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Grids Are Good

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/9/07 (10:37pm)

I've wanted to link to this for quite a while now. It's a PowerPoint presentation by Khoi Vinh called "Grids Are Good". Khoi Vihn is the lead designer at the New York Times and he gave this presentation along with Mark Boulton at SWSW.

The importance of the topic, namely that grids are essential to how we lay out information can hardly be overemphasized.

Citation of the Month

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/7/07 (2:25am)

Courtesy of ArticleFirst: "Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods: Progressive City Government in Chicago: 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel. 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel.

July 4th BBQ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/4/07 (1:21pm)
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Living the High Life at the Lake in Lincoln Park -- with relatives and old friends from both coasts in for the occasion. A perfect day.

Current Cites for June 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (5:56pm)

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Current Cites for June 2007 is out! You can find the issue here...

iPhone Frenzy Hits North Side of Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (4:03pm)
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I was studiously trying to avoid any mention of the iPhone today. I'm at home putting the finishing touches on a site for work. Anyway, I ducked out for a chicken and baguette and what do I see? A line around the local AT&T/Cingular store with people waiting for the new contraption!

This is the North Side of Chicago. We're not even close to Downtown. Still there was a line starting at the front of the store and going around the corner into the alley (bottom photo). The guy at the head of the line said the phones were expected by 6pm.

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iPhoney -- Your Virtual iPhone for Free

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/23/07 (4:19pm)
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As a personal contribution to iPhone-mania, I'd like to present 'iPhoney' -- a software program (mac only) that gives you "pixel-accurate" views of how your site would look on a real iPhone (if you had one). This may be of slight consolation to those of you who'd rather have the unit itself but hey, iPhoney is free for the downloading!

Meanwhile in other mobile news, you can also try out your website in Operamini's new online Simulator.

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ALA in DC (6/23-6/27)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/22/07 (2:25pm)

I'm stuck in Chicago with the ALA-DC Blues again.

ALA along with the annual LITA Conference is one of my favorite conferences -- particularly when it's in a town like DC.

Unfortunately I'm too mired down with projects here in the Windy City to make the trip.

I look on with complete envy to everyone who's going.

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Update on Redesign of LeoKlein.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/18/07 (2:36am)
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Well, this is taking me a hundred years.

I'm happy to say that I'm at the stage where I've developed the comps and cut the graphics in a layout that's remarkably consistent from IE7 and FF2.0 to my mother's ancient version of IE5 on her equally ancient iMac.

I've got a little more graphics work to do on 2nd tier pages -- plus I have to put together the portfolio gizmo (powered by Javascript). If I can get this all done by July, all I can say is hallelujah!

AL Direct Trinket Watch for 6/13/2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/15/07 (12:14pm)

Another week of AL Direct refreshingly free of trinket and bauble recommendations. Not even a gratuitous mention of the iPhone! What's the problem? Too much real news and no room for fluff this week? Or are they behaving themselves because ALA is just a week away? Time will tell...

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