May 1st Reboot(may1reboot.com)

over 3 years ago from ChrisArchitec t, webdev, ops & solver of things

  • Calum SmithCalum Smith, over 3 years ago

    For those who know what that means, tell your friends!

    We’re all friends here, right? Any vets care to enlighten the rest of us?

    1 point
    • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 3 years ago

      Not a vet, but AFAIK, it's like a set day for everyone to update/redesign their websites.

      2 points
    • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, over 3 years ago

      Back in the days before everyone was doing "UX" and instead experimenting with Flash and crazy websites with massive background images and micro text, the guys behind ThreeOh (Chapter3 and Idiocase, now Your Majesty) and others created this event where everyone would redesign their portfolios and launch simultaneously on May 1. I seem to remember there was voting for best of in various categories, but could be wrong, and everyone participating was linked. It was a who's who of digital design, with all the big names taking part (look up everyone who was part of the DigitalVision Infinity series, now on Getty Images). There were some really amazing designs launched with this event. It started losing steam as the industry became more professional and standards were implemented, and all the photoshop kiddies grew up and got jobs at agencies, circa 2006.

      4 points
    • Account deleted over 3 years ago

      What Mikael said. I'm pretty sure at least one (if not 2) if the 2Advanced variations and even a K10K were launched as part of this as well.

      In my opinion, it didn't lose steam because of standards... it lost steam because of increased adoption of the Flash medium at the time, increased awareness of the internet on a more broad scale, and the complexity scale/speed that tech was experiencing at that time.

      By this I mean, at first it was smaller sites and passion projects. As legitimate coding became available with Flash, the projects became grander... they took massive amounts of time. The internet and the demand for digital artists and design was also growing like crazy. I participated in a couple... but then I just never had time to build anything anymore at the level that progressively was being pushed out year after year. My day-to-day sucked all my time.

      What started out with a bunch of digital artists at the bleeding edge of Flash and broadband experiences having fun and banding together for a community simply scaled so quick along with the industry itself, it was almost something that could never last while retaining the original intent/spirit.

      5 points