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ufocrash.de 8/29/01 Description:
the photography and art of Jan Schäfer and a place where other people can show their stuff too...
I first saw the photography of Jan Schäfer when I visited pixelgraphy, the daily pick on 8/19/01. One of his photos was the "photo of the month" for June at Daniela's site. Though you'll find some excellent city scenes and other miscellaneous photos among the dozens in his gallery, it looks like Jan's subject of choice is people. Some of his shots are a little fashion-oriented, but his emphasis is on facial expression more than anything else — those are the shots that I'm most fond of and find most memorable. Jan, who's also a painter, has designed a number of CD covers — not commercially, but because he didn't like the covers on some of the CDs in his collection — an interesting motivation, if you ask me. He's built a few other websites, and this one has a clean, simple design and perfect navigation. Jan, a "mediadesigner" likes Filter, Stone Temple Pilots, and Garbage and dislikes "drunk and superficial people." He also plays guitar. I think I like this creative guy...
the strangest thing 8/26/01 Description:
arworks, design, interviews + (mature content) (Flash)
Today's pick is a tight design with cool visuals and nice Flash work from a guy named Jörgen Engdahl who intends "to present a bunch of weird interviews with artists and designers." The current issue, Version 2, was put out in March, 2001. I'm not sure if and when the next version is planned, so for now, there's the current version, "Interview with a Girl" with access to the original launch version, "Interview with an Idiot." The girl in the current issue is Anna-Karie E., a German artist (a very good one, at that), and I really like the way her artwork samples are presented. The interview's a good read and chances are the current version represents how Jörgen plans to do things on future versions. Time to note that the name of the interviewer is Gar and my guess is that he and Jörgen are one in the same, but I could be wrong. The reason I find that question interesting is that wacky first version, the "idiot" interview, where who else but Jörgen himself is being interviewed. It's really funny and not for the faint-hearted and does tell you a lot about this guy Jörgen and his alter-ego or partner in crime, Gar. Whether or not Jörgen continues building his "bunch of weird interviews", I'm thinkin' that the site is great just the way it is now...
pixelgraphy 8/19/01 Description:
photos by Daniela Börner
What a glorious day it is! Not only have I managed to add yet another great site with "pixel" in it's name (an obvious obsession with me), but I've also added yet another great photography site at the same time! You don't really have to speak German to enjoy the site 'cause if you can't read the words, you still get the key content — the photography of Daniela Börner. People, architecture, landscapes, and still life photos, nicely organized and presented — and the "special" section, unlike the others, has several Flash presentations. I really liked the series of "trains" related photos and it's neat horizontally scrolling interface. The color scheme of the site is different — strikes me as shades of "peach" — nice use of frames and perfect navigation, too. Add the cool "photo of the month" feature where the user can vote on other peoples' submitted photos to the things I like about today's pick. Pixels and photos, designer and photographer, all in one — nice site, Daniela! [HSE7EN3 aka h73]
IM crew 8/13/01 Description:
showcase of graffiti art from a team of 5 French artists (Flash)
I'm not sure why but graffiti art is fascinating to me. Okay — so, I'm not saying to grab yourself some spray paint and go deface some public property or anything like that — do that here in Chicago and get caught and you'll find yourself doing some time in the pokey. But, it fascinates me nevertheless — maybe it's the unique canvasses or the fact that it's done with spray paint, or maybe it's just because it's so big and colorful. The crew of 5 behind today's pick is doing it's thing in Paris and Grenoble and I'm not sure if they have to watch their backs or not, but they've managed to capture their art in photos to share with the world. Their site showcases a large assortment of their work, divided into four sections — "fresques", "chromes", "trains", and "lifestyle." It's all done with Flash, and though each section presents you with a wait for 200-400k to load, the presentation is excellent and worth the wait, in my mind. The Flash interface is one of the coolest I've seen in a while — great rollovers and motion. Cheers to the crew...
DecibelDragon 8/11/01 Description:
listening to the vibes of creativity - opening the lines of communication
I see immediately that this great design space is rich in content. Before hitting the galleries, I read that a number of people have helped to get this site off the ground and Ede, the founder (and wonderful photographer) is really thankful for the community that already resides there and has high hopes of seeing more people get involved. So, on to the galleries — San Francisco, Eqypt, Australia, Figi — it's definitely a global thing and there's oodles and oodles of outstanding photos. Brand new and sweet! Kudos to Ede and the surrounding spirits for getting this wonderful new project off the ground...