The Wundermap from Wunderground.com is amazing, but the web page layout is atrocious. Here's an quick critique of the map page: [caption id="attachment_1304" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Wundermap"][/caption] There are redundant menus, redundant search bars, and a massive header advertisement at the top. All these are aligned vertically pushing the main content, the map, below the bottom of the page (the "fold" in newspaper speak). This shrinks the map to only 36 percent of the overall page! Scandalous! It appears the web developer for Wundermap is taking design hints from Weather.com, is one of the web sites on my mental User Experience Design shit list. Behold: [caption id="attachment_1303" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Weather.com"][/caption] Visitors should not be required to scroll to view data, but it appears the designers at Weather.com didn't get that memo. Still, Wundermap is awesome enough that I can forgive a bit of blight just so I can monitor the weather stations in San Francisco. Put a fork in Weather.com because that site is done.
I ran across a good tutorial for making chiclet buttons by spelling the word incorrectly as chicklet. I know the buttons are named after the gum of old, Chiclets, because of the shape... but my typing fingers have a mind of their own. Speaking of which, what happened to that gum? Are they all imprisoned in gum ball machines in the midwest? Man, that gum was savory... for a whole 3 minutes. The tutorial is for photoshop, but it isn't too hard to get the fundamental elements of the button and apply it to something like Inkscape. How is it there is a dearth of vector graphics for icons on the web (svg)? Icons need all sorts of sizes and SVG handles resizing like a dream. carry on to the tutorial.
I've created a new tool to create new and random words. Instead of getting a generic list of random words, this tool lets the user choose from sets of characters for each letter of the generated word. Not only that, Asian letters like Hiragana and Hangugeo can be used. How sweet is that? The tool also has a mutation field, where the user can supply a word that will be changed into a similar random word. This thing can be used to find a good domain name, company name, or even baby name! Now that I think of it... you could also create some interesting new words for a fictional language (like Klingon!). I created it for myself, but feel free to use it: Random Word Generator ToolNote: You might also find the Name Filter Tool interesting too.
- If you wanted to search for names that start with John, the search definition would be: John~
- If you wanted to search with names that start with M and end in T, then you would search for: M~t
- If you wanted to search for names that started with a consonant and were followed by a vowel, consonant, then vowel, then you would search for: !@!@~
- If you wanted all names that were six letters long, you could search for: ++++++
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