there were a lot of people who were compelled by not only the need to understand but also perhaps a similar event that happened about a week or so prior that also had no explanation. But people loved it, and people loved marking it up.

Today, Reid Beels was featured in an article published in the New York Times, and the combination of the map and Twitter #PDXBoom activity seemed to appear as more of a making-real of the sort of activity that social media was supposed to enable, in the good way, collaboration by hundreds or thousands toward solving a problem or a mystery, which dovetails into the second thing:

2. We Are Detective, We Are Select.

As it happened, the Portland Police Bureau is aware of how powerful a tool this is, and their savvy use of the Twitter buzz and the Google map was admirable. Embedded within the PDXBOOM map were, as I intimated, descriptions of the event with most of the markers. The quality of the reported report allowed a sort of inductively-logical triangulation.

with the map on Google is a link to download a .kml file which will bring the info into Google Earth. This I did, and I too found out how useful it was to track the spot. The most remarkable reports were given by those near the Willamette River in Sellwood, such as these screen clips will show:

Another nearby sighting claimed it was like "somebody parked their car in my living room". Most of the reports from Sellwood were that way. Clues were left all over the place.

3. The Front Page, The Twitter Version

For me, the most entertaining facet of the whole thing was watching the local TV Newsers communicate and tweet about what they were going to find and what they were going to do next.

For my money, the two most Twitter-able electronic media organizations in town are KGW-Channel 8 and KATU-Channel 2. They seem to get Twitter more than the other outlets do. And they updated the punters with what they had when they had it.

The following was from my asynchronous point of view and what I remember; your mileage may indeed vary.

But it seemed to become a competition between them, right out the old days of newspapers. As it developed that, what eventually everyone would find out - it was a big-ass pipebomb buried in the Willamette River's left bank south of the Sellwood Bridge in an undeveloped strip of land between Southwest Riverside Drive and the River called Powers Marine Park - was figured out by KGW and KATU, and they were off to the races with it. First tweets, from the KATU crew, came in the 11:30 AM to Noon-or-so time frame, intimating that they knew what was what and if you tuned in to KATU for the 4 PM and 5 PM TV reports, you'd know all about it too.

All of a sudden, though, KGW piped up with tweets about how they were sending Pat Dooris out right then to check the site out, and in pretty short order, KATU tweeted what they had found out from Portland Police. And, at 4 PM, there was Megan Kalkstein on KATU, on the scene - and able to say that they were the first ones out there.

As a fan of newsers, it was a great thing to watch ... two passionate news organizations going it in an old-school journalistic style, with the immediacy of Twitter added in. I think of it as evolution in action.

4. It Was A Big Party ...

& and all you had to have to show up was something that drove a browser and accessed Twitter.

There was a lot of antic fun going on. We found out that Heather of Mile73 and Dave of Dave Knows PDX were getting engaged, and there was much rejoicing. I got new pals, notably, KPTV's reporter Mark Ross who, with help from one other person, got up to 100 followers.

It was a BYOB party, to be sure, as most distributed dos are. But there was an air of festivity and fun. A lot of people chiming in, a lot of witticisms cracked, a lot of music recommendations shared, a lot of new connections forged.

I made some new friends of my own, not the least KPTV's Mark Ross, of whom me and one other person helped him get over 100 followers. He's someone who's got a cat, he claims, who thinks he's a dog, which is okay by me. Anyone can have a cat who thinks he's a cat.

Many of us seemed to be skeptical that the boom could have been heard so far off - after all, how could a pipe bomb be heard all the way from Sellwood to I-205 (in some cases - not mine, but some)? The Big O's movie maven, Shawn Levy, reminded me that the heavy clouds and the damp air could have made it travel quite far.

And that's another thing I love about Twitter. It's the great equalizer. It doesn't matter that I'm not, say, aplusk? No. I've made connections that I never thought I'd ever make, and they're just people - most of them are pretty nice. Besides, what would I do with over four million followers?

(Mind you, I'm not entirely against finding I have four million followers some day. Just sayin')

I was thrilled to be there myself. And even though my only real contribution to the map was a marker near 117th and SE Market saying "I heard nothing", the thought of that being even the smallest part of this thing that made a little bit of modern social media history was pretty cool.

