Monday, 6 April 2009

Design and fashion

You may have noticed the lovely background image that I use here and on Twitter. I'm quite pleased with it, not least because I drew it myself. This is quite a big ask for a web developer - we're not usually very good at "colouring in" and appreciate those who can create stylish graphics whilst we concentrate on making stuff work behind the scenes.

However, I'm not sure you'd want to take this vehicle on the road.

  • Firstly, the windows are opaque. I generally find it helps when the driver can see where he's going, and coupled with the lack of ventilation is likely to make for a scary, uncomfortable ride.
  • Secondly, the back wheel arch looks a bit wonky, and may even be interfering with the rotation of the wheel. As if the driver not being able to see was bad enough, the malformed wheel is likely to send us careering off onto the grass verge.
  • Thirdly, that cliff edge looks like a Health & Safety disaster – where's the crash barrier? The local council are surely going to find themselves on the wrong end of a negligence claim.
  • And finally, most importantly, there's little worse in the world than a bus without a working destination display. What number are you? Where are you going?

On a more serious note (although still not hugely seriously) the wonky-web-bus will be appearing on a t-shirt – piccies to follow :)

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