Notes on a web journey

posted on: 29 January 2009

The Designer's Review of Books

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Although there are several good design websites that occasionally have book reviews, there didn't seem to be a single place online where you could get constant updates and reviews of new (and sometimes old) design books. Design books are often expensive and contrary - sometimes the book is worth having for the physical production values alone, sometimes for the images, sometimes for the words and, occasionally, for all three. We wanted to cover those elements in our reviews so that you know whether it's worth owning.

The Designer's Review of Books


posted on: 25 January 2009

Diacritics and vertical metrics

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On I Love Typography :


posted on: 25 January 2009

The air of Madrid

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In the Air is a visualization project which aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid's air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc), to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city.

In the Air


posted on: 21 January 2009

Birds of New Zealand

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A post on New Zealand birds via BibliOdyssey :

New Zealand birds - Black fantail and Pied fantail

Birds of New Zealand

At the bottom of the page a link to NZTEC - “free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, which offers an ever expanding, fully searchable, set of images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals [..] contains over 2,600 texts (around 65,000 pages)”


posted on: 15 January 2009

The Prado in Google Earth

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Viewing a Velasquez or a Rembrandt in a place like Spain's Prado museum is a unique experience. Now you can use Google Earth technology to navigate reproductions of the Prado's masterpieces, delving even deeper into the Prado's collection. In Google Earth, you can get close enough to examine a painter's brushstrokes or the craquelure on the varnish of a painting. The images of these works are about 14,000 million pixels, 1,400 times more detailled than the image a 10 megapixel digital camera would take. In addition, you'll be able to see a spectacular 3D reproduction of the museum.

The Prado in Google Earth


posted on: 13 January 2009

Typography in graphic design

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A book in PDF format by Massimo Vignelli on understanding typography in graphic design (via AisleOne):

The Vignelli Canon (pdf)


posted on: 12 January 2009

Mobile style sheet

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An article on A List Apart on mobile browsers and style sheets:

Return of the Mobile Style Sheet


posted on: 08 January 2009

Eyes, mind and soul

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Photography, numbers, environment and nuclear proliferation :

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition finds the very best wildlife images taken by the world's top professional and amateur photographers.
Inside the mind of an autistic savant
Autistic savant Daniel Tammet shot to fame when he set a European record for the number of digits of pi he recited from memory (22,514). For afters, he learned Icelandic in a week. But unlike many savants, he's able to tell us how he does it.
Greening the Ghetto
Your goal has to be to get the greenest solutions to the poorest people.
A chain reaction of proliferation
The interlocking web of influence and espionage behind the proliferation of nuclear technology


posted on: 05 January 2009

Golden Section and grid systems

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A good article on grids by Mark Boulton :

Feeling your way around grids


posted on: 04 January 2009

Environmentally friendly cement

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Cement, a vast source of planet-warming carbon dioxide, could be transformed into a means of stripping the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere, thanks to an innovation from British engineers. The new environmentally friendly formulation means the cement industry could change from being a “significant emitter to a significant absorber of CO2”, says Nikolaos Vlasopoulos, chief scientist at London-based Novacem, whose invention has garnered support and funding from industry and environmentalists. The new cement, which uses a different raw material, certainly has a vast potential market. Making the 2bn tonnes of cement used globally every year pumps out 5% of the world's CO2 emissions - more than the entire aviation industry. And the long-term trends are upwards: a recent report by the French bank Credit Agricole estimated that, by 2020, demand for cement will increase by 50% compared to today.

The cement that eats carbon dioxide


CSS,Javascript and Php studies

Anti spam email
A solution to writing an anti spam email contact link
filed under: Javascript
Background image
A background image randomizer that I used in the second version of this site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Javascript menu
A menu that uses Javascript and session cookies.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Experimenting with CSS and Javascript.A simple but, in my opinion, nice navigation “system”. The MiniSite is a one page site.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo display
Protect copyrighted photos: a simple but effective solution.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
Photo gallery
A photo gallery made for a friend
filed under: Javascript
PHP menu
A PHP menu that can be updated without having to re-publish all the pages is on.
filed under: PHP
Pop-up menu
A very simple pop up menu powered by Javascript. It works also if Javascript is disabled.
filed under: Javascript/CSS
RSS feed
How to write and use an RSS feed
filed under: rss-xml
Tag replacer
The Tag replacer explained and a link to it.
filed under: PHP
Tags search
A search form build and powered using Javascript and the DOM
filed under: Javascript