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Better than the golden age of flash

December 19th, 2014 No comments

 

 

©DC Comics

 

 

During the golden age of freedom, as Sandijs Ruluks, recalls the nineties in retrospect from his view as a web and print designer, manufacturers everywhere pressured their ad agencies to build them a web presence of their own. Suddenly everyone needed a website.

Everyone wanted a website.

Until then it was not known and in the following likely ignored, that a website must do more than make promises, a website must immediately fulfil any promise made.

Pressuring their ad agencies, businesses were sold a static website as dynamic for their money. This is how it must have happened to nine million German businesses (an approximate count of websites ending with “.de”). An expenditure of between 45,000 and 300,000 Euro for each.

Advertising is a big promise. Can’t see anything wrong with that. On the web however, people expect instant solutions from businesses and results for their searches.

While people’s behavior changed, ad agencies insisted on their business model for good reason.

They had little to no competence in new technologies, competence that was (and still is) demonstrated by mommy bloggers.

Meanwhile what is happening is even more unbelievable.

 

 

The consumer returns to being a citizen.

Little by little people can no longer be satisfied with promises, it’s no longer suffice to protect appearances. The citizen who became a consumer now wants to return to being a citizen. People now wish to be citizens in charge for their responsibilities. They want results they can handle in everyday life.

Even though people currently are still willing to be made a product, this can be reversed as fast as it occurred in the first place. Have you never wondered when did citizens decide to become consumers?

Ello is a simple, beautiful & ad-free social network. The users won’t become the product.

Apple Safari browser now offers to choose DuckDuckGo instead of Google. DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy.

Image is everything

Before


be yourself

After

Reversal of values

 

 

Not values but interests is what we may prefer to be consumed by. It’s easier and less time consuming to settle issues based on interests than on values. Raw data exchange of interests is what keeps knowledge transfer going. Self-actualization is inherent and mandatory for survival.

At the Frankfurt book show, the philosopher Byung-Chul Han had made known, that from now on it won’t depend on the ownership of books, but on the accessibility of content. Accessibility not ownership.

In the analog world it’s all about values, about mental states, the digital world is about interests.

For digital it takes efficiency, for analog it’s effectiveness.

Exactly, the golden age of freedom was dominated by the effects Adobe Flash provided. Motion graphics and animation. Without such effect, it was no longer possible to sell a website to fortune 500 companies. Businesses mistook motion graphics as dynamic.

Today we know that dynamics are determined by participation. It’s not what you do, it’s what the people do. The level of participation on behalf of both visitors and developers account for traffic, pageviews and relentless, continuous updates of plug-ins and web components.

German content management systems are left behind, not neccessarily because they are of lesser quality but because they are meant for the developer, more advanced countries in digital build their stuff for the user not necessarily a developer.

Since a quarter of a century, the advantages and efficiencies of object oriented are known. The C programming language evolved into Objective-C and so forth.

From the beginning of the 21. century, milestones mark the adaption of universal usability in web design. CSS (1998) und HTML5.0, the rediscovery of liquid design allowing a one for all solution with mobile taking over, which now is referred to as responsive design and is practically essential to cover the different formats and screen resolutions spanning from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablet PCs.

 

 

Everything gets a redesign

In the US most major websites have already been redesigned for the 21. Century. See nyc.gov, In Germany, each of the 9 million websites ending in .de require a redesign, unless German businesses want to lose their traffic to their mobile ready competition. The begin of another golden age with a difference.
This time design tops marketing.

 

 

New units in CSS like vh, vw (viewport height and width) allow much greater flexibility to position elements. It will also solve the problem that has puzzled so many designers – why centering something vertically in CSS is such a pain. Flexbox is another cool concept which is a part of CSS. It allows to create layouts and modify them with a single property instead of writing lot of code. And finally web components is an even bigger take. It is a set of elements bundled together, i.e. a gallery, signup form etc. That introduces an easier workflow, where elements become building blocks that can be reused and updated separately.

 

 

Most encouraging for businesses, start-ups, artists, authors and self-employed people is that all this progress has been made with the the end user in mind. It is available at little or no cost right of the shelves.

Not what we think changes what we do, what we do changes our thinking. It enables the enslaved consumer to return to being a mature citizen and returns to her the bill of rights to speak up and being heard.

Start-ups and family businesses can now train their resilience in standing up against multi nationals. The early 21. century is demonstrating and has made obvious, that small can surpass big.

A license to kill.

