Friday, June 26, 2009

WTD?: Razor

The word this week for What the Doodle? is RAZOR.
Here's what the FableVision crew came up with.

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Ellie Moreton

Bob Flynn

Allie Biondi

John Lechner

Renee Kurilla

Check back in a couple weeks for the next word!

UPDATE: 7/2/09

Keith Zulawnik

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just when you thought you knew your colors...

..Color Theory (how your brain perceives color) comes and kicks you in the butt.

How many colors do you see here?

Hint: the answer is less than 4, greater than 2.

Greater hint: what appears to be blue and green are really the same!

An explanation.

Wayne Gilbert

From my author pal, David Smith:

"There is a person I think you would be interested in talking with.

His name is Wayne Gilbert.

He has worked with Electronic Arts and Industrial Light and Magic, among other companies.

His website has a lot of info about him; here's a link to one of his best animations:

Another cool one:

Clearly, very gifted."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Creepy much?

Incase you haven't had any nightmares latley, Tim Burton's taking care of that.
If you couldn't gather from the image- he's making a new Alice In Wonderland. Well, it was either Johnny Depp playing the Madhatter, or A fancily dressed Carrot Top. I'm guessing on the first. IMDB backs me up on that. Due out sometime next year, I'm sure it'll be enjoyable (as long as there's no disco type songs with Oompah Loompahs singing...)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun with paper scraps!

I found this fantastic website by tiny building builder Sharon Mount.

Tiny Buildings!

So if you have a ton of little scraps of paper (or 'out of date' buisness cards)- Here's a fun thing to do with them!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


*Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with anything, really!*

A few months ago I was animating a storyboard in Flash and I had to move every keyframe up and to the left just a little bit. What happened visually when I selected every single keyframe at once blew my mind:

To take it even further...if you change every layer to "color outline mode" it's equally as awesome:

Being the Flash nerd I am, I took screen shots and saved them only to find them months later and post them on this blog. Anybody else got some random Flash visuals?

John Martz's IE6 denial message

It has already made it's way around the blogosphere (that word still doesn't sound right), but in case you haven't seen it, here's John Martz's IE6 denial message for I also thought it was somewhat related to the previous post on the fold, where I griped about IE6. He just released it under the Creative Commons license for use on your own site, too! Also, a bit of process work on his blog.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Where's the fold?

This is gonna be a more tech-specific post (sorry, no pictures). Everyone in web design knows about that little bugger called the "fold." Simply defined: the point at which you need to scroll your browser to see more content on a web page. It's a horizon of sorts, in the vertical dimension of your website. So, where's it hanging out these days? Our designer extraordinaire, Samantha Oliver, pointed me to this great article which places the fold between the 570px-610px range (on a 1024x768 monitor). The author of the post, John Ellis, asks if designing to the fold is even relevant anymore—if it's given more weight in web design than it deserves. It's a good read, no matter which side of the fence you happen to be on.

I also thought I'd check in on the latest browser and screen specs of web-users from

As of January 2009, 36% of users are at 1024x768. 57% are at higher resolutions. Last year 1024x768 was at 48%, so i suspect the number will be in the low 20s in 2010—hopefully being phased out a few years from now.

Firefox currently has the lead at 47.7% as of May 2009, with IE7 at a distant 21.3%. IE6 is stilling hanging in there at 14.5% (oh, how we can't wait to see you go, for .png adoption alone).

I suspect the fold will be around as long as we have a minimum screen resolution to design to. The thing is, solid standards like 1024x768, 800x600 and 640x480 don't really exist anymore. A quick survey of my Sitemeter stats shows 16 different screen resolutions, ranging from 320x396 to 2048x1152!

For now, you can pretty safely say the fold exists at around 600px. I guess time will tell.

Friday, June 12, 2009

WTD?: Justification

This week's What The Doodle? word is Justification. Here's what a few FableVisionaries came up with.

Allie Biondi

Bob Flynn

Ryan McNulty

Samantha Oliver

Thanks for playing!