27 November 2006

The visual design of Web 2.0

If you didn’t blink, you may have noticed that for a few days recently Wikipedia’s entry for Web 2.0 included a subsection describing the visual elements of Web 2.0. Gradients, colorful icons, reflections, dropshadows, and large text all got a mention.

A few days later the “visual elements” addition had been removed after a vote by wikipedians. The objection, I suppose, is that no set of visual criteria can accurately define something as being characteristic of Web 2.0 - if Web 2.0 can be understood as an approach to generating and distributing content, then it needn’t be tied to a particular visual style.

Nevertheless, it’s true that many Web 2.0 sites do share a distinctive aesthetic. Wikipedia’s editors may not think it’s a worthy part of the Web 2.0 discussion, but I say bring it on!

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This is Tim O'Reilly's add
Fontshops vision
Nowadays it seems to be all about awards and recognition, just too bad..

23 November 2006

How to be thankful

Look around and pay attention to the people around you. You will find that everybody has something to worry or complain about, not just you. It's easy to focus on those who seem to have it all, but you never know what's going on inside. They might look happy, but they might be miserable as well. Don't look at others and think "I should have it like they do." Look at those who aren't as fortunate as you are and count your blessings.

Practice acceptance. Stop dwelling on how things should be, what could've been, and what you don't have. Recognize what you do have--whether you like it or not, it's yours to keep or to change. Accepting your lot in life is not about resigning yourself to unhappiness. It's about not wasting time lamenting or denying your problems. Take them for what they are and...

Become a problem solver. Use your lemons to make lemonade. Get in the habit of asking yourself how you can turn the negative into a positive. The most successful people in life, and those who have the most to be grateful for, are also those who've endured tremendous trials and managed to persevere and turn it all around.

Learn to see hardship as a chance to develop character. Imagine yourself looking back ten years from now and recounting your difficult circumstances, and being proud of how you handled it and worked through it.

Focus on what you can control. Stop concentrating on your situation, and on conditions and incidents that happened to you and that you have no control over. Instead, shift your focus on what you can control: your response, and your behavior.

Take joy in the small things. Blow bubbles with your kids. Play with a puppy. Get lost in the park. Goof off and have a good laugh. Life's treasures are the small pleasures. Give thanks for each small gift you receive!

Stay creative, like THIS woman

LinkUp MarkUp

Just a few addons to keep you busy:
1. A pixelwall made out of post-it notes. very sweet indeed. I wish I had it as a wallpaper in my room » check it
2. *Sigh* why all the fuzz and the buzz, i guess i'll just join in huh: Click here to read further topics on what blogging has become. Luckely I'm young enough to be part of it :)
3. Flickr is of a much greater value than we all might think, check it

Enough lessons for today, back to the design ... luckely

Evil twin

56265877@N00 loved by evil twin
This is a women I'm glad to have rediscovered. Rebekka she spoken, I guess she's a photographer.
Didn't really have the time to check her profile yet.. getting late again.
Anyway, she makes splendid pieces, so now you can go and check out yourself for I have styled my Flickr to Blogspot addddddddddddss.

My Flickr is on http://www.flickr.com/photos/grapplica


This is my first post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

21 November 2006

Another A.Shaughnessy

Edited by award winning art director, writer and design consultant Adrian Shaughnessy, Varoom 02 explores international trends in illustration taking a critical look at the new and radical manifestations of image making which are further stretching the boundaries of an art form rooted in tradition and the history of drawing. Set against the hostile climate of current political propaganda, London based Iranian graphic designer Nima Falatoori explores the cultural and visual heritage that influences the vibrant scene of contemporary illustration in his country. The latest developments in Japan are investigated in interviews with four Japanese illustrators whose highly influential works are revealed in ‘Mapping the Terrain’.

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19 November 2006



I've posted a new gallery on cpluv. And I've decided to head for a new goal in the new future. No more bullshit :) huh a man has got to have a dream aiight. I'm going to London in spring, that's for sure.. what m I going to do there » that's still a secret (I want you'all to come back and check regularly off course.) But anyway, this new goal involves "sqeezing my lemon" and so I posted a new gallery to give birth to the event.

All a bit mysterious, but hey life moves in mysterious ways don'it. WORD!! systematic


This poster I fell in love with the moment I'd seen it, no wonder... » it's made by my biggest heroes BUILD !!!!!!!!!!!!! Michael C. Place < Respect! Oh, yez I still love MILK toooooooooo Tonight I went to the CimaticsFestival, the concerts I attended were mindblowing. At 20:30 there was a JazzDark live -TDKE- PlanetMu labelled. Then there was How machines dance by Incite But especially Blindscape by Scanner&Tez was very good.

Cimatics brings you an extensive overview of what's taking place at the crossroads of sound, image, media, design, cinema and performance art and also have a mySpace a Flickr and a YouTube page to visit, it's worth it!!


18 November 2006

Techorati profiler

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A man has got to keep up with stuff, this is something I should have done long time ago. :)
Spider me all you want crawlers, see y'all in the next era.

All you need to do is create a post using the code below and publish it to your blog! After Technorati's spiders have seen it, you can delete it. (You'll know they've seen it when you come to your Technorati account page and this blog shows as claimed, and not "in progress").

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10 November 2006

Me and Maeda

Yes, i know.. allmost unbelievable but yet as true as black not being white.

Me and this funky-smart-very-funny-in-a-way-master of new media designers all around the globe. He lectured in Brussels, 30 march 2006. The day after i attended his workshop on "understanding coding and it's realm, on designing by numbers". ll post some more stuff later on,.. i have some funny movies and all. Why this post only pops up now, well » check earlier posts: i'm cleaning up my system and stumbling upon a lot of stuff which i archived over the past couple of years.

