links for 2008-10-08

  • Retro and vintage are becoming a new trend. Once rarely used in this robust, dynamic medium, early, retro and vintage elements are now becoming more and more popular in a variety of design contexts. Online shops, corporate designs, portfolios and blogs incorporate both styles on a small and large scale. When applying “old-style” elements to their works, designers produce creative and appealing designs that make their websites stand out and look really different. As a matter of fact, if executed carefully, such designs almost never look boring, although one might intuitively think that the opposite would be the case. Retro and vintage designs exhibit graphic solutions that are strongly influenced by the time period that they are supposed to represent. While retro focuses on the style of the 1910s to 1930s, vintage recalls the time period between the 1950s and 1980s. In both cases, design elements reflect some old-fashioned motifs, trends,
  • CHICAGO – Using a fan to circulate air seemed to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in a study of nearly 500 babies, researchers reported Monday. Placing babies on their backs to sleep is the best advice for preventing SIDS, a still mysterious cause of death.

    Experts also recommend a firm mattress, removing toys and pillows from cribs, and keeping infants from getting too warm.

    Such practices helped slash U.S. SIDS deaths by more than half over a decade to about 2,100 in 2003. But SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants ages 1 month to 1 year.

    "The baby's sleeping environment really matters," said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. "This seems to suggest that by improving room ventilation we can further reduce risk."

  • It’s always the simple things that get me.
    OK, maybe you don’t find that equation as fascinating as I do.
    But I also get distracted by shiny objects and Wheel of Fortune.
    (tags: funny comics math)
  • These are common in desktop applications when a program needs an important decision made. They are becoming more and more popular in web applications thanks to the JavaScript “light box” (or one of it’s other many pseudonyms). Undeniably, they are overused. However, there are circumstances where modal boxes make sense and are used effectively to focus a users attention to the important task at hand. In some situations, logging into a website is one of these important tasks.
  • At a moment's glance this picture could be the real Big Ben.

    But then you notice the hand below and the incredible optical illusion is revealed.

    Tourist Michael Hughes today unveiled his extraordinary holiday snaps of the world's famous landmarks – perfectly blended with cheap souvenirs.

    Michael, 56, stumbled across his unusual technique in 1998 and has perfected it after travelling to hundreds of famous sights.

    His series of stunning photos include a Golden Gate fridge magnet slotted ideally into the San Francisco landscape.

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