The CMS_ui project dedicated some posts of the Drupal views module user interface from 2006, 2008 and 2011.

I was heavily involved in these efforts (1, 2 ), it was one of my first substantial contributions to the project as a designer. Still proud of this concept model.

#drupal #design

— A post by Roy Scholten

Het goede en gewenste van structured content is ook dat sommige dingen daardoor juist niet meer mogelijk zijn!

Gestructureerde content maakt het makkelijker om daar waar dat gepast is (opsommingen, gerelateerd, inserts) zaken op basis van regels en filters te tonen. Business rules?

Daar alsnog een directe redactionele ingreep op mogelijk maken via een grafische gebruikers-interface gaat daar dan recht tegenin. “Soms” is een special case van “altijd”, dus die telt niet om de vraag kleiner te maken.

De management tools zijn in die gevallen eerder indirect: tweak de business rules, pas je taxonomie aan, stel de regels voor filtering bij.


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Sinds afgelopen zomer een nieuwe start met schets/log/dag-boeken. In eerste instantie als losbladige katernen aangemaakt. Vier dubbelgevouwen A4 maakt 16 pagina's A5. Produceer 8 katernen en je hebt 128 pagina's voor een boek.

De eerste twee exemplaren die op deze manier tot stand zijn gekomen heb ik doorgenomen op thema's en kandidaat vervolgonderzoeken

mogelijke vervolgonderzoeken

  1. een gotische letter (kapitalen) in Lego. Dik-dun verlopen door twee drukgangen met off-sets. Eventueel ook uitzoeken wat er kan als de bodemplaat onder 45 graden gezet wordt.
  2. Het comics karakter Jacob van M. in nog sterker middeleeuwse stilering doorontwikkelen door middel van verdere Barry/Brunotti oefeningen
  3. Kalligrafische Ruimte 3: in het 2e journal staan abstract kalligrafische monoprints die met kleurpotlood zijn aangevuld en/of met posca stiften omlijst en gedecoreerd. Daar op door, op groter formaat, in individuele pieces?
  4. De oost-indische inkt oefeningen waarin een vlek in een tekening wordt omgewerkt zijn interessant want zowel wit op zwarte als zwart op witte lijnvoering worden gecomgineerd. Gerelateerd aan 2 hierboven, want ook in deze oefeningen heb ik dezelfde stilering voor gezichten, uitdrukkingen toegepast. Combineren met monoprint achtergronden, omgevingen?

Eerste conclusies

#creativejournal #review #2020

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I was typing out a root-relative link in some Wordpress site this week, and remembered learning about them in “taking your talent to the web”. That was an influential book, it really explained the basics of this new web design thing so well. Another tidbit that came back: gifs stay crunchy in milk, jpegs do not.

The CMS_ui project dedicated some posts of the Drupal views module user interface from 2006, 2008 and 2011. I was heavily involved in that (1, 2 ), it was one of my first substantial contributions to the project as a designer. Still proud of this concept model.

Happy to see Herma's work is part of this exhibition of artists' books

Oh look, illuminated initials. Reviewing my two most recent journals, the abstract calligraphic initial and the medieval ways of stylized drawing are recurring themes. I think I'll explore next steps in both. As a refresher, I have started works from the second Calligraphic Space series to my instagram.

If you like your noise experimental and underground, then know that momentumless identity is having a sale.

#weeknotes 2020-45

— A post by Roy Scholten

Soft-launching the website, in dutch.

An important part of my work as an information architect is modeling content into content types. Defining these building blocks begs the question: When is a content type?

I wrote the response above as a post to my other blog. Is this instant publishing?

The awakening from the meaning crisis lectures describe a looooong historic arc of how humans have sought to find meaning.

Designing in Dark Times looks interesting. Like this, not like this.

This twitter thread is a beautiful mini essay on geometry, beauty and mindmaps.

Ella Fitzsimmons has started writing weeknotes as well. Hers are much better.

