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March 01 2012

10:00

1stwebdesigner’s Life #5 – Sales Increase and Crap Site

Hello everyone :) Here we are again with a few more funny things to share.

First of all, I want to say that we’ll be improving this section and our funny content a lot, and the good part is that we won’t be limited to comic strips anymore (tip: how often are you pinning stuff?). Needless to say that after a whole week of working hard you deserve those funny moments.

Today our strips will talk about crazy clients ideas and a misunderstanding over wireframes.

I’m pretty sure you have been requested to do a crazy .gif or a malicious script. So how to deal with it?

And you remember that client who thought that those wireframes were the whole website, even after you explained that a wireframe is a concept validation tool?

Well, let’s laugh at this then!

Sales Increase

Crap Site

So, what would you do?

Annoying scripts… Are they forbidden?

Ok, in that case of the strip, it’s totally forbidden. But actually I can see good uses for scripts that at first look like a desperate attempt to get back to the web  of the 90′s.

First you have to tell the client where you are allowed to use intrusive scripts, and truth be told, by default you aren’t.

And the big question is: when are they allowed?

It’s easy, dear Padawan. Only use them when intrusive scripts give user valuable information, or help them to use your stuff.

Let’s try a few examples:

  • Replace scrollbar with your own good-looking arrow styles (thanks GMail!) – It’s ok when you have galleries, for instance. It’s not ok just to give your website a stylish look (because once wasn’t enough, THANKS Gmail!)
  • Messages when user try to close window – It’s not ok just to give user a last chance to come back. Nobody but you likes this (but only on your own site, huh?). But it’s useful when you have unsaved data, like what WordPress does when you’re editing a post and accidentally hit close.
  • Window resizing – It’s only allowed when your app needs its own defined space, and you should open a new window. Otherwise it’s pretty annoying when my 50 tab window gets resized.
  • Window shaking – No excuses. Please, don’t do that.

Can you think of other annoying scripts that could be useful in some cases? Share with us :)

Wireframes are ugly

Sorry to say, but they are. And it’s not your fault, their purpose is just to quickly provide a proof of concept and save you time and resources by changing things before everything is done.

But clients don’t really get that, huh?

Well, my tip is, don’t ever try to make them look pretty. Actually, it’s better if you can do it with just paper, then the client won’t get confused thinking that it’s “the website”.

With your sketch in hand that actually looks like a sketch , it’ll be way easier to get clients attention to what is important at this point, look at where things should be, what is missing, if the work flow is good.

Do you have your own way to deal with this? How about sharing your secrets with us?

Big changes ahead!

As I said before, we’ll be reformulating our funny department, so stay tuned because we’ll make improvements soon :)

Oh, and if you have any comic ideas to share, or any other cool stuff you have in mind, just use the pretty field below!

December 08 2011

21:00

14 Unusual Websites To Kill Time With When Bored

How is the world on the other side you bored go-getters? I know that a time can come when you just don’t know what else to do? There comes a time in life when you just don’t want to go offline because you are addicted to the internet but you don’t know what to do because you seem to have surfed almost all of it. If you are still reading this then I am assuming that you are someone who will give up on their youth if not shown a way..err..to kill their precious time. Worry not. I will introduce you to some of the most amazing websites that provide a quick cure to boredom.

Neave

Paul Neave seems to have worked hard to come up with his share of amazing flash websites which is a collection of unique flash games to keep you engrossed.

Papervision3D

Tickle the fishes and they run away. Enjoy the under water life in this flash-based website and remember to tickle the shark out there. You might not get such a chance in real life.

Bio-Bak

One of the most bizarre ideas that could have hit a web designer. This website is the result of lots of hard work and planning. For you it will surely be fun and nice way to kill time.

Donnie Darko

You must have seen plenty of movie websites but none would have been planned the way this one was. The website is full of mysterious stuff and attracts the visitor. Though you might find it a bit slow when compared to the rest in this list but I guess that the movie was also mysterious and slow!

Google Gravity

This website does not have much to have fun with but it must be visited once. Especially those who always wanted Google to fall once. See your dream come true, almost!

Ball Droppings

Ball Droppings is an unusually engrossing flash-based game where you get to save lot of balls that keep popping up. I was lost in the website for almost 15 minutes when I realized that I have to wrap up this list.

Bank of Imagination

Bank of Imagination is a unique flash website where one can leave his/her own idea of what the world could be or anything else. Really, check the portal to see what all the world is imagining.

Salt Films

Salt Films had their website full of salt and still it tastes delicious. The creative animation and plenty of options will keep you busy for long.

