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Adrian Roselli

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User since: 14 Dec 1998

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Another month gone, another stack of accomplishments by the community. As a reminder, this is open to anyone in the community, so if you missed a chance to toot your horn, add a comment, and watch for the announcement for next month's news.

Three interesting tidbits this month about the community you love to parse.

Speaking of (keep up already), a big thanks out to Harley Jacoubsen for providing archives of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 through 6.0 for win32, including some service packs. Some of you may recall that we've been trying to get fully-functioning, self-contained versions of those browsers forever. Now we've got 'em. They went up this past weekend, adding some 518MB to the overall browser archive, which now weighs in at just over three solar masses.

The final touches have been put on the case study to be featured in a book by glasshaus slated for May release titled Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself. Pre-order your copy today and see funny pictures of the authors who wrote about sites like, MetaFilter, Google, and others.

Lou Rosenfeld and

Peter Morville are

also in the final touches of the second

for their O'Reilly

book on Information Architecture
. In this second edition they are including

a case study of where Lou presents a very novel and eye opening approach

to the Information Architecture of our beloved community. Marlene

and mantruc had the

chance to read the chapter and give some feedback, and they can tell us that it

talks very well of us, so be prepared for a huge troop of new members once it

hits the bookstores.


All over the web, people are looking to see what evolters have to say, and sometimes they point their users back to the source. Here are some of the pointers, all noticed this month

Thanks to the many people who have taken the time to cite in their own work

Evolt's direction

As a reminder to all members, feel free to take part in the future (and even current) direction of over at theforum. As I write this, there's lots of good discussion going on, and your voices need to be heard.

Duette evolticon in Santiago

Last week, djc visited

javier in Santiago

de Chile
. It was very shocking (and relieving) for mantruc to get to meet

an member in the flesh, and finally have evidence that they (you)

all DO exist in real life, outside of his head and monitor. Dan and Jenny were

there for a week -which is a very short time to visit such a varied country-

but the hosts Pilar and javier managed to have them visit as many places as

possible is such a short timeframe, and have them enjoy (in true evolt gluttony

stlye) of the local food and wine goods (mainly centered towards seafood, given

the visitors' veggie habits) of their country. At arrival they were so exhausted

from the 17-hour flight that they slept over a mild-to-considerable earthquake.

After Dan and Jenny toured around the neurotic capital

of the country, where Dan wasn't able to perform his famous traffic-stopping

act (they hardly stop at pedestrian crosses), the four adventurers joined for

a crazy weekend passing to the winery of Concha

y Toro
and it's famous Cellar of the Devil (Casillero del Diablo), a flash

tour along the central coast, sleeping at the "historical" location

of Algarrobo (where mantruc was when the name and logo came to life),

and the famous port of Valparaiso,

where they visited the museum

at the house of the Nobel

poet Neruda,

with all his lovely sense of play.

Then the "crazy gringos" headed towards the ever-lovely southern

town of Pucon

and enjoyed some hot springs, and yet more food. On their way back they were

surveyed for the national

, which takes place every 10 years, and then headed back home to Wisconsin,

wow what a ride!

Our members

Paul Cowan

Australian evolter Paul Cowan is the very proud Dad of a shiny new baby

girl, the extremely gorgeous Alice Kallista Gemmell Cowan, born on the 7th of March. As only a true evolter could arrange, Paul had built Alice her own website within a week of the birth...

Ben Phillips

Inchima have this week secured a contract for the OCS foundation, which is the alumni for all graduates of the US forces training schools. Ben's organization will be supplying them with community tools and consulting.

Dave McLean

One of our founding members, Dave has landed himself some new work in the Calgary advertising scene. Working for Creative Intelligence Agency (yes, that's CIA) Dave will be responsible for not only developing the company's Web presence, but also developing sites for the agency's clients. Dave will also be involved in advertising design and strategy for CIA's numerous clients.

Hugh Blair

Hugh (hblair) has recently been elected Chair of the Individual Domain

Name Owner's Constituency (IDNO: Hugh's involvement

with this organization and over a decade of experience in Internet domain

name and web policies contributed to his nomination and election. His

outlook on the Internet experience is to involve others in the web policy

process. To this end, he encourages anyone interested to become involved

in the process at IDNO.

Adrian Roselli (aardvark)

Adrian has won an award in his local chapter of the American Advertising Federation for the design of his company site, Algonquin Studios. The award may be a gold or silver, but he won't know until he accepts it in early May. His company also won a design award in the same event for the site for photographer Rhea Anna.

Shirley Kaiser

If you're interested in Shirley Kaiser's forthcoming album (not called "Warmly," although that is how Joel says it's performed) Joel Canfield (spinhead) has scribbled a few notes on his musiblog.

Javier Velasco (mantruc)

mantruc changed his job in an upshift move which was amazingly lucky: the week

after he left, his former employer

announced the shut down of its office in Santiago (phew!). His new job is as

Information Architect - Web Designer for a big

news company
. They are working on a very interesting project but he can't

disclose more because it's secret.

Joshua Olson

On April 30, Joshua became a father (for the first time) of a baby girl. 7lb 4oz (3.289 kg). Her name is Jenna Marie. Congratulations from all your friends at, Joshua.

Brent Leideritz

Web designer and photographer, Brent Leideritz, an evolter from Adelaide, South Australia, invites everyone to his photographic exhibition to be opened on May 17 2002. The online invitation for the exhibition can be found at the same site where an online gallery can be browsed after the exhibition.


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A founder of, Adrian Roselli (aardvark) is the Senior Usability Engineer at Algonquin Studios, located in Buffalo, New York.

Adrian has years of experience in graphic design, web design and multimedia design, as well as extensive experience in internet commerce and interface design and usability. He has been developing for the World Wide Web since its inception, and working the design field since 1993. Adrian is a founding member, board member, and writer to In addition, Adrian sits on the Digital Media Advisory Committee for a local SUNY college and a local private college, as well as the board for a local charter school.

You can see his brand-spanking-new blog at as well as his new web site to promote his writing and speaking at

Adrian authored the usability case study for in Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself, published by glasshaus. He has written three chapters for the book Professional Web Graphics for Non Designers, also published by glasshaus. Adrian also managed to get a couple chapters written (and published) for The Web Professional's Handbook before glasshaus went under. They were really quite good. You should have bought more of the books.

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