More of Nobuyoshi Araki

I can’t say that the photos below are typical for Nobuyoshi Araki photography, simply because there are no naked bodies. I love all of his works and that’s a bit sad that I can’t post most of them here because of their content. They are different, they are beautiful, they are passionate, they show you something that is not allowed.В  Many of his book were printed by Taschen and will definitely buy some of them for my own collection.

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Flowers by Nobuyoshi Araki


Born in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. His inexhaustible creative energy is attested to by the more than 300 books he has published in the last four decades, while his work, which often challenges social taboos surrounding sex and death, has drawn critical attention both at home and abroad.
Flowers by Nobuyoshi Araki, the naked beauty, the hint of sexuality, so tender so unprotected.

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31 Russian websites that can inspire you

Today I would like to present you a collection of 31 Russian websites that can inspire you. For a long time during 1990s the countries of the former USSR were excluded from WWW world and it’s only lately that a separate community has been formed named Runet. All the designs have their special touch. The distinctive feature of every Russian design is its uniqueness. There are no standards, no precise definition of the styles and what’s most interesting- there are not many websites yet, so for every project there’s place for creativity.

Rupasov Igor Portfolio
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The History of Web Design

According to some resources the first website (or at least something that can be considered a website) was published back in August 1991. That seems to have been so long ago but yet compared to other human inventions the Internet is still a baby. Let’s shortly review the history of website design science and technics.

I guess all of us would agree that we can’t speak of design at the very early stages of development back in 1990s. The websites were built using very basic HTML tags that a nowadays developer would definitely consider as something that can’t be used to build a website.

Taking into account that the hypertext concept was invented in the 1960′s by Ted Nelson ( wow!!!) I wonder why it took so long for people to make some use of it? In the 1980′s (did anyone know about it?) something similar to Internet in its present understanding was “created” in Europe by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau and then pretty rapidly the mark up language spread around the world. In the 1990s the NCSA team developed the Mosaic and Netscape browsers and so here we are.

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The wind of change

Hey Everyone! Nice to meet you guys and gals of DesignFloat community:)

Just a short introduction of myself, I’m Anastasia and I’ll be..hmm…well let’s call it the editor of this blog. I wonder what I have to do to keep you healthy, wealthy and happy? Any ideas might be of a great help so if anyone would like to give me some guidance, you are more than welcome!

I’ve been involved in website development business for about 7 years now and yet I have to tell that I don’t know even 30% of what’s going on in this mad world of design. New talents and companies come on arena every other day with fresh ideas, new achievements, unique approach and their own special feeling of what’s called design. Apart from personal perception of designer and uniqueness of his work, we need to make people love our little online design creatures and thus we need to take into account what majority thinks, feels, finds interesting, funny and takes for unique. In this blog we’ll try to keep track of newly coming design events, review and discuss works of art, speak about different design styles and invent new ones. We’ll be posting interviews with some well known personalities of this design world as well as simply have fun. Cheers and see you soon!

Ooops …I’m almost forgot, I’m gonna be the God at DesignFloat. No sacrifice needed, just NO SPAM please.

Sincerely Yours,

Anastasia

Whoops, we ran out of disk space!

Well, sorry for the nearly 8 hours of downtime yesterday evening. Turns out we ran out of disk space which caused MySQL to shut down. We’re going to begin the process of giving the database it’s own server which should not only speed up the site a little, but keep this from happening again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Update: After we got the server up yesterday evening, it appears a huge influx of traffic around 4:30am caused our cache to exceed the applications memory limit. I’ve just added a fix that will prevent the cached files from getting as large as they had so we should be able to better handle influxes of traffic in the future.

I guess this is all part of the growing pains. Traffic has been at record highs the past 2 weeks and apparently the server configuration we were running couldn’t keep up. Sorry guys!

Sorry for the SPAM email!

Hey Everyone,

I would like to express a huge apologie for the SPAM email that was sent out. An admin module that sends announcements to all the members was hacked and used to solicit the email. I have since disabled and removed the module and will be working to resolve the hole that allowed someone to exploit the module.

Again, I’m really sorry for the email that you all received.

Kind Regards,
Andrew

Third Server Move is Complete

Well guys, our third server move has been completed and with it, hopefully you’re noticing faster load times. There were a few hiccups, but overall it went really well. Here’s a summary of some things that we encountered and what the status is for them:

  • Private Messages: Because the new server is running PHP5, we discovered that the private messaging feature was adding 30+ seconds to the load times of the home and upcoming pages. As a result, we have disabled private messaging until we can rework it for PHP5.
  • Blank Pages: This one was the most frustrating for me. Various pages throughout the site were blanking for no apparent reason. We traced down to an Apache configuration setting and after a simple single-line .htaccess change, the blanking pages were all working again.
  • Search Pagination: We made some progress on an outstanding bug dealing with the pagination of search results. While the bug isn’t completely fixed, you can now view all the pages of results.

So what’s next for Design Float? Over a month ago you may remember that I promised some new features were on there way including the ability to submit videos and podcasts. These features are still finished, I just hadn’t had the time to implement them because I was head deep in finding a scalable server solution. My fantastic sys admin configured the new server for collaborative development so myself and a few of the contract developers now have a dedicated development site to work off of. This will help us deploy the features we already have built as well as make the development of future additions much quicker and easier.

This is truly a learning experience for me and continues to remain a side project to my main gig, so I’m doing the best that I can given the time and resources available. Thank you all for your continued support and patience.

U-Printing International Poster Design Contest

You The Designer and U-Printing are sponsoring a great poster design contest of which I’m fortunate to be on the panel of judges for. You have until March 21st to get your submissions in and you’ll want to because the prize lineup is fantastic!

1st Place
16 GB Apple iPhone
$250 Printing Credit for UPriting.com
300 Credits for iStockPhoto.com

2nd Place
$150 Printing Credit for UPrinting.com
200 Credits for iStockPhoto.com

3rd Place
$100 Printing Credit for UPrinting.com
100 Credits for iStockPhoto.com

Top 10
18?x 24? Poster Print from UP

View the full details here!

On the Way: Groups, Videos, Podcasts, oh My!

I know it’s been a while since any major updates around Design Float, but I’ve been working hard on getting some awesome new features developed to ensure that Design Float continues to be the best social media site for designers. I have big things planned for the future of Design Float and the first phase of several large feature additions is right around the corner. This first phase is going to include a groups feature and support for video and podcast submissions in addition to some other nice surprises. The features have already been developed so now it’s just a matter of integrating them seamlessly, tying up all the lose design ends, and completing tests. Stay tuned…