On Cyber Monday or anytime you are ordering something online be wary of Dark Patterns, these are design patterns weaved within a site that are purposefully designed to scam the user...some are obvious while others subtle. For example, I ordered something from Zazzle.com last year and found out their default was to make me member at a price of $9.99/annual set to auto renew every year unless I went out of my way to opt out, this is a deceptive practice that some online companies use to trick users to paying unwanted fees or services. See the video below for other "evil" practices...
Long time friend Marge Paradise casually mentioned to me she won Best in Show at the PSNJ Ninth Annual Members Exhibit, Livingston gallery. I think that's great news and an opportunity to share her new portfolio at paradisestudio.weebly.com for others to enjoy. Nice work and kudos to Marge!
I've recently stumbled upon a local artist Brett McLain in Newton, NJ who brings chainsaw art to another level in my opinion. He appears to have a flair for playful and whimsical designs which is a favorite of mine. If you have the opportunity to visit his shop or the website I think you'll enjoy his work. I recently purchased a bear carving from him for the path to my home.
Webby Awards 2013, this is a good place to see the best of the Web in many categories...enjoy. Note: the awards include People's Voice winners as well.
This is another cool breakthrough from John Lassiter, a CGI technique enabling a hand drawn effect...combining tech and a good story line to create a great short animation. Update 2.25.13: the link I originally posted was closed after this film won an Oscar for Best Animated Short, above is a new link which unfortunately has some advertising, its worth the wait, enjoy. Tip: use the full screen icon to the bottom right of the player for best viewing.
A collection of archival photos from Thanksgivings past. Keep clicking on the image to get to the high resolution image (generally created from glass negatives) Happy Thanksgiving!
For those of you engaged in Accessibility WCAG 2.0 standards, checking color contrast can easily be confirmed with this tool, including transparency channels. If you type rgba (Red, Green, Blue, alpha) it may be easier to relate to.
The Noun Project, Great images available as vector and are free to use with few restrictions. All images available for download on this Web site are either in the public domain, or use a Creative Commons licenses.
Although I am a kid at heart, I have been in the graphics and media industry for over 25 years and the web since late in 1993. I have worked as a UI designer, web designer, creative director, art director, professor, illustrator, and graphic designer. In recent years, I have been concentrating on UX (User eXperience) and UI (User Interface) design.