So I saw the moon earlier, probably between the second and third period of the hockey game, as it has been raining since Thor’sday and is supposed to continue until Tuesday, I thought I would comment on a rather new phenomena. The totally un-natural look of the web, what with the long awaited and too late to really make people care about it, Vista’s Aero glass look or the Mac OS X AQUA look, designers seem to want this, I don’t know exactly what to call it, maybe the ‘Glossy Sparkling Clean’ look, defiantly not the ‘black shiny FBI shoes’ look. I was standing out on my back porch looking at all the 150 year old maple trees and my slate patio and was wondering where are the real colours & textures in computer generated design?
I have been visiting a lot of sites lately trying to learn how to use TextPattern and finally it got to me, I love their work, but I don’t know…the look is so foreign to me. Maybe it is because I choose to live here on the Bay of Fundy and not in some big city (which if I remember correctly are all pretty dirty), but squeaky clean and glossy and sort of…well, for lack of a better word, fake. Just one example that really put me over the edge is Bryan Veloso’s site Avalon Star. From a HTML – CSS point-of-view, it is amazing, but am I going to see anything like this in the real world? Then my brain takes over from my instinct and tells me, “it is just design – fashion” making me think that all those things are made to try to take us out of our mundane existence. Even designers trying to make colour correct, while everyone looks at something on different monitors and under different lighting conditions and it is all in the mind or eye of the beholder. It all seems so subjective. Is that the reason black and greys are so popular these days, they are easy to understand and people have a hard time with real colour?
So to end this rant off, go get some colourful clothing and get out of the drab grey world.
Why do you want to paint your house in nice beautiful colours, then always dress and look at web sites in grey? Remember it took about 70 years to get movies in colour and the kids nowadays have a hard time to watch black & white movies, but they want the web and fashion to be in millions of shades of grey.
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