Mixing, Mingling, Shaking a Score

Jad and Robert are two rad fellas that host a radio show on radiolab (rehashing information you all know!). Now that that basic knowledge is now basic knowledge, I found this video on radio shows especially interesting because it shows HOW these THINGS come about. (“THINGS” referring to radio shows).

The way they describe the formation of their shows goes like this:

1. Find someone interesting to talk to.

2. Record talking to them.

3. Take snippets that are also interesting, and see how they work together.

4. Add themselves to the mix

5. Mix, mingle, and shake voices, music, and noises all around until something beautiful springs up – but always two guys talking.

6. Repeat.

These guys blend these noises – and lack of noises – so seamlessly that it makes me feel very comfortable. The way that there is a low bass that compliments their words in their introduction of their show, to the music that plays on a loop behind their words, to the sudden silences that subtly leave you feeling a tad empty without knowing why right away. These guys entice me to want to listen to more of their shows by seducing me with their other mediums other than just interesting content.

This video about podcasts was interesting because it was the only video – but it really showed me ways that podcasts can be especially interesting by directly stating how to do so.

I found the parts of the video most interesting were when they played short segments from one of their radio shows with the sounds they use. For example in the opening of their episode “Inheritance” from season 11, they do a lot of remixing with simple powerful sounds AND bounce back and forth between their two voices. The bass lines in the background remind me heavily of Everybody Loves Raymond, and put emphasis behind the words being said. They mention using the sounds they record as putting a score together, and come back to how in the end it’s just two guys talking. I think I may look into these guys a bit more, because they are mega interesting with their ideas* and such.


*Ideas as in just talking to interesting people, because why not.



Making Magic Photos!

A very interesting technique I discovered inside Dreamweaver is using the rollover effect on images. This technique makes pictures EXCITING and EXPLOSIVE! Essentially it displays a normal photo until a mouse rolls over top of it, like a hover effect that make links interactive. This could be used for several different innovative and exciting reasons: interactive pictures like in my photo essay, the logo you have on your site (so people love it and want to come back), and, if you’re feeling it, before and after acne pictures!

So I bet you’re wondering how you can be this cool. It’s actually the easiest thing ever.

  • Make your .html page and have it all fancy and spiffy except for your photo/logo.
  • Have the spot where you want your picture to be and click there. You’re going to go to the tool bar at the top and hit

*insert > image > rollover image

When you do this, a box will pop up that looks like this:


  • As mentioned in the picture, it’s very self explanatory. The original picture gets open in the “original image” section. Similarly, the hover picture gets opened in the “rollover image” section. The title is what it will say in the blank box if your page doesn’t load, so it is important to add a title so if all else fails, people can visualize it.
  • Hit okay, and wha-la! Your thingy is now an interactive neat mosquito thingy!

I tried adding a rollover photo to this post, but I couldn’t really figure it out. If you want to see first hand, visit my site:


If you’re like me, you won’t click on it so I’ll show you some side-by-side examples!

(They are actually not side-by-side. I’m not sorry.)

Original Picture:


Rollover Picture:


Original Picture:


Rollover Picture:



Let’s Go Rally!

After combing the web for some intriguing websites, I found that A LOT of them were boring with interesting content. More exploration landed me in the midst of a nifty website that fascinates me: http://rallyinteractive.com/

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This website, called Let’s Go Rally, has a user interface that blows my mind. The main focus of this site was its fluid shape movements; it uses mainly triangles to display its content (which I’m still not sure is exactly).

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When scrolling over these triangles, they move and display text saying “explore tid bits..”

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..and upon clicking, shape-shifts into a circle displaying how many views, likes, and feedback this particular post has received. It also includes a link that leads to said post.

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The navigation of this site could not be any more user friendly. I always know where I am because there are only four different pages, that are clearly labeled and highlighted when inside: the home page, about page, a page showing clients, and a contact page.

So you click up at the top of the browser to switch pages:

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The top clearly has “About” highlighted.

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I really like this minimalistic approach at navigation, as well as the simplistic colors of black and white, aside from the color in the triangles. This smooth sliding design creates a site that gives the viewer something interesting to see (their product) and information they are lusting for (the side pages) all navigational in a pretty appealing way. Moving pictures and links are ALWAYS something that makes me look at all of the links. I also really enjoy the way that the designers places their product at the bottom of every page, always available to the consumer.

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This site, through its particular typography and text, is trying to relate to its customers, consumers, and viewers on a personal level. In the “About Us” section, they talk about being three normal guys just trying to signal boost their clients. In their client section, their header looks like this:

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I would really love to capture this elegant fluidity that Let’s Go Rally exhibits. I don’t want my viewers to get lost or overwhelmed; therefore, I need to have something stimulating like the moving pictures, that remain ambiguous until clicked. I also really like the huge black font on a white background. It’s clear, crisp and sleek. Although animation like on this site would be extremely desirable, even just being creative with the changing pictures as links would be a great addition to a simple web design. Not that my site is going to be simple (no promises).