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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.

 

 

Rules apply

December 8th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Apple Piktogramme

 

 

Fake it ’till you make it

Fake it until you make it, and remember that what makes design great never changes.
Kare’s shared wisdom for young designers hoping to make as big an impact as she did in one swell sentence.

 

 

What makes design great never changes

Everything changes continuously with the tick of the clock. Change however occurs in intervals. It takes time for any design to resolve into behaviour and for the new behaviour to spread.

Read in full by John Brownlee.

 

 

Client hacks

November 21st, 2014 Comments off

 

 

creaturecomfort.de

 

 

Antiquariat.bayern

 

 

Back from an insanely great learning curve experience with two new releases. Select the captions to see more. English language versions are next.

 

 

The Guardian joins the rush to redesign

October 30th, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Beta Version und Druckausgabe The Guardian.

Beta version and printed edition of The Guardian. Source.

 

 

We are consumed by news more successfully than anything fashion could ever dictate. Accepted self-actualisation.

It seems like all the major magazines and newspapers are consumed by self-actualisation with the redesign of their publications.

First it was The New York Times, then The New Yorker.

German news magazine Der Spiegel got a spring cleaning last year and both competing trade magazines of the German advertisig industry recently reimagined their design. Horizont. The other, Werben u. Verkaufen is about to redesign its print magazine.

Now the United Kingdom’s prolific Guardian is in midst of iterations to redesign its online edition with input from thousands of readers. Of the three english language publications, the Guardian might have needed a makeover most of all. In sharp contrast to producing Pulitzer awarded content the Guardian’s website felt like something from the nineties. As if it was designed for explorer on Windows XP. Anything but a generous mindset shines through.

While the NY Times, Quartz, The New Yorker and the German ad industry’s Horizont have contributedd to a more elegant and efficient web, I can’t seem to experience much of anything on the Guardian.

Read in full by John Brownlee.

Gerd Arntz icons

October 25th, 2014 Comments off

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

 

 

Birdfont, an open source font editor for TTF, EOT & SVG formats

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

 

 

Bird font editor running on Yosemite

Bird font editor running on Yosemite

 

 

It took Johan Mattsson two years to get his open source font editor with the help of many (beta tester, translators) out the door.

For a small contribution, Birdfont for Mac, Windows, Linux and OpenBSD can be downloaded.

I can’t tell you about the whereabouts of Fontographer or FontLab Studio. Ask Jimmy Gallagher.

 

 


 

 

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.