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pkContextCMS: a sneak preview for the worthy

by Thomas Boutell

We've built a lot of sites over the past few years that emphasize a smooth transition between browsing and editing. Frequently-used administrative stuff doesn't have to be hidden in a clumsy, generic back end application. And…
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SXSW!

by Geoff DiMasi

This Friday, Tom and I will be heading to Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive. As hard as it is to pull myself away from my family, this conference is time well spent. We have started to…
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Active Intersection

by Geoff DiMasi

If you have passed our studio in the evening, you may have seen a rear projection installation in our window that faces E. Passyunk Avenue. University of Delaware professor, Ashley Pigford was inspired to create this…

A jQuery progressive enhancement show in just N lines of code, where N is not a big number

by Thomas Boutell

I have bigger fish to fry in my Wednesday window blog post, but I wanted to share this snippet. A simple list of images like this one:

Ignite Philly (3)!

by Geoff DiMasi

Bringing together great people for Ignite Philly on a weekday evening has been great... imagine what a Saturday night Ignite Philly will be like! That's right, we are beginning planning now for Ignite Philly (3). It…
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Simile For The Camera

by Rick Banister

I've been having an ongoing dialog/freakout with myself regarding authorship and creating content. My degree is in folding metaphorical envelopes and I'm tired of licking them. I want to be a letter writer, but I have…
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IDES 322: Spring Break

by Alex Gilbert

Today will be a day to go over everybody's instructables project documentation and to reflect back on the first half of the semester. We will be meeting individually with you for the second half of the class…
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The Past Didn't Go Anywhere

by Thomas Boutell

Why back in my day we walked uphill both ways through slushing sleeting flaming hydrogenated bat oil without iPhones and we liked it. Youngsters today have no [INSERT NOUN HERE]. Okay, so sometimes the old ways are…

Of Our Time

by Geoff DiMasi

I am very thankful that colonial era architecture exists in Philadelphia. The materials, the scale of the rooms, and the original lack of indoor plumbing tell a story. These buildings embody an historical spirit that you…
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A Conversation With Katie Murken

by Rick Banister

Katie Murken is a friend of P'unk Avenue. Geoff and Alex worked with her on the Debtor's Inheritance project two years ago. She is currently the head of 2D Foundations at Tyler School of Art, leading…
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IDES 322: Instructables Part 2

by Alex Gilbert

We are looking forward to hearing everyone's plans for the Instructables project. This week we will be focusing on the project proposals, helping people refine their ideas and preparing them for documentation. We will also be…
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Frosted Lucky Tags, They're Magically Persistent

by Thomas Boutell

I've been talking about progressive enhancement lately: the idea that web sites should start from a core of straightforward, highly functional HTML and build out from there. JavaScript, CSS, etc. should enhance the experience and improve ease…
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A Hint

by Geoff DiMasi

One of our favorite places to get out of the studio to discuss big picture business of P'unk Avenue is Beau Monde. The discussions cover internal projects, the next Junto topic, conferences we might like to…
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The Upside of Static Cling

by Rick Banister

Last night, in considering possible post topics for today, I emailed myself the following: Creating space to experience art, Bresson walking slowly backwards out of the room so as you want to follow him, Eno wanting…

IDES 322: Instructables

by Alex Gilbert

Up to this point our goal has been to get everyone familiar with the core tools of web citizenship and to communicate some shared understanding of how these tools are affecting our society. So far, so…

Google Responds, Love Resumes

by Thomas Boutell

I had fun with last week's post, but the topic was actually serious stuff regarding the way search engines behave when they arrive at web sites built with certain types of URLs. And the humorous tone of…
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Ask!

by Geoff DiMasi

This morning my barista asked me if I enjoyed my cappuccino. I responded in the affirmative, and then I asked him if anyone ever told him that they didn't like their cappuccino. He said that people…
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Open Call for Critical Models

by Rick Banister

A few reasons why I don't interact with contemporary art criticism: A lot of it sucks. To be more specific, a lot of it is self-serving. A lot of it has agenda of a White House…

Google, I love you but you're killing the vibe

by Thomas Boutell

Once upon a time there was a web site. And the web site offered filters. And lo, the filters were good. They let you browse for events at Brasils Nightclub. Or classes featuring Darlin Garcia. Or DJ…

IDES 322: Intellectual Property

by Alex Gilbert

Last week, everyone was assigned the task of shooting some photography, uploading it, and tagging it on Flickr. We've been keeping our eyes on the results of this assignment. We have also collected (almost) everybody's services…