semi-random collection of notes and URLs from my recent trip to the Meet-The-Makers
Web Developers event in New York City. Click at your own risk.
The key to an enjoyable train trip (I've taken plenty) is to treat the
schedule as an approximation: expect to depart and arrive within a few
hours of the scheduled time. En route, enjoy plenty of time to read, doze,
drink brandy & coffee while the country rolls by. Or fire up your
laptop to type your notes for later use on your website, while the Hudson
River rolls by under a crescent moon.
The roominess in coach is unmatched in the airline
world. People are usually very sociable, especially in the Lounge car.
For better or worse, it seems that the smokers are the most lively group.
I sometimes sit with them — even though I don't smoke — to
enjoy the conversation and general merriment.
At the edge of Greenwich Village, this little hotel has a European feel
with small rooms, bathroom down the hall, continental breakfast every
morning, and prices that are very un-American (as low as $70/night!).
A fast-paced shmoozefest with some of the web’s big names. Held
in the Millennium Broadway hotel on Times Square, it featured small group
sessions, comfortable chairs, great food.
Matt Unger zagat.com
Heavy-duty data management provides consumer feedback on travel, food,
etc. via web, print, wireless.
Joshua Davis praystation.com
Flash wizard with a rock star look (and attitude). Designed “arty”
sites like dreamless.com and onceuponaforest.com, also commercial ones
like Barneys.com and Motown.com.
Interesting comments: Mom told him
“what brought you success in the past will be your downfall in the
future” (don’t keep doing the same thing). “Knowing
how to buy bricks doesn’t mean you can build a house.” (why
you shouldn’t be paranoid about sharing your code).
Eric Meyer meyerweb.com
and Jeffrey Zeldman www.zeldman.com,
Interesting comments: Designers need
to face the fact that the Web isn’t print. A site that looks exactly
the same on everyone’s computer just isn’t possible. Web accessibility
isn’t just required by the infamous Section 508, it’s a really
good idea. And web standards can help move things in that direction. They
wired.com Just redesigned using CSS
alltheweb.com and waferbaby.com.
Sites that allow you to change their look with custom stylesheets
Hillman Curtis hillmancurtis.com
Author of MTIV, Process, Inspiration and Practice
for the New Media Designer
.Worked with Zeldman on foxsearchlight.com
Interesting comments: “Flash
is a tool that changed my life.” “Start by asking ‘what’s
the story?’ ”
After leaving the music business he “worked his ass off,”
took “humiliating” internships where he was “always
the oldest one there,” and ended up doing what he loves.
Things of interest found
in RES magazine www.res.com
A NY-based mag with good coverage of film and digital media. Things
that caught my eye:
New media art museum in NY’s Chelsea neighborhood. I had only a
couple of hours on Thursday morning to check it out; since it opens at
noon, that didn't work. You can at least visit via the web: eyebeam.org
of Probes, David Carson
Design’s former bad boy takes on Marshall McLuhan, something of
a renegade in his time too. I've always enjoyed Carson's work, which led
to a brief encounter with him in Kent, Ohio doing endless letterpress
printing experiments that eventually became the back cover of his earlier
End of Print. But that's another story.
Frames, Laurie Dolphin & Stuart Shapiro
A book about 40 Flash “maestros.” Haven't read it yet, but
looks promising. Reviews have been generally promising.
Designers & artists take you to their favorite Paris locations via
motion graphics. Available via the SHIFT website: www.shift.jp.org/factory.
Also check out their other CD-ROM and DVD titles.
Palais de Tokyo
Contemporary art center brings Japan to France,
also accessible via www.palaisdetokyo.com. If you don't read French, don't
bother with the website. (non-working
link deleted 7/03)
AROUND TOWN (New York,
Digital Design & Interactive Media degree / Katherine Gibbs School.
I don't know, sounds interesting: www.gibbsny.com
A Finnish interactive piece on display at Parsons School of Design. Someone
had unplugged the computer, so I never had the chance to try it. (Sure
I tried plugging it back in, but it still didn't work). S.O.B.
promises to allow you to explore the world of man. Created by a woman.
Hmmm. See for yourself: medeia.com
-Al Wasco, Nov. 22, 2002