design Archives

  1. Format(ting?) of Forever

    Archival photo stock - an old school Format of Forever.

    Mark Pilgrim had a great post1 a little while ago where he talked about Docbook as ‘The Format of Forever’, but HTML as the ‘Format of Now.’ He also argued that (since technical books were constantly outdated) generating technical books in the Format of Now instead of the Format of Forever made a lot of…

  2. A Quick Note on Conspicuous Text, also known as ALL CAPS

    A copy of the MPL with yellow text instead of ALL CAPS.

    [Quick followup: (1) Matthew Butterick, of Typography for Lawyers fame, has added a thoughtful comment that anyone reading the post should read; and (2) to be clear, nothing here is my original work or thought – it’s all a convenient, collect-in-one-place paraphrase of ideas from the excellent Manual of Style for Contract Drafting and Typography…

  3. the linux desktop’s change problem

    [NB: this could easily have been titled ‘the software industry’s innovation problem’, since the problem applies broadly to all sorts of software development, and what I’m talking about as ‘change’ is often referred to as ‘innovation’, a word that has been twisted almost beyond recognition. I’d like to focus on this little corner of the…

  4. almost-post-vacation software playing/lazyweb/misc.

    I still have one more week of vacation, which means I’ve been starting to play a bit with software to get my brain off law for a while. Some notes: lazyweb: as previously mentioned, I’ve got a remote control which, to the computer, looks like a keyboard. For an upcoming project I’d like to remap…

  5. what a tease (X and OOo)

    I was told Friday that my laptop, with recent-ish (Fedora 7) X could finally do sexy things like ‘plug in an external monitor and have it do more than clone the laptop’s monitor.’ The first thing that popped to mind when I heard that was ‘ooh, I could do slides on the VGA out while…

  6. discuss amongst yourselves

    Can truly great things be created without arrogance? (You can spit on me or suggest a missing link in the comments.) [Ed.: I realized later this might have been taken as a commentary on my new job; I actually wrote this post some months ago without posting it and isn’t RH-related at all. My summer…

  7. great Buckminster Fuller quote

    Hadn’t seen this one before: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller Kudos to those who are doing that. (I was going to make a list, but it was longer than I expected- which is great.)