Archive for February, 2007

What is Web 2.0?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Web 2.0 is being defined by some as the next generation in web based services whereas others believe the terms has no real meaning. Michael Wesh, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas University gives his take on the term in this video interview.

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Out with the old in with the new media

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Last year, almost 18,000 media employees lost their jobs—the biggest group of layoffs since the dotcom bubble burst in 2001, as reported on www.broadcastingandcable.com.

The article states that, some of the world’s biggest “old-media” companies—including MTV Networks (MTVN), NBC Universal, Disney and Discovery Communications—are axing staffers in handfuls and hundreds. In one of the biggest reductions, Time Warner’s AOL began cutting 5,000 employees in December, about 26% of its workforce.

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Designing With Web Standards, 2nd edition

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The book that changed an industry

This classic by the father of the web standards movement sparked a global change in the way sites are designed. The first and still the only foundational web standards text, it explains what the standards are, and shows how to use them to make your site faster and more accessible—able to reach more people and kinds of devices at a lower production cost.

Industry leaders agree

Now the book that changed how sites are designed is back in a smart new second edition. Industry leaders who previewed Designing With Web Standards, 2nd edition like what they saw:

“Beauty, usability, and accessibility”

“Jeffrey and his web standards co-conspirators have made it possible for those old enemies — beauty, usability, and accessibility — to play nice together in any website.”

—Louis Rosenfeld, Publisher, Rosenfeld Media

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Advanced geometry of Islamic art

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

A study of medieval Islamic art has shown some of its geometric patterns use principles established centuries later by modern mathematicians. Researchers in the US have found 15th Century examples that use the concept of quasicrystalline geometry.

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Kylie – The Exhibition

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

8 February 2007 – 10 June 2007

Free admission. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Please see ticketing information

Focusing on the evolving image of Kylie Minogue, this exhibition features performance costumes, accessories, album covers and photographs, set against a backdrop of music and video.

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Mantlepies

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Here you see a collection of flash animations we did when we were bored.

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Mediaramas

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Animation, 3D and portfolio work by Mediaramas

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Home of the twisted films of PES

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Short animated films by PES

See ‘ROOF SEX’…

Beware the Backlash: A rising tide of disaffection towards design

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Article by Kevin McCullagh

There’s a storm brewing in designland. A backlash is gathering momentum, and what’s more, some of its chief dissidents are design’s leading lights.

Philippe Starck sheepishly peered out of the cover of December’s Icon magazine, under the ‘I killed design’ banner. In an Observer article a few months earlier Stephen Bailey, the fiery British design critic, exclaimed “When I hear the word ‘designer’, I reach for my chainsaw.”

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Postcards from Palm Springs: Modern Gems in the Desert

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Article by By Michael DiTullo & Kristina DiTullo

Right after Thanksgiving, we took advantage of a slow work week and flew to Palm Springs on a total whim. We were tired of the Portland rain, and we thought a trip to the California sun–for two mid-century architecture nerds–would be the perfect mid-holiday getaway. And it was.

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