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We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars
"The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure—the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as the foundation for thriving communities, but it can also establish unhealthy patterns when designed poorly."
car  environment  future  research  cities  design  transit  walking 
july 2018 by grahams
How To: Tune a Guitar
An interactive audio guide with guitars and a little music theory.
audio  music  guitar  design 
may 2018 by grahams
Still File - Skrekkøgle
"'Still File' is a series of 4 photographs recreating computer renderings as physical scenes. The photos' artifacts, surroundings, camera settings and lighting has been shaped intending to resemble 3d graphics of different types."
art  design  graphics  photography  cg 
january 2017 by grahams
Building a faster mobile web experience with AMP
"As a discovery engine with billions of Pins, Pinterest works best when content is relevant, fast and easy to access. With more than 80 percent of Pinners using Pinterest on mobile devices, we’re excited to work on an industry-wide approach to a lighter-weight, speedier version of mobile web pages - Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) - with Google, Wordpress, Twitter and the open-source community. 

myroommatejonparise  mobile  web  design  programming  optimization 
december 2015 by grahams
'Space Jam' Forever: The Website That Wouldn't Die
How a ragtag group of young coders skirted the studio and created a pop culture sensation that's still standing two decades later
culture  history  movies  film  basketball  sports  web  www  design 
august 2015 by grahams
Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple - The New Yorker
"How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product."
apple  jonyive  design  ive 
february 2015 by grahams
What logos crave: behind-the-scenes with the logos in Idiocracy
How do you describe the futuristic logos in the cult movie Idiocracy? Set in a hilariously dystopian future, the movie foregrounds design in a way few other movies have, with twisted versions of almost every corporate logo.

Graphic designer Ellen Lampl, who made the logos in the film, says it best:

A visual vernacular fusion of Nascar, candy packaging, Mexico handpainted signs and Japanese pop culture…

This is the story of the logos in Idiocracy: how they happened, the amazing ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor, and just how the Carl’s Jr. Star got so angry.
advertising  design  funny  movies  film  mikejudge 
october 2014 by grahams
STAR WARS 80's High School
What if Star Wars were set in a 80's High School?
art  comics  design  starwars 
march 2014 by grahams
Dynamic Range Compression: Are The Loudness Wars Over? - The Quietus
Nick Southall speaks to American mastering engineer Bob Katz and Hookworms about how, with the launch of iTunes Radio, the tide is finally turning against full dynamic range compression
music  sound  design  mastering  engineering  wishfulthinking 
november 2013 by grahams
MVC is dead, it's time to MOVE on.
MVC is a phenomenal idea. You have models, which are nice self-contained bits of state, views which are nice self-contained bits of UI, and controllers which are nice self-contained bits of …


I'm certainly not the first person to notice this, but the problem with MVC as given is that you end up stuffing too much code into your controllers, because you don't know where else to put it.

To fix this I've been using a new pattern: MOVE. Models, Operations, Views, and Events.
design  development  mvc  programming  code 
september 2013 by grahams
Google Glass Teardown
Gargoyles represent the embarrassing side of the Central Intelligence Corporation. Instead of using laptops, they wear their computers on their bodies, broken up into separate modules that hang on the waist, on the back, on the headset. They serve as human surveillance devices, recording everything that happens around them. Nothing looks stupider; these getups are the modern-day equivalent of the slide-rule scabbard or the calculator pouch on the belt, marking the user as belonging to a class that is at once above and far below human society.

—Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
design  google  glass  cyborg  wearable  nerd  awesome 
june 2013 by grahams
Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars

The film, Star Wars, premiered on May 25, 1977. Today, on its 36th anniversary, I’m examining the evolution of the film’s logo. 
branding  design  logos  starwars  typography 
may 2013 by grahams
Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown - Ben Kamens
The hover effects on Amazon’s big ‘ole “Shop by Department” mega dropdown are super fast. Look’it how quick each submenu fills in as your mouse moves down the list:
amazon  design  menu  usability  jquery  javascript 
march 2013 by grahams
What Killed the Linux Desktop - Miguel de Icaza
The hard disk that hosted my /home directory on my Linux machine failed so I had to replace it with a new one. Since this machine lives under my desk, I had to unplug all the cables, get it out, swap the hard drives and plug everything back again.

Pretty standard stuff. Plug AC, plug keyboard, plug mouse but when I got to the speakers cable, I just skipped it.

Why bother setting up the audio?

It will likely break again and will force me to go on a hunting expedition to find out more than I ever wanted to know about the new audio system and the drivers technology we are using.
design  linux  os  osx  gnome 
august 2012 by grahams
PHP: a fractal of bad design
I’m cranky. I complain about a lot of things. There’s a lot in the world of technology I don’t like, and that’s really to be expected—programming is a hilariously young discipline, and none of us have the slightest clue what we’re doing. Combine with Sturgeon’s Law, and I have a lifetime’s worth of stuff to gripe about.

