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Flash - He'll save every one of us

Just a quick word about the Flash banner that adorns the top of the site. It is the work of the polymathic Brian Smith, a.k.a. hooha corporation. I'd been thinking about using some kind of skyline motif for a while (a long while, actually), should I ever relaunch the site, and the final look and feel was heavily influenced by the Fuji Rock Festival 2004 website (sadly no long visible), which had a gorgeous slow-cycle mountain scene flash banner. Anyway, a big shout to Brian for putting up with my ever-more-niggling requests. I'm really happy with how it worked out.

If for some reason you don't have a Flash-capable browser, or perhaps you JUST DON'T APPRECIATE ALL OF BRIAN'S HARD WORK then you can choose a non-flash version via the right-hand toolbar (look for "disable flash banner") or just subscribe to the RSS feed instead. Personally I like to leave it running in a permanently open browser window, but that may just be proud-father syndrome at work.

The rest of the design of the site is the total sum of conscious and unconscious influences harvested over the last six months or so of intensive web browsing, but I'll happily admit that there are shades of the Gawker Media, Errol Morris and Mid-Tokyo Maps sites in there somewhere. Steal from the best, son. (Though I'd just like to point out that I was using right-hand side navigation, like, four years ago, dahlink.)

It should display fine in most modern browsers, though I'm not going to make any claims as to the validity of the code. I will say this, though - everything looks better in Safaaaaaaaaari.

I'm just saying, that's all.

Posted by chris at September 13, 2005 09:31 PM | Permalink


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