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octaplex 10/24/02 Description:
personal photography/graphics portfolio (Flash)
There's actually two versions of the site, both accessible from the splash page – the old "Red Edition 2000-2002" and the new "V8." The tagline for the old version ("hard style") seems quite appropriate to me – crisp lines and superb graphics (love the thumbnails) plus one of my favorite color schemes. The content, just like the striking site design, is A1 – outstanding photographs plus digital art in the form of wallpapers. The new version, launched in the middle of September, is an attempt to simplify – it's still a work in progress but there's many new pictures, with 5 of the 9 sections having been completed. "I tried to keep it as simple as possible to build a better view for my pictures." The design of V8 is markedly different than the old version, but just as good. This time, it's minimal with a nicely done Flash interface – no need to scroll – clean, crisp, and simple. Spend some time there and enjoy both versions – it's definitely worth it...
Callistonian.NET 10/21/02 Description:
elegant personal domain full of splendid things
There's a bit of a mystery to Marykate's most recent post in her journal. It seems "three is back" but she says you'll have to ask if you want the URL or if you're not sure who/what "three" is. 6 people have already commented that they know what it is and would like the URL. I'm glad three's back (I guess) but I don't have a clue who/what it is. Another entry in the journal gives a "sneak preview" of an "art/charm" project – Marykate's "thoughts in pictures." It's a cool graphic with the words "never give up without a fight/a great dream awaits you..." In her webdesign section, there's a similar message – "the dream must absolutely come true." There's a lot of enjoyable, creative content in Marykate's personal space, which she describes as "a beautifully elegant personal domain." You'll have to use your [back] button in spots, but there's plenty to explore. "Charm" is actually the art gallery. There's also a photography section, Photoshop brushes for download, and a section called "17 wings" with tutorials/resources and a web directory. Green is her favorite color and she has about a dozen different nicknames. Marykate strikes me as an interesting personality and the overall site design rocks (If small fonts are a problem for you, I'd suggest using NS or Mozilla, so you can adjust font sizes). Here's the astounding part (to me, anyway) – Marykate is a 17-year-old high school student...
lookupthere 10/6/02 Description:
a gallery of illustrations
Today's pick isn't about the design. The site navigates well and the design is clean, but Josh is an artist, not a web designer. The source says the pages were generated with one of those big, typical portal's "PageBuilder" application. It did the job. It's really about the art. Josh is a talented illustrator and the site is a few years old. The "old" version has two volumes of works and the "new" has one series of works so far. I bookmarked the site a long time ago because I liked what I saw. When I just recently revisited, the new section really grabbed me – mixed media, colored pencil, ink, and markers – I like his style...
Photomatisme 10/2/02 Description:
faces of anonymous websurfers
Does the Internet have a face? Sure, some sites include a mugshot of the person behind them, but all-in-all, it's easy for people to hide behind their sites and present just what they want to present publically – hardly like talking to someone face-to-face. Then, there's the site's visitors. Who are they? It's hard to know. So, the web may indeed have a face, but you seldom see it. Today's pick changes all that – it's been around a few years and I have to admit that coolstop is hardly the first to recognize it. The French tagline translates to English as "test of filing for a face of the Internet" and the content is hundreds of anonymously submitted photos of faces, each telling its own little story. There's some side attractions as well and if people pics interest you, you're in for some fun browsing...