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A little (www) Story

In 1995, JF and I started a little company – Netdiver. It’s original mission was to uncover and report on the economic possibilities of the emerging www.

We were going to ‘dive’ to fetch the pearls – in opposition to ‘surf’ – which was then buzz word du jour.

We thought it pretty clever.

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ndlr: JF & I in pixel regalia presenting a new logo. Still love it (/him too).

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Remember vividly my awe upon ‘entering’ the infant web – wow – we are now connected to the world! To this day – still awed.

First search was this single word: Idea.

Landed on TWChiatDay – Idea Factory which posited on a ‘new’ approach on how to run a creative studio – horizontal instead of hierarchial.

The interior ‘spaces’ were amazing – and have now become the norm for all those Silicon Valley giants and startups: funky offices – team pods – free food – game – flexible hours, etc.

Exactly what I was envisioning.

I concluded – if there’s one maybe there’s hundreds??

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ndlr: Netdiver site banner circa ’99. Diving not surfing ;))

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I remember the early www to be barely above double-digits millions. The web was ‘small’ and somewhat.. uh.. intimate.

I theorized ‘freelancing’ to become the economic norm – clients to be landed anywhere in the world and the ‘disenfranchising’ of selling both creative skills and goods to be possible.

At long last – designers could change the world with ‘communication’, ‘exchange’ and ‘collaboration. The circulation of new ideas to be unbelievably faster than pre-Internet since new ideas always reached ‘culture’ – post-mortem for authors.

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Followed 3 intensive years of stealth research gazing / gauging the ‘opportunities’ that would be afforded creatives types when they would settle in the then land of MiS, technologists and scientists.

I was mind-mapping infinite files to locate like-minded people who – as us – were exploring and building what today has become such a commodity – although an irreplaceable one as that.

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In ’98, I decided to ‘share’ the results of the ‘likeminded’ research – aka bookmarks with small screencaps – our visual trademark 200 x 115 pixels and a bit of text to describe it.

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ndlr: Wayback Machine archives

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We hard-coded a ‘website’ with frames and attempted to emulate a ‘magazine’ look and started to post (lol) – what would later become Netdiver Mag.

Way long before blogs were even in the ‘pipe’ of extraordinarily talented visionaries.

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ndlr: Netdiver vintage pins + postcard distributed at conferences / events.
Reissue TBA

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Through the years I kept a directory titled ‘x_pired’ in which I saved thumbnails of websites either redesigned or gone offline.

I had this sentimental attachment. I remembered all of them. It made me sad when so much creativity (not counting the man-hours) was thrown out in the ether. Once bright lights. Now gone.

Forever.

I chose to turn that sadness into a somewhat very unofficial web museum of what was new in design.

This is what Netdiver Vintage edition is about.

Since onset – I had and still have a very privileged overview of the web. When I went on hiatus – I don’t exaggerate stating having visited over 150k websites.

I have saved all the ‘archives’ pre-database years – and I am continually adding to it. So far 2.4k projects listed.

Enjoy.

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ndlr: Netdiver Vintage 2 columns interface.

ndlr2: Hard to believe it was once trendy to use very + very small fonts.

Small is beautiful

After Svpply fallout (website is now closed) Very Goods will become the new hub for a community stamped with having ‘good taste’.

There’s this pattern in internet communities called The 1% Rule, which looks like this:

A note on Smallness.

Industry events #01

Mark your calendar – upcoming industry events you may want to attend:

Reasons to be Creative

RTBC 14

Reasons to be Creative is a conference for web designers, coders, & anyone with a creative mind. It is about discovering the best in art, design, code, & inspiration.

Upcoming: September 1-3

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XOXO Festival

XOXO

An experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology.

Upcoming: September 11–14

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The Brand New Conference

The Brand New

The Brand New Conference is a two-day event organized by UnderConsideration, focusing on the practice of corporate and brand identity.

Upcoming: September 25-26

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Future of Web Design

FOWD / New York

Conference for designers and front-end devs. Learn all about UX, responsive design, CSS, web performance and workflow, and more.

Get 10% off 2 day pass – promo code: NETDIVER

Upcoming: November 3–5

Teehan+Lax is hiring

‘Being great at what you do is the cost of entry at Teehan+Lax, what tends to get people hired is fit. When talented people fit well together they produce some pretty impressive stuff.’

Opening for a seriously talented Sr. Digital Product Designer who is passionate about creating great digital products and services.

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via: Derek Kinsman

52 Weeks of UX

Hapchanced unto this amazing resource: 52 Weeks of UX authored by Joshua Porter & Joshua Brewer. Not really fresh off the web sorta speaking – principles are principles – they don’t succumb to fads or trends.

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Description: A discourse on the process of designing for real people.