 

 

A brief history of web design for designers by Sandijs Ruluks

December 10th, 2014 No comments

 

 

The dark ages of web design (1989)

 

 

Tables – The beginning (1995)

 

 

JavaScript comes to the rescue (1995)

 

 

The golden era of freedom – Flash (1996)

 

 

CSS (1998)

 

 

Mobile uprising – Grids and frameworks (2007)

 

 

Responsive web design (2010)

 

 

The times of the flat (2010)

 

 

The bright future (2014)

 

 

…to be continued.

to be continued… (2015)

 

 

Only some six years ago, I received cost estimates of 65,000 to 145,000 US dollars for work, I can now hack on my own without any third party aid.

This is what gives the evolution of the web its revolutionary edge. It’s what the visitor, my client’s consumer can do with the web, that makes it useful and usable. Usability is the deciding factor in interactivity.

The beloved “Do”-word defines dynamics. As long as its immediately usefull and needed, emotions don’t have a part, the mental state of the user is without a thought. Naoto Fukasawa famously said “Design dissolves inbehavior.

The aimed for behavior of interactivity is a transaction, the finalised purchase and result of trading. For my clients and myself a much welcome and celebrated development of web design.

Clients can focus on their product(s) improvement and I do what I do better than anyone, ensuring a becoming brand and building it aside from usability.

 

 


The lecture of a brief history of web design for designers by Sandijs Ruluks is recommended.

 

 

Average is beautiful

December 1st, 2014 Comments off

 

 

realistic Lammily competition for Barbie

 

 

On March 5, 2014 a crowdfunding campaign was launched to make dolls with typical human body proportions a reality. More than 13,621 backers, preordered over 19,000 dolls.

Democratisation won’t stop at anything. Yet with no aim to be anything the likes of a nonconformist, the ongoing transformation in human behaviour occasionally give me the creeps. Not right this minute. Not in this context though.

Nicolay Lamm’s vision is of beautiful clarity, straight on and well communicated.

 

 

To find your calling, you cannot just pretend, you have to actively engage in reality.

Nickolay Lamm

 

 

Become a member of the club of done. In marketing terms, pursue ideas that do.

And by doing so, you want other people to do what you want them to do, while you collect small fiscal contributions while you are sleeping. Aggregators are built this way.

Those fall behind who aren’t fed the business first bacteria with the mother milk. Businesses in Anglo Saxon countries are good at expressing themselves and sharing insights. Not so in Europe. Here it is considered inconsiderate to share business knowledge. One keeps strategies a secret or else…

If at all there is a question to be consumed by, it’s this one. When did citizens decide to become consumers?

 

 

Tomorrow never knows

November 2nd, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Tomorrow never knows

 

 

1960

Psychodelic Pop, love, peace and drugs.

 

 

1970

Punk, hatred, war and alcohol.

 

 

1980

Dark Wave, melancholy and disapointment.

 

 

1990

Rap, crack and business savvy, young blacks.
Fat ladies in bikinis on beaches and on stage.

 

 

2010

Indie & folk music, hipsters und business savvy young whites.

 

 

Girls in peacetime want to dance

 

 

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are”

October 31st, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Run for your life, Charlie B by CitizenWolfie

 

 

 

 

Does the net make us unemployed?

October 28th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Sascha Lobo bei Precht

Germany’s most listened to digerati Sascha Lobo at philosopher Precht’s public tv show.

 

 

Sorry no English language transcript available.

 

 

 

 

Margaret Thatcher forced Great Britain through the transformation from industrial- to information society, much to the liking of London’s bank district.

Bevor chancellor Merkel could give her go with a digital agenda for Germany, e-commerce has already taken over much of tv commercials air time.

Most Germans take Facebook and Amazon for the internet. Can’t blame them, German journalism is the culprit. German journalism has failed miserably to make the digital discourse and digest theirs. TV stepped in with stellar quality documentaries such as Raphaël Enthoven’s Philosophy on Arte.tv to name just one. Alas, many discarded their tv sets now that quality tv is here.

While convinced to be a critical people, all attention is owed to a commercial agenda rather. Sasha Lobo, Germany’s only widely popular, digital straight shooter now claims ownership of what he coins as platform capitalism.

And as e-commerce’s dominance reveals, platform-capitalism already enjoys broad acceptance, while other digital advances remain in the dark. We are witnessing the rise of a mono culture with precarious employer-employee relationships to be expected as future consequence.

 

 

False

Placing requests at politics at this early stage is wrong. That will occur if at all during the definition of new rules and regulations. It requires an in depth understanding of the subject through experience as much as mandatory open systems and an API in every case.

New entrepreneurs and established ones are discovering the web to enter the conversation with their product and to maintain a DIY business chronicle of their own. Technology to enable those who have no funds but ideas to get around advertising, has been around as long as the web.

