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Kvikk lunsj

I’m sure this has been said billions of times before, but Norway is beautiful. Well, I’ve only seen Oslo, but Oslo was beautiful. I’m also convinced I’m not the only one when I say that the women in Norway… well, yeah, the general trend may be obvious. Choosing where to move for my study just got slightly harder.

That’s all overshadowed, however, by the sheer fun I had. I spent a fair amount of time with my host Arne, one of the minds behind i use this. The rest of the week was spent with Audun, class photographer and far too kind. It should be known that he can’t pose too well, but it’s okay. Thanks for that, dudes. Some photos I shot are in this appropriately-titled photo set.

Some random remarks after this week: the DS Lite is an awesome little machine, black MacBooks have a truly sweet finish, the Nikon D70 is a great camera, the MacBook resists my most deviant actions in a Le Corbusier chaise longue ‘LC4′ and the newspapers are well-designed. Very much inspirational.

P.S. I failed to visit Opera and don’t even feel bad about it. Surely that means it was awesome enough?

AppZapper

Because I think AppZapper is among the cooler products for Mac of late and because I’m a cheap bastard, I’m totally linking up this neat initiative by the guys who made it to lower the price. Cheap bastards like me destroy the world economy.

(Thanks for the heads-up, Jeff-who-recently-got-rid-of-his-braces.)

Portfolio redesigns and coconuts

Many of you (or at least many Mac users among you) will be familiar with the Coconut Flavour apps by Chris Sinai (donate some money, it’s for the good of the apps). Of his hand comes coconutBattery, one of the best battery guard dogs I’ve seen. When I was checking his site, I noticed that coconutIdentityCard didn’t have a nice icon, so I offered him my skills. Out rolled my first application icon for OS X.

Am I reading this correctly? A redesign you say?

Yes, it was about time! My previous design was of late 2004, and my style in both coding and designing has changed vastly. Next item to redesign will be this very site, but that will take a while. For now, let’s talk about the portfolio.

First of all, take a thorough yet elegant look at my portfolio (if it sends you to the blog, clear your cache please). Not only is it now one page, it’s also big tasty chunks simpler. It’s blue with red. It’s got tiny screenshots and previews. I prefer it like this. I think the overview is handy. It shows quite quickly who I’ve worked with, what my style is and what kind of work it involved. Take one Steve P. Sharpe who didn’t even know I designed Flidget until I showed him my work in progress screenshot. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but at least now there’s a real overview. Check it out. It has some work that never, until now, was featured anywhere.

I divided the page into four columns in my head, and even though they’re not obvious, the grid system did help me a lot getting the alignments nice without having to worry about column widths. They’re all equal. I got rid of a lot of markup and made some common items a tad more generic. It degrades better than the previous design. Did I say I prefer it like this?

Funny sign of the times, though, it feels like this is the first redesign of 2006 (or the past six months, really) without any AJAX or Web 2.0 stuff in it (or well, maybe there is; depends on your definition of the terms. Bah). The reasoning is simple: I didn’t need it. That would seem like a very sensible standpoint, but for some reason, few think about that when designing something. “Ohmygosh this looks cool” didn’t get my preference over “this works”. Sign of my times.