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Zerg Hydralisk

Posted at 3:11pm on 07 Apr 2008

Starcraft 2 "fansite kit"

Blizzard are offering a downloadable "kit" of resources so that Starcraft fans can build their own fan sites:


This is a breath of fresh air compared to the heavy handed tactics of other companies/individuals over the unauthorised use of their copyright material by fans (Apple, Prince).

Between the accessible and innovative use of technology on the Starcraft 2 web site (unobtrusive JavaScript and Flash, client side XSL), the innovative approach to product development and quality control and the friendly and encouraging attitude to fans, I’m absolutely blown away by Blizzard. I think a lot of companies could learn a thing or two from them.

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Posted at 2:10pm on 07 Apr 2008

11 Innovation Lessons

Innovation lessons from Blizzard (makers of World of Warcraft):


They don’t say what to do when you demand excellence but still get mediocrity – still, seems like some good thinking here.

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Posted at 1:45pm on 07 Apr 2008


Smashing Magazine mourns the death of hand-penned calligraphy.

If only there was some way to simulate beautiful calligraphy on a computer...

Oh well.