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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.

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

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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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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.

The Great Discontent #1

The Great Discontent (TGD) is a magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk. Cofounded by a brilliant duo – Ryan & Tina Essmake – they publish a new interview every Tuesday morning.

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On February 4, they launched a campaign to fund The Great Discontent Magazine #1 – their first printed version.

It was an epic campaign that was fully funded at almost minus 0.

Now, it is possible to buy or gift a copy.

Limited quantities of all items.

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!

MADE Publishers

MADE Publishers, is a boutique periodical and book publisher of design and culture, including periodicals Process Journal & Made Quarterly — with offices in Melbourne (Australia) and New York (United States).

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If you wish to submit work.

If you wish to buy.

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ndlr: Sister company of Hunt&Co.

Hunt&Co.

Hunt&Co. is an internationally recognised and awarded design consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia.

Excerpt: “Good design is about making connections. We believe good design doesn’t start with formats or platforms — but that it finishes with them. That it requires curiosity and bravery. We believe in the road less travelled. We believe in the hunt.”

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Wow to both mission statement + signature minimalism design projects!! Wanna see a great portfolio?

Head-on there – huh – hunt-on there.

Tsto sublime

Tsto is a design agency which approach is thorough and hands-on. They tackle an assignment by first taking it apart to its bare essentials, and then building it in a new way that best serves the purpose.

They go deeper than the surface, to the hidden core of each case.

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Love the over lapping of projects when using the forward / backward arrows which adds even more visual appeal to their stunningly beautiful portfolio.

Refreshed & ready

This is it! After 2 years on hiatus from publishing – I’m back in the fold. So much has changed in such short time – an yet – one thing has remained unchanged: my passion for finding – discovering – featuring awesome talents and inspiring projects. Hello to my family – fellows – colleagues and friends in the industry and culture of design – I’m ready to change the world.

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via: Illustration by Keenan Cummings

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follow my journey

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Communication Arts

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Deadlines:
Photography — March 8/19
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Advertsing — May 3/19

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IdN Magazine

IdN magazine

International designers Network is a publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community.

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Alt Summit

Alt Oasis 2019.

Design bloggers, lifestyle writers, and creative entrepreneurs event to facilitate growth and innovation: 10 years!

Upcoming: March 24 - 29 / 19

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AIGA 2018

AIGA conference

Provocative speakers, sessions and face-to-face roundtables with design heroes.

Upcoming: April 4-6 / 19

 

YWFT

YouWorkForThem — Good design needs good fonts! YWFT is privately owned and run by designers.

Rocking it since 2001.

/ Highlighted talents

 

They LUV design! #13

Mind-blowing visual feats and original designs I recently discovered.

Previously: #12 - #11 - #10 - #9 - #8 - #7 - #6 - #5 - #4 - #3 - #2 - #1

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They LUV drawing! #3

Illustration is probably the largest creative area to express (mostly without words) a message.

Previously: #1 - #2

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A type of Show #5 – I love typography - these projects caught my eye.

Previously: #4 - #3 - #2 - #1

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Moodboards #1 – Branding collaterals staged and served with conceptual brilliance.

 

/ About us?

 

A little (www) Story. In 1995, JF and I started a little project — Netdiver.

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Editorials by Carole Guevin

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Carole Guevin is a culture creator / editor / curator / artist / creative activist / geek / songwriter showcasing the design digital culture.

No hype just beautiful

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Pick one -> read review

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What was new in design worldwide — sort of a very unofficial record of web history as captured from {1998 - 2007}.

Over 2.3k+ projects.

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Start from beginning

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By invitation only

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Driven by vision.

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