Gleanings: Just my type

OPENING THANG Still busy, though I am occasionally sneaking off to add a blog entry here and there. […]


Still busy, though I am occasionally sneaking off to add a blog entry here and there. I finally solved the a-list mystery, thanks to Anil. Check out the blog for the story.

Now I need something new to obsess about. I’m thinking it might be typography…

I love type. I think I feel about type the way hetmen feel about women. I don’t understand it, am incredibly drawn to it, fascinated by it, can stare at lovely type for hours…. I download font after font only to choke when the time comes to use them, and I end up choosing Tahoma over and over again (no, I can’t explain my weird Tahoma fetish) for print and Verdana online. I suppose it’s time to look for a typography class.

Some recent type-sites I’ve been exploring


and netstar’s freshfont

Lines & Splines

And Chad writes:

“before I fall asleep, here is the beautiful weblog I promised:

and here are two great examinations of typography:


tired of the 216 and need more colors? get more crayons

the return of psychedelia (via


Hobo Signs (via

hobo signs

The iconic language of the hobo


RE: Cory Doctorow. (via

“The idea is that you have a folder on your desktop, you put some things in it you like, and it will fill up with things that you’ll probably like. It figures out what you’ll probably like by finding peers in the network who have taste similar to you and telling you what they think is good.” dude!

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In that “html chic” category of cool designs + lots of humorous little insights accompanying the links.


Statistical Research: Pop-ups more noticeable and more annoying

“Internet users are far more likely to notice pop-up ads than banners,

but they are even more likely to be annoyed by the pop-up ads.”

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Business 2.0: Better Data Brings Better Sales. (via

Jakob Nielsen. B-to-B sites often try to get away with approximate pricing, because of the assumption that the two companies will meet in person to negotiate. Even so, users still like detailed price information that discloses how much each feature or option will cost.


Darwin Magazine: Do You Really Need a Customer Czar? (via

“Some top execs can’t imagine life without a CCO; skeptics contend that for many organizations, creating another seat at the boardroom table could very well be a recipe for disaster. Does your company need a CCO? Or is this a management fad you’ll want to take a pass on?”

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prepackaged css layouts. via kirk (

BlueRobot’s Layout Reservoir has some elegant examples of CSS layouts:

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As does the Noodle Incident:

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Noodle is dropdead gorgeous, btw…


Some of dot-com jobless having fun

“Valerie Hoecke, at age 28 already a weary veteran of the dot-com world, is now focusing her time and energy on something new: rock climbing.” Go Val!

Spam vengeance feels oddly satisfying; a simple click costs spam software companies from a few pennies to a few dollars.
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CommerceNet: Most ecommerce firms outsource work

“Almost three-quarters of ecommerce-enabled companies are currently

outsourcing, or planning to outsource, parts of their work.”

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thank god for geocities.

asian prince


Adam of V-2 writes:

“Excellent, and I mean AMAZING, article in James Gleick’s “Best American Science Writing 2000.” It’s not available online (believe me, I looked), but it’s worth picking up the book for. (Anyway, the book also has a piece by *The Onion*, so you know you can’t go wrong.)

The article in question is called “When Doctors Makes Mistakes,” by Atul Gawande, and while it sounds like a FOX TV special, it is a compassionate and surprisingly deep inquiry into task and failure analysis where “failure” is literally a matter of life and death.

Gawande deals with “latent errors” built into systems which assume human infallibility, cascades of trivial errors in complex systems leading to systemic failure, critical-incident analysis, and the search for the elusive sixth sigma of quality.

It’s not IA precisely, but just exactly ’cause it comes at IA-centric issues perpendicularly, it sheds some innaresting light on our concerns. It’s fascinating to see, for example, how long it took relatively trivial human-factors insights to be accepted even in truly mission-critical areas like anesthesiology. And anesthesiology adopted these insights far ahead of the rest of the medical/surgical profession!

Anyway, I think it’s worth a shout-out to your readers…

Plus, as you know, has been nominated for a Chrysler Design Award, further information regarding which may be found at

I am of course near-mute with gratitude and amazement.”

Congrats Adam!