When the university launched its rebranding last year, I was quite pleased: a glossy brochure explaining the kind of image the university wants to project to the public, a new logo, new momentum for change on superficial and deeper levels.

Now it’s all ruined. Take a look for yourself (click to enlarge):

Yes, this is the new University of Sydney website template. I kid you not. A generous person might call it “functional”. A less generous person might… well, let’s leave this blog G-rated. It’s grotesque. It has all the charm of a late 90s website. It carries none of the personality that the university aims to project, and all of the air of design-by-committee and oh-look-I-learnt-css-in-24-hours. There’s no warmth; the design alienates.

For bonus marks, it even displays in Arial on a Mac.

(For comparison, here’s a screenshot of the website as at 5 January.)

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Ok! Packing’s nearly done and I’m just about to scoot off to the airport. Me and Dan will be travelling to the USA, Europe and parts of Asia over the next few months – can’t wait!

25 Nov 2009 | 2 comments

Optus, Optus, Optus. You really like screwing over your customers right? I really didn’t appreciate having to work out why my home network printer stopped working right in the middle of exams — because you screwed with DNS to earn a few easy quid. (Same goes for you, Telstra.)

19 Nov 2009 | No comments

Berkoff v Burchill [1996] 4 All ER 1008 at 1019 per Millett LJ:

It is a common experience that ugly people have satisfactory social lives – Boris Karloff is not known to have been a recluse – and it is a popular belief for the truth of which I am unable to vouch that ugly men are particularly attractive to women.

Trivia: Lord Millett has a Chinese name, 苗禮治 (miu4 lai5 ci4), presumably because he is now sitting on the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.

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'If you like your sex life, don't stick a firecracker up your arse' -- David Rolph's media law life lesson #7

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Photo taken by Dan

Photo taken by Dan

Lipstick on a pig?

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The point is that capital works – from a new police station to a new port – deliver a flow of services stretching over 20, 30 or 40 years. Borrowing to cover, say, half the cost of the work is a way of sharing its cost between the present and future generations who will benefit from its services.
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Ross Gittins is a genius – this article is probably the best explanation I’ve seen of why the government should borrow to pay for infrastructure.

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The University of Sydney is rebranding from 2010, with a new logo, a new statement of purpose, and a new domain name (www.sydney.edu.au).

I missed the staff presentation on it today (doh!) but the “Brand Book” is up on the Brand website for university staff to view. It’s nice and glossy, and contains statements of what the university stands for, what the university believes in, and how the brand is developed on a more practical level.

And it has the new logo too! However, I’m led to believe that there are serious legal consequences for me if I post it up here, so I won’t. But I must say that I have a positive impression of it – it’s a logo that acknowledges the past, while presenting a fresher image of the university. Although some might consider it a heresy to change the logo at all, I can imagine some much, much worse alternatives – I’m just relieved they haven’t gone for something minimalist, abstract or just plain-old Web 2.0.

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“If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars…”

And who said science can’t give meaning to your life, and can’t imbue you with a sense of purpose?

Part of me still wishes I did that physics major.

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Mix cows, six thousand people, truckloads of imported turf and lots of yummy food and you get the first ever Breakfast on the Bridge. Me and Ru Jih were lucky enough to score tickets to the event, where Sydneysiders were invited to picnic on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge – closed to traffic – as part of Crave Sydney.

(Click on the images to enlarge.)

No end in sight... people queue to get onto the bridge

No end in sight... people queue to get onto the bridge

On the way up

On the way up

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