Randomizing #4

an New Crest log– New rainbow, Sci-fi, or 80s? As usual New (now not so new) Crest for the logo trends for 2008.

– Yet another guide about a theme where is always useful to investigate, web typography (tu take with this talk’s slides)

– From a man who love typography to an agency who love dust.

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Stefan Sagmeister and photographers, designers and people like me and you share emotions.

Motion graphics in music videos

Particular of Living Things - Bom Bom BomYesterday I was searching in YouTube for a tutorial that could help me to fight the breath of cod I eated three days ago, and after two hours guided by serendipity I happened by chance in a nice music video where a band was playing inside a children book, the ones with the pages made of paperboard full of levels which is possible to move some print figures.
This morning as usual I forgot the name of the group and the song and YouTube refuse to support me, so I found only a group of videos where print (or not) design techniques or styles like collage, stencils, wicked worn look where used for the background -or main – animation.
I ask to my music guru Tulsas if he remember some related video, and in a couple of hours we found these ones:

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9 simple design doubts * 1 x

illab.jpgThe web world is in continuous evolution, except this blog. (a little pause where has been excluded my almost constantly update page on del.icio.us).

In this post and three following ones I’d like to tell you about some little design doubts I had making two extra-work sites, with related solution links-equipped. continue reading…->

The (pc) paper bag #2

sxsw.jpgLive from Austin, TX, 3:23 a.m.: The Horizontal Way won in the 10th South By Southwest Web Awards as “Best CSS”. (here’s the macho-man | and here too)

[photoes, videos, dispatches and ‘ommammamia’ will follow.]

Update 1:



Update 2:
Interview for Apogeonline [italian]

Interview for Blographik [italian]
Photoes on Flickr

The (pc) paper bag

sxsw.jpgEhi, ciao. Some hours ago have been announced the finalists of the “SXSW Web Awards“, the prize assigned during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival – an event dedicated to design and multimedia ( these are the speakers) organized from ten years in Austin, Texas.
Among the nominees of the CSS category,

sites that push the boundaries of CSS coding technology, bringing together top-notch design and content with standards compliant and accessible code.

appear it, my loved son: The Horizontal Way.


I’ve never been in Texas, even in the United States, or in America. Also outside the Europe and now that I thing better the location more far from Italy has been Nizza, and Montecarlo, visited with the school trip.
Someone says me that in America there’s in every home a box where you can see the images in movement like the cinematografo, and from other little boxes the people listen everyday to the music and even to some guys that report the things written in the newspapers (mah!). And also that build palaces that arrive as far as the clouds and the sky is full of giant flying balls that someone defines dangerous…The same people suggest me to visit Nuova York, because they say is quite in the neighbourhoods, and I hope to do it: is a life that I want to climb up the Big Ben.

Is it corect?

correct.gifHi all. I didn’t write here for a long time because I was patching some piece of this blog’s code corrupted in the move from an hosting to another (todo: it’s time to rewrite this blog from scratch).
In the meantime I played with one of the goodies offered by the new hosting: the subdomains – the ‘high ranking’ alternative to the folder.
The first that I introduce you, created with my co-worker Maurizio Tesconi, is:

Have you ever tried to entrust to Google your syntactic doubts, hoping to find a certain number of sites that already used you phrase? “Is it correct?” query the Google API Search and give you the response that you expected, with the possibility to test 28 different languages.
Well, naturally it works always under approximate ranges based on a percentage of occurences, so before the “this phrase is Correct!” or “is Wrong!” there’s always a “Maybe”.
In the next hours I’ll linked in the site some Firefox plugins for the search box of your favourite browser. Update: I’ve just added the plugin to be used with the search box of Firefox: to install click on the flag of the language you want to test the phrases – to use select the same flag in the search box, and type your phrase.

From bloginfo to bloginfo

(note: pretend with nonchalance that passed only few hours from the previous post) By the way, about the Technorati’s API, some days ago I was retaking a look to an experiment I made last year (november 7) using some simple calls to the BlogInfo API, that returns infos relate to a particular blog (and other sites, too, if they have a certain number of inbound links).
First question I ask me was: “Come lo riscriverei con le conoscenze acquisite oggi, poffarbacco?” (if I write in english so bad, don’t expect that i think in this language too)

(for you, friend with feedreader: form works only on the blog)

Technorati’s Blog Info

Insert here the URL of your blog:

In one phrase, I remove the dipendence from the DuckSoup library (that get ready for the calls to all the available APIs), using the script PHP bloginfo.php to ‘hide’ the API Key, make some queries (related to some URL) to Technorati and copy the XML response (using cache on file*) that will be send to the Javascript bloginfo.js, that will control possible lacking tags and will insert the infos in the HTML.

If someone of you would to insert this in a post in his/her blog, the files are as always available for the

*considering that the query number limit is 500, and supposing that a blogger has 300 readers, each insert two blogs about aren’t request before the related informations (so could be make 600 different queries), the cache is (nota: don’t use the term “useless”) uninfluential.

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