Got sick? Stay at home!

We’ve changed — I hope that’s constant — Ukrainian social ad two years ago. How could we do that? We did that creating really good social ad that would be the ad outdoor agencies would fight to place on their billboards pro bono — that means free. Why was I silent for two years? I could find right words to describe the huge amount of work done. Now when I found them I was happy to write share the knowledge.

Bbubles in less than 1023 bbytes

Hard to say, easy to do. That happens every time we do something fun with akella. Last year we made a reader for iPhone and iPad in 33 hours and yesterday we took part in CSS1K. It’s a challenge for coders to decorate the page with pure CSS in less than 1024 bytes. I made the decoration while akella coded everything. You can see the result before reading the post: Bbubles. Please also note that the file with this design saved (no animations, no links) is more than 20 times bigger than the CSS used to decorate and code it!

Iodide! Iodate! — 2 • Data Visualization on Stream and Books Layout Eplained

Iodinated seafood party together ignoring the scale

It’s half past three in the morning and I write this post while the book about use of iodized salt in bakery is printed. Infographics and tables I wrote about couple of weeks ago (Infographics Howto: Iodide! Iodate!) were used on the pages of this book. Some of them changed a bit, others changed a lot after discussions and specifications of charts targeting. Furthermore there happened to be two books not one as it was expected at the beginning. The second one is thinner about use of iodized salt in Denmark. I’ll write about changed charts at first and then I’ll describe the books makeup process.

Yeti News. Guest column

Sign on the door of the office I share with Bo

I wrote a column for Yeti News about branding using game technologies which is a mix of one and a half clever thoughts and something stupid. If you’re good in reading in Russian, you are welcome to read my column.

I won Marylin (not Manson)

Me wearing tshirt (photo taken with coffee mug, the quality is adequate)

I’ve suddenly won a tshirt from vitamins. The print is Marylin formed with sliced fruits. The quality of the tshirt with 100% polyester outside and 100% cotton inside is perfect. The quality of the print is good too.

Thanking the tshirt I’d like to give the vitamins a good advice.

Twenty Ate

Lingua Nuovo

Aloha! It just dodged my head that besides facebook (link on the right), twitter (link on the right), walkyrie (link on the right) and other flickrs (link on the right) I have mega! I’ll try to unforget this fact yet another time ;)

While my friends’ blood is boiling because of Oxford Dictionary that now includes internet slang OMG LOL OK <3 I try my best to contaminate the English language myself. My super-evil sidekick is Ann Lee who added my casual comment presspresso to the Urban Dictionary! That’s the way to spoil the language!

Walkyrie × 100 Interactive Catalogue in Your Mobile Device

Not so long ago me and my fellow antique, travel and glamour photographer from Minsk started a project called Walkyrie. Time passed by and here we are with helveticized vintage photo number 100. One-wow-hundred. It’s not just some kind of milestone or a reason to have some champagne but also some kind of a birthday.

33 hrs project

I didn’t post to blog like for ages. Now I am back, at least I hope that my drafts won’t grow mouldy and I’ll finish them. What’s the best way to tell your brain to start working? Make something interesting and resource-intensive. So we (me and akella) did it — 24 hours project. It took us 33 hours to finish. When it was 26th hour we started to notice that it takes more than two dozens of hours, on the hour 30 we understood that we are a bit late. Anyway, we finished and one of us went to have some meal and another started writing the blog post, fell asleep right in front of his display and pushed a ‘Publish’ button just now ;)

Waking Up

I caught one post in the sea of the drafts I have here. There are 10s of them. Anyway, I’ve chosen one and publish it today because this morning twitter is overfilled with messages like “I want to sleep”. I don’t have a problem waking up with a smile (I don’t use don’t use alarms, imagine that ;). Anyway I sometimes think it’s wrong to get up early. But let’s get back to the topic. Below is the remastered version of text comics I’ve sent to bo one morning.

Walkyrie: Walking Mythology

Yes that's the screenshot of the site described below

Know how to make ideal strawberry crème? Take fresh strawberry, little bit of blender, three smiles, cream, something listed in recipe, vanilla and make it to cooperate somehow. We don’t have any strawberries, and have bunch of smiles and photos taken while walking and made to look a little bit vintage. As in an old joke, we just had to add Helvetica texts and serve. So take your mental spoons, my dear intellectual foodies, because we are serving to the table of your imagination the Walkyrie = photo × helvetica.

Leave Me Alone. And It's not About New iPhone 4

Screenshot of Pepelsbey's with Geolocation turned off

I want new iPhone! I waaant it! But this post is not about iPhone 4. It’s about life and fear. Let me begin with classical joke I came up with to explain what I think about socialization of networks and networking of society:

So that guys enters the pub and barmen gives him Cosmo. — Wtf?! I want pint of Guinness! Barmen hands him HTC Legend with twitter on it where it’s twitted “I like to entar bars and drink Cosmo (@pub…)”. Guy greens: — Bloody hell! Took my girlfriend’s iPhone.


