The Problem With Pictograms…

January 13th, 2008 by Jerome Dahdah

The Problem With Pictograms…is that, when not thought out perfectly, they are open to interpretation. In the case of safety signs, the outcome can be disastrous. safenow.org demonstrates this wonderfully in a hilarious parody of our fear-mongering friends at US Homeland Security. Remember: If you are sprayed with an unknown substance, stand and think about it instead of seeing a doctor.

Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries

January 12th, 2008 by Jerome Dahdah

Alright, so I don’t really like to put too many flash videos on the front page at once, but I thought this video is absolutely brilliant. Old school pixel art via dice.

Lovely song as well! Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries

Lodger – I Love Death

January 11th, 2008 by Jerome Dahdah

Here’s a funny music video for the weekend, Lodger‘s song “I Love Death”. They seem to have a pretty coherent visual style es well, if you check their other videos on YouTube.

(Thanks, Datenvandalen)

The 36 Exposures Challenge

January 4th, 2008 by Jerome Dahdah

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve had a nice few days with your families. We’re back! :)

The 36 Exposures Challenge Intriguing contest by coudal, FILE Magazine and flak joint:

You have 1 film roll, 36 frames. Tell a story.
No digital, no Photoshop, no cropping or anything else.

Cool. I haven’t seen anyone use film in a while.
Let us know of you take part!

Update: whoops, only two days left to submit your ideas. Better hurry up!

Thank You

December 10th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

We take a lot of good things in life for granted: health, financial stability, safety… also, up near the top of the list, we take friendships for granted. When is the last time you thanked a friend just for being friend? Or perhaps it’s just uncomfortable to place yourself into those happy mushy situations (I subscribe myself to that category). And it’s a good thing, knowing you can rely on someone no matter what. Still, in the spirit of the upcoming season (and to participate in Kai’s campaign) I’d like to pay tribute to (a few of) the people that enrich my life one way or another. Life wouldn’t be half as great without you folks.

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Paul Rand Tribute Video

November 23rd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Without content, there’s no form. And without form, there’s no content. A work of art is realized, when form and content are indistinguishable.

Very classy Paul Rand tribute video. Bonobo fans (like myself) might recognize the beginning music (Marra Bossa by Jazz Juice, which he remixed on an album).

Understanding Web Design

November 23rd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Understanding Web Design

We get better design when we understand our medium. Yet even at this late cultural hour, many people don’t understand web design. Among them can be found some of our most distinguished business and cultural leaders, including a few who possess a profound grasp of design—except as it relates to the web.

Jeffrey Zeldman writes a very insightful A List Apart article on the role of web design in the grand scheme of life, and the challenges and tasks we face. Oh, and write down this quote, because it will be around for a while:

Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.

(Thanks, Stylespion)

DebugBar 5: New CSS Debugging for IE

November 23rd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

DebugBar 5Ever since the releases of the Web Developer and Firebug extensions in Firefox, things in the world of CSS and HTML work have become a lot easier. Sadly, a lot of what will work in almost all browsers still massively messes up in Internet Explorer. Knowing a few things about IE like hasLayout helps a lot, but sometimes even those fixes don’t work and you’re left trying out every conceivable hack known to man. Wouldn’t it be great to have something like Firebug in IE? Apparently Jean-Fabrice Rabaute thought so too, so he’s releasing DebugBar 5. Someone give this man a cigar.

How Much Advertisers Pay For Your Attention in NYC

November 2nd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

GOODmagazine.com explores the various advertising rates in New York City, in a nicely animated video with precisely my current taste in typography and music:

Test Your Design Knowledge

October 19th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Test Your Design KnowledgeAs part of his master’s degree, Thomas Eichinger is conducting an interesting little design quiz. You are presented with 20 designs created some time during the last century. Your task is to correctly guess from which decade each piece is. You only have 20 seconds per piece, so it’s fairly fast-paced.

I’m afraid I only got 7 right, but I did realize I want to study the 20s… the style is lovely! Take the test and post your results here if you like.