Visions & Afterthoughts

Changing Web Servers

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

For many years, I have been with Interland (formerly Burlee until it was shallowed up). Its time to move for better support, great value and budget reasons. DreamHost is offering great prices at the moment and it was just too good to pass up. So for the next few days, web status of Sprae.com may be interrupted.

One of the reason for this is upgrading this website into WordPress. I need to better manage this site and create more content. So look out for an update to Sprae.com soon. For those who may be looking for a new host, check out their offers here.

Web Essentials 2005

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

After a few days to take in all the inspiration, great ideas, new profound directions and amazing web speakers, I can finally blog about Web Essentials 2005. I just totally love the whole conference. If nothing else, it rejuvenated my love for the web and what it stood for.

Last year was a real eye opener, I can't remember since when did Australia had such access to these presenters. This year was totally different again, in a very good way. The "tao" of 2004 was opening the gates to many designers, developers and webbies. This time around we a lot more high caliber speakers such as Jeffrey Veen, Molly E. Holzschlag, Eric Meyer, Kelly Goto, Douglas Bowman and so many more good speakers.

John Allsopp and the rest of the fabulous WE05 organisers and support staff were great in so many ways. They made the event totally friendly, charged the audience with energy and made everything as seemless as possible. Even when there were problems, it would be resolved. The perfect example is the undue evacuation from the presentation by Tantek Celik on The Elements of Meaningful XHTML . Cheers to you guys. Great job!

Along the way I meet more people who were just as enthused as I was discussing the web and what we do to make things better. This was the invaluable aspect of the conference gather people across all states and internationally as far as Finland. I'm going to have catch with everyone I met hopefully join into a local Melbourne web scene.

To Web Essentials 2006, as I look forward to even better web standards, ideas and technology.

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Web Essentials 2005

Wednesday, August 27, 2005

Yes, I am going to WE05, again. Last year, WE04, was a great event as it was the first time I've been to a fully focused web development conference. Semi-permanent, Flash, AGIdeas, and other design conferences often have a full spectrum of design and art side. WE04 was an eye opener that focused into the direction of web development, such as semantic HTML(XHTML), CSS, accessibility and future of web development and a host of other stuff.

The atmosphere was also great fun, with Dave Shae (CSS Zen Garden) and Douglas Bowman (Stop Design) as special guests the quality was certainly good. It really pushed me last year to go further in my web developments and improve my sites. This seemed to have exploded with guests like Eric Meyer, Douglas Bowman, Molly E. Holzschlag, Jeffrey Veen, Tantek Çelik, and a host more guests. All gurus of the current web and no doubt full of information on the road ahead.

So, I'd recommend this to anyone if they can get the last 10 tickets or so. See you there in September.

A List Apart

Wednesday, August 25, 2005

For those working on web development, A List Apart has a new site up after months of delays.

The design look great and again the core content is pure gold. Gotta love Joe Clark's strong views on accessibility. I was fortunate to meet him at last year's Web Essential 2004. For those interested, please go to Le «blog personnel» de Joe Clark for more of his views

Adobe CS2

Monday, July 4, 2005

Just installed the full suite of Adobe CS2 and its looking good. For starters I think they have finally gotten Version Cue CS2 to work faster and have a better workflow.

PhotoShop is getting more refinements but largely small tweaks. One thing which made me smile was the font previews whenever you are looking through the font listings. Multi-layer function should have been included in two previous version but alas now better than never. Smart Objects are good but not revolutionary as workflow goes I would be using it much. Processing Raw files finally get some better controls and makes it much easier to edit.

InDesign (Quark-who?) is solid with all new publication functions and better. Object styles and Snippets really matures the product and getting to the PhotoShop level of professional tool.

I'll report more on Illustrator, Acrobat 7.0 and Golive later, but so far its definitely a worthwhile upgrade for mix-media studios.

China Burn desktop

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Update this month's desktop. A visual splash of burning growth in China. It seems that no one can slow the growing Communist Captalism engine rolling along.

Delivering Concepts

Monday, April 18, 2005

Doug Bowman's Multiple Design Directions has highlighted an issue that plagued most creative process. Do or should you propose only one concept or multiple concept choice for clients to choose? I have posted my comments but I will repost it here.

The "funnelling" process which Doug mentioned by involving the client in key points of development can only be practised on certain clients/projects. As with most creative process, it is up to designers to research, create and make sure all our due diligence and responsibilities are met.

If a client can be part of the process, I totally agree it is the best process for both client and designer. The proposed single concept would therefore more acceptable, and successful. But for most case I have experienced, RFPs and client requests in the multi-concept proposals do not want or unable to be part of the process.

If you think about these client's position, they would like a selection from a set requirement/brief so that it is easier for them to be involve and accept. Multi-concepts selection may be diluted but nonetheless necessary for many projects. It is wrong for concepts to be biased as you are not giving the client what they have requested. Designers should be happy to go with whichever design that was proposed, otherwise why present it? If you know the request is for two concepts then do it as if it each concept is the best solution with a particular direction.

I see it as a case by case basis. Depending on the relationship, communication and trust between the client and designer, the process should be catered for the situation.

Googling America

Friday, April 8, 2005

The web is a buzz with Google's new Google Maps. Its a truely cool application which lets you visually find any parts of North America (for the moment). Its based on Keyhole technology and is only at beta stage. Nonetheless its good to see Google has continue to expand on new technologies.

What I am interested in was the use of these "top of the world" photos for creative use. Just wondering what copyright or best practise is set in place. It would be nice for example to re-stitch the maps to a particular collage or even a pseudo visual site map. Let the ideas flow.

Creative Highlights

Monday, April 4, 2005

There are some great creative sites floating around at the moment. The one I am really impressed by was Quo Consulting. A very compact and simple design. Indeed, well contructed with great use of flash features. Even though I haven't heard of this Gold Coast firm, I'm sure the standard of work are above sound.

Here is another website which is a good example of XHTML/CSS standard does not limit design. Skyworks is a NASDAQ listed technology firm that have joined may corporate firm in the CSS switch. The result is excellent, and its visually leading edge. The flash objects are well used, and even though there seem to be an over balance of white space the graphic elements draws the eyes back into the layout.

April Fools Day

Friday, April 1, 2005

There are so many online jokes up already. Here are some good ones:

Update

There is an update to Resources. I have added a monthly wallpaper section. I have already lined up a few more ideas in the pipeline for Sprae.com. I hope to added a few more sections and content.

Redesigned Sprae.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

After 24 months of delays, design changes and hibernations, I have finally managed to revamp Sprae.com to a more CSS-valid, browser friendly and more refreshing creative website. Give me some feedback as a website is living breathing beast that evolves and grows.

For those who want to check out the old website, click here.

Blogging Path

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

As a reminder, my official blog is at Empty Path. Sprae.com is a creative website and for professional interests.

Visions & Afterthoughts is meant for creative articles, sources, conceptual ideas and related industry news. Regular content will be updated in these formats.

Emptiness is Zen

Monday, March 21, 2005

My attempt for CSS Zen Garden is now live! Thanks to Dave at CSS Zen Garden, my CSS design for "Zen" theme was published. You can view Emptiness is Zen here.

Get Firefox!

Go, Go, Gadgets

Toys for the boy.

Web of Separations

Bookmarks defines a person. Here is my current selection.