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Posted: September 30th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: Interactive, resources | Tags: , , | Comments Off

I remember enjoying math in school and grew up to become a good little modernist who savors the mathematical implications of layout design. However staring into the headlights of an oncoming deadline is not the time I want to discover an error in the numbers underlying a layout. This is where Gridulator rides to the rescue like a digital cavalry grinding out the hard work so I can enjoy the spoils. This fabulous tool makes it easy to experiment with grid systems you might never have thought to try which can bring a freshness to your work just when you need it most (cue cavalry again). Gridulator is the product of David Sleight – aka Stuntbox which in the spirit of the web I recall fondly from the early days he has generously shared. (Cue anti net neutrality, proprietary, corporate profiteers… who get crushed by the aforementioned digital cavalry in a blaze of righteousness).

Speaking Screenfluently

Posted: September 27th, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: design, Interactive, resources | Tags: , | Comments Off

Not too long ago The FWA was the primary source of influence for interactive design. HTML has made up a tremendous amount of ground on Flash in recent years with HTML 5.0 promising even more innovation. As The FWA has responded by focusing on the elite an abundance of sites curating collections of excellent css based designs have sprung up to sustain the insatiable appetite of the designers in the trenches. We’ve mentioned here previously MNimal, PatternTap and RefreshStyle and are delighted to ad Screenfluent to the list. We’re pleased to be a part of the collection.

21st Century Enlightenment

Posted: September 22nd, 2010 | Author: Todd | Filed under: opinion, video | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Having spent the morning engaged with a juggernaut in the world of self-defeating negativity powered by pretzel logic it was extraordinarily refreshing to receive this link from my erudite brother. To wrap your brain around the 11 minute video linked below you will probably need to watch it twice. The first time through you will find yourself delighted by the whimsical whiteboard illustrations and the narrator’s charming British accent (two things known to disarm Americans).

On the second pass you’ll enjoy how the author Matthew Taylor makes a fascinating and cogent argument for how our self-aware individualism balanced with empathy can evolve/is evolving to help us all meet the challenges we face living in the 21st century enlightenment.