Monthly Archive for February, 2010

the bandwagon in the shape of flash’s coffin

Yes suddenly within the mobile market, a flash-less web experience is the norm, and the mobile market is of course the target for the new wave of “surfer”. With HTML5, CSS3 showing how god damn awesome it is, one just dreams of being able to write flash like web sites, but in pure HTML so “everyone” can see it. As a web-developer, it has been a dream for years, but so has browser standards and how well realised a dream is “that one” especially with the mobile market and their legions of bastardised “lite” browsers for smaller screens.

What is bumming me out, is this bandwagon jumping over the death of flash.
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Great Design = Function / Form


http://www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk/

A relic from a time before the Great Browser War?
I love these sites, I really do. I’m not trying to be mean, I’m not point out OMG look how bad it is, it’s just, this is how the internet looked in 1995-1999.
This was a hip site, something to be proud off, I’ve known talented art directors and web programmers a-like who have built a web site of similar quality, back in that time period. The usage of tables and font tags…that takes some time and noggin’ work to sort out, although it does feels weird to see youtube in there, like an M16 in the hands of a Roman Centurion.

But it’s so rare to find such a gem alive and well on the internet, and this isn’t a just a site that a web programmer / owner / ISP (web hotel) forgot, this is a living breathing website that is updated quite frequently, and is linked.

Great Design = Form/function. If this site hasn’t been redesigned in gawd knows how many years, it must be doing something right? ( eller?)

VVVVVV – information overload


Where to begin! There are, so many different and important things that I wish to convey that are encapsulated in a microsecond flash of harmonic synaptic activity.

POINT 1 VVVVVV – Veni Vidi Vici

I have to bring people up to speed. I’m talking about a game, a simple flash game. Just a very well designed and well built flash game, where the critics are hailing the creator a Terry Cavanagh a Game Design Genius . Now Download, or play online then come back and read up on my ramblings about why I think we can learn a lot about design (UX, Onboarding, Art-direction, Gaming Goals) from this example.
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Paul Dixon (Boff) Blog / Portfolio

Hi, my name is Paul Dixon (more about me) and I’m an Actionscript Programmer, web developer, and all round Boffin.

For my favourite bits of work, check out my Portfolio [Hall of Fame] as linked above,
otherwise just use the filter button on the right to look at my Extended Portfolio.

If you read this far, be warned from here on in, it is the standard self indulgent, obscure personal references and self touting mire of a personal blog [just pretend it's 2007 and the world hasn't gone over to microblogging yet].

Content Shuffle

Right, got a few tips from friends and colleagues.

Having a blog/portfolio is a little confusing, so I’m trying a new ways to re-organise the site’s content, and how people can view/keep up to date easily, as in the near future I’ll be spamming out my own blog with links, and overly personal pictures with self indulgence references that no-one but myself would ever understand,
whilst at the same time providing prospective employers a chance to view my greatest achievements in a hurry.

WordPress likes to keep everything in date order, so I can’t show something kick arse straight away if I did it a year or two ago.

So, long story made……even longer;  I’ve added a Portfolio [Hall of Fame] :
part – plugin, part PHP Theme hack. Not to mention I made a diabolical filter system, blog or portfolio(news straddles both), all to simplify your  browsing needs.