Forgotten Bookmarks

Forgotten Bookmarks isn’t one of those flash-based web games but it surely has enough to keep you engrossed. See how far human imagination can go when it comes to designing bookmarks.

Bean Crusher

Did you ever think that crushing beans could be fun? Well, it will be once you visit this flash-based website. These beans will surely become tough to hit once you start moving ahead in-game.

Why Do You Stay Up So Late?

The question is obvious. Why do you stay up so late? The flash-based website is a blend of poetry and flash animation. Something that makes you fall in love with it.

The Infinite Oz

You know, I had this website open for almost an hour and it kept showing something or other that was of interest. The flash, the planning and the execution of this website is by far the best I have seen till now. Surreal.

Neon Bible

The interactive video can be attractive and might just catch you staring at it for long. Be warned!

Incredibox

Bored? How about you launch your own band. I mean, just for fun and just for sometime you surely can enjoy your own band. Right?

Conclusion

As a wrap-up, let me warn you that internet is full of stuff that can be interesting but of no use. These websites can be good for sometime but don’t spoil the important things that matter to you the most just because you were lost in these weirdly amazing websites.

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November 23 2010

21:00

15 Interesting, Funny, and Strange Websites

Searching for these strange, funny, and interesting websites is really fun. I spent hours using all of the search engines in the known universe and I chose these among the many because they’re unique.

I know that many of you guys are stressed or bored (or stressed and bored), that’s why you should check the following and let your mind be blown away!

Are you ready?

FUNNY

1.Zombo.com

Mystery_zombocom

This one I found at Reddit.com over a year ago. There’s a little charm in this website that made me share it with people I know and before I know it they’re all imitating what Zombocom is repeatedly saying. What is Zombocom? Click and know! I provided the script below in hopes that, one day, I’ll be hearing you say it too. *laugns*

I don’t know how to take a better screenshot for this because the site only has a banner and several circles, inches apart. Not quite a good use of white space.

The booming voice, like an evil genie, repeatedly says: “This is zombocom, and welcome to you who have come to zombocom! Anything is possible at zombocom. You can do anything at zombocom. The infinite is possible at zombocom. The unattainable is unknown at zombocom. Welcome to zombocom, this is zombocom!”

2.Gay Test

Gaytest


Do not lie to yourself and take this test only ONCE! Taking it twice suggests that you doubt yourself, ha!  Some things are not suitable for children like the following words…you actually thought I’m posting them here? *laughs* (Yes, I love laughing)

3.www.nooooooooooooooo.com

Noooooooooooooo


Upon learning that Padme is dead, Darth Vader ended the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with a heartbreaking, anti-climatic “Nooooooooo!”
Well, this website will be of much use someday when you learn something very troubling…like being permanently banned from Google Ads. “Press in dire situations”

4.Is it Tuesday?

Isittuesday

Are you not sure if it is Tuesday? Visit this site to be certain, it bears the truth!

5.Snap Bubbles


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It is said that bubble wraps can calm even the most angered soul in hell. You’d be lying if you say that you’ve never, ever, snapped a single bubble! Although the feel and sound of this is not like the real one, at least there’s an alternative to it during bubble wrap scarcity right?

6.Crush Checker

Whoisyourcrush


Deceive your friends to know the person of their dreams! Shame it worked on me once. *laughs*

INTERESTING

7.TackFilm

Tackfilm

Surprise your friends with a worldwide sensation: You! Just upload your photo and wait until it is processed then send it to your friends and see their reactions! Although I don’t understand the language (I think it’s one of Switzerland’s languages) you won’t get lost because there are only two options to choose from at a given time. The photo I uploaded is a real sensation in his country. *laughs*

8.The Mobile Tracker

Gps_track


Enter a mobile phone number and let The Mobile Tracker do the job. Very surprising technology!

9.We Are Autobots

Weareautobots

Bumblebee is in trouble, who’s he gonna call? Not ghost busters but you! Help him using your webcam.

10.ie6funeral.com

RipIE

Oh the good and the bad memories when IE6 was still walking with us compiled in this website to express users’ and developers’ sorrow and delight.

One must not speak ill of the dead so I’ll say “Nice try!”

11.Virtual Piano

Virtualpiano

Into piano but you don’t own one yet?  Easy, with Virtual Piano all you need is a computer with an internet connection and you’re good to go. Who knows, a Bach might be inside of you all along.

12.Cleverbot

Cleverbot

This chat AI really knows how to respond to things most of the time, it gets too clever it creeps me out of my skin!

