Positive Propaganda


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Chartjunk is everything in a chart which doesn't convey information. When I searched for "Chartjunk" on Hotbot, I got a reference to a page, Chartjunk which illustrates the concept perfectly.


Turbo nerds Rob Malda (of Slashdot fame) and Nate Oostendorp bring us Everything, an adventure in collaborate web spaces. Like Slashdot, Everything is built by its viewers. Hyperlinking is encouraged, since creating hyperlinks is as simple as enclosing text inside brackets. We create new nodes when we make hyperlinks, and each node contains up to two writeups by different authors that the rest of us get to vote on. Everything isn't the last word on collaborative sites, instead it's an invitation to the limitless possibilities of the web.

The Ripper

Nothing can improve your web site like a few well-chosen fonts. The Ripper lets you set headlines in about 100 different typefaces. Not the kind of typefaces that you get in batches of 500 on $4.99 CD-ROMs, but typefaces worth using. Try out some new fonts today.

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing is a whole book about the art of web publishing with a particular focus on database-driven sites. This site is filled with photographs that Phil took himself. Although you won't find out a lot about graphic design here, you will get solid information about creating content, user tracking, publicizing your site, and building dynamic sites.


Ever notice that it's getting harder to find things on the web? Google! can help. A project of Stanford University scientists, Google! uses a reverse-citation index to measure the importance of a site by the number of sites that link it, helping you select exactly the page you want out of all the pages that match your query.

Positive Propaganda

Physicist Paul Houle had a miserable site which got too many hits to abandon -- so he created Positive Propaganda because he wanted to try something new. Built on Perl and PostgresSQL, Positive Propaganda uses style sheets and downloadable fonts to create a unique look without images. Paul keeps to a rigid format, reviewing four sites each week and hyperlinking only to the sites under review. Writing the reviews every week is a lot of work, but it gives him a chance to enjoy other people's work and, judging from his server logs, some people like it enough to come back.


Usability engineer Jakob Neilsen tells us that web sites should be designed to be easy to use, rather than to pop our eyeballs or impress other designers. The wonder of the web is that, even though pages are made by different people with different visions, the user interface is sufficiently consistent that anybody can learn to surf it in an hour. useit.com features Nielsen's biweekly Alertbox column as well as other articles: here you can the recent findings on human interface research and the growth of the web. The lesson? Test your designs on innocent users before unleashing them on the masses.

access statistics for

Thousands of web sites publish access statistics for all to see. Because many sites use the log analysis programs, you can get statistics for websites belonging to NASA, Dutch Hacker groups, and failed online shops by searching for common words on any search engine. Does this violate privacy? In each case, the owners of the sites provided a link to their statistics and took no precautions to prevent robots from entering.

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