"The Freesound Project  aims to create a huge collaborative database
of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps - not songs - released
under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License . The Freesound
Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing and browsing
these samples. In less than 7 months it has over 30,000 users and has
collected more than 10,000 samples that have been added by various
people around the world. The Geotagged Samples  are highly recommended.
[At the time of writing the Freesound Project server is not available
due to too many visitors]."
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
What is a Web proposal?
Another useful response goes as follows:
"I'm the head web designer for an action sports ad agency, and I've been doing this for a while. When we do a web proposal, we first put together a site map of the work we propose doing. Then in the proposal itself, we list exactly what work we are doing for them, line by line, with the price for each item (based on hourly, but give a hard price-clients need that) and if there are multiple aspects to each item, list them. This is basically a simple outline and you can put it together in MS Word. Put your grand total at the bottom.
"NEVER do a design comp or mock up without getting your first payment (50% for new clients). If you don't stick hard and fast to that rule, you WILL get screwed sooner or later, especially doing freelance. People had told me that, but I learned the hard way."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Even better, and shamefully under-highlighted, you can get the CSS code for your final choice (the links are hidden in the top right corner)
Here > http://www.shauninman.com/" - one problem: if you have to tell people where the navigation is, it means they can't find it by themselves. Cut piece of design, though.
"The latest report from market researchers Screen Digest claims Europe will have 8.7 million internet TV subscribers by 2009 - nearly 10% of the pay-TV market.
"Daniel Schmitt, the author of the report, believes telecommunications companies such as BT and France Telecom would benefit most from growth in TV over the internet, or IPTV, which is delivered down high-speed phone lines."
I like it, but then I like the game.
Check it out at: http://www.rockstargames.com/libertycitystories/gta_lcs.html
[Tags: web design, new media].
Monday, November 21, 2005
"When you want to improve your website for users with disabilities, remember the real goal: to help them better use the site. Accessibility is a necessary, but not nearly sufficient, objective. Your main focus should be on the site's usability for disabled users, with an emphasis on how well the design helps them accomplish typical tasks."
Streaming with Orb.com
Friday, November 18, 2005
While you're on that trip - have a read of Trenton Moss's article 'Seven Screen Reader Usability Tips' for some advice on designing with screen readers in mind.
"[The examples given] do more than repurpose made-for-TV format on the Web. They add extra video content, interaction among audience members, and cutesy add-ons like games and polls. The TechWeb article points to a significant stat that surely has motivated content dealmakers:
More than 94 million people, or 56 percent of the online U.S. population, have watched streaming video online, according to Web metrics firm ComScore Networks. Over the last three months ending in June, the average consumer watched 73 minutes of online video a month.
In addition to a sizable audience, there’s the not-so-insignificant fact that publishers and advertisers are getting more comfortable with video ad formats on the Web. AOL’s advertising model incorporates streaming advertising within the content, banners and sponsorships."
"The Premier League will also encourage bids from new entrants such as BT, France Télécom and AOL by making all the packages "platform neutral" for the first time. That means that instead of hiving off new media rights into a separate package, it is understood winning bidders will be able to distribute games as they see fit. As such, a telecoms company could choose to boost take-up of broadband by screening games exclusively over the internet."This won't be until 2007, however, so until then you might have to rely on those Chinese websites...
Thursday, November 17, 2005
A resource for those wanting to learn to stream
"Just found this:
> The Streaming Suitcase is a resource for those wanting to learn to stream. The material is all licensed under Creative Commons and is free to download and distribute.
> The manuals are all available online, and can be downloaded in PDF, or output in a print friendly format. The manuals will also be updated periodically so check them for updates.
> The glossary has the basic jargon needed to learn streaming.
> Tools in the menu above has some bandwidth calculators and links to other handy streaming tools.
"The US government will retain overall control of the technology which powers the internet - its domain name system, root servers and the oversight of the California-based, not-for-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) which looks after it all - for the foreseeable future.
"An Internet Governance Forum will be created to discuss and decide upon the over-reaching issues of the internet, but, crucially, will not have any oversight powers. Governments have also agreed to work within existing organisations and infrastructures to gradually transform the way the internet is run."
"Eager to develop its own online operation and to shore up its ratings, Channel 4 is arguing for a 30-day hiatus between a show's first screening on TV and its reversion to the programme producer.
"Since a change in regulations last year, broadcasters' control of shows is now limited to their first screening and one repeat. After that, the rights revert to the maker, who can sell them to channels overseas or broker a DVD distribution deal."
I'm not sure if this is an attempt to move into the territory of sites like del.icio.us (articles and news are included), or more likely a way of further categorising content beyond simple websites (it allows you to search wanted ads, or personal profiles, or jobs), or even more likely a way to extend its reach into classified ads, recruitment and anything else that anyone can think of.
The best way to understand it is to add something yourself, like a personal profile. Even then, I'm still not sure how this is going to work...
Budding young, old or middle aged editing boffins, looking for free editing software then look no further than Avid Free DV.
