Behold my first first site* from more than 20 years ago. I didn’t design it, but I thought it looked alright at the time. Now, it’s painful to look at. Most of my time was spent building pages and updating what little content we had. I also hacked around with some PERL scripts that collected form information.
This was the company’s first site. Management hadn’t prioritized a web site in 1996, I decision I didn’t agree with. I was experimenting and accidentally left a web server with the equivalent of a “hello world” page running on my laptop while I went to a meeting. When I came back a prospective customer had found the page and sent me an email. We had this site up and running shortly after I told the founder about this new prospect.
* Officially, this was the first site I was paid to work on. Sometime in ’94 or ’95, I created a short-lived cocktail recipe site that I hosted on my shell account. I doubt anyone other than me ever saw it.
Stephen Hay in Sketch and Destroy:
Sometimes we present ourselves with the illusion that we’re doing something important. But the biggest waste of time is doing that which need not be done at all.
Amazon’s first Go storefront is set to open on Monday in Seattle. I first heard about this about a year ago. Not being a fan of lines, I like the concept. However, I ask the same question now as I did then: Why make customers scan their phones to enter the store?
I suspect the barriers exist to prevent theft. But, it seems like a step that could be avoided or at least made less like entering the subway.
via Dave Winer
The New Yorker has an interesting article about Scripto, an App that Stephen Colbert helped build.
This is a reminder of two things:
- If the tools you’re using aren’t working so well, try building your own
- Software doesn’t need to be built with the intention that it can be used by everybody, limited audiences are okay
via Dave Winer linkblog
Cards Against Humanity’s Pulse of the Nation presents some enlightening information about our country, like this nugget:
By the way, this poll’s scrollytelling is a good example of the form. I like how they’ve included some navigation and wayfinding to overcome some of the drawbacks of these scroll-only interactions.
via Flowing Data