Today was the day to buy cider and meet bear in the grass. Real cider and toy bear. Couple of weeks was the time to draw a logo with “anime like fox” and company name. As to me my drawing suits Firefox loving mac-nazi t-shirt more, but logo consumer was happy. And I was and am happy. Leave you to taste cider.

Adobe-kadabra Creative Suite 5

Adobe presented it’s new Creative Suite 5 in Kiev. I visited Adobe’s master classes for InDesign earlier, so I was eager to visit this one too. The presented material is fully covered by Creative Suites 5 descriptions on Adobe’s site so I’ll just say thanks to Markus Bledowski (Adobe evangelist) and Russell Viers and list youtube videos describing features I like most and post brief comments. Jokes and quotes are there at the bottom of the post!

Yes. ’Nuff Said

MINI Cooper Made for Me

It was a 5-years-long waiting for MINI to hear my thoughts (as they did in c1rca) and make the Cooper I’d buy. Not just buy but also adore, love, respect, be proud of and drive like I’m riding a dream. Here it is — coming soon MINI Cooper Countryman. Besides it’s new design and perfect body it has normal amount of doors. MINI fans can blame me I don’t feel the spirit, banish Countryman out of Cooper family — I don’t care. I just want to ride this perfect six-speed manual gear box beauty!

Just because it’s MINI, the ads are wonderful. I’ll spoil the joy a bit offering you to watch Countryman ad prior to teaser of that car.

Working parts

Once the man I know and who’s job is something about moving numbers from on Excel row to another asked me, “How aren’t you bored with what you do for living (whatever you do)?” As long as whatever I do including writing is of this post can hardly compete with fascinating words of numbers and Excel I started explaining how I still haven’t shoot myself because of all this dull design and ad things I do. I stated that as for me, the secret of successful and interesting job, whatever you do, is in enjoying it. Working under whiplash is nonsense, you have to change either your attitude or your work. Laundering seals, joking on Higgs boson or making sites must be made with ease. That’s when the work will thank you with great ideas and good emotions.

Portugal Pro

It’s almost a year since I’ve visited Portugal. I can’t forget this country and want to come back to comfy streets of Lisbon, feel +20 °C in December, walk by bank and finally buy that t-shirt with tram #28 on it. I didn’t think that I want it so much until Tonya Shoo asked me in facebook: “Hello! I’ve noticed you’ve been to Lisbon. We are going there too, would you please recommend anything?… I’ve already read about Vino Verde.” I wanted to write something brief and clear, but tough luck ;)

And it's 1984

Our parliament decided to pass a law about censorship in internet. Though it’s just a bill now it was voted for by 404 deputies (irony of fate, yeah ;) Briefly, they want internet service providers to log all the information about every user net activity. These logs can be used later to determine if user made something illegal. What is illegal isn’t yet defined is supposed to be later.

Interview for Smashing Magazine

I don’t get excited drinking coffee. One cup is enough for me to fall asleep. That’s why I wasn’t drinking coffee that night. But I answered the questions of Arsart who was writing the big article about web design in Russia for Smashing Magazine. I act as a bystander who’s somehow involved in the Russian web design scene. The article that includes my interview is fun and interesting: Showcase of Web Design in Russia.

I’d like to tell you more but I am veeerrryy sleepy and see no way to wake as long as coffee is not the answer. So I’ll stop right here. ;)

Take a pic to contact

I made a pretty business card for photographer with QR code on one side. It sounds like a good joke that you have to take pic of his card if you want him to contact you to take yours. I just feel like I don’t want to right anything more, so I illustrated how it works if you have card, cell phone and app that recognizes QR codes on that phone:

Just because I try to be honest every time it is possible (two or three times a year ;)) I want to confess that QR code on illustration doesn't represent contact information while it just contents known mem

I use QR app on my iPhone to recognize QR codes. It helped me a bit on Sziget ;) You can practice in recognizing codes using any QR codes in this post. Here is one more with my contacts:

Other unusual cards

Iodine makes me clever

My friend who doesn’t start his blog just to make me unable to link to him is now a sectary of community where it’s believed that people must eat iodine. Not pure iodine to prevent wounds inside the had but iodised salt. It helps to fill a person with necessary iodine amount. It’s very important to have enough iodine in your body if you live in radiation affected places like Ukraine. Iodine also prevents kids from growing idiots. Doesn’t help at 100% and gives a warranty but minimises some risks.

