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While doing some research, I stumbled upon a 1998 article/site talking about websites as digital gardens. Plenty of great, if somewhat esoteric, advice on making a website experience more of a collection of 'Unexpected Delights' than a rigid system.

This speaks to me - highly recommended!

eastgate.com/garden/

My personal wiki-ish website is taking shape!

...and I know it's a tiny thing nobody will ever care about, but each "folder" now shows the date of a most recent file inside!

This was a TASK in 11ty, as there are some scoping issues for variables inside for loops inside macros. But, I managed to find a workaround and I am really proud of myself for it... because I am normally quite a shitty programmer :P

Run into those big boys today during my weekly shopping excursion. The big one was bigger than my palm!

They look friendly (and tasty!), but I know nothing about North American fungi (@glyph might shine some light on it for us) so I left them where I found them...

...right next to a sizable supermarket. Hope they can thrive in that piece of soil.

"Nutritionists used to be big on this concept of a food pyramid. I think we need one for the web, to remind ourselves of what a healthy site should look like."

idlewords.com/talks/website_ob

Today I experienced a second earthquake in my life...

...and just like the last time, I have slept right through it 😴

(both earthquakes were quite small, in regions that don't really get them, but I still find it funny that 'sleeping through earthquakes' is now 'my thing' 😅 )

I've been trying to work more on the website, but I am not in a right headspace - everything I make just doesn't *feel* right.

So I went to look for inspiration, but searching for minimal websites on the "mainstream" web is a joke. Apparently minimal means mostly white website, bloated with images and js.

Merveille friends: I would be thankful for any and all recommendations of websites with cool, lightweight design, so I could absorb their wisdom (already dug through merveilles webring ;)

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After a bit more tweaking, the utopian scholastic piece is done and dusted. I am quite proud of it :)

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Slowly working on a personal website with 11ty (thanks @rostiger) and modern css (thanks @thomasorus).

Original plan was to make it like it's 1999, but that way of webdesign is not accessible (tables & screenreaders don't mix), so right now I am focusing on making it accessible & lightweight - semantic, no js or external dependencies, tiny gfx...

My css is already at 6kb, but I am tempted to add some flex containers for a nicer navigation. Is "minifying" css stylesheet a thing?

Hi Merveilles,

Inspired by the awesome sites in the webring (and with help from @rostiger on how to use 11ty) I have started building a simple website for myself.

...but last time I have done anything with HTML, slicing PSDs and making layouts with tables was still in vogue.

Is it even ok to build websites this way nowadys, or should I study up on css grids or flex layouts? I am just looking to build a simple layout as a base for the static site that won't require the newest tech to run.

coders and non-coders of the fediverse: what is your **favorite ever** monospaced font?

(boosts? i like monospaced fonts.)

Hey Fedi!

Could you recommend me some search engines that either omit bunch of the big websites (facebook, "news sites and especially pintrest) or at least let me create blacklists for them?

Google is failing me more and more when I try to find for anything that is not a "current hotness" and even DuckDuckGo seems be plagued by pointing to websites that abuse SEO and just regurgitate "content".

Boosts greatly appreciated (as I exist in a small corner of fediverse)

More progress on the Utopian Scholastic piece, really leaning into the tropes, but it is a pastiche after all :D

Sadly, it seems there are some issues at US postal Service, so I haven't had the chance to use my "new" 90s stock photos, but I still want to see if I can fit some.

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Slowly making progress on the Utopian Scholastic piece.

Once my next order of 90s stockphoto CDs comes in the next few days I will see how it looks with added sky (I want a 90s photo for that so I can keep the grain the vintage photography).

Now time to find more elements to put "inside" the head, so that statue does not feel too lonely.

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I don't really share my commercial work, because it's seldom exciting, but today is different.

Today I began working on a commission that is a dream-like take on a Utopian Scholastic aesthetic/movement.

Not only the research part of the project was a lots of nostalgic fun, but I finally have use for the 90s stock photo CDs I own (also, it was a great excuse to track down and buy few more ;)

I've been on a 90s design aesthetic kick recently, and I am (re)discovering some somewhat hermetic, but amazing design movements. "Utopian Scholastic" speaks to me both aesthetically and for its hopeful look at the future.

My vintage plotter is getting some much needed TLC and mods, so I can get more serious about

Today, it got a a small case modification so it will be able to use off-the-shelf pens, then a deep clean inside and, finally, a merveilles sticker.

Next - 3d printing the pen holders.

Just received my merveilles letter and I love it so much. I needed to "hear" the message inside - thanks for lifting my spirits @somnius

Now I need to find a good place for the stickers.

P.S @somnius did you plot the letter? What plotter do you use?

Fedi - I could use some help.

Recently I have been playing a bit of a digital archeologist and exploring websites of late 90s/early 2000s.

I have grown up in Poland, and we had a few internet focused magazines, that would include copies of websites on a CD. I bet other countries had similar publications.

This is where I need help. What magazines from your country included offline versions of websites? English preferred, but I am happy to explore any language. Boosts greatly appreciated!

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