This is not the same. PHP is not merely awkward to use, or ill-suited for what I want, or suboptimal, or against my religion. I can tell you all manner of good things about languages I avoid, and all manner of bad things about languages I enjoy. Go on, ask! It makes for interesting conversation.

PHP is the lone exception. Virtually every feature in PHP is broken somehow. The language, the framework, the ecosystem, are all just bad. And I can’t even point out any single damning thing, because the damage is so systemic. Every time I try to compile a list of PHP gripes, I get stuck in this depth-first search discovering more and more appalling trivia. (Hence, fractal.)

PHP is an embarrassment, a blight upon my craft. It’s so broken, but so lauded by every empowered amateur who’s yet to learn anything else, as to be maddening. It has paltry few redeeming qualities and I would prefer to forget it exists at all.

But I’ve got to get this out of my system. So here goes, one last try.
development  programming  code  web  www  php  security  funny  scary  design 
june 2012 by grahams
Shape Of: Who is Acorn for?
Acorn isn't Photoshop. I have no desire to turn Acorn into any sort of Photoshop clone. Acorn opens up PSD files, borrows many keyboard shortcuts and ideas from Photoshop (just as Photoshop borrowed from MacPaint), but Photoshop is not Acorn's future.
applications  mac  acorn  images  editing  development  design 
may 2011 by grahams
The 1140px CSS Grid System/Framework · Fluid down to mobile
The 1140 grid fits perfectly into a 1280 monitor. On smaller monitors it becomes fluid and adapts to the width of the browser.

Beyond a certain point it uses media queries to serve up a mobile version, which essentially stacks all the columns on top of each other so the flow of information still makes sense.

