Blog

This is a blog about various design and technology subjects.

Connections

Since the internet resembles a system of communication consisting of balsa wood boards rubber banded together with Elmer’s Glue-All, it comes as no surprise that some of the more popular domain names consist of address suffixes that are administered by mostly unknown third world countries. This could be a cause of alarm due to the fact that a system of communication depended on by a large fraction of the world’s population has as its basis a seemingly arbitrary addressing system.

Processes

Back in September 2014, Maciej Ceglowski gave a talk at the HOW Interactive Design conference in Washington, DC. The talk was called Web Design: The First 100 Years but it really didn’t have much to do with design. In fact, web design hasn’t even been around for 100 years yet, so there’s a bit of humor to this title of a talk addressed to professional designers that are able to afford a $1,545 conference.

Pronounced “MAH-tchay”, Maciej was born in Poland, but accidentally immigrated to the United States when he was six years old. With a double major in Russian and Studio Art from Middlebury College, he went on to a career in programming (naturally!). He runs several websites, including The Bedbug Registry, a website to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with obnoxious insects. If you are interested in finding out more about bedbugs, there’s a great resource available at Jen Reviews

Processing

I’ve started working with a program called Processing, which is a javascript based programming language geared toward creating visual and interactive media. It has served two primary purposes for me, helping to learn additional javascript coding techniques, and developing new styles for my paintings. One thing that becomes evident when exploring Processing is that is lends itself to very detailed and nuanced painterly impressions.

Amusement

Here are a couple of interesting things I encountered this week:

This Craigslist ad titled “Designer Looking For People To Do Their Job Without Pay (Anywhere)” is just really superb, A+ work:

Hi,

I’m a Graphic Designer and since people on craigslist are always asking me to design logos and websites for free I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services for free.

Recognition

One thing that draws people into an article and creates interest is images. When there is a picture related to an article, a viewer can glance at it and immediately get some idea of what the writing is about.

The thing that can truly draw a reader’s interest is captions with the images. A small sentence or two describing the picture and how it relates to the article can provide a synopsis of what the viewer is about to read. While not a replacement for the text of the article, it allows a reader to get involved enough to decide if reading the entire article is useful.