Just a Little Shout Out to my Alma Mater

March 29th, 2010 by Katie Winkler

As Smashing Magazine puts it, “most college websites are horribly designed,” and I’d have to agree; but I’m also proud to say that my alma mater, Ball State University, made Smashing’s list of beautifully designed higher-education websites. I’m not really sure if the sites are listed in any particular order, but because Ball State’s pops up second, I’ll call it second place.


“Ball State University uses a sophisticated color scheme and typography combined with plenty of negative space.”

Hop on over to Smashing Magazine to review every site in their Showcase of Academic and Higher Education Websites.

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A Handmade, Papercut Website

March 11th, 2010 by Julie Hill


This might be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen – One Bit Increment created an interactive website using handmade papercut shapes and figures, which were then individually photographed and animated in flash. You can also play along and move the animals like a video game. Visit the site, then check out the creation process here.


By the way, the scene transforms into nighttime when the sun sets in Los Angeles. The weather (wind and rain) is also driven by Los Angeles data retrieved from Yahoo weather.


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Is MIT Messing With Me?

January 20th, 2010 by Julie Hill


“The Center for Advanced Visual Studies is a community for contemporary art in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

OK, so it’s not a web or graphic design school, but still…WHAT. This website…it periodically reloads itself. The layout appears to be random. There are animated gifs. THIS IS A REAL PAGE. I’m baffled and sort of enthralled all at once.

Maybe that’s the point, aha! The website itself is meant as a “contemporary art piece,” (right?) a commentary on Internet and Art and Grid Systems and Whathaveyou. Whoa. It really kind of IS making me think. This reminds me of a recent episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, where Tom (who proudly declares, “I have no interest in art”) commissions an abstract expressionist painting, and finds as he really looks at it, that his opinion changes from derisive to admiring. “A piece of art caused me to have an emotional reaction. Is that normal?”

Related: a friend just reported that, while viewing the MIT site, his cat leapt from his shoulder to attack the computer screen.

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Google…is it indestructible yet? I don’t think so.

November 18th, 2009 by Bao Nguyen

Next big innovation: Google Metaphors

Yesterday, Google released its template gallery for Google Sites.  If you are unfamiliar with Google Sites, visit http://sites.google.com.  (From the website: “Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages”).  Basically, the Google Site templates are preset templates that include canned designs, and content setup for specific audiences (i.e. Family Sharing sites, Business Intranets, Classroom sites, etc).

Anyhow, I decided to test out the Google Site templates to write a review.  So, I logged in to http://sites.google.com, navigated through the template gallery, and found the “Neighborhood site template.”  I filled out the form and clicked “Create Site.”  It gave me the usual “Please wait…” message.  I waited patiently for a few minutes, and nothing happened.

I go back, repeat the steps, and try again.  I get the same message.  This time, it was 10:16am and I checked my email to give it more time.  10:20am, I came back to the window; no change in status.  I got up, grabbed a coffee, came back, and drank ½ my coffee; no change in status.  I decided to write a new article (this one).  10:51am, still no change in status.  I gave it another try, and I get this error message “This location is already used by another site, please pick a new one.”  I tried to locate the site from the assigned URL, and I get another page that said “Please wait…”

At this point, I decided to give up.  This reminded me of when work halted because Gmail went out, and when I lost track of what I needed to do when Google Calendar went down).   Now, Google says Docs will catch up to Office next year ?   It seems that Google has had a lot of problems with the growth of its new products.  Well, I say, make sure you back up all your important data that’s stored in a Google service.  The funny thing is, despite these bad experiences, I still look forward to what Google has to offer, and continue to use their services.

P.S.  I just checked the Google Site window again, and it still says “Please wait…”

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Got a Half Hour to Kill?

August 3rd, 2009 by admin

You’ll need it when you look at this.


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The Value of Web Relationships

April 22nd, 2009 by admin

“What have you done for me lately?”

I admit, quoting Janet Jackson is not the most original way of getting people to read this, but no truer words could be spoken when it comes to the current state of relationships between consumers and brands. (more…)

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HyperQuake Launches New Site for Cassidy Schiller & Associates

March 10th, 2009 by admin

CINCINNATI, March 2, 2009 –– HyperQuake announced today the launch of a new Web site for Cassidy Schiller & Associates, taking a non–traditional approach to the business of providing tax and accounting services. (more…)

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The Spark

June 4th, 2008 by admin

Whether you’re an Interactive Designer or not, A List A Part should be in your RSS reader. Weekly, they post informative, thought-provoking, well-written articles on creativity, web design, client relationships, and more. “List” used to be very interactive-focused, with tutorials and writing about emerging trends, but have shifted over the past few years to cover a broader range of creative topics while upping the quality each and every time. (more…)

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