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Ask Nature

Ask NatureNature already has all the best answers to all of our major design problems. So why not ask nature? Evolution has already developed and created the perfect designs, and all we have to do was emulate mother natures' wonders to improve our lives. In this time of green consciousness, a Darwinian approach to a green future will harness the biology of nature (biomimetics) to help us innovate naturally and efficiently. Find out more at this great portal design, sponsored by Autodesk.... More

Also posted under green design, industrial design & autos.

Ask Nature

Coraline

CoralineBased on a novella by Neil Gaiman, (Sandman comic books) and directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas) this new stop-motion film promises to be an inspiring tale and visual treat. This creation took about 10 years to evolve from a bedtime story to a complete movie, but it's a good thing it did – it is the first movie to be shot in stereoscopic 3-D, making it ideal for a modern 3-D viewing experience. But before you go, be sure to see the eclectic web site and create a button-eyed version of yourself.... More

Also posted under animation & game design, movie and film sites.

Coraline


Once Upon a School

Once Upon a SchoolThere's just not enough saints, givers and teachers in this world... but you can help make a difference. It's a time of service and sharing, and Dave Eggers has recognized it – and provided us with a platform for making a difference in our local schools; by teaching and leading kids as a volunteer. Simply dream up a project, make it happen, and tell your story to inspire countless others.... More

Also posted under editorial design, green design, xyz miscellaneous.

Once Upon a School

Design and the Elastic Mind - MoMA

Design and the Elastic Mind - MoMADesign and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history—changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior—and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use. This Web site presents over three hundred of these works, including fifty projects that are not featured in the gallery exhibition. Originally launched in February of 2008.... More

Also posted under Flash, industrial design & autos, xyz miscellaneous.

Design and the Elastic Mind - MoMA


Spent2000

Spent2000Putting the ADD in browser based entertainment, Tim Nolan from Spent 2000 spits out some new pop culture mash-ups and video-based animations on his experimental site (which any way you cut it qualifies as "vintage web"). He tells us: "I can't explain why I make all this crap, I guess I just love cutting and pasting. So, I was just thinking I should let people know I updated my spot with some new pollution." So, here you have it... somewhere between UTube, Koyannisquatsi, a DJ booth and video editing software lives the new TEUTHOU – pronounced (Two-Thou). Just think: 2000, but more Web 2.0 sounding.... More

Spent2000

Screenvader

ScreenvaderScreenvader invades with hypnotic minimal home-made music and late night visual treats—collaged shiloettes mashed up with Flash art-generators: blueprints, bugs, and citi-scapes. Plus, the 3D user interface is pretty cool... so turn on a tune, sit back, find your way through the experiments, and then pass it on.... More

Screenvader


Universe

Universe - by Jonathan HarrisUniverse is an unique new interactive method to explore the news and stories of our planet. Universe was inspired by questions like: if we could draw new constellations in our night sky today, what would those be? What are our great stories? What are our great journeys? Who are our heroes and heroines? Universe presents an interactive night sky, composed of thousands of twinkling stars, which then connect to form constellations. Each of these constellations has a specific counterpart in the physical world—a story, a person, a quote, an image, a company, a nation, a mythic theme. Any constellation can be clicked, making it the center of the universe, and causing all other stars to enter its orbit. Universe is infinitely large, and each person's path through it will be different. For an explanation of how it works, read "Stages". For a longer discussion of the ideas behind the piece,... More

Also posted under editorial design.

Universe - by Jonathan Harris

Valspar

ValsparGet inspired in this one-of-kind site, where we finally see an appropriate use of the ability to use XML with CSS to rotate random color palettes... and for whom better than this large global paints and coatings firm? Mainly driven by large scenic photography, each page brings a different coordinated color scheme... But some photos allow you to interact and alter the colors in the photo itself by picking from pre-made palettes—which you can then add to a shopping list. Impressive, beautiful and relaxing exploration in a very clean design shell.... More

Also posted under promotional design, standards based web design.

