Let me correct that: Reading Wikipedia is aweful.
The guys over at 1910 seem to agree with me. Instead of repeating everything they have said, let me highlight one or two things:
"While big parts of the internet have gone through an amazing journey in terms of typography these last years, Wikipedia’s reading experience is still stuck in the 90’s."
"The text is too small, the lines are too long and the leading is too tight. Pictures are tiny and the general layout includes a lot of visual noise that distracts you from the actual reading."
Here's the full article, which i highly recommend reading: blog.weare1910.com/post/755763…
Anyway, it inspired me. And if you know me, you know what i'm getting at: I wrote a userstyle. And of course i'm going to share it with you.
(Mockup by 1910.)
I used this design as a starting point, but had to (and wanted to) make a few modifications. For example, i could not get their grid to work properly; Wikipedia's articles are too dissimilar (and messy in general) for a grid like that to work. Instead, i decided to follow Wikipedia's current layout, but apply a set of more general/sensible rules: have a maximum width, make the text bigger, and reduce the clutter.
In fact, i ended up going so minimal, that other than the article itself, there's only the searchbar left; everything else of the UI is hidden or removed completely. (But unless you are a hardcore Wikipedia editor, you'll hardly miss them.)
Also, there are practically no embellishments present: no drop shadows, no round corners, no gradients; nothing of that sort. By doing away with all this, you can focus completely on the content without distraction.
As you can see, it's quite a bit darker than 1910's mockup (almost deviantART colours!), but this shouldn't surprise you if you know me at all: I just can't stand white designs. Not only do i find them ugly, but they also hurt my rather sensitive eyes, once i stare at the monitor for more than a few minutes.
(As always, you'll need something like Stylish for Firefox or Chrome.)
PS: As i said, most of the UI is hidden. There's only 2 things you need to know: In order to access the left menu, simply move your mouse over to the left edge of the screen and the menu will appear. (Although, i've hidden a lot of unneccessary stuff from it as well, so it's shorter than you'd expect.) And secondly, to get to the controls on top of the page (that holds the edit links and user menu), move your mouse over the darker area around the logo and searchbar.
Enjoy! And of course, feel free to tell me what you think (or if you found any bugs).
Update: I took your comments to heart and have been playing around with more colour-schemes. The one by AndyGassner served as a starting point, becasue i really liked his sepia-ish version. Only it was a tad too bright for my taste.
Furthermore, i removed even more stuff, like the darker-coloured margins around the article, as well as the 1px-borders around most of the lighter-coloured boxes, which brings it closer to 1910's mockup as well. (This last bit is still a work-in-progress, but it should cover most of the boxes already.)
The download link is the same as above (click), but your Stylish should auto-update it anyway. Hope you dig it!
- 1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
"The function of typography, as i understand it, is neither to further the power of witches nor to bolster the defences of those, like this unfortunate parliamentarian, who live in terror of being tempted and deceived."
- 2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.
… and it hit thin air!
- 3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Since i don't have an actual TV, that's a tricky question. When you consider my USB-dongle to be a TV, then probably some alpine ski downhill sports event a few days ago. When you consider "content made for TV", then Game of Thrones last night.
- 4. Without looking, guess what time it is:
- 5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
- 6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Music from my speakers. (The soundtrack to Unreal Tournament 3, right now.)
- 7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Yesterday, when i went out for a hike.
- 8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
A blank sta.sh page.
- 9. What are you wearing?
T-shirt, sweatpants, socks.
- 10. Did you dream last night?
Yes. If i recall correctly, i went bungee jumping with Keira Knightley…
- 11. When did you last laugh?
Just before doing this quiz, when i saw some funny pic on facebook.
- 12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
An Australian flag/towel, a Ukulele, movie posters of The Empre Strikes Back and Bridge to Terabithia, and this drawing.
- 13. Seen anything weird lately?
- 14. What do you think of this quiz?
It's haunting me! Let's just hope it won't come back in another 8 years time.
- 15. What is the last film you saw?
- 16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
That cabin up a mountain that i dreamed of last time still sounds very tempting.
- 17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I just tried to call my eye specialist for an appointment, but he didn't pick up his phone.
