Let’s say you are not me. Let’s say you are dropping in on Anthony at Positive Space for the first time. And let’s say it’s today. May 21st, 2008.
So, what do you see?
Ok, the first thing you might be drawn to is the first post. As it should be. But, let’s ignore that for now. Instead, let’s get a sense of Positive Space by checking out the top nav.
I like this setup. Articles (design, culture & technology) takes you to a clean list of the last 50 articles. Title only. Clicking on the logo takes you back home. Easy.
About (who, what, when, where, why) has a short blub about Anthony Zinni the designer, about Positive Space the design resource, and when it all began (Dec 2007). Oh, and in excess of 50,000 readers per month had me running to alexa.com to sneak a peek and compare. Anthony has some pretty good peaks represented there. Yes?
The Forums are not activated yet, so we’ll move on to Contribute (have your voice heard here). It’s another idea I like. Instead of having long conversations where you have that bright idea ten emails in, “hey, wanna write for us?”, it’s right there. Simple.
Contact (got something to say?) is a bog standard and decent contact page, so let’s click back on that logo to home to follow our eyes over to the right. To the middle column. To Popular articles >> Recent articles >> Positive Influences. Again, clean and tidy.
Going down Positive Influences to find something new for DWB’s blogroll (one I haven’t featured), … there’s Good Is Dead (the Learners in finer bookstores everywhere). I think I’m in love. In love but confused. It’s the nav and my brain. It’s not connecting just. And it might everything to do with my PepsiMAX breakfast not hitting bottom yet. Yeah, that’s it, as I’ve just sorted what Good Is Dead is all about. I just need to disconnect my blogging brain and plug in my web site brain. There, that’s better. Nice!
Oh! And here’s another find under Positive Influences … TypeNeu™. Yum. A grey, grey site I could lose myself in for hours. If I had hours. And as I’m sure you don’t either, lets get back to Anthony’s Positive Space.
Once again assuming you are coming in today, the first article you’ll run into is CushyCMS – Simplicity at it’s Best. It’s a brief explanation of what CushyCMS does. Nothing deep, just an interesting shout (for me a needed shout). So, let’s go looking for some meat in Popular Articles.
Here we go. 99designs Stoops to a New Low and Attempts Propaganda. It’s not just a thought-provoking post, the comments continue to nudge and expand. An interesting read for sure.
Since this subject interests me, I double back to Articles to see if I can find more. And I do with 99Designs the Evil that Changed Names which pointed me to Sitepoint Contests – Lets Shut it down (or just boycott verbally, spread the word).
I realise these are a mere 3 articles amongst 50+ covering CSS, web design, good and bad design, etc, but they tell me a lot about Anthony. They tell me he is passionate about the design industry. That he is not all fluffly like, only blogging about what will please all and everyone.
And that, I like. Very much. In part because I have a no-spec.com passion too. Do you?
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