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  • Look at Me 9/22/02 
    Description: a collection of found photos
    Comments: "Either lost, forgotton or thrown away, these images now are nameless..."  #166 is a mother and child taken in Abertillery, Wales; the bicycle in #165 does look like it's from the early 70s; check out the children in #224; the duck is almost as big as the kid in #228, taken in 1958.  When did color photography come into being?  That undated picture from Wales is in color but seems old-fashioned... is it?  Today's pick has over 200 "found photos" in the nicely-designed gallery – what a cool concept.  The oldest dated one I found so far was from 1938 but I've barely gotten into the collection and feel certain there's some even older ones.  My guess is that people will keep submitting photos and that users will love visiting the site on a regular basis.  Not sure why, but it seems to me the perfect pick for a lazy Sunday – enjoy... 
     
  • Consequences of Thought 9/20/02 
    Description: created to explore the visual possibilites that could have otherwise been forgotten (Flash)
    Comments: John Bolster calls it "an exploration of visual thought."  His old site, which I originally encountered back in January, was described as "an attempt to explore possibillites in the realm of multimedia by combining sound, interactivity and motion into segmented compositions."  Well – John's still exploring and the new site on his own domain shows it.  Design is exploration if you think about it, usually leading to questions and further discovery.  Any designer who thinks he/she knows it all, or that he/she has covered all possibilities is deluding himself/herself.  That's just my opinion, brought on by John saying "this work is produced on the assumption of finding more."  I think I know what he means by "it's merely a placeholder for further inquiry."  Isn't everything we create a placeholder of sorts for what's yet to come?  If we don't take our ideas and realize them somewhere, like on a website or a piece of paper, aren't they bound to be forgotten?  I think so.  I think John agrees.  Anyway – John's little "collaboration between right and left" features more than 20 pieces.  I love the one that says "I threw the ball 78 times" above the dog, poised for more – the left vs. right metaphor shows up nicely in a blending of replicating images and music that comes and goes with movements of the mouse.  Another piece has me wondering if George is his father or brother – an amazing photo.  I also liked "boston beneath."  What I liked doesn't stop there – I could go on but it's your turn.  Exploring others' explorations can be fun, dontcha think?
     
  • Dectus 9/6/02 
    Description: personal design site with photos, wallpapers and tutorials...
    Comments: 19-year-old Jonas Minke got his first computer when he was only 7.  He says he's "always been interested in learning new things" – 3D Max and Photoshop are among the "graphic programs" he already uses quite well.  He's pretty good with his Nikon COOLPIX digital camera, too.  Jonas started experimenting with websites in 1996, but today's pick launched last August (with a different name).  Jonas shares what he calls his "graphical outages" and also provides some 3D Max tutorials and links to useful resources.  The "photogallery" showcases 10 different series from various places, mostly in Switzerland – interesting visual content.  Add some wallpapers ("graphics") and other "works" plus links to a many other graphics sites in the form of a button wall with user submitted links below it.  Different than your typical design site, Jonas' site is an excellent example of a genre of personal sites I really enjoy...
     
  • City Creator 9/1/02 
    Description: build a unique city and send it to a friend as an ecard
    Comments: If you want to send someone a unique ecard, here's a new idea for you.  Go to today's pick and create a city.  They'll provide you with plenty of components – buildings, roofs, people, vehicles, roads, and walkways.  Choose a background, then "drag and drop pieces from the palettes" onto the canvas and before you know it, you'll have a beautiful pixel-flavored city to email to a friend.  Pretty cool if you ask me...
     
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