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[net_liff] TROLO-LOL Cat, Complete With Auto Shut-Off

Now, here's an innovation. Should have seen this one coming, when you think about it. My guess, is the module has its on/off switch installed in the cat just below the tail in that spot where you get "elevator butt".

It's Edward Hill's world & we just live in it.

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[pdx} PDX Gets In The NYT Again - Thanks To #PDXBoom

Portland making the New York Times has become something of a trope hereabouts, with the lifestyle writers agog of how we do everything here from growing a city to washing our hands. But today, #PDXBoom made the Times, as it's beginning to be a great example of how social media and the intartuebz mean that a whole bunch of people armed with nothing more than a computer, their happy obsession, and a craving to know can become a force of nature that seems to get things done ... in an antic, chaotic way.

Also, meet Reid Beels, the developer and member of PDX's Open source community behind the twitter alias @reidab, who hit the ground running and provided us with the Google community map PDXBOOM which, as the newsers are intimating, helped the Portland Police Bureau track down the apparent cause & a pipe bomb buried in the bank of the Willamette in Powers Marine Park by State Hwy 43, south of the Sellwood Bridge.

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29 March 2010

[pdx] PDXBOOM!

It's all about the boom.

About 2030, 28 March 2010, The Boom happened.

Somewhere over SE Portland. Nobody knows what, or where or why yet. But it seems clear that it was over SE Portland somewhere.

The PDX Worthies on Twitter gathered under the hashtag #pdxboom and we all reported our findings, and a community map has coalesced as we all try to croudsource the source:

View PDXBOOM in a larger map

For years to come, you'll remember where you were ... When The Boom Happened. And maybe someday, we'll know what caused it.

28 March 2010

[art] Comic Character Development

After sharing that last with me and the rest of his Twitter stream, @raydred shared a little character development sketch that he was a little scoff-y about but which I found quite nifty indeed. Here:

This is good for the same reason Tony Millionaire's work is good. Raydred is, in a Millionaire-esque way, in charge of his medium, and it shows in every line he draws. This, though sketch-y, shows a confidence and command that seems to come out of the drawing at me, and makes me want to look.

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[art] Just A Sketch He Did Last Night, The Man Said ...

Via @raydred at Twitter, an amazing bit of sketching some dude I don't even know did last night and modestly asked for commentary about:

Adam Guzowski has a touch for detail I haven't seen since MAD Magazine's amazing Mort Drucker. Obviously a professional, but I just stumbled on this so excuse my ignorance, but if he doesn't have a contract illustrating children's books or summat somewhere, it's a crime.

There's something unsettling about it … and something antic and amazing.

I'm so glad I joined Twitter. Wouldn't be seeing this stuff otherways.

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[pdx] SE 92nd And Division – New Blades, Cool Building

The new PDX street blades are now gracing both the NW and NE corners of SE 92nd Avenue and Division Street.

I have rhapsodized enough about these new designs that I needed do that any more. My devoted reader should be well familiar by now with my feelings about their Clearview goodness, and mixed-case on a street blade just makes me happy and antic inside. It's the feeling I had when I finally got to write on College-ruled paper instead of wide-ruled and regular-size pencils instead of those big green ones.

Of course I have the big green ones now … but it's totally ironic. Seriously.

Just east of here and on the south side of the street is the coolest building in the area:

If I had a successful design agency, I would totally have this building, at least partially. And I would totally have the big diamond-windowed office. A harlequin building! Mine, you!

The area is, of course, very close to I-205, which provides for a bit of urban layering:

This is what I do. Look up at signs and enjoy the play of line, angle, curve, and color. And sunny days are still rare in Portland at this time of year.

But the new crop of street blades are in bloom. And looking good.

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27 March 2010

[design] Diagrammed: Are You A Geek, Dork, Dweeb, Or Nerd

As someone who considers themselves and Alpha Geek of longstanding (at least I am in this household) I found this Venn diagram (by way of BoingBoing, who take none of my linky suggestions, but I love them anyway) more than intriguing. From the "Wish I'd Of Thought Of This One" Dept:

Venn diagrams are nifty. You don't have to know what they are but the communicate. For instance, in most of my passions, I consider myself passing intelligent as unequivocally obsessed and in social situations I can be quite the butterfly, so I see myself as a Geek. This is also not considered a pejorative around here.