Music: adventerous, global & longform live dj'ing with Acid Pauli: –

#weeknotes 2020-44

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Have signatures enabled for posts on but don't want to show those on your blog index page? Because that does get repetitive?

Add this bit to the custom css section for the blog in question:

#collection .book p:nth-last-child(1) {
  display: none;

I only tested this for the “blog” display format!

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I said “ is quite nice”, but that's only part of what happened here.

What made this instant publishing possible is that the source material for this post was already there as a note in my notes collection. I'm not comfortable with that type of coherent twitter thread that consists of one well worded full sentence per tweet. Which at the same time is the kind of tweetage that I find some of the most valuable.

I think to slowly, write even slower to respond in kind to this type of discussion. I don't want to “be on Twitter” while trying to think/write my perspective.

(Also, these used to be blog posts and I still think it's worth the effort to share this kind of thinking under your own URL instead of under the platform ones.)

What happened here is I already had some thoughts on this topic in a note. The initial tweet reminded me I had been thinking about that topic. I found that note, added and rewrote a bit and posted it to my blog. Even after posting I updated the post to add the two examples at the bottom.

I'm currently using to do this soilwork of taking notes, writing down thoughts and linking them. Basic ingredients are local markdown text files. is a very light-weight publishing tool that also works well with markdown. Both Obsidian and follow the #hashtag convention for tagging things. The “share to twitter” feature in managed to send those along as part of the tweet I see. Nice.

This whole digital garden, second brain, personal knowledge management is a bit of a topic currently, but this post is meta enough as it is. A bit more on that is in personal knowledge management through the centuries

#notetaking #zettelkasten

— A post by Roy Scholten

Written in response to

The most obvious reason to create separate content types is because different content structure, different fields.

Other reasons to define a separate content type can go beyond differences in the needed field structure:

  • Different editorial workflows.
  • Governance: difference in content life cycles.
  • A simple(?) way to segment who can access what

Yes, there are other tools available to achieve the above (i.e. taxonomy, roles, groups in Drupal parlance), but at a certain point, the maintenace and complexity cost of DRY (don't repeat yourself) can become too high.

The definition of the function of a content type is a wider consideration than its functional-structural definition on field level alone.

(I suspect there's an analogy to be made here with object oriented code. Not all giraffes, kangaroos, wolves, mice, cows, lemurs should be instances of the same mammal class?)

An example of “all in one”: in one case we pushed really hard on gathering wildly variable service-related content into a single content type for:

  • future extensibility. Much of the service was info at first. Actual handling of service requests (order this, request that, subscribe to) will be added over time and can be made available across the whole set.
  • governance: tighter control of who can create these items to reduce the chance of duplication, which was a problem

At the same time we created different versions of a training because even if most fields were shared, which ones were required varied greatly. No meaningful (predictable) shared set of what we could assume to be available. Hard to create view modes for that.

#contentmodeling #drupal

— A post by Roy Scholten

Just a quicky this week:

#weeknotes 2020-43

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Reaction videos, a whole genre on its own. Regarding music ones:

There's the non experts that try to come up with their own vocabulary to express how they feel about what they hear: – Metallica/Orion – Touching, beautiful – Megadeth/Holy Wars… The punishment due – Madness! – System of a Down/Aerials – grand and glorious!

And there's the experts that confront themselves with collegues, but in a different genre that their own: – Drums: Death/The Philosopher en deze – creative! (“He's making this look terrifyingly easy.”) – Vocalen: Type O Negative/Love you to death en deze – seductive!

Both versions offer a way back to your own first time hearing these, finding new ways to express what touched you.

Waiting to be seated

Short documentary about jazz musician Jackie McLean, the painful battle between artistic freedom and making a basic living.

Rewatched Margin Call, it's fascinating. On with The Big Short.

More experiments in Lego printed Brunetti-style characters.

#weeknotes 2020-42

— A post by Roy Scholten