Ideas, resources and commentary about interactive multimedia, digital & web design, and new media. For designers, artists, students and educators.

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Issue 15  |  September 2000 Updated bi-weekly
I N T E R A C T I V E    D  E  S  I  G  N    F O R U M
...moving through a hypertext space, following links of association...  -Steven Johnson

School's in, Smackdown scores big, why give your stuff away...

Lust objects... usability Nazis...
Mac vs. Windows Smackdown...
[Aug. 2000]

New magazines... Fireworks revisited... Director doomed?
[July 2000]

Cancer on the Web?... Barcelona... New CD-ROMs
[June 2000]

Kent State remembered... AIGA-Advance... Interactive Indiana...
[May 2000]

myopia... Lab survey... Student web projects...
[Apr. 2000]

Is Flash the answer?... Mexican graffiti...
[Mar. 2000]

Web usability... Mexican graveyards... Online Valentines...
[Feb. 2000]

Yahoo! yes... CoolSpot cool... CD-ROM: digital artists' books?...
[Jan. 2000]

A pretty face... Goodbye, AOL... Better critiques...
[Dec. 1999]

Web counters ... Teaching computer- based media ...
[Nov. 1999]

Better critiques... Photoshop 5.5 vs. Fireworks 2
[Oct. 1999]

Swiss Design Quiz... Barcelona... AIGA / NASAD technology white paper...
[Sept. 1999]

Upgrade Junkies [Aug. 1999]

Why NOT "New Media?"... Report from Aspen
[July 1999]


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Macintosh Myopia
comments and survey results...

Read Macintosh Myopia and take our survey.

Design competitions, call for papers, and announcements.

Experience Design curriculum: learn about relationships, not just form.

New Media on the Web: course material online.

Want better in-class critiques? Try our 5 tips.

CAA report says you may deserve more time & money if you teach computer-based media.

Get greater student involvement with a Type 2 critique.

AIGA/NASAD report discusses Graphic Design education & technology.


Introduction to Interactive Design (course description, 7/99)

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Interface as
art: Steven Johnson's Interface Culture reviewed

Web design ideas to chew on & sample.

Great multimedia on CD-ROM, the electronic artist's book.

The best web hit counter:a free one that does it all.

Trade magazines: 
Good information, and it's free.

An upgrade that web designers don't want to be without: Photoshop 5.5.

Learn to build a website with a 4 CD-ROM set from WebSavant

Be inspired by
The Interactive Book, by Celia Pearce.



Words & sound & pictures & links...
A multimedia magazine is our Pick of the Month...

On-line answers for Director and Flash designers...

Web-based comparison shopping...

Hotwired's Gallery of multimedia samples....

Octavo brings Bodoni to your desktop...

Click your mouse to feed hungry people...

Great stories from NPR...

Images from America's past in the National Archives...

Free search engine for your site...

Preview typefaces online...

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