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via: Carolyn Wood

Facebook <./DELETION.>

How to completely delete Facebook from your life by Kyli Singh

Becoming Facebook-free requires more steps than just hitting the delete button. Here’s how to make sure your account is gone for good.

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If you’re serious about deleting Facebook ready yourself for some serious work.

Bookmark(ed) step-by-step for later use.

Colour O’clock

Duncan Shotton – a young Brit living in Tokyo – shares the same love of circles + colors as I do. Colour O’clock just became a must in my studio. Oh!!! Almost like Netdiver navigation.

As the seconds, minutes and hours roll steadily by, the colour window glides subtly through the full spectrum of colours!

Reading the time by colour.

Me likes that a lot.

$$$ocial media

so.cial definitions:

Adjective: relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other.

Noun: an informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group.

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Well it seems that being a ‘social media’ user just reached another low. In past week, both Path and foursquare split their apps in 2 – without any consultation – or advance warnings.

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In the case of Path, particularly aggravating – is that all private messages were deleted and moved to ‘ephemeral’ aka lasting 24h – and msg to go through ‘other’ app Talk.

Never was offered to do preemptive back-up. The loss is terrible. Many important discussions – some critical were tossed out without any regards to ‘us’. I feel deeply betrayed. And I am not alone.

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Tested install and guess what? App asked (again?!?!?) to have access to my Contacts – with a meager reassurance that ‘they would never contact them before letting me know about it.’

Yeah sure.

(And it seems like the 800k$ fine didn’t ram much wisdom.)

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Even ‘Premium’ members got no ‘special’ treatment. Everyone and everything wiped out. So much for respecting their mission of providing a secure private network where to have ‘meaningful conversations’.

Dave Morin (ex-Facebook) and team have dropped the ball in a majestic way – alienating their loyal ‘supporters’ (for in the end – who cares for stickers really).

Little do they know – I won’t renew (and many others won’t either) – a sustantial drop of income is to expect.

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As for foursquare – it’s simple and drastic: I couldn’t check-in anymore. Period. Like it or not I HAD to download and start using Swarm.. (because they are preparing a ‘new’ 4sq). No option. Get going girl.

That logo color reminds me of Gowalla which was swallowed by Frackbook – and did the same to all their users. We were dumped out of the service overnight.

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I am hereby solemnly and immediately requesting a rewording of Social media to $ocial media.

Noon -5GMT

Noon (-5GMT). Netdiver Mag has resurfaced. After 2 yrs hiatus from publishing – honey I’m back! 47 new posts + 2,236 posts in all + 50 thumbnails / page in the galleries.

Enough to feed your eyes??

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The decision to do so followed a discussion with a friend back in November 13 – who hoped that after my sabbatical – I would relaunch it. His desire concurred with mine and since, much time was spent to ‘revised’ the original interface – whilest thinking – that a few updates would be.. ok.

On June 14, we were almost ready.

As for any good stories – and the usual last minute fudge-up that can arise – it wasn’t for any of these that we decided to extend ‘baking time’ to relaunch.

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June 13, I quested Matt Woolhouse – a Creative Director at Super Mega Awesome located in Boston who lives and loves the world of design and finds inspiration within the walls of this site – to give me his take of then navigation – that I was not happy about at all.

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He returned a few comps – and tada – navigation direction was finally settled.

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Gregor Zakelj – whose firm VBG designed our ‘new’ identity – saw the navigation on our beta site – and came up with this comp for the index – throwing us a ‘huge’ unexpected curve – on June 16!

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I was so exhausted and at first it was oh no – then JF – Netdiver Mag co-founder and my all time code hero – had a look and really liked it and – right then – we decided to ‘run with it’.

To say intense don’t even come close to describing the frenzy mode we were in – I sleeping 4-5 hours – pulling-in 22 hours non-stop yesterday.

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Lastly thanks to Chris Mish – owner of Balboatech – who stayed-up to tweak and spruce-up our server till the wee hours this morning.

He is my long-time resident back-end geek – go to for anything LAMP – and now – our hosting provider for the past couple of years.

Our dedicated server runs at top shape based on his decade plus experience. He has worked for (Media Temple) + 2Advanced.

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I’m so ready! Let’s do this. To infinity and beyond!

Watch out!

Time to worry! It’s complicated: Facebook’s history of tracking you. Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to track people across the Web by Julia Angwin.

Even if you are logged out!

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Ghostery has a Chrome + Firefox + IE (seems to rem) + Safari + Opera extensions to use to see who is tracking you and to configure what / who you want to block.

-> more

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UPPERCASE magazine is for the creative and curious. Much of the written content, photography and illustration is commissioned from our subscribers.

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Upcoming: September 11–14

 

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Upcoming: September 25-26

 

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Get 10% off 2 day pass - promo code: NETDIVER

Upcoming: November 3–5

 

AIGA 2015

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Upcoming: October 8-10 / 2015

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