- 18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Again, make things easier.
- 19. Do you like to dance?
- 20. George Bush:
Yeah, he's not the president anymore.
- 21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
I have a few ideas, but i'm still not sure i ever want kids.
- 23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Do 6 months in Australia count? In fact, i'm actually considering something like this again.
- 24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
"Let me show you…"
- 25. 4 people who must also do this in THEIR journal:
Ok, i pressed the random deviant button 4 times and came up with these 4 people. Consider yourself "lucky", if it hit you:
- Hobbit Name: Fosco Brambleburr of Bindbale Wood
- Elf Name: Lenwë Silimaurë
- Mafia Name: Shaky the Fella
- Band Name: The Lush Wolverines
- Medieval Name: Godfrey Everstone
- Old School DJ Name: Slip-Wizard Bronx
- Rap Name: Baby Dogg
- Porn Star Name: Orel Jiggler
- Pirate Name: Smilin' Butch Cutler
- Mexican Wrestler Name: Cubano Gris
- Pet Name: Puppy Nooks
And there you have it. Feel free to do them yourselves. No, wait, i tag you! All of you who read this!
Alternatively, just link me to your favourite name generator!
Anyway, here's the original video:
… Oh Dodger ^^
I’ve been on deviantART for 11 years – today! (That’s about a third of my life. If you can believe that.) Which means a couple of things. First and foremost, i wanted to make something nice for my dAnniversary. (Something like this deviation for my 3rd, or this journal for my 5th.) But it also means, 11 years is a hell of a long time, so it’s hard to keep track of things. But all this played right into the following:
I have always wanted my own timeline. Similar to facebook, but not limited to facebook. Filled with things that really matter. Milestones, if you will. With the introduction of Folders within Folders, i got there one step closer. But since this Folder in my Gallery isn’t easy to find, nor visually appealing, i figured, why not go the whole way and make an actual timeline?
And here it is: My timeline – my artistic endeavours, spanning the last 11 years. Feel free to click around – each thumbnail strip will open the corresponding Folder in my Gallery, while clicking on a thumbnail will open the deviation itself. I’ve also added a few links here and there, most of which will take you to other parts of my Gallery or older Journals. Plus, i threw in some of the avatars that i've used over the years. And finally, as a loose guideline, my artistic stuff (read: deviations) is located on the left, while more personal things are located on the right. Enjoy!
PS: If you want to know more about "the rotane", check out this old journal.
New camera: Olympus C1-Zoom.
~Joined deviantART! And this here was my very first avatar.
New OS: Windows XP. Upgraded from Windows 98.
Moved out of my parents'.
New tool: Adobe Photoshop 7. Upgraded from Corel Photopaint.
New toy: Creative Jukebox ZEN.
Updated version of my original avatar.
New avatar, dubbed LifeLine.
New camera: Minolta Z1.
October — December
Internship in Italy.
On deviantART: *Subscribed for the first time, thanks to majah.
On deviantART: became a =Beta Tester.
New tool: Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Graduated from college.
New avatar. Thanks to ebonred for letting me use her LCD design!
New toy: iPad nano 1G.
April — October
6-month-trip to Australia.
Updated my LifeLine avatar to match my Bullseye devID that i used at the time.
New avatar to match my ClearDisk iconset.
New toy: iPhone.
New camera: Canon EOS 400D.
New avatar, dubbed Enso.
New lens: Sigma 18–200mm 3.5–6.3 DC OS.
Broke my collarbone.
New avatar, dubbed RCUBE. The one i'm using right now in its basic form.
On deviantART: joined the ¢Creative Staff.
New OS: Windows 7.
New tool: Adobe Photoshop CS4.
New tool: Wacom Intuos4.
New camera and toy: iPhone 4.
On deviantART: left Creative and became a `Senior Member.
Latest variant of my RCUBE avatar.
New camera: Sony RX100.
New toy: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
On deviantART: Became an Alpha Tester.
