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Reminds me of a few years ago, when a security researcher discovered a virus that used this same technique to communicate with machines that didn't have internet connections. They couldn't believe it at first: completely isolated computers with a seemingly supernatural ability to receive instructions.
And now Google's made a plugin based on the same idea. Fascinating.
Mike, that's an extremely hostile reaction to what was hardly an offensive comment.
You miss the little "be nice" slogan they've got plastered all over here?
The fact that there are more images of white peoples' hands than anyone else's is likely a product of institutional racism: white people have more opportunities, more education, more money, and therefore better access to technology, so they're more represented online. And no, that's not a Google problem, it's a social problem that is reflected in Google search results.
Which is why I don't think artificially increasing the number of non-white hands on Google search results is going to accomplish anything. It's like "curing" measles by painting over the spots. This just seems superficial and pointless.
These are more in the category of maps, though. What he's done is more philosophical than technical, which I think is the idea of most flag designs.
Reminds me, very slightly, of the aesthetic in http://www.firewatchgame.com/.
I really like the blocky, matte style.
Agreed. They've been doing a good job. I remember Doug Bowman left in disgust a few years ago because he couldn't get anything done over there (http://stopdesign.com/archive/2009/03/20/goodbye-google.html). It sounded like the engineering mindset—quantifying everything, prioritizing data over instinct—nullified whatever attempt at better design they'd made by hiring him, and their apps really showed it.
I don't know how design at Google works now, but I hope they're not still bickering over shades of blue.
(sommelier voice) "Ah yes, quite nice, I'm getting notes of Clarendon, with a hint of Droid Serif..."
It would be sweet if this showed up on Google Fonts at some point.
Agreed. And Jeff Daniels isn't nearly as skeletal as he needs to be to pass for Sculley. I realize it's hard to find lookalikes for these guys, but the cast of Jobs actually looked fairly convincing. Nobody listed here looks remotely like the people they're supposed to portray.
Of course, it's only the Apple history nerds who actually know what everyone besides Jobs looked like, anyway—I think even Woz has lapsed into obscurity these days.
One comment: All slides after the first one won't be accessible on any browser without :target support (like IE7 and below). I don't know how much of a concern that is, but if you wrap the styling in a "@media only screen" query, that will block the absolute positioning from older browsers, so the content will at least be accessible. (Maybe this is what Josh meant.)
The other thing you could do is have CSS-only arrows that don't require images at all. Setting a top and left border on the arrow links, and then rotating them 45° (left arrow) and 135° (right arrow) would allow users to modify arrow color, as well as :hover and :active states. More easily configurable, and saves an HTTP request :)
This is great. Thanks, Dan—very useful.
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