January 29 | Comments (0)
This is an interesting use of the google maps. MapWoW. Fantastic for game play, not sure if it counts as cheating. I guess knowing where all of the locations for things might be considered a cheat. Although it seems like they're running into a bit of digg trouble.
Sorry; herb, ore, treasure, and location label viewing has been disabled for now. Our tiny shared host can't handle the load of digg.
Have to say i'm tempted. Ok, last WoW post...but don't they say that the first step to dealing with addiction is talking about it?
January 26 | Comments (0)
Whilst someone was whistling on the street the song reminded me of an obscure 80's toy that I used to have, Army Ants.
Army Ants were small plastic figures, roughly two inches tall, of cartoony ants in a military motif. There were two factions: the Reds and the Blues. They were like Army Men but ants instead of men.
They also had a song (hence why I was reminded). Having trouble finding the lyrics though.
January 25 | Comments (0)
In the back of my head there is a little voice telling me I should be blogging, but the voice is quickly beaten into submission by the siren calling my name, the siren known as World of Warcraft. It demands every spare moment, every evening... If someone tells you about this game, run the other way. They are dealing a very addictive drug.
January 14 | Comments (0)
Some interesting stuff from the week...
Odopod (A design agency in SanFran) redesigns. They say they’re a two headed monster. “We’re a design studio of two minds: story and logic. When they get together, good things happen.”
They’ve done some nice work, including a great flash/html hybrid.
Make your own custom ice cream. I’m thinking my Liquorish cheesecake will be a hit!
Clockr. Now this is clever. Using flickr number photos to tell time.
January 11 | Comments (1)
Outstandingly simple, stupid ideas all of them. It's been mentioned on just about every blog, but i'm just as impressed (or dumbfounded) as everyone else. It's like we've gone back to 1995. Perhaps i'll make a big green button that doesn't do anything but refresh ads.
January 8 | Comments (0)
Since I returned from China I haven't really been feeling myself. In trying to figure out what's wrong with me (I'm pretty sure it's not bird flu), i've been using the trusty interweb and have discovered that health websites are generally shit. This whole whole sector could use with one big redevelopment.
4 tips to making a better health site.
1. Please make a search that works. There is no excuse now that google makes their search available for you to use. If you have other methods of searching (Faceted), even better!
2. Please provide access to other sources that have either more information or different information if relevant.
3. Include comments and group type features on the same page as the symptom information. When I'm reading about my symptoms I want to hear how other people have handled it...invite doctors perhaps!
4. Let me know if the medical advice is sound by providing a reference that i can check. See the BBC for an example. (Although it would be nice to know who Bob is.)
January 5 | Comments (0)
Intel launches their new site, yet another corporate site with a big header image and some news below. Isn't there anything more interesting that designers can do? I'm rather disapointed with the state of corporate web design. Common' people!
January 4 | Comments (0)
My wife and I spent New Years Eve on a sleeper train running from Shanghai to Beijing, didn't hear a single firework and had none of the pressure to find the right party. Might just become a tradition. We travelled from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Shanghai and Shanghai back to Beijing in 12 days.
China is amazing. Stubornly holding on to their communist past in some areas, whilst pushing forward at break neck pace in others. I would have liked to have longer to explore, but i'm glad to be back.
I'm only now just getting through the mountain of email and trying to access the vast amount of work already piling up for the upcoming month. Can't wait!
Happy New Year all!