The US is taking over the world

Wired News posted a very interesting article. Though I am a US citizen, I have always tried to keep a somewhat non-ecocentric view of things. I admittedly find this article very disturbing.

An experiment in frustration

Recently found this through another blog. A designer’s exit project from a University in Germany; it is not a research company and states as such in the imprint at bottom right.

[ http://www.dontclick.it/ ]

The site is VERY well done; well thought out and accurately executed. I wouldn’t even attempt to try to code something like that for several reasons; my main two reasons being that I found the site to be stressful and not aesthetically pleasing.

Being an artist I like interactivity on a different level, my senses. I like a site that I can sink all of my senses into like a good story. I like being able to visualize what the author is trying to tell me. I like being comfortable or inspired by the graphic elements. I am drawn to use of color, typography and content.

Personal Opinion: Dontclickit … an amazing concept and thorough content but it makes me never want to go back to it.

I went through the whole site with a conscious stream of “DON’T CLICK!” running in my head which didn’t allow me to fully enjoy the site. I got through the whole site without clicking, like most people I’m sure, until you were asked in a section called “Crowdshout” to enter your name, email and a message that gets displayed on the site. I clicked to edit a portion of my message, a mispelled word, and an annoying static screen scolded me for a full 10 seconds about my clicking. I went through the rest of the site after posting my little note.

Before leaving the site I composed an email to the author of the site with kudos and feedback. I went to edit again, mistakenly clicked, got scolded and was returned to find my whole message gone. Disregarding my first instinct to close out the site, I sent him a short note with kudos, and recommended that he fix the erasure problem. I also let him know I wouldn’t be back.

So the question is … why am I linking to his site if I found it so annoying?

Answer.

An amazing concept that shouldn’t be missed.

If nothing else it will make you realize just how much you like to click and how easy we have it. I think the clicking, almost a Pavlovian response, is similar to a book collector’s addiction symptoms. As an avid collector of antique books, it is the feel of the paper, the smell of the book, the look of the fonts .. the aesthetics … that are the draw.

Oh, and as a society if we find something that really irritates us or grosses us out we always have the urge to share it with those we love. Can’t fight human nature.

Forums vs the Blog

This was actually my first posting but I am still getting use to this. I think I will follow the advice in Rebecca’s Pocket … don’t post anything you have to edit.

Forums were the rage for the longest time, now to be replaced by blogs. Well, replaced may not be the approriate word but blogs are making a HUGE impact on how we communicate. I am not an expert by any means but I would define blogs, the slang term for web logs, as a mixture of venting to your peer group, sharing helpful information and the thrill of being published.

Do you have a blog? How do you use your blog? Do you have a blog AND forums for your site? How do you utilize both without being redundant?

On going solo

I’m self-taught. What does that mean? It means I am ready to go back to school and get the piece of paper I am required to have to prove to everyone that know what I am talking about.

Over the last 20 years freelance work I have been blessed with some pretty incredible and resourceful clients. I’ve never needed to advertise, not once. All of my business has been by word of mouth. I have never had my own domain, till now and despite speedbumps I have never felt more confident.

I recently revamped my logo. I have had a web site for quite some time now on Geocities but have outgrown it. The look worked for a while but my web design skills are much more advanced and my style, as always, has refined itself since then. Change is good though not always easy and it was time that I evolved and re-evaluated myself.

Renmeleon.com, my new domain is a lifetime dream for me. Plans for the site include…

– free downloads
– Renlog a personal weblog and RSS feed to incorporate this blog
– client profiles
– merchant links to places where you can acquire your very own Renmeleon art
– a gallery section for commissioned pieces and sold art
– a calendar of appearances, festivals, giveaways and events, online and in the world

One of the most exciting features for me already is the Renmeleon forum. The forum area will be full of projects and discussion areas to promote full interactivity in the site. Though the new site is not “live” yet, please feel free to register for the forums. There are a few things posted already but I will be sending out a forum email to let everyone know when the site goes live and will of course be announcing it on the forums.

I am still learning so the site will evolve as my skills do. I rely on feedback from clients and peers alike to refine my products and my site. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to contribute.

Ria