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[design] Photoshop Interface Refrigerator Magnets

(via BitRebels) Aw, yeah, you just know these are going to be awesome. Not screen shots, but high-quality prints of panels from the Photoshop UI that are magnets, and can go on your office walls – but I think they should go on your refrigerator, in case some of your friends don't know you're a designer and need to figure it out:

Yeah, they look awesome. They even have the spinning beach-ball'o'death and screentop menu bars.
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26 March 2010

[design] Your Browser As Transportation

Yes, it's another one of those "If your X was a Y, here's what it would look like" charts, but unlike most of the ones you might see today, this one is served distinctly on wry, with a side of sarcasm.

Firefox, MSIE, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome – nobody's spared a snide yet on-target insight. Funny!

(the IE brand on the dead horse had me LOL. And I love the Firefox, but the comment about the multiplicty of add-ons – dead on target. Artwork is immaculate, too.)

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24 March 2010

[oregon] Mount Hood On One Of The First "America The Beautiful" Quarters

(via various) The US Mint is issuing more commemorative quarters, and coming out soon is going to be the one that I think should have been out all along – a quarter with Mount Hood – Wy'east – on.

The image is of Mount Hood over Lost Lake – as iconic an image of the mountain as exists. In its cohort, released this year as the first of the "America The Beautiful" series, commemorating national parks and forests and such, are Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park.

That's some company to be seen in. But Mount Hood National Forest is one of the "old fellows" of the National Forest System, having been in existence, in one form or another, since 1892 – when it was known as the Bull Run Forest Reserve. After merger with another nearby unit and two renamings, it was known as the Mount Hood National Forest since about 1924.

For me personally, being born in Oregon and living within sight of Mount Hood the majority of my live, the mountain is as much as anything else a potent symbol of place, and I think it well deserves to be on a quarter.

Mount Hood From Lost Lake. Photo Credit.

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[pdx] The Ross Island Bridge Rules

Whenever anyone I know despairs of the breakdown in civility in society, and I do myself sometimes too, I recommend they proceed to the west end of the Ross Island Bridge during evening rush hours, when downtowners and people who work on the west side but live east of the Willamette River filter through the ramps from Naito Parkway north- and south-bound, Southwest Arthur Street just east of Southwest 1st, or Southwest Kelly Avenue to find liberation in the working class areas of Southeast Portland.

It becomes quite a crush. But amid the welter of overheating cars, beggars on the corners, and such, an unexpected blossom is to be found … common civility.

It's almost as though everyone there understands that – for a few minutes, anyway, – they're all in the same boat.

Here's how it works: if you're coming down onto the eastbound bridge entry from Naito northbound, despite the sweeping appearance of that ramp, it's quite a slow thing, you can't cruise it like a freeway. And, at the point where that ramp joins the bridge traffic eastbound, you have to stop and wait for the main flow of the traffic – which is coming from Naito southbound and Arthur Street – to break for you.

But, here's the amazing thing – during rush hour, that's what they actually do. And here you are, in Portland rush-hour traffic, it's tough and tight, bumper to bumper – and suddenly, a person on the lane you're trying to get in on slows down enough to let you in. And you're out of there, and they're out of there, and it seems to move okay despite the fact that the facility is almost crowded to capacity.

It helps, I suppose, that the eastbound bridge traffic at the entry isn't going very fast either.

And the miracle is that nobody seems to mind. There's no honking, no angry swearing. There's just this gestalt understanding that if everyone gives a little everyone gets ahead in the long run. Traffic's slow, but common courtesy will get us all through.

There is common courtesy in the world.

I guess it just happens to be where you find it.

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23 March 2010

[web_design] The Secret Of Tup Wanders

A few missives ago, I tried to turn my reader on to the niftyness that is Tup Wanders's web site, which, if you don't remember, looks like this:

It's nice and cool and corporate, perfectly riffing on the corporate website paradigm. Hell, even the tagline/motto, everything. all the time. and then some, seems to promise everything you desire in that corporate way … just whatever it is, you couldn't say.

