Posted On:April 2008 | Greyscalegorilla
My buddy just turned me on to this image bookmarking site called ffffound. What a great place for inspiration and design. Prepare to lose the rest of the day to browsing this site.
This site (and corresponding book) is a great way for students and new designers to learn the basic rules of design. This is the stuff I wish my teachers taught me more of. My school was very software and technology-centric. For me though, it was easy to learn software. It was how to make things look great with the software that was more elusive. Sites like this remind us that form and method is not inherent in our tool set and should not be taken for granted or forgotten. Check out the “Design Problems” as well for some great visual homework. Found on Motionographer
Ladies and gentlemen…. The Beatles! And the crowd went wild. People screamed their name and forever after that moment and have bought their records over and over again. People call them the best band ever and it’s not a stretch. They practically invented the modern rock band and many popular song-recording techniques. They wrote hundreds of songs in many styles and OWNED the top of the charts with record sales and radio singles. However, think about their name: The Beatles. No, REALLY think about it. It is a really bad band name. It’s a pun; a play on words. Not beetles, but Beatles. You see, ’cause they’re a band and they have a good beat. And what about Radiohead? It’s a radio on your head? Their head? These are bad names, but our brain looks past that and only knows these names as what we connect to them. Once you remove the connection between the name from band do you start to see how your brain can connect bad names to each object without damaging the reputation of what the bad name represents.
I think is was on a Bill Cosby stand up routine that I remember him saying the word “spatula” over and over again. He mentioned how weird the word is and how we don’t notice anymore. He kept on saying “spatula, spatula” and eventually the word even stopped existing as a word with meaning and it was just a reason for Cosby to make funny faces. Try it yourself. Take any noun and repeat it out loud twenty times. Notice that you stop hearing the word itself and instead try to find patterns or rhythms in the sounds you are making? Or maybe, the word you repeat over and over again makes you aware of your own speaking pattern or the way you form your vowel sounds? Either way, the word itself lost all its power as a noun after less than twenty repetitions. Last Saturday’s edition of ReSound spoke about this phenomenon during a piece about playing some abstract repetitive music to listeners to get their reaction.
It took me months to decide on a website name for some of my projects. Good ideas would pop in my head and I would run over to the computer to type it into godaddy.com and see if they were taken. They usually were. I became so frustrated with finding a “good” name that wasn’t taken that I came up with what I thought was a witty idea to call my site allthegooddomainsaretaken.com, but when I typed that into godaddy.com I got this ironic answer back:
I was lucky enough to find a few names I like, and I’m glad I have them, but looking back on the process, I can see how irrelevant that decision is. Most people find your site through other sites and most likely click on a link to get there. If they want to visit again, they will most likely bookmark it. At this stage, your website name starts to become a mental pointer to what content you have on your site and things that your visitors have learned while visiting. Your name will most likely become mostly irrelevant as your visitors become desensitized to the meaning.
So, how do you pick your site name? The best you can ask for is to find a name that you like that isn’t offensive. Most two word combinations are probably taken and literal URLs like digitalcameras.com are boring and squatted. Try using phrases. Try a sentence or a statement and it’s way more likely to be open. ilovedigitalcameras.com is open. Wowyourepretty.com is also open. No need to make it super short. When is the last time you typed out a URL? Go crazy and get manohnmanmysiteissofantastic.com. Just as the Beatles overcame their less-than-great band name because of their great music, the content of your site should triumph over any URL. Just have fun with it.
I came across this awesome archive of Atari Game Manuals today. What a flashback for me to see some of this art again. The rainbow effect of the Activision titles is practically back in style now. But, it’s the beautiful illustration style of the Atari branded games that really stood out to me.
I recently posted some of my work on Vimeo.com and I am very impressed with the quality over Youtube. The video quality is great of course and the full-frame ability is really fun, but it’s the quality of the comments that really took me by surprise. It seems that Vimeo has become a place to post and discuss your work and your passions. Youtube however, has become a place to post Saturday Night Live clips and unedited digicam footage of last night’s party. Check out the video quality compared to Youtube on these two films of mine and compare the video quality. Also, click through and see the quality of the comments between the two.
Notice how Vimeo keeps the skin tones looking warm, whereas Youtube has a tendency to blow out the skin tones and make everyone look too pink? Now that more people have hi-speed internet connection, it’s great to see the quality of video on the web get to a higher level.