In case you haven’t noticed I’ve spent the last couple of days tweaking disassociated’s design. Come on through and have a look, if you’re reading this post via an outside channel.
There’s a brand new logo. I think it has a retro look – must be this recent talk of 1999 – though you may see it differently.
disassociated should also look much better on smartphones now, as I’ve been tinkering with the mobile stylesheet. There’d been a few problems with original file. The social media sharing buttons should now work, so if you wish to add links from here to your Twitter, or Facebook pages, it should be a cinch.
And finally, there’s been some speculation as to what Pantone’s new colour of the year will be, and I’d like to nominate Pantone 185 C, being the mildly fluro-red colour of the logo, plus some of the text I’m now using here, being a slight shift away from the previous deeper shade of red.
Jony in particular had always had a deep appreciation for the tactile nature of computing; he had put handles on several of his early machines specifically to encourage touching. But here was an opportunity to make the ultimate tactile device. No more keyboard, mouse, pen, or even a click wheel – the user would touch the actual interface with his or her fingers. What could be more intimate? The Input Engineering team had built a giant experimental system to test multitouch. It was a big capacitive display about the size of a ping pong table, with a projector suspended above it. The projector shone the Mac’s operating system onto the array, which was a mass of wires.
This would be something I’d be half pleased about, being able to make my own mobile phone from scratch. While lacking much of the functionality of a smartphone, the DIY Cellphone can nonetheless “make and receive phone calls and text messages, store names and phone numbers, display the time, and serve as an alarm clock.”
The Australian Infront, a creative and design community I had some part in helping set up in 1999, turns fifteen next year.
I’ve no doubt the Infront crew have a number of events in the pipeline to mark this illustrious occasion, but to get the ball rolling submissions are now open for Visual Response 07, Infront’s long running design-an-image-based-upon-a-single-word challenge, and the theme word this time is, you guessed it, fifteen.
So, read all about it, and get going, you have until Saturday, 7 December, to get something in.
Otherwise, fifteen years is a long time. Over the last week or two, since reading about the upcoming Infront milestone, I’ve found my mind wandering, as my thoughts have drifted back to 1999. It was some year, and the world I live in today differs vastly from the final year of the last century. Then again, it seems nothing has changed at all.
There has been some meandering down memory lane, and recalling of the good old days as it were. I’ve been looking up a few personal websites from the time, that I used to visit regularly. Some are still there, with the same designer, writer, or owner, though they have, needless to say, changed somewhat in fifteen years.
I’ve also been recalling a few old haunts from the day, some of the people I met therein, and recreating, all too vividly at times, some of the situations I found myself in, but hey that’s par for the course for a creative type introvert. It’s really a form of time travel though… if you adhere to the grandfather paradox that is.
This time travel of sorts has not been solely restricted to true-to-life visualisations however. I’ve been quietly rolling the old convertible out of the garage late at night, driving around town, when I’m in town, and going to said places.
I’ve been lucky so far, no one has looked at me like I’m the first Dr Who, or something. So, yes, I’ve been partying, a little, like it was 1999.
Anyway enough reminiscing, maybe there’ll be more another time. We’re back in the present moment now. Carry on.
To accord a building the title of the world’s, or the nation’s, tallest, you’d think it would be a relatively simple case of ascertaining a contending tower’s height. But what actually constitutes the height of a building? Its upper most floor, or the peaks of any antennas, or other… non-building structures?
Today, the Global Tall Building Database contains 12,596 entries from all around the world, from the world’s tallest, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 2,716 feet tall, to the handful of meager 20-floor specimens whose owners submitted forms (for them, it does not list the height – maybe too embarrassing?). To look at the full list is to see the ambition of mankind to keep building taller, whatever the cost, for it also contains not-yet-built “visions,” such as the X Seed 4000 in Japan, a 800-floor monstrosity that would rise up more than two miles.
You might think that a vessel as massive as a container ship would plow on through heavy seas without so much as flinching, as it were.
That certainly appears to be the case when looking at the exterior of such a liner sailing in wild waters, but then observe the passageway of the same ship, and note the now apparent difference. No cause for alarm, by the way, the ship is designed to flex this way under these sorts of conditions.