For all of you who share my love for both Manhattan and digital maps, I want direct your attention to Jason Kottke’s latest project: Manhattan Elsewhere.
Posts of year 2006
I’ve had a look at the May 14th release version of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft’s Expression Web Designer (codename Quartz), one third of the Expression series also including Interactive Designer (codename Sparkle) and Graphic Designer (codename Acrylic). Unlike Interactive Designer that targets WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2, the Web Designer is ready to go straight from the box.
The web site Placeopedia is a mashup using Google Maps, connecting cities with their Wikipedia entries. In other words, it’s sort of a geographical version of Wikipedia for the planet Earth. It’s still in a very early phase and there are lot of contenders, but it could be interesting to watch it grow.
For all wine lovers out there, there is a new site in town. Cork’d is created by Dan Cederholm and Dan Benjamin, two well-known design profiles in the blogosphere, developed in Ruby on Rails. It is a community, note book and shopping list for people who like wine. Simple as that, really.
At many offices today there is a never-ending assault of ambient sounds. Annoying cell phone signals, printers screaming in agony, people shouting across the hall, you name it. Some depends on the environment (such as heavy traffic outside), some on fellow colleagues (choosing loud nasty phone signals or asking “did you get my email?”). How do people cope with it?
ASP.NET web controls are usually littered in the markup in design time, but sometimes there is a need to dynamically add controls to an ASP.NET web page in runtime. Its quite easy to generate a server control from a string.
I’ve been playing around a bit with the April CTP release of Atlas, Microsoft’s upcoming framework for Ajax applications. I’ve done a small live demonstration with ASP.NET 2.0 which show a basic map display with pinpointed locations. The pins show some of the largest cities in Europe.
Jim Emerson recently compiled a list of 102 Movies You Must See. As always, these lists are very personal and by nature never written in an objective fashion. Since he had the guts to include Mad Max 2, I felt compelled to write my own list. I also felt that 102 movies are a bit too much to see in one weekend, so it cut that number in half.
Every now and then, there may be a time when you feel your brainpower is diverted towards lesser goals instead of focusing on the issues at hand. A time of procrastination. This phenomenon is not reserved for writers as it may hit everyone doing creative work in any form.
Over the years, we’ve seen the birth and death of several design patterns for graphical user interfaces. One of my favorite acronyms is KISS: “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. It’s valid in an impressive range of creative outlets.