Graphic Design History: Backfill


In graphic design, as with all other creative professions, it is just as important to know what came before you as it is to have a vision for where you are going. Surfing around this afternoon, I came across The Design Encyclopedia - an effort to make design history available using a wiki platform. What caught my eye was the wiki theme and the care that was taken to make it appear unwiki-like.

Visit the Design Encyclopedia web site
The Design Encyclopedia, part of the underconsideration network

Come to think of it, there are a few other historical graphic links I have stashed away for reference and inspiration:
Mid-century Illustrated group on Flickr

xFruits – Doing More With Feeds


From the web site xFruits is described as:

"...a free online service offering to every user the possibility of:

  • Enriching your home
  • Enlarging your blog's functionalities
  • Creating, generally, your information system from the RSS feed

XFruits makes possible the Mashup RSS creation in a very simple way thanks to the Composer. You can assemble the bricks together so as to build your own feed-based service. "xFruiter" service's users are referenced.

xFruits has been thought of as from its origin to be upgradeable and modular, and thus, to allow a developer's community to take part in the project. Our ambition is to create dozens of new bricks!"

It can aggregate many feeds into a single feed, convert RSS to email for an email alert of new...

Hurry Up and Wait


The Museum of Modern Beta Betas - Most Anticipated is a list of web apps ranked by popularity by how many are waiting for it. Data is being pulled from and updated every Saturday to keep the list current.

It is a strange thing to see the pre-hype traffic for something that isn't yet released. There also seems to be many more private betas than I remember seeing before. It is almost as if there is a sadistic mix of Web 2.0 "Lemming Syndrome" mixed with the "hurry up and wait" attitude of the military. [via]

Where’s Web2.0?


There are probably a whole lot of Web2.0 collections out there but is certainly the most Web2.0 of them that I have come across. There's a whole lot of time-killin' potential if you're planning on visiting.


A Series of Pipes


Over the past week or so I have been getting re-acquainted with my Yahoo account ever since Flickr decided I needed to tie my two accounts together. Lo and behold I discovered their mashup service Pipes. I can't help but think that the name is a wink to Ted Stevens' tubes - which still makes me turn my head in shame each time I hear it (full context here).

Despite my novice programming skills and lack of desire to read the directions, I was able to cobble together a local search for coffee within 10 miles of a user-provided location - all within about 3 minutes.

More interesting than what individual users can do is...

Read/Write Reality


The advent of the read/write web is a topic that comes up frequently where I work. Likewise, community contribution and knowledge sharing is popular among people I come into contact with online too, but I don't run into too many people in real life, outside of work, who care much about the idea at all. Or maybe they just don't realize just how cool it really is - or that maybe they are already doing something similar.

It really isn't a new idea. Humans have been inclined to express their creativity and share ideas in a public forum for centuries. Let's take graffiti for instance. I seem to remember seeing examples from ancient Rome. (My art history professor would be...