Scroll Hijacking

Sites like Milwaukee Police News and Apple’s recent string of product 1-pagers are beautiful, but hijacking a user’s scroll rate for marketing purposes has to be one of my least favorite things in web design these days. Perhaps there’s a time and a place for intensely “immersive” experiences, but those experiences shouldn’t dramatically change how basic input devices operate. Rather than consuming the page, I worried I broke my trackpad and grew tired of the 3+ second delays while trying to explore each section.

Apple iPhone Site

There comes a time in every URL’s life where it needs to decide whether it wants to be a powerpoint, a movie, or an actual website. I think a video player or slide switcher that operates independent from scroll seems like a more web-friendly approach. If the goal is to eliminate one’s ability to browse freely within a page then maybe it doesn’t belong in a web browser after all.

The Newest New Typography

I love what Gerry Leonidas says in his Ampersand Conference talk (at about 29:30) about making better use of stuff like Markdown to create a more browser-centric set of tools. We use so many apps for slides, spreadsheets, writing, etc. and they do a terrible job of talking to each other (you can’t copy, paste, import, or share files between apps without furious rage).

Actually this is the first step for them [App Creators] to throw away all their applications that are standalone for desktop users and just roll everything onto something that happens through a browser.

Happily, I see this starting to happen with things like Editorially and Reveal.js. And psst. I’m speaking at the November 2 NYC Ampersand, which you should attend.

A Cartoonist’s Advice

I came across this wonderful comic by Gavin Aung that takes words directly from a graduation speech given by Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson in 1990.

bill watterson quote comic
Be sure to read the entire comic at

Honestly, I’m just posting this here so I remember to read it every once in a while. The comic also reminded me of one of my favorite bits from Frank Chimero’s Great Discontent interview:

We all have desires. There’s always discontent and, as far as I can tell, there are two ways to go about it. The first is to get more. Make more money, make more stuff, work more, buy whatever you want. The second is to want less, to not be so desirous. Work less. Have less. Be still. Savor. All that gets easier if you look at success and say, “It’s just a ride.”

Comic via @leesteffen & @prusso

Bond Movie Ranking

Earlier this Spring I watched every James Bond movie, including the off-grid Never Say Never Again, and the Everything or Nothing documentary. Most (if not all) of the Bond movies cycle in and out of availability on Netflix & Amazon Instant services. This August, you can catch them on Amazon. If you don’t want to watch them all, here’s my ever-changing list of favorites for you to pick & choose from:

  1. Goldfinger
  2. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  3. Casino Royale
  4. Skyfall
  5. From Russia With Love
  6. You Only Live Twice
  7. GoldenEye
  8. The Spy Who Loved me
  9. Thunderball
  10. Dr. No
  11. For Your Eyes Only
  12. The Living Daylights
  13. License To Kill
  14. Diamonds Are Forever
  15. Live and Let Die
  16. Quantum Of Solace
  17. Moonraker
  18. The World Is Not Enough
  19. A View to A Kill
  20. Tomorrow Never Dies
  21. The Man With The Golden Gun
  22. Die Another Day
  23. Never Say Never Again
  24. Octopussy

Disagree with my ranking? Let me know why I’m wrong.

Update: 12/11/13

I’ve recreated this list over at Letterboxd. Some of the lower ranked films have shifted, but the more I think about it the more I realize they’re all in the same bucket anyways.