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Today I'm launching a very special project since it brings together two of the things I love: music and design.
A friend of mine, Leon, is releasing his 11-tracks album "Insert Disc" on June 15th so we built Leon Resort, a microsite with music visualisations for each of the 6 snippets made available. We spent a lot of time perfecting each animation to make the experience very diverse and special!
Feel free to check the microsite, pre-order the album and spread the word around!
The copy made me laugh more than it should, well done :D
And the design is pretty well thought of, simple, clean, straight to the point, no BS. I like that.
Awesome idea, but as already said, the popup is really weird. You could use the Notifications API for that. Otherwise, the idea is really really neat :)
I used Jekyll for ~1.5year to build my blog and then my website
I liked it at the time, but then I grew out of it because of...Ruby. Not the language itself, I don't know any Ruby and I'm not going to say "Ruby is a bad programming lang!". No, when I say "because of Ruby" it's about installing/upgrading/extending/tweaking a Jekyll installation. Ruby is a mess to get working properly in a "vanilla" way, you're on Linux ? Your package manager will have an outdated version of Ruby, OS X comes with Ruby but it's mostly outdated too (10.10 has a 2.0.0 but I'm not sure), and don't even mention Windows. You're probably going to be in pain if you want to have Jekyll functioning under Windows. You want to add a Jekyll plugin that uses a certain gem? Cool, then you can be sure you'll be struggling to add the said gem if nothing says so in the README of the plugin (trust me, it happens very often, and it shouldn't). Oh ? The plugin is made for Ruby 2.0.0 and you're using Ruby 2.1.1 ? Well, guess it's not even gonna run, yay for reinstalling a new version of Ruby!
That's why I grew out of Jekyll after a while because I was tired of installing Ruby, obscure gemError that no one knew why it happens and that get solved with obscure tricks. After that I eventually used DocPad (Node.js) afterwards, it was nice, and they're chances I'll be using it to redesign my website. And now my personal blog runs on a self-hosted Ghost because I'm lazy when it comes to writing :p
tl;dr : Jekyll is great, but you don't want to be the guy installing/maintaining Ruby to make it work so you'll probably want to use it on GitHub pages.
Man, Übersicht look super interesting, like GeekTool that I would actually wanna use and make widgets for, thanks for the tip!
Some questions because I'm curious:
1) That could be true, to be honest, there was a lot of people proposing design stuff for VLC (we get "new flat-stuff icon for OSX" something like twice a month in our inbox) so I just like to think I've been brought onboard because we had the same ideas of how and what VLC could look like. 2) Actually, it's more about "needing the design", to be fair, I only do graphic stuff when there is a need to it - like a new feature or "we want to make this feature easier to use"
I've been working with the VideoLAN association (the guys behind VLC media player) since 2011 and I'm working on the Mac and iOS (6 and 7) counterparts of VLC. (No I'm not responsible of the santa hat icon :D).
For me it all began with a custom theme I made for VLC 1.1.x back in 2009 when VLC on OSX was still using Tiger-like buttons on Leopard. The theme was simply using Leopard-styled buttons to make the whole more consistant. I saw some people wanted to have that included by default in VLC so I written a mail to them and they were happy to get some design actually! After that, I made a mockup of a "VLC + QuickTime X" concept, they saw it and they asked me if I wanted to work with them on the VLC 2.0 UI for OSX, I accepted.
And to be honest, working on such a project (an OSS project with many users) was very rewarding and challenging, it's a great exercice as a designer.
TL;DR: Feel free to send your issues/mail, in general open source projects lack the presence of designers so it will probably be a nice help and who knows, some career opportunities!
I've been using Sip for past two weeks, it's amazing!
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