|ISSUE 36||News & opinion | January 2003 | updated 7/14/03|
|High school web designers||Geeks get together||Old guy still rocks||Comment Archive|
|Geeks & Gurus - search finds treasure in our backyard||
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The plan for the first-ever Geeks & Gurus Visual Communication & Design lecture series at TriC Western Campus was to bring nationally-recognized web experts, photographers and graphic designers to campus to inspire our students and the local design community.
The first person we wanted was Eric Meyer, a charming guy with a great sense of humor who's written two books on Cascading Style Sheets - the new language of web design. CSS represents an evolutionary (some might say revolutionary) change in how designers create web pages. This is what our students need to know, and Eric was our guy. His books, Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, and Eric Meyer on CSS, are widely read and highly recommended. Digital Web Magazine called him "...perhaps the most renowned expert on CSS."
Eric travels the world as Standards Evangelist for Netscape Inc., and he lives literally in our backyard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He's going to lead off the Geeks & Gurus series on Feb. 6, 2003.
Every pixel tells a story
- March 20
Got a problem? Design a font!
- April 3
But Brian Sooy has done what only a few type designers manage to do: create fonts that are distributed worldwide by companies like Adobe and International Typeface Corporation. With thousands and thousands of typefaces having been created in recent years, this is no small feat. How does he do it? Well, you can find out on April 3 when he talks about how each of his Altered Ego Fonts designs start with a problem that has to be solved. Brian has to travel all the way from Elyria, Ohio (about 40 miles) for his appearance.
Every picture tells a story
- April 17
Lecture series information
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high school web designers!
Students can enter their own sites, personal or professional, goofy or serious, new or previously completed. High school teachers can use the competition as an opportunity to involve their classes in an exciting and challenging project.
"Meetup with other designers and discuss designing internet pages, different programming languages, new web development software, cool web sites, and graphic design. It's a local gathering of a group of people brought together by a common interest. Real world, face-to-face, maybe over coffee or a beer."
It's called International Web Design Meetup Day, Feb. 13, 2003. Sounds like it could be interesting. Sign up and see what's happening in your city.
Old fogey rock & roll
So I was a bit hesitant about going to a Leon Russell (remember him?) concert last Saturday. But the tickets were free, thanks to the Cool Cleveland newsletter, so how bad could it be?
Joanne & I walked into The Winchester, a small Lakewood, Ohio concert club. Looking around the crowded, smoky room, I couldn't see anyone who was under 30, and I'd put the median age at about 45. Is this bad? Not necessarily. Just a little weird. Made me feel, well, mature.
Leon Russell himself made it even more obvious: when he made his way to the stage he needed a cane to steady himself. But... once he began to play there was nothing the least bit shaky about him. Gave me hope for our generation.
From the first wall of sound that he launched when he sat down at the piano and continuing for about 90 minutes, Leon & the band never let up. I was counting: no more than 3 seconds elapsed between songs. It was obvious that these were pros who'd been playing together a long time, and who enjoyed their work. Clearly there's something to be gained in playing for all those years. Their hard-edged updating of Dylan's Hard Rain's Gonna Fall was one of my favorites.
Leon and the band may have played some of the old hits, but this was no nostalgia-fest. For that at least one old fogie says thanks.
-Al Wasco, Jan. 27, 2003.
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