Valspar


Distant Air

Distant Air Distant Air is an illustrated interactive narrative in five parts that tells a story of a young man's memories of birds. Some hazy truths, some exaggerations... but most of all some good stories – coupled with eclectic illustrations that emulate a hazy dream-like state. Reminicent of childhood interactions with nature, but presented with an artistic and grown-up philosophical perspective.... More

Also posted under editorial design.

Distant Air

the truth

the truth the truth is a subversive anti-smoking campaign that raises anti-smoking awareness through staged marketing activities – which are then broadcast globally and spread infectiously. What you may not know about this campaign is that it is indirectly funded by big tobacco firms themselves, who settled huge tobacco suits in the late 90's and were forced to pay the 46 suing U.S. States – who set up the The American Legacy Foundation in 1999, which in turn funds 'truth'. Therefore the campaigns you see are the product of the industry's fangs biting its own tail—the same campaigns that use creative marketing installations to spread calamitous truths about the harms of smoking. It's a very interesting paradox... and very well-funded... which means it's very well designed. So spread it!... More

Also posted under Flash, animation & game design.

the truth


Oral Fixation Mints

Oral Fix | The Chocolate FactoryA highly creative fantasy mixture between a unique mint companies' real factory and a sophisticated virtual playground. Oral Fixation's immersive 3D world offers more explorable pieces than most sites of the genre. We liked how you can re-skin the atmosphere and time of day, which is normally based on the actual conditions at the real company; located in an old chocolate factory in New Jersey. But besides the high-end graphics and addition of skins, Oral Fix is a company interested in true involvement, which consists of (for one example) giving 10% of profits to the Free Tibet Movement*. Perhaps the only 'draw-back' is there is too much to explore—at this point, we haven't found half the stuff they claim is hidden in the site. Which only means we'll have to come back and get our fix at another time of day.... More

Also posted under Flash, animation & game design.

Oral Fix | The Chocolate Factory

FAILE

FAILEIf you're not familiar with his work, FAILE is one of the modern day gods of the half-tone dot, stencil art, and gritty pop-culture graphics—and we were ecstatic to discover this website covering his unique multimedia designs. Done up like a sort of yellow pages ads on LSD, FAILE's many projects pick up where Andy Warhol left off... Prints, stencils, screenprints, and videos that resemble a street art-inspired cross between CONCRETE TV (MNN) and the Cartoon Network run through a photo copier. There's just too many gems in his site to list here, but let's say: clicking around will be heavily rewarded. For us, beyond a doubt, one of the best sites and artists of the year.... More

Also posted under art & architecture sites, design 'zines.

FAILE


The Creative Mind

Adobe - The Creative MindIt's been a little while since we've seen a hot Adobe web advertisement like this... The visually eye-blowing site features the work of several design studios and image makers, spread across a universe of three exquisitely rendered, illustrated, and animated planets. The result is a free-flowing, interactive animated experience that shows off the new capabilities of Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 within the abstract framework of a designer's mental universe. Not to be missed.... More

Also posted under Flash, promotional design.

Adobe - The Creative Mind

Not So Simpleton

notsosimpletonMyron Campbell is an artist and designer whose mixed media work is immersed in ideas surrounding consciousness and the subconscious, dream states and fairy tales. He uses painting, drawing, digital art, sound, collage and 2D animation to explore and create his bizarre visions. So now, enter his dreams and explore his thoughts in this fragile, patchwork site of his subconscious mind.... More

Also posted under animation & game design, art & architecture sites.

notsosimpleton


Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett Advertising PortfolioBased on the founding principle of Leo Burnett, that big ideas come out of big pencils, you are invited to pick up a big pencil yourself and draw your way through this unique interactive advertising portfolio – filled with tasty animated treats. Since we have a place for ad firms in our designcompanies area, this is a special recognition for outstanding interactive web design in an agency or firm.... More

Also posted under Flash, promotional design.

