Archive for August, 2007

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong you never will come up with anything original.



Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Tony Buzan on creativity and learning how to learn. Tony Buzan who you may recall is the father of Mindmapping as we know it today (or at least the first to market it by that name). Buzan’s presentation is perhaps not the most exciting, but hang with it, it’s good. I think you will find the content very interesting.


Developer Icons

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Developer IconsA nice set of icons for web site or application developers, for free.

125 Code Snippets for Web Designers

Monday, August 27th, 2007

125 Code Snippets for Web DesignersA list of 125 handy HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AJAX snippets for your site or blog.

Webpage Thumbnail Creator

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Webpage Thumbnail CreatorWith thumbalizr you can take screenshots of any webpage you want.
Use it for your presentations, documentations, visualisations or your webpage.

ArcGIS – Zonal Statistics

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

ArcGIS - Zonal StatisticsJust so that I don’t forget how it works. In case one wants to calculate some statistics for (a) certain area(s), then use the “Spatial Analyst” and the “Zonal Statistics” function.

ArcGIS Extension

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

ArcGIS ExtensionNice set of tools for ArcGIS, enabling for example the clipping of a raster based on a polygon. And many, many more features.

GoogleSky (GoogleEarth Sky)

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Fabulous, fabulous, what these guys @ Google are coming up with!

Tinted Color in Illustrator

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Tinted ColorMake the color a Swatch. DoubleClick the swatch and make it a Global color. Now when you select that color, the color
mixer will display a tints slider instead of the component sliders. Drag the new tint to the Swatches palette, and it will be
defined as a tint of the base Global color, not as a new color.


Shift-drag a color slider (except for HSB colors) to move the other sliders in relation to it. This keeps a similar color
but with a different tint or intensity.

Schöner, verträumter Freefont

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Schöner, verträumter FreefontTagettes hat so was schönes, handgemachtes und eignet sich perfekt für alles, was feminin, nostalgisch, handgemacht oder romantisch anmuten soll. Ein bißchen erinnert er an eine alte, französische Puderdose. Einfach ein superschöner Freefont zum Träumen…!”

Baby Name Voyager

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Baby Name VoyagerVery “flashy” (using Flash and pretty nicely and interactively done) tool to see the evolution of the use of specific names for babies over time.

MicroCharts – or Sparklines

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

picture-12.pngThe use of sparklines has been already highlighted. Here is a nice add-on (not for free) that allows to use different graph styles. Looks really nice and clean.

In-Cell Bar Charts

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

excel_rept1.gifGreat idea and easy approach to develop a lightweight data exploration tool in Excel. Here and here.

Nice Graphic

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

cancergraphfull.gifNice graphic from the New York Times.

XRay – Check Your DIVs

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

xray.pngCool small application which highlights all parameters of a DIV or SPAN on a website – with padding, margin etc. Very useful to check the settings of the CSS layout.

Screenshot of a Whole Web Page

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

firefox-wordmark-horizontal.gifYou wonna take a screenshot of a web page which is longer than your screen? The usual way (Apple + Shift + 3 or Apple + Shift + 4) does work only for the parts you see on the screen.

There is a nice plugin for Firefox called Pagesaver with a couple of parameters one can set.

And there is an external small app which does that too, called Paparazzi.


Comparing the Holy Scriptures

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Comparing the Holy ScripturesComparing the Holy Scriptures“Similar Diversity is an information graphic which opens up a new perspective at the topics religion and faith by visualizing the Holy Books of five world religions. Communalities and differences of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism are shown up in this datavisualization.
The visual’s basis is an objective text analysis of the Holy Scriptures, and works without any interpretations from the creators’ side. Despite – or even because of this abstraction, the artworks are not only working on an informal but also on an emotional level. The viewers should be inspired to think about own prejudices and current religious conflicts.”
[Similar Diversity]