Steven M. Johnson

Here is the work of inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner Steven M. Johnson.

His mental process :” Mix-’N-Match, outrageous extrapolation, speeded-up thinking, random/lateral thinking (which comes close to the hypnagogic state between waking and sleep where some claim inspired inventions and scientific inventions come through), and so forth.”

“If I could use two words to describe what it is that I enjoy it is that I love to be sneakily outrageous . . .”

complete article here

New York Times Blog

Source: i0n

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Nu Nouveau

Nu Nouveau (Spring/Summer 2009). All shirt designs, and lookbook inspired by Art Nouveau. Featuring collaborations with Blaine Fontana, Brand Nu, Eepmon, Lemar & Dauley, Mishka, and MWM Graphics. Exclusive run at 300 shirts per design. Lookbook photographed by acclaimed Toronto-based photographer Steve Carty. Designed/digitally illustrated by Moxy Creative. [link]

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Back in Black 2 – T-Shirt Exhibit

The Back in Black 2 T-Shirt Exhibit showcases original, one-color t-shirt designs by 17 of the best digital illustrators and designers in the US and Europe (who are behind our favorite t-shirts from popular apparel companies, bands and record labels). Created in 2008, the purpose of this show is to highlight the artwork of the uncelebrated designers whose art you’ve probably been collecting in your closet for years, as well as to establish the t-shirt as a new medium for fine art.

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
CZAR’s Imperial Theatre
1420 E. 7th Ave
Ybor City – Tampa, FL
6:00PM – Midnight

Artist Line up includes:
123 Klan, Brian Morris (ooo000ooo), Dan Mumford, The Black Axe, Godmachine, Hydro74, ISO50, Jimiyo, Julie West, MAD, Maxx242, Munk One, OG Abel, Pale Horse, Ryan Smith (from Sullen), Tristan Eaton & the legendary Wes Humpston

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Pure CSS + HTML Calendar 2009

As self-proclaimed CSS experts, we must live, eat and breathe CSS – 25 hours a day. What better way to do this than by using a CSS + HTML calendar! Lovingly hand-crafted(tm) by Vladimir Carrer, the Grid Calendar is inspired by the Best of Calendar Design, and can be downloaded for free (can you believe it?)

This reminds me a lot of the designs posted on the 2007 elzr Infodesign challenge, as well as Adam Sporka’s Thumb Calendar which I am personally very fond of.

Perhaps there’s a designer out there with uber talent a lot of spare time who could take the Grid Calendar to the next level. It certainly could use a little more color, and those white spaces between the grids are making the nerve endings of my eyes do the polka dance. While we’re at it, let’s throw in a bunch of AJAX to turn our simple calendar into a leet app. Or maybe not.

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CSS Sticky Footer

If you are looking for a good pure CSS footer solution, look no further. CSS Sticky Footer works for over 50 Windows, Linux, and Mac-based browsers. Included in this list are the latest releases of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

CSS Sticky Footer is developed by Steve Hatcher, and is based on the Exploring Footers article from A List Apart, and takes suggestions from Cameron Adams’ footerStickAlt, and The Pure CSS Footer example from lwis.net. It applies a clear fix hack to keep the footer in place in Google Chrome and other browsers where the footer would float up when you resized the window. The clearfix also fixes problems that might occur if you are using floats to create two or three column layouts.

Far from being perfect, it does have its share of issues. The first one deals with margins, which can easily be solved by changing margins to padding instead. The second one deals with the use of relative font sizes such as % or em, something which many of the more advanced CSS gurus like me are very much fond of. The author suggests using px instead, which many find unacceptable.

To get started, check out the HowTo page for details on how to implement the CSS Sticky Footer.

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Survey For People Who Make Websites 2008 Results Out

Back in 2007, the staff of A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey and presented 37 questions to 33,000 web professionals, providing “the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide” (ALA 2007 results). The results were compiled into a downloadable PDF file.

In 2008 they did it again, the results of the 2008 Survey For People Who Make Websites are now out for public consumption. The survey had less respondents compared to the one held in 2007 down to 30,055. Data analysis is provided by Alan Brickman and Larry Yu. The results speak can be overwhelming for some. Thankfully the findings are presented in a friendly, easy to read article with clear and beautiful CSS Charts.

ALA has generously shared the raw data with the community, which is available as tabbed text, CSV, and Excel spreadsheet. RAW data is a powerful thing, and I just have a couple of suggestions how it can be used:

  • AJAX application that allows visitors to enter their own responses, and generates a graph that shows where the respondent is in relation to others
  • Quick summary that shows the highest and lowest result per question
  • AJAX application that allows visitors to filter, sort, and sift through the data
  • Side-by-side comparison of 2008 and 2007 data

All in all, big props to the ALA team for the tremendous effort spent on this endeavor. It is a great contribution to the web community. Looking forward to the 2009 survey!

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