Build/Rebuild

I found the following quote from Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition (page 3) rather interesting:

“We build only to rebuild. Too often, we rebuild not to add visitor-requested features or increase usability, but merely to keep up with browsers and devices that seem determined to keep up with browsers and devices that seem determined to stay one budget-busting jump ahead of our planning and development cycles. Even on those rare occasions in which a new browser or device mercifully ;eaves our site unscathed, the so-called “backward-compatible” techniques we use to force our sites to look and behave the same way in all browsers take their toll in human and financial overhead.”

With that in mind, I wanted to play around with the imagery of “building and rebuilding” with the imagery of a blue print that Christina Wodtke and Austine Govella use to explain web creation in Information Architecture: Blueprints For The Web. Using the animation tools I learned last week (check out what I did for the class exercise) in class, I decided to create an animated video of a computer blue print being built piece by piece and then destroyed by a wrecking ball. I found an image of a computer blue print that someone created online, while the wrecking ball was in a stock image website.

 I wanted to signify through the animation the process of “building and rebuilding” that Zeldman explains in his introduction. Watch the animation and let me know what you think.

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