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As it's a wet day (yes, another one) here are a few sites to cheer you up!



I love hunting the internet to look for cheerful, intelligent and beautiful sites.

I used to work for a publishing company called 'friends of ED' who publish books in all things design & programming and are simply some of the finest books you can get hold of to learn all things digital.

I had the fortune of meeting a lot of talented designers and programmers during my time there and when I technically reviewed some of the books I worked on. I figured it might be time to share them with you in case you didn't know about them:

James Paterson
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Daniel Brown

These are just a few of the guys whom I know and are constantly producing great work - so take a break and go and play around!


Browser choice less than 2% - forget it



OK - this is disturbing me just a little bit:

It seems that the Central Office of Information released (quietly) a consultation paper last Friday regarding which web browsers should be used for Public Sector testing..Oh, ok, so we have the government telling us what browsers we should be avoiding and how to use them? Slightly, bizarre, no?

Well, check this out: It suggests that Web designers need not test against browsers with a share of less than 2%. Also, that the same designers place an notice stating to the user that they 'should change to an alternative and supported browser' - which in my opinion is potentially dangerous ground.

Telling our Mac & dedicated Safari lover out there that he/she should leave Safari and go over to IE would not make them a happy bunny at all. It is true that the public sector is definately emerging from an 'IE' only mindset, but the problems is that people will be spending more time developing than they actually need to. The funny thing is is that the following are figures posted by the COI in terms of visits to their site:

a) IE - 83.25%
b) Firefox - 8.68%
c) Safari - 3.99%
d) Firefox for Mac - 2.53%

Opera doesn't even get a look in because COI considered that it 'failed the disability concession'. However, they seem to have forgotten that Opera can pose as IE or Firefox when on the web and therefore its web server logs fail to reflect its true usage. Also, they go back against their logic, as they seem to accept Linux even though it falls below the 2% usage law.

I for one disagree with this. There is no doubt that when web designers and developers come together to work on a project, they are primarily designing for Firefox/IE and maybe Safari - and that's it. It depends on whom your target audience is, whether it is for public consumption or limited access and also whether your site has the kind of complexities in mixed-media such as Flash, Streams and/or 3D etc.

COI released this document in quiet I think, because they knew the response that it would get from across the waters. I do tell you one thing though - that any future ad or design agency looking to put tenders into the government for the web, is going to have a much tougher time at the usability & accessibility stages!

The original article was at my favourite news site: The Register

Who knows, maybe before all future sites load in the government sector, we'll get a notice on the first page saying:

You must use Internet Explorer 7 to view this site, otherwise please leave.Foot in mouth

Fancy getting involved in a new show?



Embassy Court, Brighton
5th July 2010
10.30am - 5.30pm

As part of their new show, Atalanta, commissioned by Creative Campus Initiative, seven sisters group is offering two one day professional development workshops, one at the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill and this one at Embassy Court Brighton. Each workshop is led by artistic directors Susanne Thomas and Sophie Jump and suitable for up to 14 participants with an interest in site-specific work.

It is open to participants from dance, theatre, design, architecture, sound, light, or art backgrounds and aims to be a professional lab opportunity for students, young graduates and professional artists of all ages. Participants will be encouraged to create site-specific performance in various locations within the sites in response to spatial, social and cultural issues.

Although the workshop is free places are limited, so interested applicants are asked to send a resume and a statement of interest to, asap.

About Embassy Court
Embassy Court is a designated Grade II heritage building recognised by architectural historians not just as a landmark on Brighton's seafront but also as a landmark in British architectural history. Situated on the border of Brighton and Hove facing the open sea, Embassy Court was one of the first buildings in Britain to be designed in the modern style, by Wells Coates.