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.

Redinho “Pitter Patter” (buy me)

The clips I’ve heard from the rest of this EP sound a little bit too neon 8-bit for me, but man, how pretty is this song? Reminds me of my favorite melancholy 90’s-IDM-but-really-almost-trance-if-you-think-about-it jam Forcasa 3 by Bola.

And while I’m linking there, I’d like to state for the record that I really love Remote Location's design for the Numbers site. Definitely one of the best label sites I’ve seen, and matches the Numbers vibe/art direction perfectly.

The new Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void, is officially out today, and you can stream the whole thing via the player above.

Part of the reason I’ve been a bit silent on this blog lately is I’ve been crazy busy cramming to get their new site built, so I’m happy to report that it’s up and running just fine now. For you nerds out there, it’s all Ruby on Rails, with Topspin powering catalog sales (and all sales soon), and shows being sucked in via the BandsInTown API and Sub Pop’s BT RSS Feed. I’ve got lots of plans for this thing, so hopefully you’ll be seeing lots of cool new functionality over the coming months.

Also, the blog is being powered by Tumblr, so if you’re reading this in your dashboard, I’d suggest following Blitzen Trapper on Tumblr! That’s all. Looking forward to a nap.

People started using Twitter and Facebook for direct messages instead of E-mail because they require less physical manipulations to send a message. Future web designers will focus less on surface design but on speeding up processes by cutting [and] reducing physical manipulations. The best way to learn about speedy interfaces is to study everyday interfaces as doorknobs, drawers, shampoo bottles. Web designers need to learn more from traditional product designers.

Thought-provoking and largely right-on post over at Information Architecture. Not sure if I’m quite as on-board with CSS frameworks revolutionizing the web though. I find it’s a battle to keep them from making your code way less semantic, and I don’t like not understanding everything that’s going on behind the scenes — and yes, it’s not rocket science and I probably should understand this stuff, but hey, I’m learning. That said, the general goal behind these frameworks — focusing on functionality and not getting caught up in code and inane tweaks — is definitely something I can get behind.

Warp’s new website is up, designed by Universal Everything.  It’s dangerously close to information overload; it took me a second to figure out where exactly I should be looking for what.  But I think it works.  I’m definitely into the use of huge images and streaming media — audio AND video — which can be embedded other places.  Also cool to see their various film efforts integrated into the main site; I assume this is the reason they changed the domain from warprecords.com to simply warp.net.

In related news, I just downloaded this old Warp release off eMusic, and I’m totally enjoying it.  Some if it sounds like what might have happened had Bleep decided to step a little closer to Trance, and that’s totally OK with me.  Once you go there — which I totally did, in high school — you can never fully go back.  Maybe.

Warp’s new website is up, designed by Universal Everything. It’s dangerously close to information overload; it took me a second to figure out where exactly I should be looking for what. But I think it works. I’m definitely into the use of huge images and streaming media — audio AND video — which can be embedded other places. Also cool to see their various film efforts integrated into the main site; I assume this is the reason they changed the domain from warprecords.com to simply warp.net.

In related news, I just downloaded this old Warp release off eMusic, and I’m totally enjoying it. Some if it sounds like what might have happened had Bleep decided to step a little closer to Trance, and that’s totally OK with me. Once you go there — which I totally did, in high school — you can never fully go back. Maybe.

normative:

Normative.com has a new store! We are committed to innovation: now, you can buy our products!
Pre-order Anamanaguchi’s new album, DAWN METROPOLIS!
Buy new 7” vinyl singles from Reggie Watts and Vulture Realty!
See our artists up-close in a new video!
Read about how cool we think Francis is!
Designed and built by Mr. Muxtape, we hope it immerses the shit out of you.

Sounds cool!  …but where’s the link?

normative:

Normative.com has a new store! We are committed to innovation: now, you can buy our products!

  • Pre-order Anamanaguchi’s new album, DAWN METROPOLIS!
  • Buy new 7” vinyl singles from Reggie Watts and Vulture Realty!
  • See our artists up-close in a new video!
  • Read about how cool we think Francis is!

Designed and built by Mr. Muxtape, we hope it immerses the shit out of you.

Sounds cool! …but where’s the link?