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forcefeed:swede 11/28/00 Description:
personal space of oz dean . . .flash ideas, illustrations and designs
Oz Dean is a professional web designer, but as any designer will tell you, what you produce at work is just a small part of what you do. I'll stick my neck out and say that no matter what you do for a living, the same truth applies — it's a question of balance. "This site is an area for all the bits and pieces that don't truly have a home elsewhere..as far as my design is concerned.
It's for me and my friends more than anyone else, but if you enjoy any of it it's a bonus..." That's the "why" for Oz and his motivation fits perfectly into my little quest for the best of the creative and non-commercial side of the web. There's an interesting assortment of things in his head here. The "celebrity sickbags" concept is one of the strangest ideas I've seen for a collaborative feature and I've got to wonder if it will fly — if it does, we're in for some amusing visuals. And speaking of visuals, Oz showcases some good stuff - "Stickman" is terminally cute, humorous, and somewhat interactive, though it looks like T-shirts may be in its future (shucks!). There's other cool things on display (though I really don't get "Post-it Note Tim"), and the "gallery" is "coming soon" — I've got a feeling it will be a good one. I like the design (especially the big background image) — lookig forward to seeing what it becomes...
KittyKitty 11/22/00 Description:
another online journal, blog, web log, angst, bitch, moan, complain, daily entries
A most unique personal website:
As far as weblogs go, it's one of the best out there in terms of original, positive content and sweet, sweet design.
The producer of this weblog is a talented artist, which clearly shows in all her work.
It's personal and non-commercial and that's a good thing in my little pee-sized brain.
Wonderful personality – a talented, funny person who attracts the user in a most positive way. Her writing is honest and interesting.
A great example of what many of us see as the true spirit of the web.
Now, go enjoy...
Gene Fellner 11/16/00 Description:
Art and social consciousness
Pastel artist Gene Fellner has a degree in political science and the various series of paintings he's produced are actually stories of his life and commentary on political and social issues he's apparently experienced first-hand. "A Train Full of Children" touches on what is was like for his mother as a child in Germany before the Holocaust. The combination of art and storytelling in this piece is absolutely touching. Then there's "The Disappeared and The Rest of Us" which tells the story of people abducted and never seen again. Gene presents a series of portraits — half are those who have disappeared and the other half are friends of his. And so the story goes, he sees all of those who have disappeared as somebody's friend and makes that point in a most unique way. Again, the story being told and the paintings being displayed blend perfectly to provide the user with an interesting and engaging experience. As far as site design goes, it's nothing fancy but it is clean and browser-friendly. Gene's use of color for backgrounds and text within each series is excellent. This is great, original content, and the bright colors jump right off the page.
c-ship 11/12/00 Description:
an innovative digital arts project, commissioning new work from contemporary artists specifically for the Internet
Today's pick provides a space, a "container" if you will, for artists to "address themselves" to the new medium. From the tone of the copy on the "About" page, I get the sense that the site was probably launched in 1996 or 1997, though I'm really not sure. It seems to be saying that art created specifically for the Internet is a rare thing, which doesn't really apply anymore. Regardless of that, their spirit's certainly in the right place, and what you're in for here is an interesting collection of works from a number of different artists along with biographical information on each. There are some surprises — if you can't tolerate popup windows, you might want to take a pass on the piece by Anna Best, though I didn't really mind it. Cool site? I think so...
In Focus 11/5/00 Description:
a photojournalist chronicles his journey through kidney failure
Today's pick is one of a kind. When John sought information on the Internet regarding his renal disease, dialysis and transplants, he found plenty of it. "What was missing, though, was a detailed, step-by-step journal of the process from one person's point of view." As a photojournalist, John knows how to tell stories through the lens and he's also got a way with words and a knack for web design. I'm sure that looking back on it all now, John must be relieved to have made his way through the wonderful step of recovery. Turning the lens on himself was something new for him, but it obviously helped him get through it all — turning such a negative event in one's life into a positive mission to fill a void which would help others faced with the same situation is something to be commended and appreciated. This is one of the most interesting sites I've seen lately in terms of content, and I'm glad John also included a gallery of his work which is totally unrelated to the subject at hand. He's a talented photojournalist without doubt, and his personal efforts behind this web site are proof positive that the web works in wonderful ways...
arttrust 11/1/00 Description:
a web gallery – paintings and photographs