My friend is visiting the conference of that iodine-addicted missionaries about saving Ukraine. So I’ve created him a uniform, so he can spread the news that iodine and salt are good together!

Bo Card

Made a card for bo. The strikedthrough text says “I can do everything” while the title is “editor”. It’s fun to make unusual cards.

We won't go to Opera today, honey

There are three ways to make a tasty dish. You can take everything you consider to be tasty, mix it and throw into boiling oil. It would be fried and even can be tasty. My friend, who came from London to have a pint of beer with me in Kiev, told me about Fried Mars — you have to fry Mars in boiling oil. Someone can even find it tasty, but let’s get back from Mars to Earth. The second way to make a dish is used by chefs in restaurants: you’ll have to know how to cook masterly. But this is the hardest way and not everyone can do it while the first is within everyone’s power. There is one more way where you don’t have to be virtuoso of cooking but still will be able to make a tasty… erm… result ;) Just cook like it’s written in the cookbook!

I’ve just realised that the metaphor would only win if I use cocktails instead of dishes but the I’ll have to get rid of Fried Mars, so let’s leave the things they are.

So, the choice of the way to cook for a person, who just wants to make tasty dinner but isn’t in any way chief cook, is obvious. He or she takes the cookbook and cooks instead of throwing pickles, Skittles, two sausages, vanilla and unagi in boiling oil, expecting for acceptable result.

Flash 10 Antipasti and URL roundup

I remember how it all started. Long time ago, when dinosaurs were using modems, sites were called homepages and word google meant nothing, there still were URLs of the sites. We called it site addresses and if you wanted to look smartass you could say something like unique address of the web resource based in the world wide web. Programmers now known as it-specialists were programming on their own and it brought to the expected results — strange URLs of different pages. I mean something like which could lead somewhere to the search page or latest news from time to time. Then like the knights without fear and with goodness in hearts came new guys. Strange looking, doing nothing but consultations and calling themselves usabilists.

Here we are back in the studio!

Not so long ago I was in Benetton and saw a little girl who didn’t like any of clothes proposed. Her parents were despaired. Her reply on every dress was “It’s so retro!”. It lasted until the salesgirl came to them and with a sight of conspiracy proposed the models of 2010.

I felt myself like that girl and her parents about my blog — no space to write posts as I want it to. So I made my own 2010 collection and here it is — mega is as good as new.

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(Russian) FLV-video preloader (Flash, AS2, working solution, howto)

(Russian) Boas Lisboa

(Russian) Мне нравятся переезды, переезды (I like to move it, move it)

(Russian) iPhone гарнитура Sennheiser HD 485

(Russian) Оптимизируя оптимизированного

(Russian) Самый странный книжный магазин

(Russian) Сайт созданный для айфона

(Russian) Zoom : Maximize

(Russian) Киев — Минск — Киев на Ford Fusion

(Russian) Glamour de Chine

(Russian) Десять дней в стране кондиционеров и Библейских мест

(Russian) Рассказ о сайтах в G-Club

(Russian) айТриптих

(Russian) Черный день

(Russian) Terminal: Rise of the Machines

(Russian) Особо опасный сумеречный мел судьбы или с легким паром — 2

(Russian) Охота на лису

(Russian) Bottom 5ive

(Russian) О том, как на отдыхе похожи удобные вещи и интересные комиксы

(Russian) Панда Кунг-Фу

(Russian) Crosspost c

(Russian) Juno Reactor Live in Kiev!

(Russian) С днем рождения, Киев

(Russian) А, сайт. a10

(Russian) Who is on duty today, bro?

(Russian) Карты, деньги, два креативных директора

(Russian) Лучшие нестандартные игры для PSP

(Russian) Механические часы, отбросьте лишние стрелки!

(Russian) Они атакуют!!! Передайте, пожалуйста, соль

(Russian) BumpTop: хороший плохой интерфейс

(Russian) Адресная строка — не приговор.
Deep linking у Flash, Silverlight, Ajax и их друзей

(Russian) iPhone? iDunno…

(Russian) Пост про посты, иконки и дружбу

(Russian) 5am

(Russian) Web 4.04

(Russian) Envision Event Prague

(Russian) Как я был тренером

(Russian) Ой, боюсь-боюсь!

(Russian) S Novym godom

(Russian) Как я провел лето

(Russian) О себе я знаю понаслышке

(Russian) CSSing.rmx

(Russian) Футболкотерапия

(Russian) Mac OS X Another Cat

(Russian) Что вы говорите?

(Russian) Russian hip-hop

(Russian) Српски iPhone

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(Russian) Control my "Z"

(Russian) Привет, криветко!

(Russian) Эй, вы, упыри и оборотни, давайте занимайтесь своим скотоложеством!

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