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CSS Film Titles — Dr. Nakamats

I just watched a great doc­u­men­tary called The Inven­tion of Dr. Naka­mats*, and loved the style of the titles and cred­its (Vimeo video) by The Ronin. I thought I’d have a go at doing them in CSS, and you can see my first attempt here:

Dr. Naka­mats in CSS3.

It uses 3D Trans­for­ma­tions so needs to be viewed in Safari for the full effect, but degrades quite grace­ful­ly. I had a go at adding some ani­ma­tions to it but it did­n’t feel right, so I’ve left that out for now. That aside, I’m hap­py with the way it looks and it was real­ly easy to make. CSS has come a long way.

* If you’re in the UK you can cur­rent­ly watch this on 4OD.

The Uncanny Valley and Realism in UI Design

Last year I began explor­ing the idea of the uncan­ny val­ley as it applies to cre­at­ing pro­to­types, using a pan­el from Under­stand­ing Comics as an illus­tra­tion. Lukas Math­is at UX Mag­a­zine has had a sim­i­lar idea, but explored it in much more depth and with greater clar­i­ty.

Understanding Comics and User Experience

I work as an Infor­ma­tion Archi­tect / Devel­op­er, and I’m a big fan of comics. For my IA work I refer fre­quent­ly to the work of Jesse James Gar­rett, espe­cial­ly his Ele­ments of User Expe­ri­ence book, and as a fan of comics I recent­ly read (again) Scott McCloud’s Under­stand­ing Comics.

I’m not say­ing that to boast of my geek cre­den­tials, but to intro­duce some­thing I nev­er imag­ined I’d find: a con­nec­tion between the two.

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Google Chrome — on reflection

So, it’s a cou­ple of days since the launch of the first beta of Google’s new brows­er, Chrome, and the hyper­bole has died down a lit­tle. After using it for a few days, I want to look in a lit­tle more detail at some of its fea­tures — more specif­i­cal­ly, its inter­face and usabil­i­ty. Luck­i­ly, Google have pro­vid­ed user expe­ri­ence doc­u­men­ta­tion (for Chromi­um, the open source project) to make this easier.

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Mark Boulton to redesign Drupal website

Mark Boul­ton Design have been select­ed to redesign, the web­site of the Dru­pal CMS. I’m a big admir­er of Mark’s writ­ing about design and typog­ra­phy, and I think it’s excit­ing that a big open-source project is going in this direction.

Now, if we could get him to design the Dru­pal user inter­face (as Veer­le Pieters is doing with Expres­sion Engine), that would real­ly be something.

Interesting examples of sitemaps

I’ve been doing quite a lot of site map­ping recent­ly, and look­ing for a way to escape the stan­dard boxy top-down view. In search­ing for exam­ples of dif­fer­ent ways to present the infor­ma­tion, that are pleas­ing to look at but still imme­di­ate­ly con­vey mean­ing, I found a num­ber of inter­est­ing examples.

Below are the pick of the results, along with a few that don’t quite work, and some old stand­bys. I want­ed to include images to illus­trate this, but in most cas­es the license did­n’t allow.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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