Making this journal was quite the adventure. I started back in December 2012 and was working on it for the last 4 or 5 months – on and off. First on an offline prototype, then on sta.sh. One of the biggest challenges was to create a fluid layout, one that would expand nicely when viewed on a journal page but would also neatly contract when viewed on my profile (or on smaller monitors), where horizontal space is limited. The solution was actually incredibly simple: a large list with lots of
clearproperties, and one containing div with
max-widthinformation. And it worked in Firefox, Chrome, and even IE right out of the box. So after i had cracked this, i started filling it, which took the majority of work, as you can imagine: Stuff like deciding what to show, finding out when things happened, and creating all the images. But i’m quite happy with the result, and maybe you found it interesting too.
And finally, i’d like to thank you all for your continuous support over the years. Your comments, +favs, and +watches meant a lot and were the most important part of what made me stay on dA. Thanks!
You may have noticed a definite lack of photos from me in recent months/years. That was mainly due to my latest camera – the Canon EOS 400D. It was too big and clunky, and as such it was never on me. When I look at my gallery, I count 11 photos that I took with this camera (not counting some devIDs or community projects). And I've had this camera for over 4 years now! (Compare this to the countless of photos that I took with my previous one, the Minolta Z1 that I've also had for roughly 4 years.) I took way more photos with my iPhone 4, but almost none of those ended up here on dA – picture quality never was up to my standards. In fact, I got frustrating just by looking at all the photos I took with it. Nope, something had to change – and here it is: The Sony RX100:
I got this camera a couple of days ago, and I already love it. And man, is it tiny! Here, compare it to my 400D. Yes, definitely pocketable.
Here are some shots that I took with it, minutes after I got it: I walked out of the shop and started shooting, with practically no prior knowledge of how to use the little devil. So what you see here is just a preview. You can click on any of them and view them bigger. Not full-size though, as I had no intentions of uploading over 100MB of photos. (In case you don't know, the RX100 shoots at 20 megapixels – pretty impressive for such a small camera. Also, other than resizing them down to 1600px, no further edits were made; no sharpening, no colour corrections, no noise reductions, no nothing.)
As you can see, it got night-time pretty quickly, but the camera had no problems with that. And I didn't even use a tripod!
Some more examples of the greatness that is this camera. This is a shot against my window:
And here a 100% crop. Looks like I've got fractals in my window!
And later at night, same window:
Take a look at this shot (again, a 100% crop) that I took of my monitor:
(This was on this page, in case you're wondering.)
The next day:
To sum up, oh yes, this camera is a keeper! I wasn't sure if it was worth the money when I bought it, but now I'm convinced. And most importantly, shooting pictures is fun again!
But, I'll be honest with you, I'm going to miss my little ¢ next to my username. Mainly because it was so unique. ;] Anyway, I want to thank Ryan in particular, but also the others on the creative team for giving me the chance to work with them for a couple years. I had fun and it always worked well, so I'm not leaving on bad terms.
And rest assured, I'm not going to leave dA any time soon!
Either way, and to cut a long rant short, I've written a userstyle. I do that with a lot of sites (yep, you guessed, the ones with white backgrounds) but I usually don't share them with anybody else. Why? Because usually it's too much of a hassle to keep them all updated. I've made an exception this time though and thought I'd share it, because maybe someone else is interested. And also for having a reason for this journal (aka: rant).
Go here to grab it: userstyles.org/styles/36943
FYI: I've written the style in a mere half hour, so obviously it's not bug-free or even complete. I applied it only to the 2 redesigned page types, but parts of it swap over to the other sub pages - so at least they're darker now, too, but not as pretty. I will try to keep it updated though, since after a while of browsing the site I'm starting to dig parts of the redesign, I have to admit. ;]
* OK, what I mean is, simply put, I don't like bright white backgrounds. I keep my room dim lit since it's easier on my eyes, and when staring at the screen for a prolonged period of time (which I have to do for work and stuff) white backgrounds tend to hurt my eyes.
B: Go listen to some Trentemøller now, the new album (Into The Great Wide Yonder) is incredible!
3: The movie Black Snake Moan is also pretty cool; go watch if you're 18+.
5: Also, The secret powers of time. More to watch; right now! Thanks at-Kapo for the linkage.
PS: This journal is made of sand.