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Dont Fear The Internet Dot Com

Posted in blog, Media, web, your take on... by aldorf on August 11, 2011

American duo Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer. Their site Don’t Fear the Internet is a really great beginners’ guide to the fundamentals of web design, practical but in no way patronising. (via itsnicethat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn’t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Through short tutorial videos, you’ll learn how to take a basic wordpress blog and manipulate the css, html (and even some php!) to match your aesthetic. You’ll feel empowered rather than crippled by the internet and worst case scenario you’ll at least end up having a better idea of how professional web designers turn your design dreams into a reality on screen.

Trend.ly – Usergenerated Trend Lists

Posted in web by aldorf on August 20, 2010

Trend.ly is a site for those who need to determine how popular any concept is over another at any moment in time. On the site, anybody can either check already-existing trend polls between current concepts, or suggest a trend poll himself in case he has caught wind of something right before the rest got wise. Of course, the user might just want to know something very concrete that has got nothing to do with the degree of current popularity of a concept, but rather with its universal acceptance or perception.

What they say: “Trend.ly is an online, user generated trend list that you can access from any device which has an internet connection. Everything on trend.ly is submitted by our community. Once a trend poll has started, other people see it and vote what they like more.”

It is an entertaining way to find out which concepts are more popular among the public at large. Less useful but entertaining. Looks like virtually anything can be compared.

Goodness500.org – Learn Which Companies Are Responsible

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010

Goodness 500 is a resource that will measure the degree of responsibility and social engagement of the biggest companies in the world for you. The site carries out a detailed analysis that takes into account the data that is available on the websites of companies as well as government databases and the reports of non-profit companies. All this data is then processed employing a proprietary algorithm, and a score that reflects corporate goodness is displayed.

Naturally, the site includes a ranking that details these companies that are leading the race. That ranking includes information on the market sector that the company operates in along with the contributions that it has done to charity, how equalitarian it is and the way in which its operations have affected the environment. That final aspect is measured by looking at the degree of toxicity that the company has produced, and how much it has actually released.

To me, the main asset of the site is how it educates the general public in a way that is free from unnecessary jargon and which also empowers people to make their own corrections and suggestions to the results that are provided.

Goodness500.org in their own words

“Goodness500 is a social enterprise that helps people assess the social responsibility of the companies with the most power to change the world.”

Goodness500.org gives you an instant understanding of which companies it is at when it comes to social responsibility and commitment.

Relevant question: Do the top spot holders change places frequently?

Conspiracy For Good by Tim Kring

Posted in film, Media, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010
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Tim Kring, the man behind the entertainment concept of  ‘Heroes’, has a cool website called ‘Conspiracy for Good.’  It’s in partnership with Nokia.

Conspiracy For Good, an inaugural movement that blends online and real-world tasks to effect social change through audience participation.

Conspiracy For Good blurs the lines between fiction and reality, compelling the audience to become a part of the story with real world outcomes. It creates a new genre of entertainment which combines rich narrative, philanthropy and commerce. We call this genre “social benefit storytelling”.

It will bubble up this summer in London when the story, the action, its characters and participants takes to the streets of the city.

The Conspiracy for Good is not just a story. It is a movement. Much like it has always been, individuals are now being “tapped on the shoulder” but now electronically and asked to join this movement to continue to make the work of the Conspiracy for Good a reality with global impact. By participating, members of CFG have the opportunity to affect real word change from the environment to education, to the economy by applying their unique abilities, talents, networks and passion as an active part of the story.

You Type Something – xtranormal Turns It Into A Movie

Posted in film, ideas, Media by aldorf on June 13, 2010

xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.

Our revolutionary approach to movie-making builds on an almost universally held skill—typing. You type something; we turn it into a movie. On the web and on the desktop.

On Cargo

Posted in blog, web by aldorf on January 7, 2010

Create Your Own FLASH Website

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on January 7, 2010

Create websites and embeddable flash objects with audio, video, images, and text, then publish anywhere on the Web. Drag & Drop. No programming.

Wix has recently surpassed the 2.6 million user landmark and is introducing a fresh new homepage and a brand new statistics feature for users that have chosen to create a Flash website using the Wix builder. And it’s thanks to the support and feedback from Wix users that it continues to evolve! Check out their blog to keep track of latest news & features.

Source: Wix Freshens Up for the New Year | Business & Finance News | Stock Market | equity | Investment

Create Your Own Social Website

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on January 7, 2010

why not make it easy for groups of people to share information, experiences and build social communities around anything they want? Wetpaint is built on the power of collaborative thinking. Here, you can create websites that mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a rich, user-generated community based around the whatever-it-is that rocks your socks. A social website that’s so easy to use, anyone can participate. (via wetpaint)

Google Zeitgeist Tools

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on January 7, 2010

Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times”. Google has several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Use them for everything from business research to trivia answers.

Google Trends – For a broad look at search query data, enter up to five search terms to see relative popularity over time.

Trends for Websites – Google Trends for website traffic data. Type in a website address to see visitors by region and related sites visited.

Insights for Search – A deeper dive into search query data for marketers and power users. Create your own lists of “most popular” and “fastest rising” queries for different geographic regions over time and by topic.

Hot Trends – The top 100 fastest-rising search queries right now (U.S. only). Updates throughout the day

Find Your Inspiration @ LEGOclick.com

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on January 3, 2010

“It’s a little place on the Internet devoted to creativity, innovation, and the moment when ideas just CL!CK. Come to inspire and be inspired. And bring your LEGO bricks” (via aiaiai.dk)

And check out the LEGO Photo app!

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