A wonderful (and wonderfully long) post by Dan Hill on how he and his team thought about and executed the Monocle web site.
None of what follows is rocket science, and it’s not the place to look for thoughts on 2.0/3.0, social software, or urban informatics. That would be in the accounts of different projects. But if you’re interested in the honest craft of website work, almost deliberately old-fashioned ‘classical’ web design — and how to ally this with innovation in magazine publishing — the following should provide a decent account of several of the key decisions in this particular project.
Dan’s thoughtful approach should be required reading for anyone building media web sites.
Dan Hill, who coincidentally is the director of web and broadcast at the aforementioned Monocle, has a thoughtful post about Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, a documentary film that follows Zinedine Zidane through an entire soccer match.
Nice positive review of Monocle, a new monthly magazine that would “bond and glue all the people that roam the world”. I finally got my hands on the first issue the other day and it is quite something. “Overall, Monocle comes across as fresh, original, careful not to be influenced in its editorial choices by the media system’s herd logic (no stories on the ‘hot topic of the moment’, and zero — zero! — celebrities and people gossip).”