Even the name "Tup Wanders" … well, to this American ear, that sounds like one of those European conglomerates that provide something to someone somehow. Loaded with action-words and corp-speak, it makes its point. They even have an employee of the month – a security guard.

When you click on anything, though, here's what you see:

My friends, we been had. But its a joke I wish I'd of thought of. The website itself is portrayed as a printed piece of paper, wadded up and pushed up with the words "Nah, kidding. It's just me", the word me linking you via email to designer Tup Wanders, who's snagged you, because if he can do that, you've got to be thinking – what else  can he provide you with.

Bright idea, yes. Well done.

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[pdx] Made In Oregon Sign Belongs To City Now: May We Re-suggest Unicorns?

As announced on City Commissioner Randy Leonard's site today, Ramsay Signs have donated the famous (and almost U-of-O-oriented) "Made In Oregon" sign, and it will be restyled, with proceeds for conversion and upkeep generated by the pay-to-park lot underneath the Burnside Bridge. Here's an idea of what it will look like, from Commissioner Leonard's page:

Very nice. I like the design; I still think Made In Oregon had a certain resonance to it, and especially since I was also made in Oregon (round about the Silverton area over a period of about 9 months, though I don't particularly recall it). But I think we could have made it really Portland, and have a modest proposal: instead of that, why not:

Portland: built on an ancient unicorn burial ground.

Remember the unicorns.

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21 March 2010

[pdx] The Sandy-Couch-Burnside Couplet Cometh: A Piece Of PDX, Going Away …

… that particular piece being the two blocks of NE Sandy Blvd between NE 12th Avenue and NE 14th Avenue, as the area we like to call the Six Points East is going to become the eastern anchor to the new Burnside-Couch One-Way couplet that feeds down to the so-called Burnside Bridgehead at MLK and the Bridge.

East Burnside Street will be one-way eastbound from MLK to NE 14th Avenue, where eastbound traffic to Sandy will be routed.

NE Couch will peel westbound traffic off NE Sandy Blvd at 14th Avenue and route that traffic to the bridge via the zero-hundred block of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The 1200 and 1300 Blocks of NE Sandy Blvd will cease to be – along with the business frontage of Northwest Fitness.

The following series of images depict new views of Portland and views that you won't be able to see after the middle of next month without breaking major traffic laws. I debated breaking this up, but I'll put it all in one post, the better to find as a landing zone. Maybe I'll break it apart at some future time.

The new overblades on the street signal overheads now not only carry the new Clearview font and design style but also the iconic Portland rose that has so far been seen on the slightly-older overblades.

The numbered avenue overblade. The block number is not shown because it's obvious that 12th Avenue defines the 1200 block. Clearview and rose.

Lloyd Center Union (not next to Lloyd Center, and not a Union 76 Station) is a auto service garage that's been at the corner of NE 12th and Couch for as long as anyone can remember. Maybe it was once a Union 76 station, I don't know. For a long time it was painted just like one, and had to carry a sign saying that no gas was available was there. The blue-and-orange sign over the blue garage door on the left there is a remnant of that livery. Traffic in front of Lloyd Center Union is going to get very busy soon – but just westbound.

This is the view you'll see running westbound down Couch as you approach NE 11th Avenue from now on as you drive toward the Burnside Bridge. From now, on, to view it the way you used to … that is to say, like this:

You'll be breaking major traffic laws, as well as just putting yourself into bodily harm. Speaking of which, I did stand for a few minutes in the very middle of East Burnside Street … but there was no traffic, as you can see. This is the beauty of taking pictures in Portland, Oregon, on a Sunday morning.

A friend from my past called Portland "The City That Always Sleeps". Here, we haven't yet unrolled the sidewalks.

NE 11th between Burnside and Couch. Nice to know that Cthulhu's minions represent. Of course, the Lower Burnside crowd can be kind of rough sometimes, so they get a run for their money. Best you just retire to Union Jack's around the corner, look at the nekkid laydees, and knock back a drink or two.