Scrap 1024! Design once at 1140 for 1280, and with very little extra work, it will adapt itself to work on just about any monitor, even mobile.
web  webdesign  development  design  layout  grid  framework  mobile  css 
january 2011 by grahams
Stereo Stack: A kaleidoscopic-wonderland of hi-fidelity and dual-dynamic vibrancy
Vintage LP stereo banners stacked by Jive Time Records and Project Thirty-Three.
New: Click here to shuffle the stack!
records  vinyl  music  banners  graphics  design 
january 2011 by grahams
Clueless Secretary Prompts Hilarious Office Email Thread
No, seriously. Just read this in its entirety, from the top.
funny  clueless  design  lazy  lol  from delicious
july 2010 by grahams
Apple iPhone 4 Antennas... - AntennaSys Blog
I saw the photo of the frame of the iPhone in the slideshow at the end of Steve Job's keynote address at the Developer's Conference.  There are three gaps in the stainless steel band which are allegedly part of the antenna system.  I have not had alot of time to analyze their structure, nor do I have one in my hands yet.  So, either it is public relations hokum, or those slots are really part of the antenna structure.  They do appear to be active, based on observations.
antenna  radio  rf  iphone  apple  design  from delicious
june 2010 by grahams
Targeting various iOS devices with media queries - Desktop Shrapnel
After a little bit of trial and error, I put together three simple lines of code which targets each individual device according to the DPI of their screens—163dpi for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, 132dpi for the iPad and a whopping 326dpi for the iPhone4.
iphone  ios  web  html  code  tips  tricks  style  design  webdesign  from delicious
june 2010 by grahams
CSS Border Radius
Simple tool for tweaking curved corners in CSS.
css  html  web  design  from delicious
march 2010 by grahams
Color Scheme Designer 3
A funky but seemingly powerful to help develop color schemes.
colors  design  web  tools  development  neat 
march 2009 by grahams
Atlas: Under the Hood | Think Vitamin
Great summary of 280 North's upcoming Atlas IDE, as well as touching on Cappuccino and Objective-J
programming  web  development  design  mvc  objects  objectivej  cappuccino  javascript 
march 2009 by grahams
5 obscure HTML tags that you should know and even use - instant fundas
With the rising popularity of CSS for styling, many web developers and users alike have become alienated from the good old HTML tags. Only a handful of these tags are used in the markup of web pages today. Most of them have got limited representation and some of them are entirely forgotten. I decided to round up a couple of HTML tags that perhaps should be used a little more often than they actually are.
html  design  css  tips  lists 
february 2009 by grahams
Cool Tools: Rail Riders
Many of Rail Riders' fabrics also have a water repellent treatment that has saved me from some embarrassing accidents while eating or drinking in the car or at my desk.
pants  clothing  design  travel 
january 2009 by grahams
Welcome - doctype - Google Code
Welcome to Google Doctype. "Written by web developers, for web developers."
api  apps  coding  css  design  development  docs  documentation  google  reference  javascript  html  web 
may 2008 by grahams
Coolz0r - Marketing Thoughts » Your Spine Or Mine?
Interesting guerrilla campaign that targets reluctant, good-functioning and abled drivers who keep parking on the wrong place, making it difficult for disabled people to use what’s rightfully theirs.
cool  design  humor  funny  online  signs  parking  ada  handicap 
december 2007 by grahams
At home: Teller's magical Vegas retreat speaks volumes -
Drive up to Teller's compound on the outskirts of town, and you're immediately greeted by the sound of his voice over the gate intercom. Which is, of course, surreal.
architecture  article  design  house  interviews  people  photos  teller  magic  pennandteller 
november 2007 by grahams
James Duncan Davidson – Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
I know that I’m going to come of like half a nutcase here, but if you spend a lot of time working with monospaced text[..], you deserve to make your eyes happy. It’s all in the fonts. For me, the default 10pt Monaco screen font is just doesn’t cut i
coding  design  development  mac  programming  unix  usability  typography  fonts  monospace  font 
november 2007 by grahams
Complete CSS Guide - Cascading style sheets reference - Contents
Welcome to the Complete CSS Guide, a reference to every aspect of cascading style sheets. If you need help learning CSS or if you're looking for info about selectors, properties and all the other aspects of cascading style sheets, this is the place.
css  development  reference  html  guide  cheatsheet  design  webdesign 
august 2007 by grahams
Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps: position static relative absolute float
This tutorial examines the different layout properties available in CSS: position:static, position:relative, position:absolute, and float.
tutorial  html  webdesign  howto  layout  design  css 
august 2007 by grahams
A List Apart: Articles: Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo
Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you realize—just a split second too late—that you shouldn’t have clicked “Okay” in the “Are you sure you want to quit?” dialog?
articles  37signals  design  coding  development  gui  hci  usability  interface  warning  readlater 
july 2007 by grahams
Ask Tog: The iPhone User Experience: A First Touch
"On June 29, 2007, the long-awaited iphone was released. Was it worth the wait? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Yes."
design  geek  reviews  tech  usability  ui  interface  apple  iphone  mobile 
july 2007 by grahams
WhatTheFont : MyFonts
Ever wanted to find a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using our WhatTheFont font recognition system.
applications  apps  awesome  cool  design  typography  fonts  tools  webdesign 
june 2007 by grahams
Jeff Bonwick's Weblog - Rampant Layering Violation?
Andrew Morton has famously called ZFS a "rampant layering violation" because it combines the functionality of a filesystem, volume manager, and RAID controller. I suppose it depends what the meaning of the word violate is.
article  computerscience  filesystem  ideas  architecture  interesting  storage  linux  solaris  zfs  design 
may 2007 by grahams
Cocoa open source would be cool
Here’s something I’d totally love to see at WWDC: the Cocoa framework open-sourced. Foundation and AppKit both.
code  design  funny  geek  mac  osx  software  ui  macosx 
august 2006 by grahams
iBox Test Page
iBox is a lightweight script that lets you overlay images, divs, and HTML on your current page. It is damn easy to install and setup.
ajax  css  design  javascript  web  webdesign  image 
june 2006 by grahams
Apple - MacBook
What do you get when you put up to 2GHz of pure Intel Core Duo power, an iSight camera, Front Row, iLife ’06, and a 13-inch glossy widescreen display into a sleek case? More than you thought possible for less than you thought possible. Meet MacBook, sta
apple  computers  design  hardware  laptop  mac  macbook 
may 2006 by grahams
panopticist: There Is Something Weird Going on With the Clock on <i>24</i>
Okay, I am a TOTAL FREAK for having noticed this weird typographic pattern on 24. You have been warned. My discovery of this bizarre typographic anomaly took place in a few steps over the course of several episodes, so bear with me as I explain.
design  time  typography  24  television  tv 
may 2006 by grahams
Panic - Extras - The Rip-Off Express
A gallery of all the places/software that have stolen icons from Panic!
copyright  design  funny  humor  icons  mac  web  panic 
may 2006 by grahams
Vitamin - Nourishment to Help the Web Grow
A resource for web developers, designers and entrepreneurs
design  graphics  web  css  development  geek 
april 2006 by grahams
Sweetie | Free icon set
150+ clean and clear icons to use in your nifty web application. They are licenced under a Creative Commons licence, so commercial use is fine. Also feel free to make derivatives with the included Photoshop document.
art  creativecommons  image  graphics  free  web  webdesign  design  icons 
april 2006 by grahams
Xyle scope : Cultured Code
Using Xylescope is like surfing with an x-ray vision. You will immediately see beneath the surface of the web pages you are visiting. Experiment by changing CSS values in author style sheets - no matter if they are on the internet or on your own computer.
web  development  design  css  mac  osx  applications  apple  www 
march 2006 by grahams
Sissel SitFit Plus - United States
The air-filled SitFit cushion is an innovative way to improve posture and promote better balance. Sitting on it encourages upright posture, which means less stress on your spine.
posture  health  design  tobuy 
december 2005 by grahams
Kevin Kelly -- Cool Tools - GotLogos
At some point I'd like to get a real logo for the SNFC
design  logos  webdesign 
may 2005 by grahams

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