Once in broad use, self-actualisation takes place naturally and continuously with the effect that knowledge transfer is no longer broken. Only then differences in quality will be noticed and people can decide if they want to keep littering their life’s quality with useless purchases.

In Lobos words this takes place un-simultaneously at different intervals yet it will certainly take place.

In command of the German language, read in full.

 

 

Pixelmator for iPad

October 25th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Pixelmator on iPad

Pixelmator for iPad

 

 

Ever since beta testing innovative new user interfaces the likes of Pages, Virtuoso and PasteUp back in the NexT computer days, I could never again appreciate the clumsiness of bloated software.

So no, there never was an elephant in the room called Photoshop, it was replaced the moment Pixelmator became available.

I don’t use mobile devices but my daughters do. I benefit from the Pixelmator team’s simplification learning curve, that comes from building apps on the iPad for my Mac version of Pixelmator and so do you.

Read on.
Available from the App Store for $4.99

 

 

Letter from Ello

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Ello, the social network start up ensuring personal data integrity, responds to concern of people looking for an alternative to facebook, with a letter to early adopters:

 

 

 

 

ello.co

 

 

Ello! PBC

 

 

ELLO PBC

 

 

A BETTER WAY
October 23, 2014

Hi there.

There has been some speculation in the press since our launch 11 weeks ago that Ello will someday be forced to allow paid ads on our social network.

With virtually everybody else relying on ads to make money, some members of the tech elite are finding it hard to imagine there is a better way.

But 2014 is not 2004, and the world has changed.

To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, today Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC).

A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors.

The Ello PBC charter states in the strongest legal terms possible that:

  1. Ello shall never make money from selling ads;<(li>

  2. Ello shall never make money from selling user data; and
    In the event that Ello is ever sold, the new owners will have to comply by these terms.
  3. In other words, Ello exists for your benefit, and will never show ads or sell user data.
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    Simple, beautiful, and ad-free.

    There is a better way.

     

     

     

     

    We, as founders and investors in Ello, vow to support Ello’s mission and to abide by the terms of the Ello Charter.

    [Signed]

    Todd Berger
    Lee Bouyea
    Paul Budnitz
    David Cohen
    Cairn Cross
    Tim Davis
    Brad Feld
    Lucian Föhr
    Justin Gitlin
    Matt Kitt
    Seth Levine
    Ryan McIntyre
    Jason Mendelson
    Ari Newman
    Mark Solon
    Damon Way
    Gabe Varela

    Read more about how Benefit Corps like Ello work, and how your business can become one too. 

     

A website that builds itself

October 22nd, 2014 Comments off

 

 

AI generierte Webseiten von © The Grid

 

 

Join the evolution
Your message should shape the medium. Now it does with #TheGrid. Join the evolution.

 

 

Yesterday at the IT summit in Hamburg, German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the right away for the digital future for Germamy and Europe, while Tyler Hayes is consumed with practicalities:

 

 

The Grid Is The Website Of The Future:
It Builds Itself

Money does not need a bank…” What we need is an application not a bank… Websites don’t need design, they need content. And collecting content, photos, texts, videos, is the stuff everyone enjoys interacting with. This is where your responsibilities ends. Step aside, the Grid, takes on the rest for $96 per year.

That is less than what Squarespace asks with monthly costs varying from $8 – $24 /MO for a most elegant and easy to use interface with there one stop solution.

And is more than what Tumblr or WordPress cost you. Which is your time and endurance.

The quesiton is, if either, The Grid (AI-generated design), Ghost (Just a blogging platform), Squarespace (Better websites for all), can match the dynamic currently offered by WordPress. It remains to be seen if each can gather the required following and user base to continuously support updating and development of components that make up the platforms.

Dynamics are then a given when a large number of developers are dedicated to work on the components (themes, plugins, widgets…) driven by inner pressure and persistant with updating.

Get the insights from Tyler Hayes.

 

 

vignette

 

 

The underpinnings for The Grid come from Grid Style Sheets (GSS) which was created by Tocchini. It’s a reimagining of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which also replaces a browser’s layout engine with one that uses the Cassowary constraint solver.

Read on.

 

 

Unfolding beauty of strictly functional

October 20th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Erstaunliche Schönheit strikter Funktion in Yosemite

Ligne claire in OS X Yosemite

 

 

The beauty of strictly functional is now unfolding world wide thoughout much of Yosemite, the current version of the Apple’s Mac OS, released only four days ago.

Chrstina Warren’s revue from July sums it up.