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photo-document.com 4/28/02 Description:
selected projects of photographer Burkhard Walther
Anyone who visits coolstop on a regular basis knows that I like photography sites. The web is a perfect medium for displaying photos, in my opinion anyway, and many sites give you the opportunity to see places you'll probably never have a chance to visit otherwise. Such is the case at today's pick, the showcase of German photographer Burkhard Walther. There's 18 different projects covering places like Instanbul, Stuttgart, Saint Petersburg, Prague, and and Bamako. Along with the photos are literary excerpts and informational texts and most of the site is available in German and English. Nice site design and navigation, too – enjoy...
bodytag.org 4/27/02 Description:
The Spamradio Project 4/26/02 Description:
serving up delicious helpings of spam each hour of every day to all who are hungry
"Everybody hates spam. Mass-marketing junk email is the bane of the Internet. But it thinks very highly of itself. It invades your inbox every day with a sense of confidence." Ain't it the truth! But, there's that old saying "when life gives you lemons..." that comes to mind when I think of the cool concept today's pick came up with. What if you take the text from all those ridiculous messages you receive from spammers, run it through a "text-to-speech engine" and add some music? Voila! You end up with an entertaining radio stream that shows just how stupid all of that crap sounds when spoken, buffered by some cool musical backgrounds. As much as I hate spam, I found this all rather amusing, especially when a message ends with "Never send spam. It is bad." Today's pick is a site with content you'll just love to hate – have fun...
spessi.com 4/18/02 Description:
a photographer's showcase (mature content) (Flash)
Today's pick showcases the work of Icelandic professional photographer Spessi. Though Spessi didn't design the site himself, I like the Flash interface and overall look and feel – kudos to the designer – view the source if you're interested in more information. It's really the content that made me pick this one – I feature many amateur photography sites and once in a while, it's nice to share a showcase of someone whose fine art photography is exhibited in galleries and whose "work appears frequently in print." No further commentary today on the content except to say you can expect it to be enjoyable and to note there is some mature content – explore and enjoy...
Typofabrik 4/15/02 Description:
high-quality Lomography Images, a lot of experimental Stuff and Sounds
"Design with your heart, not with your mind. Then let's see what other people think, how they are and what they want to feel." That's the spirit behind "Contribute the feeling 2002" – "...now it's your turn." The splash page at today's pick gives two choices as to where to enter and "Contribute the feeling" is one of them – it's off to good start already with "Issue#02" only needing one more contribution to be complete – nice visuals with information about each contributor! The other direction you can take from the splash is to "v2.0" of the site, launched on the first day of this year. The content's biggest section is "Lomography" sporting 10 issues of "high quality" Lomo pictures, each issue containing 24 shots – Gerthulf is good with a Lomo! There's also a section where you can download .mp3s from a band that Gerthulf plays in. Add other art and experimental stuff plus more photography from a friend, Joachim – plenty of cool creative content...
The Blue Sea And Sails 4/13/02 Description:
an ongoing photographic project (Flash)
The site's long name is actually a phrase from a short poem called "Gift" that the person behind the site once read. Today's pick presents 6 series of photos via Flash and it looks like the photographer has been around. The first series features scenes from the "Canterbury Shaker Village" in New Hampshire. The second ("Sea") has shots of landscapes from England, Belgium, France, and Greece – nice! The next two series each focus on specific cities – London and New York. Then move on to "Flowers" which is exactly what the name implies, and finally to "Jazz" which seems to be the miscellaneous category. Several of the photos are available as wallpapers, too. The site is calm and colorful – "I felt no pain... I saw the blue sea and sails."
futabita 4/11/02 Description:
static and motion visuals (Flash)
Like Futaba a/k/a Futabita, I also love cats (one of ours is over 20-years-old, believe it or not). Her motion graphics piece called "i love cats" is one of those I could look at over and over again – great photos of cats, some taken at home in Brooklyn, and others in Barcelona and Tokyo. There's a cool geographical navigator to the 6 different photos and I guess it also represents places that Futabita has been to. If I'm not mistaken, she's from Japan. There's another interesting motion piece, plus a big gallery of static visuals and another section with samples of some of her commercial designs. The folders/files interface that dims the icons for the pieces you've already viewed is a nice design touch. I really like viewing portfolio sites, especially when it's one like today's pick – appealing design samples without the hype...
domesticat.net 4/8/02 Description:
Write. Not because your therapist says you have to, not because some teacher told you to, years ago -- no, instead, write because the words won't let you go if you don't.
"If anything, it's a journal..." says Amy, "an observation space, a writing space, a place to try out new phrases, new pictures, new code." Using PHP and some real design saavy, Amy's done a great job enhancing her site. It's really about the writing from what I can see (Amy writes well), but the little touches she's managed to pull off make it all the more interesting. Like the random entry excerpt in the sidebar – it jumped me to a piece she wrote in December, 2000 called "The hottest job on Earth" that hit close to home – interesting to read something about the design biz written before the "tech bubble meltdown." Then, there's the skins – 6 diverse variations of the site, done better than most I've seen. What a drastic difference between the default skin and "twenty-one" (which I really like!). Her archives go back to June, 2000 and there's a lot of good reading here. Like Amy and Jeff, we have two cats, too – her most recent entry deals with adding a little device to the shared litterbox, which I can tell you right now would not fly with our kitties (LOL). But, not to worry – "cat.net" isn't just about the fact that Amy's a "kittymommy" – she's also loves movies, music, gourmet cooking, and Jeff – all of those things are reflected in her writing. Aside from the journal, there's photos, recipes, poetry, and "code bits." Another thing you should be aware of is that she's "thoroughly, completely, and utterly silly." Ahh, to be "twentysomethingsomething" again...