“Last summer I found I’d lost sight of what I liked about the Internet in the first place,” Butterfield said. “The whole Weblog revolution reminded me the Internet is all about how people communicate. It’s not about commercial Web design for big companies.” Stewart Butterfield talks about the 5K web design competition over at Wired.
Talking, uh… minimal web design, of all the work I did at VARA, there are only two site designs I’m reasonably happy with. One is the members only site, ‘VARA Link’, which was done in very little time, with very little supervision. I wish I could have developed it further, but the database it was hardcoded into didn’t allow for a lot of variation, and the time restraint was insane. I love the frameset and the colours (black and red do work well when used sparsely) and their Mondriaan-effect.
The other one is the ‘Kinderen voor Kinderen’ page, a kids’ page which is simple and effective. It suffers from the really badly encoded Real Video it serves, but I hope to fix that before I leave.