Archive for the 'Design' Category

Architectural Wonders of 2006

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

It seems that architects have caught on to environmentally friendly design.
There are some beauties there, like the Alpine House in Kew Gardens.

How do you explain a complicated concept…

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

… like for instance how does DNS work, what happens during a heart attack, what is a brand and how does Internet search work?
Why, with a concept map, of course!

Each map takes a difficult—almost mystical—subject and attempts to rigorously map out its many complexities and relationships.

Find music you like

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?
Yes, Pandora can, as it happens. You start by entering a favorite artist or song, then Pandora looks in it’s database for songs with similar musical qualities and starts suggesting them. You can tell it you like or dislike the song and it acts on that.
Funny […]

DOM structure visualized

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Web pages are written in HTML. HTML consists of tags, arranged in a hierarchy. Therefore, they can be represented in a graph. Aharef shows a few examples of these graphs of well know sites.
This is what my blog’s DOM structure looks like.

Very pretty. You can do your own with Aharef’s visualizer applet.

Creating a colour scheme

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Natalie Jost writes about an interesting way to come up with a colour scheme.
The exercise is

Find a picture you like
Pixellate it in Photoshop
Pick out the main colours

And hey presto, there’s your palette

If you can’t hide it, create confusion

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

‘Razzle Dazzle‘ or ‘Dazzle Painting’ was a tactic used in World War 1 to confuse U-boats.
Camouflage at sea simply doesn’t work, because the backdrop is ever changing. Instead, dazzle painting breaks up the ships lines and thus makes it harder for the U-boats to determine the ships course.
Torpedos were fired ahead of the […]

Sun powered billboard

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

This billboard is entirely ‘powered’ by the sun, a very neat design solution.