So expect a lot more... very very very sooooooooon :)

Meanwhile ll have a nap, it's getting late, i'm talking to the screen again and i have to get up in few hours to meet Mieke and have hardcore discussion on classified usabilty-design uhuegh what have i gotten myself into ;) Damn, i love my work more then life now ain't that somethin'

night night

09 November 2006


A 3D model-graphic, error included, produced with Gaston 3D,
dated 09-06-2005.

There comes a time when a men has to sit down and clean up his desktop and mailbox. Suffering it's called in the e-mind of a heavy computer-user. But I'm brave and so I began, I notified some old friend.. it was actually fun you know. You should "get up and get out, start doing it yourself", your desktop looks like a mess.

Anyway here's something I stumbled upon I'd long forgotten, there was a day when I was totally into 3D design, not those asshole CAD-CAM programs no, just rigid parameter itteration-minded freeware programs written by a hermit growing a beard getting fat. But hey that's perfectly ok you know. I guess I'll wind up being one of them one day too... But enough dissing these brave gentlemen who conquer the world designing the greatest virtual architecture ever made.

It was at the advent of the year 2005 that I downloaded Gaston 3D, it was this thing called portraitware = you have to send the developper a portrait picture of yourself and then he/she sends you a copy of the program finely crafted by hand. I did, I send Leo Fink my picture and received a free copy of his baby called Gaston.
(a picture of me at Trafalgar Square)


These things keep us busy day and night, luckely I have some poker winning friends to take myself back, off, down to earth :)

How to be... me ?!

I'm waiting for this book to arrive, but today's lecture at Shapeshifters looked very promissing.

Btw Adrian Shaughnessy dude really did some nice work.

Big up, next lecture is about J.Wozencroft

08 November 2006

Towards An Ethical Blogger Approach For Marketers

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association has released for industry discussion Ten Principles for Ethical Contact by Marketers, a document that basically amount to
1. Don't lie; 2. Be nice and 3. Don't manipulate.

The ten points in full are below:
» I will always be truthful and will never knowingly relay false information.I will never ask someone else to deceive bloggers for me.
» I will fully disclose who I am and who I work for (my identity and affiliations) from the very first encounter when communicating with bloggers or commenting on blogs.
» I will never take action contrary to the boundaries set by bloggers.I will respect all community guidelines regarding posting messages and comments.
» I will never ask bloggers to lie for me.
» I will use extreme care when communicating with minors or blogs intended to be read by minors.
» I will not manipulate advertising or affiliate programs to impact blogger income.
» I will not use automated systems for posting comments or distributing information.
» I understand that compensating bloggers may give the appearance of a conflict of interest, and I will therefore fully disclose any and all compensation or incentives.
» I understand that if I send bloggers products for review, they are not obligated to comment on them. Bloggers can return products at their own discretion.
» If bloggers write about products I send them, I will proactively ask them to disclose the products' source.

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07 November 2006


* My graduating project published, ready for order

denkbeelden in tegenlicht / notions with backlighting
Johan Stuyck & Steven Devleminck

Academici doorgronden processen en zoeken verbanden. Kunstenaars rekenen op inspiratie
om ideeën te genereren. Ontwerpers bevinden zich meestal in de doorsnede
van beide werelden. In dit boek steunen de auteurs op hun ervaring als ontwerper en docent om hun visie over grafische vormgeving te toetsen aan de praktijk. Binnen en buiten de muren van een hogeschool. Dit boek is geen bijbel. Het reflecteert maar wil vooral beelden tonen. Beelden bedacht door jonge ontwerpers. Denkbeelden in hedendaagse communicatie.

Technische gegevens
taal: Nederlands - Engels
formaat: 165 x 220 mm
druk: quadri
papier: Munken Print White 150 g
volume: 128 bladzijden
afwerking: garengenaaid
isbn: 907754920X
prijs: 19,00

Question Mark®

Nearly one month?

I can figure who this blogger is, but yet I'm not sure.
Anyway I want to let him know that I've been there and I'm calling a shout out for to get him back to posting :)

Go see his stuff, and comment comment comment. Hilarious huh, e-world what a world.

06 November 2006

AdVerbatims: I need it 4 yesterday

Check out my contribution of AdVerbatims. Advertisers are sometimes dul and very stubborn, professionals at advertising agencies sometimes get frustrated working for them. I recently deleted some "wildly-out-of-order-after-a-frustrating-hard-working-day-at-the-agency" posts. The guys at AdVerbatims gather them and channel them into short sentences for the world to read.

My contributions are #227 #226 #225 #224, sometimes it's not about making your point.
But still, and for the record, I love working here » at SNOW.
Big love to my co-workers Valley and Elky.

And a special thanks to Carlito & Johnny for granting me the chance of learning here.

05 November 2006

A clear message

Dedicated to all developers around the globe.


Just a sunday post, ampersand. From the E-A-T exhibition in Varsovie ( jan.2006 )
Big kiss to Leen at Milano, I wish her the best of luck.

03 November 2006


I'm currently working on long-term projects.. so could be a while till new recent projects will be posted. Anyway that doesn't keep the Snow office from boiling like a yeti-lawine machine. Latest shortproject mini-site is called P-shirts.
Designed by Elke

01 November 2006


Mindblowing soundtracks by Tobas Müller & Vilmar Wilson
Currently broadcasting several tracks in cyberspace, a listamatic
> Archive
> Listed
> InTights
> Vulcan

Have fun blowing those speakers.