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I N T E R A C T I V E D E S I G N F O R U M
Issue 13 | July 2000 | Updated 7-6-00
all about it
The first is eDesign, a spin-off of PRINT magazine. The new "magazine of design and commerce for the Web" plans to cover both business and culture, including products, technologies, entertainment and trends. If the new mag is anything like PRINT it will be pragmatic & lively. [contact: email@example.com]
From a totally different source, LAUNCH is a magazine/website created by the non-profit American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). AIGA has recently been discussing "experience design," perhaps a better term than the meaningless "new media." As AIGA defines it, experience design is "Simplifying the complex to integrate content + form + context to inspire people."
LAUNCH promises insightful editorial and case studies that get at the heart of creating compelling experience design. I'm looking forward to it. I've found AIGA material to be excellent and thought-provoking, if sometimes a bit verbose. [www.launch.aiga.org]
Well, it's July 2000. Fireworks 2 is Fireworks 3. And I've heard enough good things about version 3 to warn you to take my earlier comments with a big grain of salt. If you're primarily interested in preparing GIFs and JPEGs for the web and you have Photoshop 5.5, you can get by quite nicely. But if you're doing more ambitious Web-related work, and especially if you're using Dreamweaver, you may appreciate Fireworks' new features and better integration with Dreamweaver.
Read a batch of reviews at creativepro.com.
Is Director doomed?
My response is that if you want a job right now, go with Flash. Because so much attention is focused on Web-based content, anyone with even modest Flash skills is in demand. But Flash has limited capabilities for more complex interactivity, which is where Director shines. I believe that Director, for now at least, offers designers and artists a far wider range of possibilities, especially for work that is CD-ROM or kiosk-based.
Read Director Online's excellent commentary This Year's Model.
- Al Wasco 7/6/00
a friend or colleague
the Web?... Barcelona... New CD-ROMs
remembered... AIGA-Advance... Interactive Indiana
devil or angel?... Mexican graffiti...
Mexican graveyards... online Valentine cards...
CoolStop Award... Multimedia, the Web & CD-ROM...
Our new look...
Goodbye, AOL... Ideas for critiques...
What I know
about you... Teaching computer-based media... Nudes in Parma
& hip-hop... Better critiques... Photoshop 5.5 vs. Fireworks 2
Design Quiz... Barcelona... AIGA / NASAD briefing
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