Basic tutorial on the pen tool, good for learning Illustrator as well.
Who knows more about Santa Cruz, California than the Santa Cruz Sentinel?
Well, that’s debatable, but let’s put it another way: Who’s bothered to put together a modern, readable Santa Cruz site for tourists?
That’s right, the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
DestinationSantaCruz.com is live, and it looks like a damn good idea.
Build a site that has nothing to do with news, don’t put your brand anywhere on it, fill it up with valuable content for tourists looking for hotels, restaurants, etc., and sell some ads.
The site looks and feels new and real, not like the sort of cheap hotel aggregator site full of paid links and annoying pop-ups I often find through search engines.
Instead, the Sentinel used Joomla, an open-source content management system, without worrying about shoehorning all this content into an existing database on its existing, conventional, and slightly outdated newspaper site.
I love it. I would tell friends and family to use this site to find a hotel here. If I’m willing to recommend it to my Mom, that means you did a good job, folks.
I’ll be interested to see where this site comes up in search engines. Hopefully, the use of, y’know, actual content, will help it beat out the crud.
Page designers, pay attention. Those random old pre-Quark tools have a purpose.
Because we are THAT GOOD at screwing the same thing up twice.
Integrative Biology 131 anyone?
Wherein we live in a world in which an MIT prof can respond to a Doonesbury MIT plotline on his blog, then run a contest involving mashing up the strip. I like this world.
The expert in question is Jay Rosen, and as is par for the course, the Slashdot community’s own responses to itself are the feature here, plus keeping track of all the j-geeks hidden in the woodwork.