new year reading wish list

Each new year I will put together a new book list for the year to come and Designing for Emotion which just launched last October 2011 gets a space in my list.  It's a book on website design written by Aaron Walter who is the User Experience Lead at MailChimp.  An excerpt of the book explains much better than anything I write. "A Brief History of Personality in Design.  We have a history of injecting personality into the things we make, in a bid to make mechanical things more human. When Johannes Gutenberg—goldsmith and father of the printing press—experimented with movable type in the mid-fifteenth century, the human hand inspired him. Before the printing press, scribes—usually monks—painstakingly penned each page of religious manuscripts by hand with quill and ink. Transcribing a bible was a sacred duty, as the scribe was thought to be channeling a divine message. For this reason, the hand’s presence in these manuscripts has great spiritual importance."

I hope you would also compile your reading list as reading is still one of the most mind-changing platform to feel inspired! Happy reading in year 2012!


goodbye IE6

*Image by John Martz from Momentile.com

This speaks our mind! When we will never forgot how bad the IE 6 limited our interactive projects.

Microsoft knows how many hours of our life have been wasted trying to troubleshoot designs and functionality for Internet Explorer 6, and they’re sorry. They promised they’re not going to do that to you again. The company has announced there will be IE Automatic Upgrades for Windows XP,Vista, and Windows 7 platform. Good news or bad news to developers and enterprise, I am yet to be convinced. But for us, a creative agency. We are always happy to see improvements and better capability of web browser, so that we can set our creativity free!

slow and steady wins the race

We're excited to hear that our friends over at Slow and Steady Wins the Race presents its new e-commerce store, a visual online thesaurus offering ideas that are timely and timeless. Here is where you can find what they are working on from inception to evolution. Please visit them often for new things and thoughts.

study: ie users have below average iq [updated]

A very interesting study by AptiQuant, a psychometrics consulting company, has recently published a study drawing the connection between a user's choice of internet browser and their IQ.

"The results are really not that surprising. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. [...] The continuous use of older versions of IE by millions of people around the world has often haunted web developers. This trend not only makes their job tougher, but has also pulled back innovation by at least a decade."

On with innovation!


This story has raked in gazillions of hits, even to the point of being covered by big news corporations like BBC, CNN, Forbes and The Telegraph. But as it turns out - it was all a big prank... that fooled all IE and non IE users alike! They kept going with the prank, publishing an update claiming that AptiQuant was threatened with a lawsuit by loyal IE users:

"Leonard Howard, the CEO of [AptiQuant] said that he has been receiving hate mail from IE users since yesterday. He said, “I just want to make it clear that the report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer.

Can someone point us to the gullible sign?

That being said, bits of the prank remain true: developing sites to be compatible with all ancestral versions of IE is cumbersome. Bugger.

Thank you Sarah, for the tip.

design a slice

The Bread Art Project, aims to feed America with grains through donations of artwork. For every submission, the projects gets $1 and over 5,800 are displayed on the website's gallery walls. Developed by Feeding America, and the Grain Foods Foundation, we think this is a great little idea. Get creative with your slice and support a wholesome cause. breadartproject.jpg

premiere issues cocktail

In celebration of The Press Room's second anniversary, Whitespace was invited to hold an exhibit of Premiere Issues. On display from November 22nd to December 22nd, we are jointly hosting a little cocktail reception to celebrate this exhibit on December 11th. If you are in the neighbourhood, please drop by for a drink and light bites on Hollywood Road, from 6-8pm! PIxPR_Invite_lo.jpg

In 2002, designer Danielle Huthart decided to display her collection of 1st edition magazines by creating an online catalogue. What started as a personal project quickly grew into a extensive magazine archive thanks to readers looking for more information, other collectors or contributors wanting to help the growth of the Premiere Issues.

Premiere Issues relaunched with the help of Whitespace in August 2008 with a brand new website, a more flexible platform for public submissions and comments, as well as the ability to search and sort through the archives. Now six years since its start, with over 180 magazines from over 10 countries, the library has developed into a visual reference of stylistic covers as well as a source of inspiration. The key statements or letters from editors featured in numerous launch issues provide insight into the times in which the publications were created.

Some gems in the online collection include such notable magazines as Communication Arts (1959), Ray Gun (1992), A Magazine (2001) Blaze (1988) and V (1999). Other smaller independent magazines such as Me, Faesthetic and Monster Children have all grown in readership and style.

Through this exhibition, both Premiere Issues and The Press Room hope to delight guests and the public with a rare display of interesting and often amusing vintage publications.