Leo Burnett Advertising Portfolio

Interact 10 Ways

Interact 10 Ways | Getty ImagesIn a semi-promotional experimental collaboration, Getty Images teams up with 5 renown designers and agencies (Sumona, The Barbarian Group, Tomato, Less Rain and Great Works) to create 10 exploratory interactive pieces. The firms conceptualized and developed some interesting hybrids of playful interaction and visual experimentations that focus on and around photographs from Getty's huge archive of stock imagery. And each module has its own interesting aspects, but the two by Sumona (the only designer without an established web presence) - especially one called "information" - are just not to be missed.... More

Interact 10 Ways | Getty Images


EbOY

EbOY | hello eboy XV After all these years, still pumping out the bits and pushing the pixels, EbOY continues to be the ultimate pixel illustrators paradise. More isometric angles and bizarre pixel illustrations than you can shake a magic wand at, EbOY truly is the king of all pixel designers. And this is the palace of all of their art... from the eCity Pixorama to the pixel portraits, this is an online cornucopia of digital goodness. 'Nuff said.... More

Also posted under art & architecture sites, xyz miscellaneous.

EbOY | hello eboy XV

EnBW Spamrecycler

EnBW SpamrecyclerHow many do you get each day? As you can expect, we get hundreds. But there's hope! In one of the more curious experimental designs we've seen in recent years, the Spam Recycler turns your data waste into art. We're not sure how it works - sounds like Star Trek technology - but somehow the emails you submit get shredded and broken down into little particles and then are used to create virtual graphics and small personal pieces that you can print out or use as a desktop background. Brilliant!... More

EnBW Spamrecycler


M!nd

M!ndUsing the tagline, "Cultural ammunition for better business", M!nd is an experimental news filtering tool and idea refueling station created by a branding company called Modernista!. M!nd provides the ammunition they need to help draw out emerging patterns from events occuring around the world. It acts as a type of news filter coupled with cultural introspection that helps digest the overflow of information individuals are bombarded with on a daily basis. Literally M!nd is what Modernista! uses along with their clients to help them "mind" their business by making sense of the world around them. It's a fascinating application, and since anyone can use it, you may find yourself returning to it on more than one occasion (even though it seems like updates have mostly stopped since 2003). The M!nd has no limits. Since this posting, we discovered M!nd was actually the very first incarnation of the Modernista! website. And... More

Also posted under editorial design.

M!nd

.movTV

Fight the browsers that be, word up. Flashtime is a new idea in site design from Tubatomic.com - named so because it's essentially Flash playing within QuickTime - that may completely revitalize our typical browsing experience.... More

.movTV


Dodge Magazine

Dodge MagazineNot much of an actual 'web' design, but rather a series of digital flat screens. Dodge, Issue #1, is a print-like collaboration of several young and upencoming digital artists who created a two-tone series of flat pixel designs that are fun, and just nice to examine. At the end, you'll also find links to all the contributing artists' sites, which is useful in and of itself.... More

Also posted under design 'zines, xyz miscellaneous.

Dodge Magazine

Verb

VerbWe like it hard, and this is the kind of site that ultimately gets us hard as steel. Why? It's the navigation, stupid. Or rather... it's smart navigation. Take a spin around Verb to see how it's done: notice how Verb calculates your current position and sends you links to relevant information from other areas. Hot hot hot.... More


Bro fr Gestaltungsfragen

Bro fr GestaltungsfragenInterface Design for BfGf, German industrial-design studio. Complete flexibility for future updates inside a dynamic template system with all of the extras: sound, animation, experimental navigation. Unusual navigation that contextualizes the nature of BfGfs work. This hot interface design may take a couple tries getting used to because it is so original and uniquely developed.... More

Bro fr Gestaltungsfragen

Warp Records

Warp RecordsWarp records is the label site for a great many new electronic and independent-style artists. The design features a tight, dark style of flat, 'blocky' colors meant in many cases to imitate 3-D or a 3-D version of equalizers. The overall appearance can be a bit sparse at times, but allows for efficient updates from the database as this is a comprehensive site for many artists. Programmed by: Kleber.... More

Also posted under music sites.

