17 June 2022Everyone here at MOTHandRUST has been talking about the Web Design Museum. Fascinating!December 25th, 1990At CERN, a Swiss research center, a British physicist and internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee created the world's first web browser, called WorldWideWeb.August 6th, 1991Tim Berners-Lee launched the world's first website at:Unfortunately, the original website has not been preserved and the link shows only its 1992 copy. However, it is still interesting to see what the world's first website looked like. No images would be found on the web until 1992. So, not as exciting as most would hope?July 18th, 1992Silvano de Gennaro, an Italian computer scientist who worked at CERN research labs, was asked by Tim Berners-Lee to scan and upload a photo of a parody pop-group called Les Horribles Cernettes (The Horrible CERN Girls) onto the info.cern.ch website. This photo became one of the first images to be published on the World Wide Web.January, 1994Jerry Yang and David Filo, two Ph.D. students from Stanford University, created a list of websites entitled "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web." In March 1994, the portal was renamed Yahoo!1994Microsoft.com launches. A note on the homepage says, "If your browser doesn't support images, we have a text menu as well.".July 15, 1995Still struggling with his English, actor Antonio Banderas was an early pioneer, using the web to introduce himself to Hollywood1996This may be Apple's first site? Early sites tended to look like items IRL as this helped with usability. For example, having what looked like actual buttons would help people who were not familiar with the internet understand what they need to do.September 4th, 1998Ph.D. students from Stanford, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, created the Google search engine. It was a research project whose aim was to find relevant search results using a mathematical algorithm. The name Google is a deliberate misspelling of the word googol, which refers to a very high number.November 14th, 2009"Flat design" didn't really come along until after 2010. Microsoft's site for the Zune multimedia player is considered to be one of the first uses of flat design in user interface. We no longer need the online world to look like real life.Feb 9th, 2009The internet social networking site Facebook introduced its “like button” feature for the first time. The announcement post above explains how some FB posts could have over 30 comments, all saying 'awesome!' 'Congrats!' The aggregation of the sentiment 'I like this,' makes room in the comments for longer accolades." What was life was like before 2009 when you couldn't like things online?Posted in: web
19 May 2022
Medical illustration is a rather niche field, with an estimated 2,000 trained practitioners worldwide.
The majority of medical illustrators in the profession have a master's degree from an accredited two-year graduate program in medical illustration, of which there are only four in North America.
The first school of medical illustration was formed in 1911 at Johns Hopkins University.
Some medical illustrators are authors and co-authors of textbooks or articles in which they've made major contributions to the content.
In the past, the majority of medical illustrations were produced for professional use, whereas now there is a growing need for illustrations aimed at the lay public, in order for them to understand the state of their health and medical options.
Attorneys use medical illustration to clarify complex medical information for judges and juries in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Medical illustration created for instruction (surgery, anatomy, obstetrics and medicinal plants) first appeared in Hellenic Alexandria during the 4th century BC or early 3rd century BC on individual sheets of papyrus.
Leonardo da Vinci pursued his own anatomy book, and pioneered the use of cross sections and exploded views.
De humani corporis fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body) of 1543 is probably the most well known book of anatomy. It profoundly changed medical training, anatomical knowledge, and artistic representations of the body, an influence that has persisted over the centuries.
Here at MOTHandRUST, we do create scientific illustrations (seen above) and we can work with specific medical illustrators when required.
10 May 2022
Brigitte Reiffenstuel’s award-winning costumes have been seen on stages all over the world for the past twenty years, from the MET in New York to London’s Royal Opera House to La Scala Milan.
Though she is very well-known in the realm of opera, her career continues to expand into the wider fields such as film, theatre, and advertising. She wanted her new site to show this. We were introduced to Brigitte by our long term friend and client, London set designer, Michael Levine.
Her site's key audience includes production companies and directors. Being very busy, they tend to very quickly skim through portfolio sites. Therefore, the overall impression of a scrolling page was important for the new site, as was effective storytelling with images rather than text.
Our new site for Brigitte scales all images to the optimum size for the viewer's device, so image zooms are not required. Both portrait and landscape formats are portrayed equally well. The site features an easy, flexible layout system where she can upload, test, rearrange and position all images until they are curated for maximum impact and storytelling. This is boosted by the use of complementary background colours for each project.
Finally, there is quite a bit about Brigitte on the web and Google search results vary widely; examples of her work may be dated, and so on. With search engine optimisation, a Google search will lead users directly to her site more frequently, meaning she has more control over how she is portrayed online.