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g-e-l-u-n-d 9/27/00 Description:
Personal home page.
It's funny... when you talk about years on the Internet, "since 1995" is considered a veteran. Hell! That's only five years ago, but in Internet time, it seems like so much longer than it really is. Anyway, Gary's been dabbling in HTML since 1995, and today's pick is his "launching pad to various web projects" he's developed since then. The content is diverse and there's a lot of it. Three little "+" signs on the cover take you 3 simple motion graphics pieces — sorta like old fashioned cinema with pixels exposed. Gary uses a lot of popup windows, but, in most cases, they seem appropriate. Among his various projects, there's some interesting texts, more visuals, and an "audio diner" — in general, it's pretty entertaining stuff. Pages load very fast and the design is clean and appealing. This is a personal website of someone who obviously enjoys the medium and has been doin' it longer than most — 5 years, that is...
the couch 9/18/00 Description:
sit, drink, talk and listen
Today's pick is probably one of the better examples of a type of site I feel is key when I think of the "spirit of the web." We all have our concept of what "spirit" means, I guess, and my concept has much to do with personal, creative expression — providing a vehicle for it and encouraging talented storytellers to participate is half the battle. Presenting real, human content via a design that makes the user feel at rght at home is the other end of the accomplishment, and if you pull all of that off just right, the result is a site that many will enjoy. Today's picks seems to have done it well — "a place for people to gather and tell stories. Our lives seem to revolve around being sat on a couch while drinking and eating and chatting. We want to see if we can succeed in doing something kind of similar on the web. It won't be the same, we want it to be different, but its got to be interesting." You did succeed, Jason, and "interesting" is putting it mildly!
Common-place 9/10/00 Description:
"a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture"
Today's pick is the first issue of a new web magazine about history and culture that's attempting to fill a gap. Popular online magazines about history tend to be more about media and technology-oriented history where "snazzy graphics" tend to be an appropriate part of presenting the material and the content tends to be limited to covering great people and events of the twentieth century. Presented by a group at Boston University, this site intends to cover the more commonplace cultural aspects of history in a broader timeframe. Instead of popular, technology-oriented material, the goal here is to take a more scholarly (though not purely scholarly approach. "Our features, reviews, and columns track the lives of ordinary men and women, embracing new scholarship, teaching, and exhibits that explore all aspects of America's past and its many peoples." The result is a well-designed presentation of texts with limited use of graphics, aimed towards the user who is more interested in a broader view of American history. I think they've done a nice job!
cubadust 9/5/00 Description:
very cool design featuring wallpapers, fonts, and an arcade
The fullscreen interface launched from the splash page of today's winner is impressive — the deep blues and black and fine lines and yummy images combine together just right. It's got a certain richness that I find quite pleasing. Though I think the information in the "latest updates" popup (which appears a little funky in NS as compared to IE) might be better presented by incorporating it into the interface itself, that's just a preference — I just don't like the way it immediately blocks a portion of the beautiful artwork behind it. Featuring unique wallpapers and fonts, all excellent, I have a feeling that the site will be adding things with time. This is an advanced design with superb graphics and I would love to see an actual gallery of the producer's artwork — I'd be willing to bet that something along those lines is being planned. And my tip of the day is don't ever ignore that ambiguous "misc" link, folks. Click it on today's pick and you get a mini-arcade... there's several challenging Java games that load pretty quickly. I'm glad this site was submitted — though the number of submissions is constantly growing, only a few are as cool as today's pick. "Very cool design" he said — I'll have to agree...
uncontrol 9/4/00 Description:
gallery of experimental Flash and interactive drawings
Not a whole bunch to say about today's winner. In fact, today's pick says very little about itself. The first attraction is an exhibition of various Flash experiments that are interactive and interesting — the mathematical patterns and critter-like things that the user can manipulate or affect with his/her mouse make excellent diversions — useless fun and an excuse to vegetate :) The other key attraction is even more user-oriented and is really what got my attention. A shockwave drawing application with excellent controls (which is a concept that seems counter to the name of the site) allows the user to draw pictures and submit them to the gallery (via email). The gallery has some surprisingly good stuff — apparently this site's visitors have considerable artistic talent. Though the gallery does load a little slowly because of all the mini pictures (too large to be called thumbnails in my mind), seeing what people have submitted is more than useless fun... it's a little excursion into real art created on the fly...