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~ Vol. 13 ~

After a two-week hiatus this edition of Quipsologies catches up.


Ted Staunton has a wonderful collection of 78 RPM labels — arranged by decade and country.


Doc Searls, Senior Editor of Linux Journal and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, gave the closing address at Les Blogs.
Here are the slides from his (PowerPoint?) presentation:
What blogs are vs. what they are not


It is well known that I (heart) Design.
It is an open secret that I (heart) Bitchy, Teenage-Girl Gossip.
The two have merged at a new architecture/design blog: The Gutter.


Amazon has a new look and feel. They’re running out of space for all the tabs.


A group of designers and programmers are making fonts load into your web pages. See what one of the developers is up to at his blog. And then read documentation.

…a sampling of the look and feel

Thanks to Scott Steffens at contactsheet for the link.


Trump touts the Freedom Towers as piece of crap architecture, and shares his thoughts on the Lower Manhattan design. The Donald has his own design in the works. [Via ABC news media]


I spent hours reading the Puma online catalog. It took me forever to virtually turn the pages. Give it a whirl. The experience is as challenging as the last level of Doom.

A nice video by Mike Goedecke & Kane Roberts of Belief, on creativity and inspiration.


The Israel Community of Designers has been established on April 4th, 2005 ath the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

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PUBLISHED ON May.23.2005 BY The Speak Up Authors
gregor’s comment is:

Amazon has a new look and feel. They’re running out of space for all the tabs.

it seems like they don't have the bugs worked out -- one day the 'new look' will be up and the next, the old look. the new look, especially the tabs, has an icky msn hotmail spin-off flavor to me. must be the gradient on the powder blue they have in common...

On May.23.2005 at 11:01 AM
Pesky Illustrator’s comment is:

Kinsley, thanks for the link to Doc Searls' presentation: Bringing up the difference in choices of self-description between the false perception of being solely consumers when we are actually producers/authors in an ongoing place - the web - that Big Business has no control over. An Autonomous Zone, to use Hakim Bey's phrase. I appreciate that Quipsology.....

On May.23.2005 at 11:21 AM
Darrel’s comment is:

Interesting the polar opposite directions that Amazon and Puma are heading with their web interfaces.

(That Puma site is one of the worst web interfaces I've seen in a long time. The concept was 'cool' for 5 minutes back in 1999...)

On May.23.2005 at 11:44 AM
Jason Tselentis’s comment is:

Darrel, I don't know what they were thinking. (Puma, that is.) Why immitate print on the web?

On May.23.2005 at 12:06 PM
Patrick C’s comment is:

The first time I saw the "page-turning" concept I though WTF? It's the web not print and it doesn't work and you don't in any way benefit from it. Why would you implement this concept? You would think the trend would have died by now, but I guess some execs at Puma have been living under a rock.

On May.23.2005 at 12:26 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

Why immitate print on the web?

I'm trying to picture the concept pitch...

AD: 'see, it's just like reading magazine in the bathroom!

Client: So, you suggesting that we print a magazine?

AD: No, no, no. WAY to predictable. I propose the Virtual Bathroom!

Client: Uh...OK...

AD: Virtual reality, baby! It's the future! We're going to perfectly emulate the sitting-on-the-can reading experience ONLINE! It's GENIOUS!

Cleint: Uh...OK...we're paying you big bucks for these ideas, right?

AD: Trust me...

On May.23.2005 at 12:52 PM
marian bantjes’s comment is:

Mark, I love The Gutter ... even though I haven't the faintest what they're talking about half the time.

Jason, thanks for that sIFR info. Wow ... both on the implementation and the process. And we thought programmers didn't care about typography.

As for the Puma online, it gave me the opportunity to feel like a guy ... I used the pinching fingers to ... um ... pinch body parts. (Bathroom confessions!)

On May.23.2005 at 01:11 PM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:

please forgive my stupidity, but this Puma, is it the shoe company? the one with the "hello" ad campaign? because I've been looking all over puma.com & I can't find any pinching fingers or virtual pages to turn. Help.

On May.23.2005 at 02:47 PM
Derrick Schultz’s comment is:

I think Puma mut have caught the late 90's bug a little late, and not just in their website. Their new tags on their clothing just reek of the 90's with their cocky poising (something along the lines of "Yeah, you're cool, you just bought clothing that expresses your hip, urban attitude. You know a good thing when you see it." I kid you not.) and a multitude of self-congratulations.

I'm really wondering if they're just playing a huge joke on us all. Either that or they have hired the worst ad agency ever.

On May.23.2005 at 03:00 PM
Jason Tselentis’s comment is:

Jeff, yes. It's Puma shoes.


On May.23.2005 at 03:17 PM
gregor’s comment is:

Puma Shoes:

I suppose someone thought is was a 'fun' way to present the catalog -- though the book and page flip concept is a bit worn by now. A good user experience it's not. Slow, buggy and completely unneccessary. Must have taken me a good 30 seconds just to flip the first page. Yikes.

Never having my browser full screen, the actionscript wouldn't allow my mouse to change back to a pointer to scroll horizontal when I went below the visible screen in the browser to grab the browser scroll bar -- had no idea where my mouse was at that point....

On May.23.2005 at 03:30 PM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:

thanks, Jason.

Have I seen a more annoying navigation system? possibly not.

Their new bike is nice though.

the new Amazon thing is another thing I'm missing out on. I saw some screenshots on somebody's blog last week, but it always shows up the old way when I go there.

On May.23.2005 at 04:50 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

re: the Amazon thing. Amazon often does random testing of new interfaces. So, you don't always see the new interface. My guess is that it's more of a blind study...Monitoring clickthroughs with interface a vs. interface b.

On May.23.2005 at 05:34 PM
m. kingsley’s comment is:

> Kinsley, thanks for the link to Doc Searls' presentation

No problem Peky ;)

A propos to the presentation, given in Paris at a conference known as "Les Blogs": L'Academie Francais has determined what blogs are in French. From now on, they are to be called les bloc-notes which translates to note pad. The short version is le bloc.

If Wittgenstein was French, perhaps L'Academie would follow his dictum "the meaning is the use", because even Le Monde calls them blogs.

On May.25.2005 at 03:46 AM