Mark Bult Design: San Francisco, CA, Established 1988

Web design and development for small and large business, e-commerce, b2b, b2c, SAAS, and community websites. User experience design and usability testing.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 10th Anniverary T-shirt

I'm still drunk from the party (which may still be going on, for all I know, I had to come back to work to do some stuff), but we just celebrated's 10th birthday, which was Monday. There was an awesome cake (low-quality camera-phone photo tomorrow) and these spiffy T-shirts. Which I designed. So I'm really just bragging.

Anyway, it's really the back that's cool, so you have to click the image above to see that. And it was (co-worker) Greg Penhaligon's idea, so I can't even take credit for that.

By the way, that's the real number, as of a week ago!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday top 5

1. Motion-Wave
Definitely my #1 site of the week. Amazing web dev skillz on this dude from Seoul, Korea.

2. Brian Jonestown Massacre videos on YouTube

3. Hunters Point Open Studios
This site kinda sucks, it really doesn't show the voluminous amount of excellent quality art at Hunters Point Artists Studios, but it gives you some details if you wanna go. The fall Open Studios is October 28 and 29. I try to go at least once a year, it's fantastic.

4. New Sony Bravia TV ad
The follow-up to the inspired rubber balls ad that was making the rounds on the net last year.

5. Personal Kyoto
The U.S. Government won't sign on, but that doesn't mean you can't do it on your own.

tags: top 5, video, advertising, environment, web dev, art, music

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Interview with the letter e

For a little comic relief, head on over to BidnessWeek's interview with the letter e.

When you're done, you may want to take the Web 2.0 or Star Wars Character quiz. I scored 33.

I like Cerado. A company with a sense of humor.

tags: humor, movies, web 2.0

Google launches Mac blog

Maybe I was a bit premature in thinking Google's new Mac page was perhaps more for show than substance.

According to a post by the new Mac Product Manager on the new Google Mac Blog, they've got a dedicated team together and are looking to hire more.

tags: tech, google, apple

CNET's new look and sexy new gadgets blog has introduced a redesigned header and footer for all the "redball" sites,,,, Shopper, and Reviews.

Gone is the all-yellow background and the black and dark green has been fading away for several months. They adopted the blue link color I specified for in January and borrowed a few things from Webshots (like the prominent yellow search bar) and some of the last designs I did.

Now the site looks light and airy by comparison. They still have a ways to go, but this is not a criticism. Having worked there, I know how immensely difficult it is to redesign such a massive site with thousands of pages, dozens of pagetypes, and scores of use cases and user-states.

Incidentally, they also introduced yesterday a sexy new gadgets blog called Crave, which will go up against the likes of Engadget, CrunchGear, and Aurum3's NewTech.

tags: webdesign, design, cnet, tech, gadgets

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Vote no on Prop 90

It's not often you see a bunch of taxpayer organizations and environmental groups on the same side of a ballot issue, but California's Proposition 90 is one of those rare instances.

I'm urging you to vote no on Prop 90 because it will: weaken protection for old-growth forests, artificially inflate the fair market price of land, introduce deep problems in the regulatory environment, and is likely to cost the state — and therefore us, the taxpayers — millions or possbly billions of dollars.

"In Oregon, two years after passage of similar legislation, Prop. 37, more than 1,800 claims have been filed seeking $3.7 billion in compensation," notes the Save-the-Redwoods League, which is among the many groups that has come out against Prop. 90.

Learn more at

Digg it

In case you haven't noticed, last week I added links at the bottom of each post for adding to, Slashdot, and bookmarking on If you don't already at least use, you should consider it. And Digg is an awesome source for peer-vetted news and links.

2006 clients

Here's a brief list of clients I need to add to my portfolio page soon. I also want to write up case studies for a couple of these, but that's going to take some time.

Mark & Velma
Mark & Velma's Hitchin' Party
website, invitations, assorted collateral
website redesign
website redesign (in progress)
website redesign (in progress)

People for Land and Nature (PLAN)
Santa Clara County Land Conservation Initiative (Measure A)
campaign materials, logo, stationery

Palo Alto Historical Association
map for "Parks of Palo Alto" booklet

Animal Welfare Institute (with Fenton Communications)
brochure (in progress)

Wine, Women & Shoes (with Virginia Thurston Healing Garden)
event invitation, stationery, and assorted collateral

RSF Social Finance
website redsesign
subscription center page design
10th anniversary T-shirt design, web designs

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Google Mac

Google has created a page called Google Software Downloads for the Mac.

The offerings are a little paltry, but it's a nice thing to see nevertheless.

However, one has to wonder how far it will go. Mostly it's just widgets and Firefox extensions, and several of the items listed on the page were products that had already been developed by other companies, for the Mac, when those companies were purchased by Google.

In fact, it's highly likely that this page appeared by direction of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who joined Apple's board of directors in August.

"Apple is engaged in probably the most remarkable second act ever seen in technology," he told Time magazine. "Its resurgence is simply phenomenal and extremely impressive."

On another note: Is the slightly stylized Google logo on this page a portent of things to come? Will Google sport an updated logo soon, or is this just for the benefit of the Mac folks?

tags: Google, branding, logos, Mac, Apple

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Free hugs

This is awesome. Made me tear up *snif*. Pretty cool song too.

Tower Records RIP

Posted on by Mike "Little Mountain" Tausig:

"So, many of you know that I am the Director of Retail Operations for Tower Records in northern California. Some of you may know that Tower has been for sale for some time, and weathered some pretty monumental challenges with bigbox and the internet.

As of today, Tower was purchased by a liquidator and will be closing its doors forever, over the next several weeks. I've spent the last 14 years of my life with this company, and while it has certainly lost some of the greatness that was there in the 70's and 80's, it is still one of the best out there..."

Total bummer as far as I'm concerned. The San Jose store on Bascom and the Mountain View location with the bookstore have been my mainstays since I was a kid. I bought my first records (yes, vinyl) and cassettes at the Bascom store. Probably my first CDs there too. I bought my first first-day-new-release Ozzy album there. I bought my first concert tickets there. I bought my first Japanese import vinyl and first 'zine at the Mountain View store — my dad used to take me there after church on Sundays and I'd spend an hour or more going through the awesome selection of obscure magazines from all around the world.

I'm so bummed, especially that Mountain View and surrounding environs will be deprived of any sort of record/CD shop worth going to. Not to mention that it was still the best place to get magazines on the lower Peninsula.

Long live Tower Records. An international force for decades. Started right here in Northern California. RIP.

More coverage:
» Tower Records, RIP
» NY Times: Tower Records Will Auction Its Assets

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006


These two posts have been updated:

Air America Radio on iTunes (Tuesday, May 25, 2004)

The never-ending list of projects (Tuesday, September 12, 2006)

Monday, October 02, 2006

"Such Great Heights" by Ben Folds

Ben Folds covers the Postal Service, with help from a few friends using found objects for the percussion(!).

filed in: music, video

Arastradero Gateway facility...slooowly...nears completion

What a surprise, the Arastradero Preserve Gateway Facility is still not done. Here's a pretty good article from the Mercury News.

I used to work for the City of Palo Alto, and it's notorious for its bureacracy and foot-dragging; especially the planning department. Still, I'm a little surprised it's not done yet.

Here's the site I designed for this project more than three years ago (apparently not updated since then; also not much of a surprise).