Here's something else you're going to see more of now that you'll be going down to the bridge on NE Couch Street – it's called Norse Hall. Been there since the 1920s, I understand. Big ol' clubhouse, meeting space, that sort of thing. Across the street …

… at 100 NE 11th Avenue, is German Formula, another auto shop for das Volksvagen amongst other fine examples of German engineering. Well kept and maintained, it exults in its birthday – 1929.

The signs you'll see next are ones that will be certainly made obsolete by the new street alignment – they're landmarks, and they show their age.

There will be no need for this sort of direction when the width of Burnside is all going one way and there's no Sandy Boulevard between 12th and 14th Avenues.

The silver poles holding up these signs are warhorses, stalwarts, and have rust on spots, but where other places they'd look like wear, here, they're badges of honor.

This bit of road will soon be a bit of history.

That old sign over 12th Avenue is probably going to be replaced. It certainly needs to. But I enjoy it. And the driver of that car probably thinks I'm a nut for standing in the middle of the street in front of him and taking pix. And maybe he's right. Who knows?

Another thing that will change … that's the 1300 block of Burnside, and that car on the left would otherwise be found one block north from here.

I gave the fellow fifteen cents. It was all I had to give him, but I don't think you should have to beg for coffee in Portland. Seems just as unjust as having to make your living by begging that way anyway. I hope he found his cuppa.

Another look at the bit of Sandy that will cease to be. If you turn 180 degrees, you see something people aren't generally aware of … and that's Southeast Sandy Blvd.

It goes down the hill until the true beginning of Sandy, which is SE 7th Avenue and Washington Street. Up until now it was good to know; you just went straight though and before you knew it, you were on SE Morrison Street or Belmont, if you wanted. Now, it'll take two extra turns and a couple more traffic lights.

The new traffic flow to Sandy will be eastbound on Burnside until 14th Avenue, then north a block, behind Northwest Fitness. The new street is being improved:

That side of the Northwest Fitness building, I'm told, is to be – as far as the address goes, anyway – the new front to the building. One thing that probably won't change is the old Sandy Hut Tavern:

… which will be sitting, prow-like, at the Couch-Sandy wedge for a while to come yet, by the looks of things.

The Excecutive Lodge – which may or may not cater to actual executives – is across from here, and has a bit of vintage neon on the side:

… all Color TV Air Conditioned. Now, my friends, that's luxury. And the only way you'll get this viewpoint from now forward is on foot.

The Portland Bottling Co. building has been in the news lately, because of what some company did to the landmark 7-Up sign up top. I sure wish they'd of left that alone; I'm not about to go looking for that tea bottle just because they put it up there. The sign is dead to me. But the architecture of the building is so very Art Deco, that I'm glad they didn't cover it up. It's like looking at an old, well preserved car.

I feel like I'm looking at an old Terraplane when I see this side of the building.

I don't care what anyone else says; thats a face at corner of the building. It's hungry. And it's coming for me.

Art Deco detail, 1920s style type. What's not to get lost in over here? As architectures go, Portland Bottling Company is a collectors item, a grubby gem.

Here's a new street blade at 13th and Couch that combines the border from the earliest new-style blades with the type structure of the later ones.

Here's a crossing signal that is definitely going away …

As is that one.

And here's one more image of the bit of Sandy that's going away:

From that two-armed signal gantry to the limit of sight, that's a major Portland throughfare that's going away, in the name of progress, development, or something.

I myself shall miss it when it's gone. Six Points East was an annoying, amusing intersection – but there's worse things in life than having to wait though it (at least if you aren't late for something). And it's an authentic Portland quirk, rather than all the manufactured ones you see so much of these days.

Well, I hope the new Burnside-Couch couplet does all the things they say it's going to do.

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[pdx] Where César E Chávez Meets Rosa Parks

I recall that, on the first go-around, those in favor of the Interstate Avenue rename to César E. Chávez Boulevard plan used, as a selling point, the visual poetry and justice of having the names of two giants of justice cross at a point in front of the New Seasons Market at Interstate and what-was-then-just-renamed Portland Boulevard.

