To read or not to read?

The other day I received an interesting email asking how I found a particular site. Now, I’m guessing the author didn’t mean what link I found it from, or how I came across it, but instead what my experience of the site was and why did I read it.

It was an interesting question, and one which made me think. The blog in question covers many different things, from the geeky side of life (Apple, OS X and gadgets) to some more questionable things like hacking CS3 betas so they last forever and how to hack a WEP encryption.

Now the reason I read it, is for the geeky stuff, the little gadgets etc which I find an interest in. I guess most people would read it for that reason if they had an interest in such things. After receiving the email, I tried to envisage why the sender would ask such a question. The highlighted the fact I am a Christian in the email as they asked how a 22 year old student finds the site in question. It got me thinking, should I really be reading the site if they post some quite questionable things, as previously mentioned?

It’s something I’m still thinking about, but it made me want to pose the question to you guys. Do you just read what you come across and the posts in your RSS without really thinking about it? Even if they are amongst acceptable content, should you still be reading those blogs if they have some stuff in that you don’t agree with?

edit: Just realised I didn’t have a title for this, don’t know how that slipped by!

Stand Up to Wake Up ›

This seems like a great solution to my problem of getting up in the morning. The Carpet Alarm acts like any normal alarm clock but you have to stand on it to turn it off. Perfect for those of us having difficulties waking up.(via)

Forced Update and Re-align

I got hacked again, so I finally up-graded to WordPress 2.2 in the hope that it will stop this happening a third time. As a result I’ve also had to update the sites look. I know there is a K2 that works with the newer version of WordPress but I decided to look else where. So what you are seeing is the beginnings of the latest look for Electric Weekend. It’s based on Depo Clean by Derek Powazek but I hope to modify it a bit more before it’s called final. There’s a few bits which need tweaking and some other bits that need adding (navigation!) but here is the new look for EW. I hope you like it for the time being.

Contact form working

I just discovered my contact form was not setup properly. Somehow I managed to overlook that completely. Apologies if anyone has used it and felt narked I didn’t reply, it’s now operational and can be found on the About page.

50mph Wheelchair ride! ›

I’m not one to laugh at people who have a disability to are confined to a wheelchair, but this did give me a little chuckle. He seems to have enjoyed it though.

My pick of the Webby’s

I’ve been looking at some of the websites that were nominated and won in the Webby’s, so I thought I would link you up to a few of my favourites.

My favourite by quite a margin was the personal site for Graphic Designer Jonathan Yuen. I liked not only the style, but the sheer creativity behind it. The whole site is presented in such a unique way that I found myself just sitting clicking my way around it. An absolute pleasure to use and simple to navigate. Certainly worth a look.

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Secondly, I would like to point you in the direction of Adobe’s “The Creative Mind”. I like the style of the whoe thing, an interesting blend of animation and video that works together very well. It’s quite a fun little site and certainly hooks into the whole Creative Side of Adobe’s Creative Suite.

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My third choice was the website for IKEA Dream Kitchens. The interesting centre piece on the site is the showcase for some of the kitchens with possible settings. I really like the dynamic way the scenes changed from one kitchen to the next, couple that with the rather amusing piece on the Quality Tester section and it looks like a very nice site.

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Paul Stamatiou Logo design ›

As always when I’m trawling the internet I was on the look out for design related stuff. I came across this post by Mike Rhode. He has been designing a logo for Paul Stamatiou and revelaed the final design today. I really like it, looks very smart and will certainly be a strong ID for Paul.

London Olympics

Ok, I’ve been inspired to take a break from work and blog something today. What was the cause of this sudden moment of inspiration that has dragged me away I hear you cry! Well, in case you weren’t aware, London is hosting the Olympics in 2012 and today they announced the logo.

First a bit of background.

On commenting about the brand, Lord Sebastien Coe said

It will define the venues we build and the Games we hold and act as a reminder of our promise to use the Olympic spirit to inspire everyone and reach out to young people around the world.

It is an invitation to take part and be involved.

The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone added

The new Olympic brand draws on what London has become – the world’s most forward-looking and international city.

And then lord Coe summed it up.

This is the vision at the very heart of our brand

So, let’s take a look at this vision. From the BBC article we can tell the logo needed to be: Inviting; inspire everyone; reach out to young people around the world; demonstrate what London has become and define the venues we build and the games we hold. So let’s have a look at these.

Inviting – As far as I can tell the logo needs to be warm, pleasant to look at, something that brings people together and involves people in the games.
Inspiring – Something that brings hope, something that is going to make people want to be involved in it.
Reach out to the young – That means they need to identify with it, it needs to be something that can be familiar, remembered and create interest.
Be London – Believe it or not London has a booming design industry, it’s diverse, the logo needs to show this, and simple style will do it.
Define venues – The venues are largely going to be new, this means they will be contemporary, stylish, sleek and up to date.

With that in mind, let’s look at the London logo.
The logo for the London Olympics.
Now the question is does it fit with those “criteria”?

Honestly, I don’t understand how it does, or how it was even allowed to be created. If the Olympic committee wants to do the above with their logo/brand they need to quickly revise their design and come up with something that doesn’t look like a 4 year old drew it!

Out of interest I looked at some recent and forthcoming logos for the Olympic games. I found Athens and Beijing.
The Athens and Beijing Olympic logos.
Now I’m not saying these are stunning pieces of design, but for me they capture the feel of the countries and certainly as I see it, capture some of the essence of their nations. Athens, just looks summery, hot and relaxed, whilst Beijing has that oriental feel to it, exactly what you expect and want to see. For me though, the one that really works and I really like, is the logo for the 2016 Chicago Olympics. It’s just downright stylish, captures the community of the Olympics that comes with passing the flame from nation to nation and it just works so well.
The 2016 Chicago Olympics logo (london needs to take note!).

In all honesty, I don’t understand the London logo, I don’t like it, it hurts my eyes and it just doesn’t sum up or represent whatthey were trying to say, nor does it represent the UK and London.

Beer, Clergy and Layman ›

On Friday Shawn posted this short piece about Pastors drinking beer and why people react so strongly about it. It’s proven to be quite a thought provoking topic and the comments have really discussed and debated the issue. Go check it out.