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ONYROS 2/26/02 Description:
Could it be that Morpheus is a fictional character that represents the crew behind today's pick? "That they are I" is the English translation of the phrase below his name next to his conspicuously missing picture. "The crew it is born from a common plan." [Yesterday's pick apparently does have radar that reached Morpheus and prompted the site submission, keeping us in the realm of Italian web design for a second day. Today's pick is a world of dreams born last December, now sharing over a dozen Flash pieces from the collective creative spirit of Cricci, Frank, and Murdock. "Lady of the Lake" will charm you while "Hardskin's Awakening" will remind you of the price paid for "amusing nights." The theme of water as a kind of soft escape or peaceful place appears in several of the pieces done during its first month. Not-so-peaceful themes appear in a piece done this month called "The Surgery." Powerful imagery and dreamy soundscapes – if we're lucky, Morpheus may be spawning yet another new dream soon...
Design(Radar 2/25/02 Description:
Italian e-zine features web art and design links, news, site reviews, and articles
It's funny. I've been visiting the site several times a week for the longest time and though it's all in Italian, that really hasn't stopped me from enjoying it. Today's pick features a wealth of links to great art and design sites, along with short reviews/descriptions – I guess I've been ignoring the latter, just clicking away and exploring the featured sites. So, I spent some time early this morning using my favorite translator to check out today's pick more thoroughly. How enlightening! The concise descriptions and accompanying screenshots are done well, giving the user a nice glimpse of the sites – I like the columnar layout, too. One of the "special" articles ("The Art of H.R. Giger") is quite interesting. Another article about the "thin line" between being inspired by another designer and copying another designers' work is thought-provoking and relevant, especially in the world of web design. Aside from the growing "links" directory, there's also a section that focuses on sites "made in Italy." An excellent site design with great graphics, today's pick makes a nice "starting point" – explore the web...
Locus Novus 2/23/02 Description:
a venue for collaborative works by contemporary short fiction writers, graphic designers and visual artists (Flash)
An interesting collaborative space with almost a dozen content contributors so far, today's pick is "a synthesis of text and image... built as an alternative for the traditional presentation systems." I read a number of interesting pieces and have to say that the content is thought provoking – well-written texts accompanyed by excellent visuals. As a user, though, I found the site to be somewhat challenging – I think that's what the site's creator had in mind, calling it "a device to question the conventional methods of perception." In my mind, some of the pieces raise questions aside from the meanings of their textual content. Does the user want to read one line at a time and wait 5 or more seconds for the next line to appear? How many text effects and transitions can the user bear in one sitting? Are long lines of text in a spiral formation meant to be read? Are you making me click a little too much? Don't get me wrong – these are just my observations and questions based on what I'm used to I guess that's the point. The "zone to examine the cognitive chaos" has done it's job well...
Markus Daum Gallery 2/15/02 Description:
original, colorful artworks make tasty email postcards...
The artworks are colorful and abstract and the gallery currently has 20 pieces in it. The usual criteria are met – nice site design, easy navigablility, original content, blah, blah, blah. The bonus is that any of the works can be the basis of a postcard you send by email – not exactly a new concept, I know, but if someone sent me one of these tasty visuals, I'd sure appreciate it. I ran the thing through a test and the end product was pretty cool. The site's all in German, but if you're not multilingual in that direction, that's okay 'cause these images just might speak your language anyway. So – go tell someone to have a great weekend and brighten up their day with a piece of Markus' art at the same time...
tiger 2/14/02 Description:
online visual magazine since December, 2000 (Flash) (mature content)
The quality of the visuals and the way they're presented is superb. Today's pick is an online magazine that's been around since December, 2000 and the current issue is #18 (all previous issues are archived). In a day when advertising tactics have gone a little crazy on the web, it's refreshing to see a model that blends the advertising spots into the content in such a low-key way (without hiding it) – it's an approach that doesn't invade the user and I'm willing to bet it's considerably more effective than those obnoxious pop-unders and other downright devious approaches we've been putting up with lately. Each issue is full of great visual content (some of it obviously intended for a mature audience) and the site has the look and feel of an actual magazine. Many talented artists have contributed to the content and as far as online mags go, this is one of the best I've seen yet...
kilfish 2/8/02 Description:
pictures, flash movies and splash pages in dark (Flash)
Somewhere in Budapest, an artist/designer named "kilfish" is busy capturing the images and voices within. Capturing them is one thing, but expressing them through one's art is quite another. Kilfish has it down. "Every year pricks a sore on my skin... each month pulls me further down the spiral." Entering the site is a trip into darkness that requires "patience, tolerance, [and a] sense of humour." In one image, a thin, sick-looking man appears to be trapped within what looks like a syringe – "no alarms and no surprises." In another, Kilfish lies dead, "waiting for the judgement" with a convienient mailto link for the Lord to use. My favorite has to be the café setting with the plastic-looking people that says "I wish I had been born on another planet." For every thousand Flash sites you come across, only one will be like today's pick – extraordinary interface and content within an emotional environment effectively constructed and conveyed by one artist. Magnificent!
the xanthic eye 2/7/02 Description:
online gallery containing free wallpapers, icons, skins, and paint shop pro and photoshop tutorials
As designers, one of the things we try to avoid is the appearance of horizontal scrollbars... sometimes. In the case of today's pick, horizontal scrolling is intentional and the sleek interface, inspired by the look of the iMac ("this one is shiiiiiiny oooOooOo") is quite wide on some of the pages – personally, I think it's worth having to scroll left to right – it's such a cool interface! Today's pick has been listed in the portal cool zone since May, 2000, but after seeing the current version (V6), it was clear to me that it belongs with the best of the cool. V6 was launched last September. There's a wealth of great graphics in the "Gallery" as well as in the "Wallpapers" section. Add some skins and icons for download plus some tutorials – as far as graphics-type sites go, this one has a lot of good, original content. Raymond's been on the web since 1999 and – get this – he's only 16-years-old...