If a Stranger at the first Interview, regarded his ugly Leg more than his handsome one, he doubted him.
If he spoke of it, and took no Notice of the handsome Leg, that was sufficient to determine my Philosopher to have no farther Acquaintance with him.

“The Deformed and Handsome Leg” - Benjamin Franklin

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Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association has worked to help define what it means to be the best website in a wide variety of industries.

Its 19th annual international WebAward competition will evaluate 96 different industries and name a lucky few will compete for Best Website Award this 2016.

See the list, and the past winners, here. Fit yourself in.

Competition starts soon.

Balancing Design And Identity

Whereas organizational design is concerned with how tasks are prioritized, structured, and coordinated across individuals (“what we do”), organizational identity is defined by the central, distinct, and enduring elements that give meaning and provide purpose to an organization (“who we are”).

An enlighten article on how design principles fit together into the business models we know.

Written by Mrs. Carmen Nobel, published at Working Knowledge, kindly delivered in my subscription mail list. Worth a read.

“So you had all these faculty members who were used to teaching MBA students how to run a business,” he says. “And suddenly nothing was about running a business."


Collab is a talented and imaginative interactive agency founded late 2003. Our story is one of hard work, determination, and a strong desire to create the best user experiences possible. Our team specializes in producing digital, interactive multi-user applications.
I did first hear of Collab in the year 2004, when alongside this company, other talented agencies -- like Segonquart Studio -- were in the game and in the world wide web.

As Tian Gersbach, here ( in this your social network of weblogs named Blogspot ) did mention:
Collab has a very creative chat interface using the potential of video in Flash . Their developments have won several awards, including the renowned Flash in the Can 2004 .
That was in the year 2004. Rewind the tape.

Two years before that date, in 2002 , this your truly helped an agency named Trigital to build  and deploy what we know as the first web standards compliant portal app in Europe:, a subsidiary of

Yet, in our decade, HTML valid and compliant.

Those were the years of the past decade when Flash Player interactions and Actionscript movies were if not part of the web standards, a subjectof matter and study too,  Do not ignore that fact. Here, a brief.

 Those were the years of the past decade, years when Flash Player interactions and Actionscript movies were, if not part of the web standards, a subject of matter and study too, Do not ignore that fact. Here, you’ll find an evidence of my assertion.

 I still fond good memoirs working and training minds in the field of computing and design. I remember sharing classrooms middle times and coffees with Tian in those early days. Me, in a scientific and R&D mood. He, wearing glasses and with that “a communications and advertising company man” suite. Apologizes for the verbosity. Pause.

 Collab, Thijs Triemstra & Leo van der Veen included , still holds good examples and works of this milestones explained in his the Lab section of its website

 Worth a visit. A return to the past and a chance to learn and to see from those nice early pioneers Dutch fellas,

Cognitive Referent

For startups jockeying for position in nascent markets, pressure is intense to come up with a viable business plan before running out of money.

Unlike mature industries, nascent markets offer little certainty and plenty of ambiguity—undefined customers, unclear products or features, uncertain customer demand, and even an ill defined set of competitors.

The successful firms focused first on trying to solve a problem and then getting attention for their solution.

Why Your Company Wants to be a 'Cognitive Referent' via HBS.


Usual readers of this weblog may have noticed there is always here an intentional mix of posts on code, web development, design, career building, legal issues, business advice, arts, music et al.

A boulevard. Things in life, beside the ordinary ones.

Selfzine published a short, but effective, interview with this, yours truly. Hidden aspects built in the past.

My advice is that if you want to manage a digital company, an agency, highly recommend you to have success , or at least a failed experience, managing or administering a non-digital company.

Delfi Ramirez featured at SELFzine 2015
Delfí Ramírez featured in SELFzine 2015
This fact gives you a clear advantage in the digital ecosphere. You can be the perfect coder. There is no perfect coder, however, who is learned into the intrinsic relations and possible truths that the representation of a shopping-cart, or the experience a CRUD imitates, really have. Some designers by nature know this fact pretty well. This is one fact of why some digital companies and start-ups do not rise or reach success.

