March 12 was the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee‘s proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. The Web has changed humanity more than almost any other invention of the 20th century. Information has never been so universal, so immediate, and so free.

Tim Berners-Lee knew he had something revolutionary, but others weren’t so far-sighted. The first generation of web designers took the new medium and turned it into something commercial and (given the state of the technology) beautiful, but they made some bad decisions that still affect us 20 years later.

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Yesterday Michelle and I went back to Stranleigh for the behind-the-scenes tour. We had a great time and heard some interesting stories, but I didn’t get as many pictures as I would’ve liked.

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Picked up a second @Logitech G500s mouse for the office. I have never known a finer, more configurable pointing-and-clicking instrument.

g500s

These were all taken in early 2013 at the Toledo Museum of Art. Wide angle and HDR showcase the museum’s amazing architecture.

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Toledo Museum of Art Classic Court
8mm, f/11, HDR from 3 images
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Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery Piano
16mm, f/8, HDR from 3 images
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Classic Court Mosaic and Bench
8mm, f/5, HDR from 3 images

We recently launched a very cool site for a local client, Twine.it. Twine is a portable photo booth and a matching suite of apps that let everyone at a party, wedding, or other event post and share photos. They asked us to redesign the site before a big trade show, the timing of which gave us less than two weeks to go from concept to live site.

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Sometimes a short deadline is what you need to get creative. The Hanson team put together a parallax scrolling site with extensive animation, tying into the video campaign created by fellow Toledo firm, Madhouse. We also did some cool custom galleries integrating Twine’s custom API.

I got to play around with Superscrollorama and the GreenSock Animation Platform for the parallax and animation effects. The booth build animation is done with our custom fork of jsMovie. There’s also CSS animation with SVG elements and CSS image filters. The excellent LESS Prefixer library helped keep me from going insane during this whole process.

Huge props to Erik Porter, Mike Louviere, Rod Kinn, Matthew Hanson, Jason Pennington and the whole Hanson team for a job well done.