STRANGE

13.Neon Bible

Mystery_neon_bible

This one’s purpose is already known but it is still very strange. The guy in the photo, Win Butler, is singing Neon Bible. Not only that the song is sort of creepy, you can actually interact with him by clicking the hands and eyes (creepy effect, I’d say!). This can be inspiring in terms of how you can do promotions. I find this one very creative.

14.Hell.com

Mystery_hell

This is the first mysterious website I’ve seen, and from there on I started searching the internet for answers on what is inside. I stumbled upon a discussion board where a poster mentioned that he, allegedly, actually paid $100 for the chance of getting access and several months later the poster received an e-mail with a unique link to a section of the website. The e-mail said that they will give no answer to what Hell.com is about, that there may be no answer at all.

According to other people Hell.com is a place where artists meet. But let’s end the speculation here and I’ll shed some light, at least in an interview which can be read here: Click!

Over time the flash at Hell.com changes, before this maze-like logo there was an ominous vampire-like eyes. You can use the WayWayBack Machine to see the changes over the past several months.

15.Heaven.com

If there is Hell.com there’s also Heaven.com. There is a question in the homepage asking “Where is Heaven?” and it bears the promise to notify subscribers when Heaven comes to Earth. The screenshot below is taken after I subscribed. One question remains about the answer is, where’s the farthest reaches of the North?

Mystery_heaven

I guess there’s only one way to find out, so I subscribed. Further research about Heaven.com only led to spiritual websites about Heaven.

I wish you had fun with all (or at least some) of the websites I featured. It’s your turn to share!

May 10 2010

19:40

[BB User Showcase Find] Papyrus Is The Worst Font (funny)

Apparently one of our BittBox User Showcase members at Flickr has a sense of humor. I was browsing the group today and came across the piece below by Deviantmonk, and couldn’t help but laugh out loud, so I was hoping to spread the laughter to as many people as I could. Thanks Deviantmonk, you made my day :)

[BB User Showcase Find] Papyrus Is The Worst Font (funny)

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February 01 2010

10:34

15 More Really Fun Online Photo Editing Websites

Title-fun-online-photo-editing-websitesPrevious post 28 Online Photo Editing Websites To have Fun With turned out to be very very popular so I guess a lot of visitors enjoy to take a rest and quickly edit their photos and share with friends. It’s easy – just upload image, choose effect, do some little tweaks and cool effect is achieved!

Throughout this year several new fun websites have been released and become popular. After heavy research this is what I could come up with! Enjoy, take a rest and have a fun time!

1. Picjoke

In Picjoke you can choose from many cool effects to apply. Just choose picture from your computer and it will do the rest.

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2. Cardgame

Create your own personalized playing cards at the click of a mouse button.

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3. Condenent

Design your own Wired magazine cover.

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4. Blibs

Here you can find lots of effects including animation, adjustments and even kaleidoscoper.

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5. Imagechef

In imagechef you can easily create anything from word mosaics to football shirts. With over 100 templates it’s a great place to have fun with your photos. After you have created your photo you can share it social networks.

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6. Anymaking

Anymaking is a great place to edit your photos online. Here you can find all the necessary tools for picture editing. Cropping, rounded corners, shadows, frames – it’s all here. There are also some cool effects to have fun with like wanted poster.

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7. Frontpage

In 3 easy steps you can create a unique and fully personalised magazine cover for yourself or someone special. Use the magazine covers on your Facebook, MySpace profiles or on your own web site for free. You can even send the cover images to all your friends and family easily and quickly with the email options provided.

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8. Maronface

Moronize your photo.

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9. flauntR

flauntR is a flash based online photo editor, where you can quickly edit your photos, add some effects, blend photos and create social network photos.

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10. Tiltshift maker

Tilt-shift miniature style photos are pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs.

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11. Effmypic

Choose from over 30 cool effects to your picture

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12. Avatar.pho.to

Upload your photo and create a cool avatar from it.

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13. Seenow

In seenow you can find a lots of good quality effects and later share your outcomes.

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14. Funnywow

Choose from over 40 cool effects to apply to your photos in good quality.

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15.

Wishafriend

Create photo effects, photo frames, name acronyms, fake magazine covers and much more.

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Do you know more fun and free online photo editing websites? Share with us!

Related posts:

  1. 28 Online Photo Editing Websites To have Fun With
  2. 25 Easy To Use Photo Sharing Websites Online
  3. 30 Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorials Every Designer Will Love
  4. 30 Free Stock Photo Sites: Ultimate Collection
  5. Amazing Retouching And Photo Enhancing Tutorials In Photoshop

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