Like if we were supermarkets, it only wins the one that understand the complexity of the local market and promote the super, gain fidelity and stability. We do not mean groceries when we talk about markets.

By managing or administering a non-digital company you will learn:

Sense: You now know how human behaviour is really interacting in a physical world. So you are able  to learn to predict the needed actions and develop further imagined scenarios by code, scenarios which fill the needs of your community.

References: Do you have in mind  IMDB ?. Built by fans of movies and cinema who understood the needs and goals of cinema fans and film seekers. Other reference that comes in mind: Weblogs, originally made and build by people who love to write using a typewriter machine.

Trainee: You learn about Health, because you are responsible and you are able  to offer a healthy solution that improves the real needs.  You learn about Security, because of the wealth of your business and the obvious need for safety everyone deserves in a public place. There is no need of dreams in security, just because dreams were part of our lives. But they are no taking part in the real world. Like creativeness do. Dreams fit themselves under that personal experience everyone of us has. In opposite ,the real world is communal. Right, your business is kind of a public place, shared both in the private and in the common spheres. You learn about Law, and understand how to act and react to.

It is also a good idea to start and fail when you are young and when you're not. Because of young people tend to be more social, less conservative and opened to new values. Old people too,

In fact, building a digital community starts in building a community in the real life. Later, you make this community grow, stay in touch through devices, and you say hello with a message within the protocols. The IRC protocol, to mention one.

For the need to be able to get some sort of success, your early build non-digital company should have before been established with a small business identified with a  brand. A brand that your loyal community of people built around. A name that looks and feels as it belongs to them. Not to you. So you are the manager. The coordinator. The admin. You need a logo. Colours. Sound. Vision.

Trustness always require a physical presence.

What a self-ie.

Ready, Steady, Go!

The Web Marketing Association is pleased to announce the call for entries for its 20th annual international WebAward competition.

The WebAwards are the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site.

 It recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites.

The deadline for entry for the 2016 WebAwards is May 31, 2016.

Ready? Enter your best websites at

Who killed Bansky?

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University have developed a “smart” spray can capable of painting murals all on its own. 
All the user has to do is wave the spray can over a canvas.

Robots are taking the game.

Shocking or don't, and still being this technique in its infancy, the "smart" spray sessions needed of eighty-five minutes to paint, ehem, a tiger. Not so smart, then

The final result of this process, and the milestones, and the results of the "smart" spray, it might be appreciated by you, fans of modern art, in the following video,

The result, for the experts and the older, bring us back those written memoirs where old techniques used that "brush or spray tool"... in that "Photoshop" on screen. Late eighties, late nineties, I refer.

Fist Bar! Barcelona 1987-1998
Fist Bar! Barcelona 1987-1998

Robots, now it's your turn. The good thing: Large wall paintings of printed photographs, have now no need of any Frisket.

Robots, The bad thing, spray painting, is still illegal in some places.

Who killed Bambi?

Template V02

There, in the left corner of this space, a box with the name Nostalgia.

Inside the box, we find prototypes, designs, Uis, pieces of code et al.

Here, for your pleasure, the version 2.0 of this your blog.

On Notation: Delfi Ramirez
On Notation: former

Hand-crafted in 2008. Of use between 2007 and 2011.

 Nice to remark the use of the then trendy  and now nearly forgotten Museo font.

Five years ago things weren't that better.


Animation Along a Bézier Curve. This Demo requires Shockwave for Director 5.

Difficult Designs

Tonight a free advice as a gift to you, dearest reader of this your weblog:

When developing websites, if ever, do always consider the path and methods a difficult design may offer. Do not underestimate your own audience at first, neither your client's audience.

Let your client know that design she needs and wants it won't be realize in two days.

Difficult Designs take time, but they are everlasting.
Consider, for example, when a web search returns top results that include helpful information that the user wants. Is the search engine really doing people the best service?
Would a teacher just tell a student the correct answer if the student did not get it on the first try?
Kara Pernice in her Difficult Designs Are Better (for Humanity) at Nielsen

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