Towse: views from the hill

February 28, 2009

Web design tip for businesses, especially restaurants

Filed under: design,restaurants,San Francisco,webstuff — Towse @ 10:36 pm

Having a city name on the home page is a good idea.

Having the restaurant address is even better.

Chez Papa Resto‘s Web page doesn’t cough up the address unless you drill down to the “Contact” page.

Address: 4 Mint Plaza San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 546 4134
Fax: (415) 546 4128

December 29, 2008

100 Cereal Box Covers – from the aeron.

Filed under: blog,design — Towse @ 12:47 am

100 Cereal Box Covers – from the aeron.

The Web is a wonder. Alan Valek has cobbled together photographs of cereal boxes to show the evolution of, f’rex, the Alpha-Bits cereal box.

His blog‘s pretty entertaining too.

December 17, 2008 Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make!

Filed under: design — Tags: — Towse @ 7:34 am Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make!

You know who you are. Enjoy!

December 16, 2008

Obama logo ideas that weren’t chosen | Logo Design Love

Filed under: design,election2008,politics — Towse @ 6:28 pm

Obama logo ideas that weren’t chosen | Logo Design Love

Interesting information and links re the design of the Obama ’08 logo: how it was chosen, how it evolved.

November 15, 2008

Admire the new favicon up in the address bar

Filed under: blog,design,webstuff — Towse @ 11:40 pm

Take a moment to admire the new hill-related favicon up in the address bar.

November 8, 2008

Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures at

Filed under: art,design,people — Tags: , — Towse @ 2:48 am

Amazing work.

I’ve written about Lego sculptures and sculptors before, but never linked to Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures.

Well, for one thing, I don’t think they existed the last time I wrote about Legos (in 2002).

Here’s an article on his sculptures from (The media show at the first link is from the same source.)

And here’s Sawaya’s Web site – the Art of the Brick.


October 4, 2008

Three things every voter should know about John McCain and …

Filed under: design,election2008,politics — Towse @ 3:56 pm

John McCain's Record

Brilliant Web site.

Click on one of ten choices and you’ll get “three things” you should know about John McCain and, f’rex, “Rural Issues” with votes and references.

Followed by “John McCain: Out of Touch with Rural Issues. Fortunately there’s hope. See how Barack Obama and Joe Biden stand on these issues.”

Click that last sentence and you wing off to Barack Obama’s site and his positions on rural issues.


September 20, 2008

Pfizer: Graffiti | Creativity Online

Filed under: design,life,video — Towse @ 3:09 am

Pfizer: Graffiti | Creativity Online

If you can watch this through to the end without a tear. …


February 4, 2008

Super Bowl 2008 ads now up

Filed under: culture,design,video — Towse @ 7:23 pm

Super Bowl 2008 ads now up on hulu: Watch your favorites. Anytime. Anywhere.

Link courtesy Laughing Squid

January 21, 2008

Duende Travel

Filed under: design,travel,webstuff — Towse @ 6:34 am

Duende Travel

Coming along, eh?

Pretty pictures. Content. Near to finished except for “useful information” and “links.” The “booking form” is off to Peter for vetting.

Paying forward.

Personal blurb: Peter Watson and Duende Travel are like the best. The food and wine are always great. There’s a lot of thought behind the itinerary.

There are gem moments: The hotel bar in Derry (North Ireland) — just John Hume, his nibs and me. He’d sung Danny Boy to all of us during his lecture, but the others had gone back to rooms or whatever. Would you go back to your room while John Hume was hanging out? Or would you hang out too?

Drizzly picnic lunch in the ruins on Iona (Scotland).

Drying out from a soaking in the rain in a sheepherder’s hut in Andalucia (Spain).

Petrarch’s last home in Arquà Petrarca (Italy) and his cat’s skeleton … maybe …

Walking in van Gogh’s footsteps in Arles (France).

Hiking up the slopes of Vulcano (Sicily).

The Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. (died and gone to Heaven)

… So many memories. So many good times.

Peter cares about where he takes you. He wants to make sure you understand the locale and the people. And the food. And the wine. And the history.

The walks are memorable. The views, the food, the wine, the settings, the memories are sublime.

‘nough said? There’s a reason I’m fussing over his Web site. …

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