Archive for August, 2007

Aesthetics vs. Utility

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

One thing Crappy Graphs are good for is graphing the obvious. I think today’s graph should be obvious to those who have experience in software/web development.

A good designer working alone can create pieces that look exceptional but rarely have powerful functionality. A good programmer working alone can create powerful functionality, but the result it typically so poorly designed it’s unusable.

Teamwork is a great thing. We see some excellent projects come out of the hands of designers and programmers working together. However, not only are their skill sets different, their approaches in solving a problem are usually different as well. What you generally see is that compromises and sacrifices are made, and the combined work is often only mediocre, design-wise and programming-wise. It is important to have a good mediator in between to guide the programming and design staff. Instead of making compromises and sacrifices, a good leader can pick out the strengths in each approach and bring them together to be complimentary.

Note: Today’s crappy graph was drawn using the user submission tool!

Cornering the Search Market for “Crappy”

Friday, August 24th, 2007

“Crappy” is probably not a very highly sought after search term in the SEO world. That is part of what makes Crappy Graphs so appealing. We are slowly but steadily cornering the market for searches queries with the word “Crappy”.

One fundamental contributor to this campaign’s success is YOU, the user-contributor. The Crappy Graphs team consists of only a few hundred people. However, harnessing the power and reach of our tens of millions of faithful fans, we can dominate the Crappy sector of the internet.

All you have to do is submit an awesome Crappy Graph (or a few dozen, as long as they’re each spectacular). Then, talk about it. Show your friends. Spread the good word. The good word about Crappy Graphs will inevitably fall upon the all-seeing eye of Google, and thus bolster our PageRank for the term!

Note: Today’s crappy graph was drawn using the user submission tool!

Coolness vs. Fan Participation

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

I decided to let Crappy Graphs subscribers get the first kick at the tires of an upcoming Crappy Graphs section. First, here is a crappy graph that shows why I think fan participation is so important:

I will integrate the section into the site (that’s Fancy English for “I’ll drop a link in the side bar”) in a day or two and start promoting it. For now, it’s my treat to you! Let me know if you find any bugs or major annoyances.

Here is the link:
http://crappygraphs.com/user_graphs/

Note: Today’s crappy graph was drawn using the user submission tool!

“Make the Logo Bigger!”

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

This is my tribute to the “Make the Logo Bigger” song [mp3] that has been traversing the blogosphere for months now. I just bumped into it again at the Refresh Phoenix Google Group, and somehow I felt inspired to Crappy Graph it.

Brian Shaler - Make the Logo Bigger