About that Boston album cover…

A short, amusing history behind the cover art of one of the most successful rock albums ever.

That album cover went on to influence future techies and software for decades. Lots of 3-D color blends and stylistic elements in design came from that album cover. As Paula Scher mentioned in her book Make it Bigger “I’ve often thought that the entire point of computer programs like (Adobe) Illustrator and Photoshop, based on the way they are advertised, is to enable anyone to create their own Boston cover.”

November 7, 2017

Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way video (1986)

Marvel legends Stan Lee and John Buscema show you how it’s done.

November 5, 2017

Protanopia: amazing-looking motion comic for iOS and Android

Cool motion comic with 3D animations and parallax effects that react to your device. (Looks kinda violent, probably not for kiddos.)

November 3, 2017

Building a CSS-only image gallery (with fallbacks)

Clever use CSS transitions and the :target pseudo-class selector results in a zero-JavaScript gallery widget.

November 2, 2017

The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art

Paleoartists attempt to interpret what modern animals would look like based only on their skeletons, thus illustrating how wrong our guesses as to what dinosaurs looked like could be. I will say that the elephant illustration looks like a particularly badass critter.

Also: enjoy the mental image of dinos with soft, kissable lips:

One of [Kosemen’s] main points of contention is the way that we consider dinosaur heads. “The reference has always been crocodiles,” says Kosemen. “The biggest thing is teeth and facial fat. Readers have to be aware that all dinosaurs they see in all media, and especially in popular culture, seem to have their heads flensed. They’ve always got these weird grins with only the teeth visible.” As he points out, most animals have lips and gums and lumps of facial fat that change the profile of the head, and cover the teeth. But in many predatory dinosaur illustrations, these are usually missing, making them look fierce, if improbable.

September 26, 2017

Shariff: social sharing without privacy leaks

Shariff is an open source code library that allow you to add social media sharing buttons without all the privacy-invading tracking code. I’m adding this to Neat Hobby! soon. Also available as a WordPress plugin.

August 14, 2017

CSS is Awesome

Brandon Smith dissects the CSS bug the famous displayed on every web developer’s favorite coffee mug.

July 27, 2017

The Pharaohs Of Silicon Valley

A fictional tour of Google as a dystopian circus of technological horrors. I read this article a few years ago and cursed myself for not bookmarking it. After an almost impossible Google search, I finally found it at Clickhole!

On the front lawn outside the enormous office complex there is a 50-foot marble statue of Steve Jobs losing a fight against a man-sized scorpion. The base of the statue is engraved with the words “Steve Jobs: Google User.”

The front doors of the complex open, and a man in a white jumpsuit walks out of the building and embraces me.

“Welcome to Google. It’s amazing to be with you,” he says. “My name is Upright Mammal. I am a human being who stands on two legs, which is good. I will be your tour guide through the incredible technology prison of Google. If you will follow me, there are limitless wonders to see and limited time in which to see them.”

I follow Upright Mammal toward the entryway of the colossal edifice. Immediately, I can tell I’m about to enter a place more beautiful than any of my children.

July 26, 2017

Billy Eichner Had a Road Map for His Career. It Didn’t Go as Planned

Short, fun overview of Eichner’s path to being one of the most sought-after comedians.

July 25, 2017

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them

Sound advice. My new favorite thing is how some apps will notify you that you haven’t turned on push notifications.

July 24, 2017
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