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Anne Barnard 12/25/00 Description:
online showcase of photographic imagery
Today's pick features the work of a photographer in France but some of the pieces seem more like fine abstract art than photographs. She calls those photograms and it's a bit unclear how she does them. Anne Barnard's site is interesting from the start — the main page has words surrounding the image and at first, they look like links but Anne is playing with words here. The words seem to describe her orientation towards her art and effectively provoke thought and invite the user to explore. "Spots and marks, gobs and blobs, tangled up unrecognizable jumble that mumbles and shouts; the edge of a pattern; the lines of a hand; a body as it steals through time: I like the where, what and how of these things." Anne's visions are quite engaging and the presentation of her imagery is done well. Damn, I love this "job!"
Cate's Garage Sale Finds 12/18/00 Description:
Cate's got quite a collection of stuff she's grabbed from garage sales — tacky t-shirts, weird recipes, old romance novels, and not-so-crafty crafts. She's got a lot to say about these odd artifacts and I have to admit that I find it all rather amusing. Isn't the web wonderful? Where else can you find several pages of "Vomitously Overdecorated T-shirts" and a showcase of other bizarre crafts Cate calls "tasteless assaults on the mind?" Her tongue-in-cheek approach shines through nicely as she takes to you through the piles of junk she's been collecting. That big pile of old romance novels has inspired Cate to become a novelist herself and all of the "Arcane Knowledge" she's been accumulating has resulted in Cate being quite the social commentator. Unique content like this could only exist on the web, and you gotta tip your hat to Cate for having the nerve to put it out there. Well-designed and full of personality, today's pick is the perfect diversion to start the week with — it's all uphill from here, folks...
Schillmania.com 12/16/00 Description:
Schill's Home On The Web. Experimental, creative design with DHTML; interactive, user-configurable site.
I put my heart into this daily CoolSTOP webthing and when a site like today's pick is submitted, I get excited. Why? Because joekitty spends tons of time going through sites submitted by people who just don't get what CoolSTOP is about and when a site comes through that the admittedly prejudiced and full-of-attitude little kitty thinks IS really COOL, the little guy starts dancing and his little eyes glow. Schill is a wiz at DHTML and is as savvy a designer as I've come accross lately — this totally personal, non-commercial webspace will amuse you as you play with the preferences and drag things around as you please. I like the windows within the interface and the list of "subsections" which showcases previous designs, though you'll need to use your [back] button to get back to Schill's current design. This, my friends, is the heart of the web as far as joekitty is concerned...
suiZide.de 12/12/00 Description:
somewhere between real life, dreams and hope; a point of view, feeling and self-expression
"Selfmade" art and photography is the heart of today's pick, the personal webspace of Tobias Ott. One look at this guy's photo on the "Impressum" page will give you an idea as to how intense he is about his creative work... at least, that's the impression I got from it. Illustration and art on a variety of media can be found in the "kunst" section, and the "photo" gallery includes people, architecture, and interiors, to name a few (my favorite area, for sure). On top of that, Tobias also features some original "musik" pieces. It's all very creative stuff and it's put out there without pretense. The design is nice, too — the colorful visuals work well with the dark backgrounds and simple interface (in my humble, but consistant opinion). But, today's pick really isn't as much about the design as it is about the art... Tobias rocks!
Morgan Henry 12/8/00 Description:
Showcase of portrait and sports photographer (Shockwave)
If you haven't noticed it yet, I'm a sucker for great photography — in fact, if you do a search in the portal cool zone for "photography," you'll come up with a list of roughly 50 sites (about 4% of my total number of picks to date). Today's pick comes from a professional photographer in Portland who specializes in portraits and sports-related shots and the galleries are rich in content. With that said, I've got to admit that the Shockwave interface and tasty site design is what really grabbed me. I won't bend your ear today with details, but if you like top-notch photography and techy presentation, you'll like this one...
rowena dugdale 12/2/00 Description:
collage & photomontage illustration
Design. It can't always be about Flash and bells and whistles, though it can be. Sometimes, it's a matter of simplicity. Clean white backdrop to cool, colorful visuals and easy navigation is the ticket sometimes. Today's pick is a sweet combination of design and content, in my humble, but always consistant opinion (not to mention, purely subjective and prejudiced) . Photomontage art is the main attraction and Rowena's uncomplicated presentation keeps the user focused on the content. Nicely organized — as a user, I appreciate sites like this one... go enjoy!