I’m not sure the first time I came up with the idea of associating each news post on the website with a specific mini-icon — but I think it was somewhere around 2002. I liked the idea of there being a quick way to associate a news story with what it was about at first glance and while skimming. To this day I like that it’s done in a small and minimal way (the amount of news you can see on your screen and consume remains a high priority on AP.net). Over the past few days I updated a whole bunch of these icons and mini-images for the news on our site. This was the final part of the redesign of our news articles and as I began working on the large task of fixing images I realized something: there’s a good chance this is the last time I ever update these images. A while back I thought I’d update them maybe yearly, but that obviously never happened. When there were only 50 or so you could update them for each album cycle for the bands, but as that exploded that became pretty impossible. This time around, I decided that I would make them as recognizable as possible and default to an image or icon that most people could easily associate with the topic. (E.g. Using Deja Entendu as the Brand New icon instead of the little Daisy wolf.) I also re-configured the news article code to work better with our vast artist database so that the main image used while viewing an article was pulled from the database itself. This way staff can swap out images for bands much easier and keep the main larger images up to date as needed.
"The Crossing" is a 15-20 minute documentary that follows activist, writer, and sponsored trail runner Nick Triolo as he organizes and attempts a 70-mile protest run in resistance to open-pit gold mining in Southern Baja, Mexico.
The protest was a grassroots campaign to unify and mobilize an entire peninsula to defend the Sierra, an important symbol of undeveloped, wild beauty in the region. In three months, Nick collaborated with environmental groups, artists and government officials to implement a protest that included multiple rallies, town meetings, and finally … a protest run.
I am lucky enough to call Nick a friend.