Almost Cool

It’s kind of ironic that a site called Almost Cool just happens to be way cool. Almost Cool is done by Peter Flaschner a “Toronto based designer, uncurable css addict, and workaholic.”

His site is the perfect mix of design discussion and personal life anecdotes with a splash of humor. And although we don’t base acceptances into the network on design, it’s great to see when you can combine quality content and a high quality design.

With the minimal discussions I have had with Peter it is easy to tell he is a high energy type of guy and we hope that we can keep up with him as it will only make us better.

That’s it for today’s sites. Enjoy.

Mark Boulton

Yesterday I mentioned that The Return of Design took the Whitespace concept I had in my head and made it real. Mark Boulton writes the content that I would love to be able to write on Whitespace.

It’s one thing to talk about design and something totally different to actually know what you are talking about. Some of the entries that Mark writes shouldn’t even be given away for free and it’s surprising to hear that he hasn’t talked about writing a book (or maybe he has and I missed it).

He has been featured at CSS Vault, Unmatched Style and Stylegala and for good reason.

Entries to checkout:

Mark makes a great addition to our design category of blogs and we welcome him aboard.

Kartooner

I first came across Erik Sagen’s Kartooner in April of 2004 and instantly loved the then current design. From then I occasionally came across the site whenever our Chief Design Officer, Mike Rundle, shot me a link to Erik’s entries.

Thoughts and observations from a quirky cartoonist and designer.

Erik Sagen is a man of many interests and it shows on his site. Just looking at the categories you can see his topics range from Books to Food and from Graphic Design to Life. This is what a personal site is all about, writing for the love of writing.

This is the first of many personal sites to join the 9rules Network and we are glad to welcome Erik on board.

The Return of Design

When I started Whitespace in September of 2003 I had envisioned of simply writing articles on design. Over time Whitespace expanded, but the focus remained the same, focus on design. A couple of months ago I wanted to make some changes to Whitespace because there were a lot of design issues that I wanted to mention, but didn’t feel deserved full-blown entries and I couldn’t justify making siginificant changes to the format of the site.

My ideal site is exactly what The Return of Design has become.

The site offers both great links to design articles along with focused entries on design written by James Archer. However, my favorite feature is the web color scheme section which looks at different sources and offers you their color schemes. Very handy for any designer.

Entries of note to check out:

We welcome another quality site by James Archer. Come back tomorrow to see more new launches from the 9rules Network.

Strange Brand

What happens when you combine a passion for marketing, branding, advertising, public relations, small business and entrepreneurial spirit into one site? You get Strange Brand of course.

Strange Brand is the brainchild of James Archer, owner of Forty Media Corporation (the company that handled the Forever Geek redesign). The blog is a great mix of business philosphy offering insight into what makes a company successful.

I first met James at SXSW where we discussed the possibility of having his sites join the network and we have been talking ever since then. He is a smart individual and we expect to see big things from him and his company as time goes on and we plan to help him along every step of the way.

Some entries worth the read:

This is site #1 of the 9rules Network (not including the sites that were already in) and we are excited about the first launch. May great content follow.