November 1, 2003

The Most Brilliant Website in Known Cyberspace

Since 1986, I've seen a lot of the Net...Dave's Cave BBS, FidoNet, The Source, Usenet-Before-alt.sex, CIS with a 6 character command line interface, Picospan at The Well, Gopher, Lynx and, after what seemed a long time and overnight, the Web. I'm well aware you can't see it all, you can't even see the beginning of the beginning of it all. And sure, I know that a site brand new to me has been seen by tens of thousands before. Right. Next. Still, because the Net has been good to me, I've seen a lot.

And, as happens when you see too much of something, I've become jaded -- "Been there, Clicked That, Bought the T-Shirt at CafePress." There are days when it all feels like I should be pulled over and booked for click and run.

But then an email brings a pointer, or a site posts a link, and, in an instant, you know you've found one of those sites that keeps you coming back.

The site pointed to below is one of those.

It is one of those sites that you know in an instant is going to be a time-sink the size of Jupiter's Red Spot and that you are going down.

It is a site that proceeds from pure imagination to meld words and images into a bright fusion. Combine that with a talent to bend HTML to serve the artist's ends rather than the other way around, and you are into "something rich and strange" -- the Sublime.

This is a site that exists to the side, in another dimension, an alternate web universe long ago and far away from these mundane uses. Above all, it is a site that challenges others to be even five percent as good. It's one of those places that show you what this medium could be rather than what is.

If you don't believe me, listen to ...The Pusher:

I'm beginning to feel like your local drug dealer.

First, I warn you about Quicksilver (which, of course, signaled many of you to just go out and buy it, and there's no help for you.

Then, I carefully warned you about this site, and I have no doubt many of you not only clicked, but you may have bought.

But neither of these are as dangerous as what I'm about to present.

This site is a diabolical combination of art, writing, and technology that is guaranteed to suck you into hours of addic....er, enjoyment. And, you better pay for it.

I suggest that your first experience begin with this. It's not quite as strong as the other installments, but will give you an eye-opening introduction. And, oh, if you don't get it, look at the bottom of your browser window. You have to scroll right.

The next is up to you. If you believe you're a right wing-conservative, or a left-wing liberal, then this work will prove appealing.

If you're into the Bible, then you should consult this, which is an interesting take on the Book of Revelations.

I could go on an on. But I won't. I've done enough damage. Please forgive me.

Posted by Vanderleun at November 1, 2003 2:00 AM
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This is the first thing your users see, and probably the single most important visible part of your application. It is the first chance you have at making an impression and the best chance to help establish your brand.

Posted by: John at January 13, 2004 5:30 AM

You Must Promise. To call your mother, to help old ladies cross the road, and to turn your cell phone off at the movies.

Posted by: Eli at January 13, 2004 5:31 AM

Whether native or not, this is obviously one of the first steps on your way to OS X. Keep in mind that often, the functionality of your code has a lot to do with how your interface is designed. How many developers have come up with great functional ideas from working with their interface or looking at their competitors'? Start working on your Aqua compliance from day one. Don't wait until the last minute.

Posted by: Owen at January 13, 2004 5:33 AM

This is the first thing your users see, and probably the single most important visible part of your application. It is the first chance you have at making an impression and the best chance to help establish your brand.

Posted by: Juliana at January 13, 2004 5:35 AM