July 31st, 2011
You may have heard about the recently launched food sharing app called Nosh where you can share what you eat with your friends and see what other people are enjoying. Alex Cornell played a large role in the app at Firespotter. Nosh recently pushed live an intriguing 404 error page for the app’s website—quite possibly one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.
Here is the description found on the page:
Periodically, pages go missing, assets get misplaced — you should not be concerned. This is a startup, this kind of thing happens. At Nosh, we are fortunate to have a relationship with several teams of ex-special forces operatives who help us track down these missing pages. When a page on this website goes rogue — and a code 404 arises — we dispatch one of our teams to bring it back. Ideally they are able to salvage the missing page, but sometimes, if the page is truly lost, they have to take it out (resulting in the subsequent code 500 when the page gets taken down).
Regarding the page you are currently looking for, one of our teams actually did find it, but it did not want to be found and a firefight ensued. This encounter is documented above.
We are very sorry we are not able to display the page you were looking for. Please go back home and we’ll do our best to ensure this kind of mix up is resolved peacefully in the future.
See the page in action: Nosh.me 404 or view the behind the scenes.
February 16th, 2011
Build is a small design conference where interesting, talented web practitioners from around the world come to share ideas, techniques and inspiration. Tim Brown was one of these practitioners to speak about perfecting typography. Tim is the Type Manager for Typekit—an easy to use font replacement tool.
In this talk, Tim talks about the experience of setting type, things to look for, and other various ways to perfect your type. He also presents tools to use that will ultimately better your web typography. One of which is a modular scale that provides harmonious ratios of font-sizing in css. Tim was kind enough to put his scale online at Modularscale.com where you can choose between three different methods of scaling: the Golden Section, Musical Fifth and Musical Fourth.
At about 20 minutes in, Tim will explain how he chooses his font-family and his comfortable font-size, then chooses a column width from the scale. This is a strong point from this talk, however I believe the best and most important part is this:
We don’t have to remain strict to certain layouts just for the sake of filling them.
Via Swiss Miss
August 19th, 2010
Launchlist is a website built to check websites that you’re working on against a series of questions pre- launch to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. This is the perfect tool for freelancers.
I know that on my next web project I’ll be using this. Although you really should send someone the url to your project link and have them check things off. That way you’re not checking things off that you’ll “do later” or “will get to eventually”. If you feel the need to add more questions, you can customize that at the bottom.
February 9th, 2010
Nearly every week for the last year and a half I’ve been viewing websites on The FWA for inspiration and then saving to my bookmarks. In these screen shots I’m loving the navigation systems combined with fullscreen imagery or video. In one of my current projects (to be launched very soon), I’m working with navigational elements in a similar way to make the most sense of the interaction.
You can check out the sites below–all are beautifully designed sites in flash:
• http://www.sorenrose.com/ Note: Not awarded an FWA, but shown for relevance
February 2nd, 2010
If you’re hiding down below in the rss feeds, could you come out for just a moment? I am looking for your suggestions to improve the blog or how the content is received. Do you see bad links, errors or areas for improvement? Whether or not your idea is a design change or not is up to you, its your opinion. Maybe it’s even a suggestion about content type or a new music player that plays song after song in a post. Put your suggestion out on the table and I’ll do my best to step into your shoes as a viewer.
What suggestions do you have that could improve this blog or its content?