Warp Records


Version City

Version CityA new digital design module featuring a fantastic range of styles. No pretense, just great design and digital exploration. These 10+ modules take you on a true visual and interactive adventure: from a storage area of miscelaneous illustrations to a photo essay on Japan, imagination and exploration define the possibilities.... More

Also posted under Flash.

Version City

nosubstance

nosubstanceThere's three reasons why we like this site. 1) It explains itself from the get-go. Wow. This simple concept has become the most under-rated idea in the web world. And it's especially welcome to us 'over the hill' surfers. 2) No substance? No problem... No pretense! 3) Just great type and text work from a St.Martins graduate. Simple stuff, not too deep, but with some minor Flash experiments for fun. 4) The homage to NY Knicks great Bernard King. Is that 4? I told you we were getting old.... More

nosubstance


Flight 404

Flight 404All aboard for a cruise through a healthy number of spacial and dynamic Flash modules - strapped into a airline metaphor interface. Finding the way to your seat is half the fun here as the 'inspector'-style interface guides you through over 40 modules to date. There are also a few additional areas, including a user submition database and a couple more that are currently in development. Robert himself has said, in an interview with Extra Lucky Design, that the idea for this site came directly from Joshua Davis's Praystation, but that his goal is to make it even better.... More

Flight 404

Assembler

AssemblerAttaining many of the same interactions and effects as the above sites - but doing it in JavaScript - places this site in a unique category for both Tek difficulty and design! The creator of these visual and colorful DHTML experiments (numbering about 15) throws most people for a loop when they realize his work is handled completely by JavaScript instead of the more commonly tools (Flash). His command of this these formidable scripting challenges is impressive and the resulting experiments appear simple, but are subtely quite powerful.... More

Assembler


*Wireframe Studio

*Wireframe StudioA promotional 'byproduct' from a design studio in South Africa, Wireframe gives us several extremely tight modular interactions to play with and enjoy. The promise of the site is both experimental and commercial, as this interactive design firm will eventually post it's portfolio, marketing, et. al. on the site, while the experiments will remain in the central strip. To date, there are 6 interactive experiments to enjoy, mostly focused on object control and interactions, including collision detection and more.... More

*Wireframe Studio

Praystation

PraystationEvolving ever since we can remember, the Praystation of 1999-2000 is a leader in demonstrating the highest levels of complexity in Flash tek and design interactions. From digital paintbrushes, to Replicating Snowflakes, to Building a Tsunami, Praystation promises the widest and wildest array of Flash Tek experiments online to date - at best guess, more than 50. And as both the artist and the teacher at the same time - Pray delivers eye-fetching content, while more recently he provides code from the experiements for others to learn from - then throw in occational updates of the authors' exploits with a smart interface that leads your through all of the modules and you have one of the diamond superstars of Flash Tek.... More

Also posted under Flash, art & architecture sites.

Praystation


digital experiences

digital experiencesDigital Experiences (UK) is a fine representative of the experimental Flash Tek sites, showcasing 'physical' interactions and some quite pleasing control modules for your entertainment. The digital experiences modules focus on some of the more commonly seen effects - spacial, dynamic and repetitive interactions - but also deal with type, physics, some cool 'control' interfaces, and even creates some beautiful pieces with their light and fanciful design elements.... More

Also posted under Flash.

fusionOne

fusionOneA crisp and clean tonal site for an online application that syncs together your personal, business and executive information, calendars and memos into one common ground online regardless of platform or device. The design is utilitarian, with lots of clean space highlighted by software quality icons. The green tonals create a pleasant atmosphere for the site's presence - a pleasant break from mostly blue and grey branded application interfaces.... More

fusionOne


Terrarium

Terrariumterrarium is a highly dynamic personal site that, although heavy in bandwidth, provides a novel surfing experience. Amidst the cool showcase features in Terrarium are the control elements, which allow you to drag and position navigational elements as you surf - just like windows. High-end browsers required in this heavily dynamic site.... More

