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Google Web Lab

Google Web Lab is a series of interactive digital experiments, brought to life at the London Science Museum. It enables worldwide participation both online and from within the exhibition space, to control machines which explore and demonstrate a range of web technologies.

Bibliotheque created the environmental graphics and signage, working as part of the team alongside UniversalDesignStudio and MAP (the research and development design consultancy, founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby). The Web Lab website and identity were created by B-Reel, and the machines were built by Tellart.

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Sulki & Min

Seoul based duo, Sulki and Min Choi, aka Sulki & Min, do beautiful work for publication, brand identity, installation and web.

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Stacey is an easier way to create a portfolio site. No database setup or installation files, simply drop the application on a server and it runs. Your content is managed by creating folders and editing text files. No login screens, no ‘cms’.

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Google Chrome

A cool short by Imaginary Forces  in which a surprising art installation gives visitors a peak into the Google Chrome internet experience.

Via Designlenta.

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riding the Safari express..!

It was two weeks ago I finally gave Firefox the push due to it’s processor sapping qualities. I gave Camino a go for a while, which made for a better browsing experience but under the advice of Netsight colleague, Matt, I have upgraded to the latest version of Safari for casual browsing and I am now cruising the interweb at a blistering pace..!

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Media bookmarking service, Dropular is the latest in the range of products from Suprb.

Dropular takes the best functions and ideas from other online services such as Delicious, Ffffound and Digg and combines them in one place, enabling you to easily bookmark your favourite images, videos and links and browse the top picks of other users of the system.

Beta registrations available soon.

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Firefox, force quit

spinning marble

I have finally lost my marbles – well specifically the spinning marble of doom that normally accompanies crashing applications on my Mac.

Fed up with having Firefox suck the life out of my Mac’s processor performance I have finally decided to ditch it for casual browsing and move over to the leaner Mozilla browser, Camino.

That once sleek and wiley old fox has become far too bloated and flabby with features for my liking, greedily feeding off the increased processor capacity of today’s faster computers. Most of the time all I want from a browser is to load a site and let me browse forwards and backwards through it’s pages – it’s not a big ask.

I am now cruising down the information superhighway (showing my age now..!) in my El Camino with the top down, wind in my hair and smile on my face whilst the bloated old fox is still back at the start loading up his saddlebags.

From now on I will now only use Firefox as a development tool making use of the excellent Firebug extension.

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I have just been signed up for beta testing of Indxr, a self contained web application from Andreas Pihlström, dedicated to both presenting and archiving mixed media formats through the browser. Mirroring FTP content and with the ability to add and edit content remotely, Indxr is intended for project management, client access and portfolio showcase applications. Design studio Visuaal have even built their website using it.

Watch this space for reports on how I get on with it.

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WSDDThe Web Standards Design + Development group on LinkedIn is a new social network group for web standards designers and developers — it’s aim to form a strong network of individuals who have taken the initiative to become craftsmen of their trade.

More background can be read here on Airbag.

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The Barbarian Group

Digital agency The Barbarian Group have launched their new site and it sure is a triumph. Here is a site from an agency that truly understands the web and knows where it is heading. Their once beautiful database driven flash site has been replaced with one that showcases the beauty of tightly engineered HTML and CSS.

With this site they have saved the flash and graphically rich work for the portfolio and tapped into the zeitgeist of the fundamentally new ways that businesses can communicate with employees and customers through social networking, rss, blogging, mashups and content aggegation. Rich as a fruit cake and alive with dynamic content it is essentially a mega blog built onto a multi-level publishing platform.

Each employee has their own blog with posts bubbling-up to the main Barbarian Blog and the most important information presented to the Barbarian Homepage. A topical-taxonomy process aggregates content around various topics to give many different windows to content. Running alongside a fully-integrated, custom-built project management platform the site also taps into the agency’s sales, production and staging systems avoiding the need to enter the same information into multiple databases.

Despite the wealth of content the site is structured within a tight grid making it easy to read and navigate. Minimal visual clutter gives more time to scan through what’s important and less time is wasted on animation and superfluous decoration.

It’s all clever stuff and whilst it has divided the design community becoming the web equivalent of Marmite, it is a showcase that illustrates an understanding of the principle that a successful online brand experience is more about openness and transparency in your interaction with clients and less about simply a cool logo and whizzy graphics.

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