The Colab

The in-house web department of Sole Technology, Inc.


August 25, 2005


August 19, 2005

Skate Magazines Web Survey

Posted by: apple

Even though we are all Web nerds here at The Hot Crew, whenever a new skate magazine arrives we still fight over who gets to read it first. So we decided to take look at the magazines’ Web presence. It’s just a very simple technical test. We did not look into design, usability or content. Maybe we will do that next time.

Skate Magazines Web Survey (conducted on Aug 19th, 2005)
Magazine Size Time MarkUp CSS Semantic Tableless Feed
Kingpin 194KB 12s HTML 4.01 Transitional Yes Almost Yes No
Transworld 813KB 50s No Doctype Some No No No
The Skateboard Mag 128KB 8s XHTML 1.0 Strict Yes Yes Yes No
Thrasher 866KB 53s HTML 4.01 Transitional Some No No (+iframes) RSS2
Skateboarder 674KB 41s No Doctype Some No No No
Slap 159KB 10s No Doctype Some No No (+iframes) RSS1

Note: Size and Time check was done with Web Page Analyzer.

Conclusion

Absolute worst: Skateboarder, it managed to crash our browser!

The clear winner is The Skateboard Mag. It has a few validation errors, but those should be very easy to fix. And if it also had an RSS feed, it would be the best site everrr. Come on John, get to it!


August 17, 2005

Monthly Archives WordPress Plugin

Posted by: c00ler

Ever wanted to highlight the current date selected when viewing monthly archives on your wordpress powered site? All the time, right? Us too. You’d think it’d be built into the default wp_get_archives function; but shah right - guess again. You know all it’ll take is a little css, but that damn PHP sits in your way.

You need a dude like dude who can create plugins on a moments notice. Since you too have this problem, you can download the plugin monthly-archives.zip and replace your wp_get_archives(’type=monthly’) with monthlyarchives($monthnum, $year, ‘active’) resulting in some real usability. Don’t forget to add .active {} to your css for all the control you could ever desire. It works nicely on ThirtyTwo:
Thirtytwo - highlight current date


August 17, 2005

ThirtyTwo 06

Posted by: c00ler

We launched a renovated ThirtyTwo site, featuring the upcoming seasons’ boots. Thanks to sIFR we were able to adhere to Snikkul’s strict typography guidelines. Best part of the new site, every colorway can be selected to view a detailed image, as seen in the screenshot below.
screenshot of Thirtytwo colorway selection


August 17, 2005

You know you’re a nerd when…

Posted by: apple

prius nerd

…you put your IRC nickname on your Prius.


August 12, 2005

Mokkel

Posted by: apple

mokkel

Our etnies Girl content queen.


August 12, 2005


August 10, 2005


August 08, 2005

etnies.com Props

Posted by: apple

“Want to design a solid website for your multi-sport brand? Don’t look to Quiksilver for inspiration, look to etnies. Their etnies sport-focused sites have the action sports world on lockdown. Smooth navigation, fresh content, and fun stuff, too.”–Sacklunch.

Thanks guys, you’re making us blush.


August 08, 2005


August 03, 2005

There Is Hope For Snikkul!

Posted by: apple

Randy “Snikkul” Pikul, our Pixel Princess here at The Hot Crew, has a serious problem. He couldn’t spell if his life depended on it. Of course, we forgive him because of his sweet design skills. And sure, my spelling isn’t the best either, but what do you expect, I’m Dutch! (Much props to Garry for correcting my typos in this post.)

So, today Snikkul discovered a spelling mistake on a tag that came with his new set of Accel shoes. I am so proud of him!

sti foam


August 03, 2005


August 01, 2005


August 01, 2005

What I Drive In The Weekend

Posted by: apple

weekend drive

Matt Willigan aka “Chilligan” heard this thing gets 75 miles to the gallon!