Terrarium

Technology Test Drive

Technology Test DriveDeveloped by Microsoft's MSN in late 1998 this glorified links site grew in weekly stages over four weeks to introduce and help familiarize users with a number of new internet technologies. This site is not live. These simple framed pages based on a consistent design grid provide a weekly editorial content article with advertising links to sites that actively utilize components of advanced internet technology online. This site is offline since this posting.... More


#10 Downing Street

#10 Downing StreetThe Number 10 site is positioned as the Government leading digital communication vehicle. The original design has now changed. The interface is modern, intuitive and future proofed. All content areas are published from a massive relational database and the Governement monitors all activity, work flow processes and content publishing via a custom built web based administration suite. Full interactivity and rich multi-media content is additionally delivered via live webcasting, forums and personalised alert services. The site has been redesigned since this posting.... More

Fuse98Lab

Fuse98LabA popular place for exhibiting new experiments and exploring narratives while examining the powers and usability of DHTML and design. Similar to Remedi, Fuse98Lab is a "virtual laboratory dedicated to exploration", featuring a series of new works by emerging and proven artists each week. A various array of plug-ins and 'nano-recent' browsers are necessary to view all the pieces (which may cause your system to overload). The design is grid-based & very tight, similar to the Fuse98 site as featured in last months webgallery.... More


forest for the trees

forest for the treesAn impressive interactive design concept supported by excellent functionality: this is one of the first 4.0 generation sites that really delivers - concept, visuals, sound, interactivity + variety. The website design plays on the phrase "you can't see the forest for the trees." Individual artists were each commissioned to do an interactive interpretation of a particular track for the Dreamworks album without knowing what the other participants were doing, or how it would all come together. The result is a forest of trees testifying to the inspiration of the visionary soundscapes in Forest for the Trees.... More

Also posted under music sites, promotional design.

Mr. Noodlebox

Mr. NoodleboxMr. Noodlebox was probably one of the earliest Tek-nical sites online, and this archived experiment - created before all the rage and possibilities of Flash - still holds a stiff noodle up to the competition. These Flash 'toys' as the author describes them are bundled together simply for your pleasure and amusement. Rightly so, this pieces are fun, colorful, well designed, and they still amuse, even if they were originally created in late 1997.... More

Mr. Noodlebox


Fantastic Forest

Fantastic ForestDesigned by one of the web's best, this National Geographic module cleanly integrates navigation, 3-D art, and content into a fun user playground. Part of the challenge of these modules is working under NatGee's high standards - and the Fantastic Forest went the extra mile. Fantastic was of the first sites to effectively create an immersive navigational experience through an intricate use of frames. The choice of colors, tones, and use of beveled edges to cover screen space greatly enhances the usability by providing a novel browser experience. This was one of the first sites to seamlessly hide frames into the design - something which radically and positively changed the way people approached web design - while creating a rich media experience. see also: Nat Gee Interactive Features Index... More

Fantastic Forest

javascript tip of the week

javascript tip of the weekClean HTML layout complimented by pleasantly simple design for this weekly Javascript tip resource - ease of use is the key. The beauty of the site is the designer's choice not to overly design it. J.S.T.O.W. is an indispensible resource for any web designer interested in adding small interactive elements to their web design repetoire. An excellent place to start learning some JavaScript. Adfter you've examined this site, move onto Nick's second site, webcoder for in-depth tutorials on applying JavaScripts to DHTML. This site has since fallen under neglect, but could still be a good place for a scripting beginner to learn some cool JavaScript effects, as well as 100 other places in WWW. This was just one of the first clean originals.... More

javascript tip of the week


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