The Cost of Free

Silenced by software… Blogger–the engine that drives my [sometimes] daily updates–has been down for most of the weekend. This is bad. Blogger remains free to use, but it’s increasingly clear that, lacking reliability, free is costly in its own...
Net Hunt II

Net Hunt II

Net hunt redux… Or coincidence, part deux. There’s a new, alarmingly huge Net hunt underway, surrounding the release of the movie A.I. If you wanna start at the beginning, go stare at a movie poster for a while. If you want to catch up to the Net hunt...
Net Hunt

Net Hunt

It all started with a Net hunt. You remember Net hunts, right? Mad scrambles around the web? Coaxing obscure information out of cranky, infant search engines? This particular hunt — a marketing machine for the 1995 movie, Johnny Mnemonic [an awful movie] —...

The Absurdity of The Street

So last week I’m with a client, discussing the finer points of navigating a new release of their flagship web application. We had come to easy consensus on virtually every aspect of the design save one, and the group around the table was pretty evenly divided on...
Back the Net Day?

Back the Net Day?

Dear Netizen: Your help is needed. Fueled by a “viral lack of confidence,” the Internet economy has slipped into a recession. If this trend continues, you might soon lose access to your favorite online store, greeting card site, news source, music site or...
A bonus offline shopping story!

A bonus offline shopping story!

A bonus offline shopping story! On a recent trip to a real-world bookstore I found myself wandering in circles to find books related to typographic design. Books about Adobe Illustrator were in the “computers” section, on a shelf that was pretty much...
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