At age 99, comic artist Al Jaffee just announced his retirement. Jaffee was best known for his Mad Magazine fold-ins, where folding the page reveals a hidden message in the artwork. Plenty of examples can be found on the web. Unfortunately, they all show the before and after statically, diminishing the magic. There’s a whole generation who may have only seen the fold-ins in this format. So of course I had to create the paper folding effect for the web.
Hosted by two funny women for people who love basketball but don’t love the boring stuff — stats, numbers, stodgy old announcer guys. I handled the design. My partner seldomfun is the producer. [more inside]
In early 2017 I launched a new web and mobile development consultancy, focused on small and medium sized organizations, especially those with a social mission. [more inside]
I don't have much of a background in programming, but I do have a bit of one in libraries. This was my final paper for a graduate course from last semester. I'm curious to hear from other people in the library and programming fields about the viability of the idea. Is it useful, feasible, doable? The basic idea is to automatically attach search terms to library items that end up being used because of those search terms. I'd love to hear what you think!
Wired thought they would rile people up by ranking Star Trek characters. But, they just provided a list. No links with context or further info. So I've done that. Mainly I wanted to fiddle with a heroku app and learn Bootstrap. Please enjoy my really cruddy looking "app." I want to continue to work on it until it looks nice. Most of the links work. I may have missed one or two. It's an ongoing journey.
An update on what we've been up to at The Media Show, including an interview with the head of punk label Kill Rock Stars and arguing with a puppet version of Richard Stallman. [more inside]
As major podcast and design nerds, my developer partner, seldomfun, and I were super excited to work with the wonderful podcast 99% Invisible on their recent website redesign. Talk about a dream project! How did this thang get made you ask? We also just posted a detailed post on our site on the process.
Seven years ago I asked about blogging solutions on AskMe. A year after that, I had the site up and running. But times (and best practices) change, so I've completely rewritten, redesigned, rebranded and relaunched my web development site. [more inside]
I did a talk at the Develop Denver 2015 conference on developers building automation systems (robots) to replace themselves. This is a video of the talk, minus the intro. [more inside]
ManyLittleApps aggregates seven (and counting) web apps for website design, graphics design, and wordplay. [more inside]
Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1300 worldwide livestock feeds. It is managed jointly by INRA, CIRAD, AFZ and FAO. [more inside]
Need help explaining your Internet-y job to your mom? We're here to help! We're sending out Mother's Day e-cards to clue her in on the nonsense that is the Web. Pick some terms and they'll show up friendly-like in her inbox this Sunday. Web servers, the Cloud, PHP, and a gazillion more await! There's also a version with holiday-appropriate floweriness.
Intervals is an online app that I've been working on for several years. Our web design and development agency built it, and uses it, to track our time, tasks and projects. Thought I'd share it with other web-savvy types who might find Intervals useful. There is also a lot of great content in the blog as well, where we've been writing about web design and development for several years. Lots of great content there.
The famous Tiled map editor is a powerful open source application for creating tile-based maps for use in video games, but what happens when we bring that level of versatility to anything that can run a modern browser? Add in the ability to create maps as large as you can imagine, allow editors in the same space to see each others work in real time, and this open source project could help facilitate a level of collaboration previously difficult to achieve. The end goals of this include use as a classroom teaching tool to spark young imaginations and hopefully generate interest in software development through simple games. It's a work in progress, so please feel free to let me know if there's anything you'd like to see.
An online exhibition showing how quickly and dramatically the cityscapes and landscapes of the world are changing. Features 'now and then' photographs of San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Newcastle... and Upsala glacier.
"Changing Landscapes in the Garden State" is an ongoing collaborative report between Rowan University and Rutgers University that analyzes the urban development patterns in New Jersey since 1986. The latest version of the report was released at the end of July to include the latest data from 2007. Previous versions of the report included static maps of development patterns; this release is the first to include several interactive, animated maps that demonstrate urban growth, farmland, forest and wetlands loss, as well as increases in impervious surface. A final map shows the land that actually remains and is vulnerable to future development. There's not much left in New Jersey; approximately 1 million acres remain.
I work at a start-up founded by my thesis advisor. We have just released our first product: Jinx. Jinx makes multi-threaded code 'unlucky' so bugs occur (and can be fixed) more quickly and easily. Its free for academic and non-commercial use or you can get a 30-day trial. We'd love any and all feedback. Look below the fold for more info on multi-threaded code, debugging, and the research Jinx is based on. [more inside]