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Issue 14 | August 2000 | Updated 8-9-00
At MacExpo few years ago I heard Steve Jobs (Apple CEO) describe his dream of Apple becoming the Swatch of the computer world, selling computers based on design and style. People would buy computers because of their design. I'm still not sure if I like the idea, but a G4 cube would sure look good on my desk...
Smaller than a Dodge Neon, more usable cargo room than our Saturn station wagon, seats that fold down to create open space... But it's gotta be Aztec Yellow or Inferno Red, not that bland silver you see in the ads.
When it comes to Mac vs. Windows, we've tried being reasonable [Macintosh Myopia]. We've tried letting you talk about it [Mac Myopia Comments] and even fill out surveys [Computer Lab Survey]. But none of that settled anything.
The debate over web usability has gotten shrill, with Jakob Nielsen and other "experts" being called Nazis by designers who seem to overreacting just a wee bit. I think Nielsen's book should be read by all web designers because it offers a clear and useful perspective on learning from user preferences and behavior.
Designers, for their part, can be arrogant at times, insisting on doing things their way. This sometimes leads to groundbreaking innovation and great design. It also leads to inappropriate solutions, frustration, and anger on the part of clients and users, often justifiable. There's a thin line to be walked here.
These articles are from the always-interesting A List Apart [www.alistapart. com].
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graphic includes an index print showing objects ranging from a Star
Wars action figure to a mother's scarf. Overlaying it on the right is
a winged goddess sculpture that hangs above my computer, keeping me
- Al Wasco 8/4/00
a friend or colleague
Fireworks revisited... Director doomed?
the Web?... Barcelona... New CD-ROMs
devil or angel?... Mexican graffiti...
Mexican graveyards... online Valentine cards...
CoolSTOP Award... Multimedia, the Web & CD-ROM...
Our new look...
Goodbye, AOL... Ideas for critiques...
What I know
about you... Teaching computer-based media... Nudes in Parma
& hip-hop... Better critiques... Photoshop 5.5 vs. Fireworks 2
Design Quiz... Barcelona... AIGA / NASAD briefing
Design" or "New Media?"
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