Avid Free DV is a basic non-linear editing software package available for free download from the Avid Website.
I'm using Avid Xpress Pro HD which is an extremely good piece of software, but for home movies and short films Avid Free DV could be your non-linear answer.
I've just downloaded a version myself and will feed back to you about it's features, good and bad.
Remember to spread the word, free software is never a bad thing.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Web stats from Google
In other words, it's a web stats service, but a pretty impressive one. The reports page includes a lovely world map showing where your visitors come from - and there are sections for reports on 'Marketing Optimisation' and 'Content Optimisation'. As I've only just set it up I've yet to see exactly what these do.
Monday, November 14, 2005
"Nice combination of images and solid colors. Great photography.
Here > http://www.lushcafe.com
"More beautiful photography. This time black and white.
Here > http://www.niebaum-coppola.com
"Very nice example of web story telling.
Here > http://www.homesoflastingcharacter.com"
The tab interface gone insane
How to solve the problem with disappearing columns in Blogger
Well, now she's solved it.
The cause was a link address so long that it ran into the column and forced the contents downwards. The solution: change the link text (but not the link) by putting a gap where a line break is needed.
There's also another possible solution: use TinyURL.com. This site helpfully assigns you a brief URL where you don't want to have to type out a hefty database-generated address.
(note: HTML will see a hyphen in an address as a natural break and put anything following it on a new line without affecting the link - but that's assuming the address has a hyphen in it, and at the right place)
"the arrest last week of at least three young bloggers for allegedly using their sites to incite violence precisely highlights the confusion this new medium brings. So does a controversial government official's use of internet search advertising to push his inflammatory agenda. And so does old French media's fear that covering this explosive story would only favour the politicians they do not favour.
"Taken together, this illustrates how media used to be all about control - with journalists and governments managing the messages - but now are all about the loss of control. The audience took over the internet and blurred all the old lines: where is that line now between witnessing and reporting, between communications and conspiracy, between inciting violence and expressing rage, between speech and crime?"
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The dangers of automated email promotions
"Dear Amazon.co.uk Customer,
We've noticed that customers who have purchased Hot Fuss by The Killers have also ordered Hot Fuss by The Killers. For this reason, you might like to know that Hot Fuss will be released on November 21, 2005. You can pre-order your copy for just GBP 11.99 by following the link below."
If you need an easier-to-remember address, now you have one - and hopefully it should mean better search engine listings too...
New Designers website
New Designers website
"New Designers has helped thousands of graduates to launch their careers over the past 20 years, and has recently launched a new website to help designers get started in the industry. The website contains a comprehensive online directory of new design talent and enables designers to publicise their work and develop contacts with potential employers, galleries, manufacturers and retailers throughout the year. Designers will be able to create and manage their own mini-website, and receive details of placements and job opportunities. For more information visit http://www.newdesignersonline.co.uk/page.cfm/link=24
Monday, November 07, 2005
You know when you've been skunk'd!
I just like to point out that a link to my blog 'Shavedskunk's Place' has been added to the Web and New Media blog, created by Paul Bradshaw (Paul if you read this, much biggin' it up, is needed for you).
Please check it out, I post links to great uses of animation, flash design and much more. Future blogs will include Gaming Technology: Past Future and Present as well as my views on Ideology and Semiology (within a gaming context). Oh and there's personal content about the crazy world of Shavedskunk aka Mark Hetherington.
So people, be safe and peace be with you.
audio and online tutorials for interactive media
comtastic is fantastic
Have a look at www.comtastic.com. I dont know why but once you play the games you are hooked.Who needs Gran Tourismo? Shooting emoticions with mouse arrows, now that is exciting!! As you can tell i am enjoying my Multimedia course at UCE and will post up many more interesing links for you to feast on. Just as soon as i kill some more emoticons and get the puppet to breakdance!!!!
I found this site whilst looking for interactive ideas. This site is fantastic that it teaches a dance/training video. The video is accesible to all of the countries which are on the site, and all have different dance routines.
Check it out
Friday, November 04, 2005
Why we shouldn't shovel TV programs online, ads and all
"For one thing, an online version of Nightly News can (and should) be a separate ad buy. For another, online offers the opportunity for behavioral and/or demographic targeting of advertising -- something not possible on network TV.
"For additional perspective on this, I also urge you to read media consultant Terry Heaton's latest essay (which is wonderfully insightful) on unbundling media content."
Using your audience to classify content
"radio listeners would be able to mark and add descriptive keywords to segments of programming they want to flag for bookmarking or sharing with others. It means they could highlight a specific item within a lengthy bulletin stream and return to that particular point later.
"Inspired by Flickr and Wikipedia, the project is a private, early-stage pilot of social software produced at BBC Radio and Music Interactive that lets listeners slice programmes into chunks that can be identified by using tags.
"... Searchable data is already added by journalists to radio and television clips that are posted to the BBC News site and an earlier prototype let readers tag stories on the site."