Friday, November 22, 2002

Is this the end of Milhouse...oh, um, I mean Razorfish? As plans are made for SBI and Company to acquire Razorfish for a reported $8.2 million USD (the company was once valued at over $50 million and had more than 1000 employees), the future of what was once the world's hottest Web design firm are unclear.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Why didn't anyone tell me about before? Such a handy daily compilation of hypertext design resources, links, commentary and notes.
An interesting blend of interface/user experience design, graphics, exhibition, interior and architectural design can be found at ESI Design which has recently completed the latest large scale media addition to Times Square.

Monday, November 18, 2002

Surprisingly, Azure Magazine, Canada's stalwart and always improving design magazine doesn't appear to have it's own Web site. But hold on. What the fugee? There is a Web site that appears to have much of the magazine's content. Useful and Agreeable is described as "a source of inspiration, featuring images and ideas from around the world." Well, don't mind if I do. As far as I can tell it looks to be solely the domain of james culham, "...a travel and design writer and communications consultant, based in vancouver, canada." Well, good on ya, James. The site itself could use a little navigational overhaul but what it lacks in clarity it more than makes up for with big juicey photos.
If you are a big film fan and are interested in the alternatives available in DVD, then have a look at the Criterion Collection. This site has a nicely reserved aesthetic and their collection of films from Jarmusch to Godard and Bergman could make picking a film at the local alternative video store a little easier. At the very least, it's fun to read their concise descriptions of some of these cinematic gems so you can sound like a genuine A-1 smarty pants at holiday get togethers.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Okay , to make up for the last posting (I don't know why I feel bad, seeing as I'm the only one who reads this thing). Here is a link to M A E D A S T U D I O, John Maeda's Website. Sometimes, Mr. Maeda seems like the only person doing anything really originally with digital media.

To get a little more background on how Maeda thinks, try his Design By Numbers tutorial.
Since realizing that my official title at work is a "Human Factors Engineer" I've started to take user experience issues a little more seriously. If you are into that sort of thing, then this User Experience Newsletter is a nice place to start and lacks the pretension of a site like say, oh I dunno...NN/g - the Nielsen Norman Group. I mean, Jakob Nielsen is about as much fun as a trip to the dentist, and Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini is too much like one of those over-compensating uber-geeks that have taken over (and perhaps created) every corner of the Web . Donald Norman on the other hand is a very respectable fellow - which makes NN/g such an odd concoction of personalities.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Introducing one of the greatest time sucks since the first postulation of the existence of black holes, I present for your time wasing pleasure, The Museum of Online Museums. This site, contributed by a friend, is a cyber hole of inspiration and wonderment and is liable to get you fired for surfin' rather than workin'.

Monday, October 21, 2002

A great way to follow world events is the BBC Desktop Video Window

This pop window floats above your other windows and scrolls the news of the world as it happens. Cue Network News Music (you know the kind with that sort of sound of an electric typewriter clacking in the background).

For fans of information design, check out Edward Tufte's Web Site , where you can read E.T.'s answers to questions and check out his favourite sites. You can also catch a glimpse of his cutesy doggy gallery (oh Eddie has a soft side - not like that hard ass Chomsky!). Hell, it's his site, let him post his grand-daughters fridge door art if he wants to.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Well, it's been some time since I've added to this but last night I easily wasted an hour or two checking out all the funky looking websites found at which was formerly Hse7en. The linked sites are ridicously hip yet frustratingly useless. For a more fullfilling use of a Flash enhanced site, go to Photonica, which also offers a lot of large and useful stock photos for comps or whatever. What is very clever about the Photonica site is that the Flash interface is just a compelling skin (skein?) to a smart and simple PHP database of images. It is a job well done and they deserve a rousing Hip Hip Hoorah for their work.

Monday, July 29, 2002

Design Blog | Ok, I've done it, I've made a link to another blog - one created by xplane (a firm based in St. Louis, Missouri specializing in information graphics). This is one of the best maintained list of links of a design nature that I've found. In fact, from here on in, I'll try to keep ChemicalPeel in the model of the Xblog. That being an informed, informative, concise listing of useful and interesting links. Check out the xblog today and waste your time reading interesting stuff.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

As suspected, I didn't update this thing while we were away. I've been happily working at home this week while the World Youth Day pilgrims take over much of downtown Toronto. I might even take in an event organized by Andy - a two day seminar at the Royal Ontario Museum, Forum: Sacred Art + Architecture. As long as this cool temperature holds, I'll be fine.

As for life in Toronto...well, with the garbage cleared up, the smog and heat dissipated, I guess it's not so bad. Though, with friends of ours talking of building a house from scratch (and wood too, I imagine) in rural Quebec near Ottawa, I have to admit I'm a little jealous. I don't think too many people other than'Prince' have the opportunity to build their dream home in Toronto.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Well, tomorrow we head for the West coast. Funny, our last trip was to San Francisco on an extended work trip. This time, Ang and I will be stopping in Vancouver / Seattle / Victoria / Calgary and Canmore. That sort of reads more like a concert tour than a vacation, but they don't call it a 'road trip' for nothing (otherwise it would be called a 'couch trip' or a 'Hammock Trip' - both sound rather inviting at the moment). I hope we're able to add to this blog along the way but if not, it's probably because our hosts have us otherwise occupied. We're taking the digital camera with us so...who knows, maybe we can post a few pics (though I doubt's an ugly 56.6kbs world out there).