Trends in Web Design

Here are some trends we examined in class recently: HTML5, the next major revision of HTML, will make it easier for web designers to build more sophisticated technology into their sites.

html5 demo

Computer screens are getting bigger (and smaller), bandwidth is getting faster, and cell phones are becoming wireless pocket computers.

browser size the future futuristic

futuristic 2 futuristic 3 google goggles

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Figure and Ground and the Coexistence of Opposites

Today in class we’re thinking about layers of imagery, figure and ground, and how the eye naturally searches for the underlying context, the integrative wholeness underlying everything, and I thought we’d look at these sites:

www.scottkim.comwww.nomilktoday.bewww.sevenedge.be

www.level2d.comtputh.comwww.habitationsbouladier.com

www.markhobbs.netenvato.comwww.daguia.com.br

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my new class, Graphic Design for the Web

Susan Romero and I are teaching a new class, Graphic Design for the Web, and we’ve got a fantastic group of students. We’re looking at Web sites with interesting design, and here’s what James and Kimber and Mary found:

James Kimber Mary

thought I’d take a look to see what NOT to do:

www.webpagesthatsuck.com

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Change Begins Within – live webcast Monday Dec. 13

Live from New York City, two extraordinary events December 13, 2010 at www.livestream.com/davidlynch

photos of Brand, Eastwood, Lynch, Oz, Perry & Russell1. Global Webcast: Launch of Operation Warrior Wellness
National initiative to teach Transcendental Meditation to 10,000 Veterans with PTSD
Clint Eastwood * David Lynch * Russell Brand * and more!
11 am ET / 10 am CT / 8 am PT
Press Release

2. Benefit Gala: Change Begins Within
Clint Eastwood * David Lynch * Dr. Mehmet Oz
Katy Perry * Russell Brand * Russell Simmons * Martin Scorsese * and more!

9 pm ET /8 pm CT / 6 PM PT
Invitation

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Legendary film directors Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, David Lynch, and Martin Scorsese join forces to bring the TM technique to veterans

In a November 26 article, the Wall Street Journal reported that legendary directors Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, David Lynch, and  Martin Scorsese have joined forces to support a new nationwide initiative “to help 10,000 veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses” through the Transcendental Meditation technique.

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A message from the inventor of the World Wide Web

Scientific AmericanSir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1990. He has some important things to say about it an article in the December 2010 issue of Scientific American. He discusses how universality was the primary design principle of the Web, why that needs to be defended, and why, for example, you might want to use forthcoming projects such as GNU social or Diaspora rather than Facebook.

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Our RED ONE Cinematography class

For our Media & Communications classes we recently acquired a RED ONE camera. It’s pretty fantastic. We’ll pay for it mostly by renting it out, but most of the year it will be available to our students. I’m hearing great things about what our students are doing in our first class that’s using the camera, our RED ONE and Cinematography class. More on that soon. In the meantime, here’s some info on the class, etc.

Nathaniel Alexander, Professor Stuart Tanner, and Ace Boothby with the RED ONE camera

Nathaniel Alexander, Professor Stuart Tanner, and Ace Boothby with our RED ONE

Thanks to our digital photography professor Ken West for the photo.

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Impressive HTML5 demos

There are some fun demonstrations of some of the capabilities of HTML5 and JavaScript at Web designer Ricardo Cabello’s site — functionality that previously would be difficult without proprietary software such as Flash. His blog has useful technical info too.

These sites also have interesting HTML5 demos: http://html5demos.com and html5rocks.com. And Mugtug’s HTML5 online Sketchpad is fun too.

(HTML5 is the forthcoming new version of the HTML standard. There’s growing support for it in the latest versions of the most popular Web browsers.)

HTML5

HTML5 Demos

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The GNU/Linux desktop soon to be much, much faster

I’m excited about this.

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David Lynch in Germany

Here’s a sweet video clip of M.U.M. trustee David Lynch’s recent visit to Germany where he received the Goslarer Kaiserring. Other winners of this award include artists such as Henry Moore, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, and Max Ernst. David Lynch and the Kaiserring

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