Web tips: Knolling, Windows XP via CSS, Corona

Knolling is the name of a special form of still life for which objects are sorted according to size and shown lying next to each other in a straight line – mostly as a photograph. Knolling, which is currently a trend on Instagram and Pinterest, also became known through the Swiss Ursus Wehrli and his bestselling picture books with the title “Clean Up Art”. The photographer Simon Puschmann collected rubbish and used it in the Knolling photo series Wastelands held. Lots of bottle caps and cigarette butts from the banks of the Isar, “Jupiter” beer cans and cigarette boxes from Brussels – he arranged everything neatly.

Simon Puschmann

(Image: Simon Puschmann)

Puschmann is planning a total of 30 works of this kind. The garbage collages that have been completed so far can currently be seen in an open-air installation on Postplatz II in the Baltic Sea resort of Zingst. In one interview With Edda Fahrenhorst from the “horizonte zingst” environmental photo festival, Puschmann talks about collecting waste in Munich and Malaysia and how he came up with the unusual idea. (dwi)

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As is well known, everything was better in the past: technology was simpler, programs weren’t web apps and user interfaces were bluer – or grayer, depending on the situation. At least for the latter there is a remedy. XP.css and 98.css are “design systems” that allow websites to look like Windows XP or Windows 98. XP.css grew out of 98.css (and can mimic Windows 98 itself), but the two projects come from different developers and are both still maintained.

Web tips: Knolling, Windows XP via CSS, Corona

As a web developer longing for the past, you only need to include one CSS file in both cases. The designs can thus be used in bare HTML pages as well as combined with JavaScript (libraries). Both projects use relatively simple semantic HTML to describe the UI, so that nostalgic feelings can arise quickly and without major contortions in the code. Whether there is a “use case” going beyond this remains to be seen – it is always an eye-catcher. (syt)

The corona virus knows no national borders. It threatens the health of people around the world. However, responses and actions differ from country to country, including the state of the economy and health system. There are cultural differences in the fears – and sometimes also in the tentative hopes – that the pandemic is causing in people.

Web tips: Knolling, Windows XP via CSS, Corona

The Goethe-Institut has numerous contacts in culture, politics and science for a contribution to its project Afterwards thoughts asked. The result: highly interesting, often very personal texts, videos and even comics by bright minds from all over the world on the question of how the pandemic is changing our lives. (dwi)

This article is from c’t 19/2020.


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