In the new age of CEC Blvd, they've gotten their wish really, just not in a way they'd of expected. Now, César E. Chávez Blvd does indeed intersect Rosa Parks Way …

… only this is Rosa Parks Way …

… and this is NE César E. Chávez Blvd …

Not to mention that NE 39th Avenue got upgraded to a Boulevard, whereas Portland Boulevard got downgraded to a mere Way.

None of this should be interpreted as my having any problem with 39th being renamed to honor Chávez, or Portland Blvd being renamed to honor Rosa Parks (as a matter of fact, I find I like them rathermuch), but rather an indication of the perversity of the universe, which once again schools us that you may get what you want, but the crucible of obtaining will sometimes surprise us by giving it to us in a way that nobody ever counted on.

Universe's funny that way.

Somewhat on a tangent, we also note that a street named for its proximity to Portland Blvd, NE Portland Blvd Ct., has retained its old name (there's precedence for this with SW Ford Street Dr, which references a no-longer-extant Ford Street), which is lucky for the Portland sign shop, as a NE Rosa Parks Way Ct blade would be about as awkward to mount as it is to say.
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20 March 2010

[web_design] Great Design! A Site To See – Tup Wanders

You see enough websites in a day, just because you fancy websites maybe, but you see every type of design. Some, however, exploit the website paradigm so ably their poetry to the eye. Tup Wanders's site is just such a site:

Oh, it looks cool and corporate, but the nifty happens when you click any link.
(We'll discuss the nifty after a few of you go to see it)

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19 March 2010

[branding] Vancouver, USA – The Orginal. Accept No Substitutes!

(h/t KGW-TV) It's tough to be Vancouver, Washington. You feel you're always in Portland's shadow; you always have to remind people that you're not the one in British Columbia.

And it really is unfair. Vancouver, Washington, USA, predated The Other Vancouver by about thirty years and was instrumental in ensuring that the Oregon Country, south of the 49th Parallel, by dint of attracting American settlers, eventually became a part of that strange thing we call the United States of America.

Occaisionally, some misguided soul comes up with a well-intended campaign to rename Vancouver to something like Old Vancouver or Fort Vancouver, and I'm not intending to cast aspersions at all – oh, I make fun, but I'm an arrogant Portlander. Even though I've been caught referring to it as Vantucky more than once, I'm awful fond of the town, and it's part of the Metro family (which means us PDXers get to make fun of it, but none of you mooks!!!)), and if anyone thinks a town needs to change its name to prevent confusion – hell, let Vancouver BC do it! Vancouver, Washington was the first!

Anyway, the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau has got itself some solid branding help. To remind the tourist that, like Highlander, the can be only one, they've embarked upon a nifty branding and identity approach accenting the originality of Vancouver, USA – Discover the Original, and renaming the SW Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau to Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office. Both moves are a clever and smart way to bring the unique qualities that Vancouver does have – it's history and uniqueness – up front.

I shoot "VanWa" hassle now and again, but it's all done in love. Vancouver Washington is a fine town and a lovely place to work (which I did do for a while). And I think the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office has done a canny, creditable thing. Congratulations to them!
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[design] How NOT To Implement A Banner Ad

How you don't do it is to anchor a vertical banner ad in a space where a horizonal ad is supposed to go … well, not if you want the users of the website to use the navigation:

Right there, on the lower right, the vertical banner ad … which was obviously supposed to exist in the empty area along the top, below the menu bar … extends down to cover the album graphic and the navigation.

Pretty spiffy … if you didn't mind having to reload the page just to get at the navigation. I don't care how fast your connection and computer is … it's annoying suckitude.

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17 March 2010

[net liff] Please Retweet This

Earlier tonight there was an outage on Twitter.

A pod of fail-whales.

A lot of people tracked it on news.

When it was back, they all said "There was a Twitter outage".

They said it on Twitter.


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[pdx] It's St. Unicorn's Day … When We Drink To Remember

Everywhere else, it's St. Patrick's Day. You drink to forget.

But in Portland, it's St. Unicorn's Day … where you drink to remember.

Remember the Unicorns.

Dave Knows.

And Mike Vogel does, too.

So, today, drink to remember. 'Tis St. Unicorn's day.

And so it goes.

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