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Big-up Yourself

Sometimes after completing a project we sit back and say “damn I think this project turned out great - I wish everyone could see this!”. Well now here is your chance. Majority of great work will never be entered into contests or annuals. Give us links to those hidden gems (fonts, posters, websites, etc.) and a little blurb why this was successful to you.

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PUBLISHED ON Jan.16.2003 BY Christopher May
Armin’s comment is:

I'll go first... I already mentioned this web site before, but I realy like it. It's for a company called N'Site solutions and it makes me proud 'cause I coded every bit of it in flash myself. Something I had never done or tried before. And it was one of those clients that absolutely loved everything we showed them. I think they had one... maybe two changes. Oh! and to add to the effect, here is what they had before we redesigned it. I guess design does make a difference.

My little flash baby!

On Jan.16.2003 at 02:23 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Nice work, Armin, very nice. Little bit of Unibody in there, I see. I hope you tried to get them to change their name--it seems a little familiar, he he he.

On Jan.16.2003 at 02:52 PM
kippy’s comment is:

A bit too familiar.

And yes, I AM Ron Howard.

On Jan.16.2003 at 08:42 PM
Pedro’s comment is:

By the way, isnt the guy at the left of familiar precisely Armin???

If it isn't, its a valid clone.

And also at March First!!!

On Jan.16.2003 at 10:37 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Kippy, that is officialy the worst thing you could have posted. I've been trying to put all that behind me. And yes, that's me on the far right.

Back to the original intentions of the post... this logo and ID system [business card and letterhead/envelope] for a wine company was pretty cool to work on. And I got to use Stephen Farrell's lovely volgare.

On Jan.17.2003 at 08:42 AM
Christopher May’s comment is:

I had a lot of fun working on our website. I think I had the most fun editing the sound.

On Jan.17.2003 at 10:14 AM
Armin’s comment is:

Not to bring anyone down or change the subject much... but has anybody ever thought that a project turned out exceptionally well but the client is overly dissapointed?

On Jan.17.2003 at 10:43 AM
D’s comment is:

This is an embarrasing story for me, but lives with me as a cringeworthy event in my life.

Around 1993/4 I was asked to do some intranet work for a Xerox Research lab in Europe. Having little experience in the web, at that time, I spent weeks on a site for people to use to find and read their research papers online. When I finished, I was incredibly proud of my achievement.

I had pushed the boundaries of my knowledge, the project schedule (and probably HTML too), it was all weblint compliant, and I was certain it was going to kick-start my career in web design.

So I never understood the look on their faces when I handed them the templates for their website on about a dozen floppy disks.

A month or so later, I was told that the site was rendered useless for people who needed to turn the images off so that they could view the site whilst dialing into the intranet. Which was a significant portion of users.

I think I still have the floppies somewhere - and I loved the dropshadow and gradiant blurs and the over extended use of image mapping.

But the client didn't. Today I feel like apologising and offering to redo something for them...

On Jan.17.2003 at 01:08 PM
Christopher May’s comment is:


“dropshadow and gradiant blurs”

I think we are all guilty of this at least once in our lives.

On Jan.17.2003 at 01:13 PM
Sam’s comment is:

I had a potentially disastrously expensive experience last year with some menu covers:

The cost of printing was more than 3 year's worth of my salary at the time. The menu sheets slide into "frames" on the open side where the cover folds. We were careful to allow enough clearance so they could slide in easily and quickily.

Problem was, they also slid out easily and quickly.

They day they were delivered, I was at the restaurant when they first tried the new covers (my design, by the way, entirely my idea/fault). Three very high-level managers immediately said "We can't use this. It looks terrible."

Long story short, I spent about 26 hours cutting little strips of Velcro and sticking them in under the frames to create a closure. I felt justly punished. Like anything traumatic, it's funny now.

On Jan.17.2003 at 01:55 PM
pk’s comment is:

this site is my baby...not the prettiest thing in the world, but by far the most useful: these stories are used to build a database of raw experience which is then made into a script for a show performed by gay/lesbian/trans youth. i design/illustrate/code/administrate it every year (for free). here's the first version.

this piece—also a gift—was a labor of love for two close friends' fifth anniversary together. it's six feet long by three high, separated into three panels. designed specifically for the dining room of their new house.

as for actual client work i love, this magazine cover and this nightclub identity are my favorites thus far.

On Jan.17.2003 at 03:28 PM
anthony’s comment is:

This LADOT site wa the first site/design/html/coding I ever did, at a company called Ilium. At the time I thought it was an awesome acheivement and spend hours implementing it in one of the early versions of Golive before Adobe bought them out. I had some useful ideas I thought, like swf route maps and downloadable PDFs...

It is amazing to me that it is still up, I wonder if anyone ever uses it.

On Jan.21.2003 at 01:59 AM
keith’s comment is:

well. i think this one i just finished this weekend came out pretty funky. literally.

The Saturday Nite Agenda

and surely one of my all time favorites that had it's 5 of 15 minutes of fame.

dropping bombs on the subway

wish i had a fulltime job, i need some health care. :/

On Jan.27.2003 at 02:54 PM
benfRank’s comment is:

i was pretty proud of this site as it fit really well with the album's package. to bad they don't use all teh features...o well...

On Jan.29.2003 at 02:03 AM
benfRank’s comment is:

oops...i didn't mean to hit post...anyway, this is the correct link.

On Jan.29.2003 at 02:05 AM
Armin’s comment is:

I like this "bigging up myself" stuff. I'm thinking of making it a permanent section for people to get their props. Anyway... This is the latest of our web work, a site for an insurance company in Minneapolis, Pelto Group Inc., high on family values and creative freedom (good for us.)

On Feb.04.2003 at 01:40 PM
jon’s comment is:

For those of us without personal web sites, what's the best way to 'big up ourselves' and show the work?

On Feb.04.2003 at 09:56 PM
Kevin’s comment is:

I hadn't really thought about putting anything up here considering the stiff competition, but I suppose I could use an ego-stroke (please...). My thesis and the animation I did as a preliminary investigation for it are two of my favorite pieces. Political and personal...

As for actual client/commercial work, I was really happy to be able to work on this site while doing my internship at Diesel.

On Feb.04.2003 at 10:24 PM
Sam’s comment is:

Kevin, I like the thesis pieces. The animation reminds me of an mp3 out there called "Rocked by Rape" that's all splices of Dan Rather that goes on and on satirizing corporate America.

I have no work of my own to "up" (is that correct usage?) except this: I am up at 2:42 a.m. local time working. I'm waiting til 3:00 a.m. so I can call a client in France. I feel somehow like this is fucked up.

On Feb.05.2003 at 01:43 AM
Armin’s comment is:

>I have no work of my own to "up" (is that correct usage?)

Flawless usage Sam. Flawless.

>I feel somehow like this is fucked up.

It is. Good use of "up" though.

On Feb.05.2003 at 02:12 PM
Sam’s comment is:

I wish I could claim that i was aware of double-upping on that post, but I was just too tired.

Benefit of working for yourself: I just took a nap. Ha-ha!

On Feb.05.2003 at 03:37 PM