Entries tagged “youtube.”

Inbetween Projects 1: Hey Mahlmann, check out this sweet vid!

This is the first in a series of posts featuring little bits of design and art created for holidays, special occasions, side projects or just for fun, but rarely seen by anyone but family, friends and co-workers. These are, put simply, Inbetween Projects.

If anyone would have told me I’d be the proud owner of the domain name heymahlmanncheckoutthissweetvid.com, I wouldn’t have believed them. But here we are, and it turns out dreams do come true.

Dave Mahlmann is the VP of Design where I (along with other talented folks) create experiences for Microsoft, T-Mobile, GE and other big companies. There are two key things to know about Dave prior to embarking on this experience:

  1. He’s a wacky guy.
  2. His birthday coincides with the anniversary of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
This brilliant idea (admirably succinct domain name intact) was thought up by several of us after a morning meeting, and brought to life within an hour by myself and Calvin Ross Carl this morning.

The commemorative birthday-themed background is only visible on Dave’s birthday. The Tim & Eric clip is the default, but you can view any embeddable YouTube clip on the site by appending its ID to the query string. Try it yourself:

If we had stuck some ads on this puppy, we’d be millionaires.

Introducing the Ice Cream Social Icon Pack

This week’s web site redesign came with a set of custom-tailored social networking icons for easy sharing of articles and portfolio items. Inspired by Rogie King’s excellent social media network icon pack, I wondered if I, too, should unleash these little sixteen-pixel lovelies into the web design wilderness. With encouragement from Peter Wooley, Jim Gray and Vin Thomas, I’m doing just that!


The Ice Cream Social Icon Pack is a set of twenty 16 square pixel PNGs representing your favorite social networks, including Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Google, Lala, Last.fm, LinkedIn, MySpace, NewsVine, Reddit, Stumble Upon, Technorati, Twitter, Vimeo, Virb and YouTube. Generic icons for feeds and email are also included.

Update: Ice Cream Social Icon Pack 1.1 is now available with even more icons.

Forget what I said before: IE6 is a goner

IE Six Feet Under (Nyuk, nyuk!)Boy, is my face red.

Back in March I wrote a post about developing for IE6 without much compromise, citing its 20% market share as reason enough to maintain support.

I’m happy to report that, as of today, that article’s importance has plummeted dramatically.

Last week, the folks behind news aggregation site Digg revealed that nearly 70% of IE6 visitors had no choice as to what browser they were using, and that IE6 usage was most prevalent from work rather than home. Although Digg’s audience is admittedly more tech-savvy than that of the entire web, it validates a broader report by CNET stating that 60% of the enterprise market still maintains support for this out-of-date (and insecure) browser. The article further states that, according to Forrester analyst Sheri McLeish, “IT control trumps technology populism.”

The struggle has remained the same since the 2006 release of Internet Explorer 7, with developers and companies eager to escape the IE6 productivity vacuum but stuck doing so for a sizable market segment frozen in time by corporate-mandated bureaucracy. Where reason and persistent whining have failed, only two solutions seem possible:

  1. Microsoft must introduce a new version of Windows with features essential to the enterprise (trojan horsing the latest Internet Explorer in the process)
  2. Large and influential web presences must phase out support, forcing IT managers to upgrade or risk an influx of costly support requests
With poor performance (and a healthy dollop of FUD) plaguing Vista from the outset, my hopes for Windows 7 making the first scenario a reality are understandably modest. Lucky for us, the second option yields far less pessimism.

You see, YouTube is phasing out support for the eight-year-old browser. Let me repeat that: YouTube. You may have heard of it. Alexa says it’s the third most popular site on the entire freaking Internet. It’s owned by the most popular site on the Internet. You can’t get much larger (and more influential) than that; few online properties have more visitors to lose from such a decision.

We knew the demise of IE6 was only a matter of time, but when a content behemoth like YouTube announces they’re going to run (slow motion) into the wide open arms of today’s web, it’s an understatement to say the pace has picked up significantly.

It’s about damn time.