Really great design on this new New York Times photo archive blog. The backs of these photos are as beautiful as the fronts, and I love how the UI foregrounds that by allowing you to replicate the experience of flipping them over. It’s one of the best uses of CSS3 animation I’ve seen to date, going beyond novelty and creating a metaphor that delights the user and furthers the emotional connection with these beautiful objects. So yes, very well done.

I recently finished making this website for my very talented photographer friend Dru Donovan.
I’ve always enjoyed simple, minimal designs, and with Dru, I finally got a chance to really go there with one of my own. The site is monochrome, showcasing a single portfolio for now, but with the ability to show more as time goes on.
The admin interface is probably what I’m most proud of — the part where Dru manages portfolios and such — but you’ll just have to take me on my word there since, you know, only admins allowed.
It was really fun working with a good friend who shares a similar aesthetic, and who’s work most certainly deserved showcasing.
Nerd notes: The site is built with Rails, and hosted by Heroku. There’s a little bit of jQuery going on in the portfolio navigation. Files are hosted on Amazon S3, via the stalwart Paperclip gem. Hooray for awesome tools that just work.

I recently finished making this website for my very talented photographer friend Dru Donovan.

I’ve always enjoyed simple, minimal designs, and with Dru, I finally got a chance to really go there with one of my own. The site is monochrome, showcasing a single portfolio for now, but with the ability to show more as time goes on.

The admin interface is probably what I’m most proud of — the part where Dru manages portfolios and such — but you’ll just have to take me on my word there since, you know, only admins allowed.

It was really fun working with a good friend who shares a similar aesthetic, and who’s work most certainly deserved showcasing.

Nerd notes: The site is built with Rails, and hosted by Heroku. There’s a little bit of jQuery going on in the portfolio navigation. Files are hosted on Amazon S3, via the stalwart Paperclip gem. Hooray for awesome tools that just work.

Jan Kempenaers, Spomenik #1, 2006 
BAM explains what we’re looking at:
In the context of his “Spomenik: The End of History” project, Kempenaers has photographed monuments erected by the communist regime of former Yugoslavia. Paying attention to their careful integration in the landscape, he demonstrates that landscapes are turned into sites of memory. Commemorating the common traumatic experiences during the Second World War and the partisan battles, these monuments were intended to provide the people of Yugoslavia with a common history and identity that would be productive in its future evolution. However, in the late twentieth century, these landscapes were torn by nationalist and ethnic violence and their monuments are now neglected. The idea of progress has been buried under the weight of history and the monuments, which were once machines of sightseeing and (photographic) image production, have become obsolete and invisible. Notwithstanding their futurist designs and their space age associations, these monuments have become modernist variations of the Romantic ruin - another preeminent icon of the picturesque.
More images at Hello You.

Jan Kempenaers, Spomenik #1, 2006 

BAM explains what we’re looking at:

In the context of his “Spomenik: The End of History” project, Kempenaers has photographed monuments erected by the communist regime of former Yugoslavia. Paying attention to their careful integration in the landscape, he demonstrates that landscapes are turned into sites of memory. Commemorating the common traumatic experiences during the Second World War and the partisan battles, these monuments were intended to provide the people of Yugoslavia with a common history and identity that would be productive in its future evolution. However, in the late twentieth century, these landscapes were torn by nationalist and ethnic violence and their monuments are now neglected. The idea of progress has been buried under the weight of history and the monuments, which were once machines of sightseeing and (photographic) image production, have become obsolete and invisible. Notwithstanding their futurist designs and their space age associations, these monuments have become modernist variations of the Romantic ruin - another preeminent icon of the picturesque.

More images at Hello You.

Paul Octavious - Same Hill, Different Day

For the past 2 years I have visited a beautiful mound of earth that I have come to call “the hill.” Each time I have come to the hill a new story is told to me as if the hill is my stage and the locals are the actors in this daily play.

This is wonderful. Paul is also guest designer for this foodie set on Pictory, which, yes, will totally make you hungry.

Paul Octavious - Same Hill, Different Day

For the past 2 years I have visited a beautiful mound of earth that I have come to call “the hill.” Each time I have come to the hill a new story is told to me as if the hill is my stage and the locals are the actors in this daily play.

This is wonderful. Paul is also guest designer for this foodie set on Pictory, which, yes, will totally make you hungry.