digital ambiguity

screenshot of Martin's favicons with white and grey backgrounds
The website of the interaction designer Martin Frey is represented by a fascinating favicon. It’s a rather simple matrix of grey and transparent pixels, his initials “MF” set to pure white. With the browser’s location bar usually set to white as well, the “MF” should remain invisible (at least until it gets displayed on the (in my case) grey background of a tab).

If I look onto the screen of my notebook under a very small angle, however, I can see the initials nevertheless – stunning! Even more surprisingly, I was not able to reproduce this “hologram effect” on my large flat screen or on my girl-friends notebook.

To me, it seems like a little secret hidden in an actually exposed but usually discarded place. Despite the strict commandments of the binary world to be either 1 or 0, smart and gentle (or even “in between”) notions still might be possible.

scrennshot of the SAP favicon
Another interesting favicon is used by SAP: It keeps on scrolling until the site is fully loaded – very nice!

2 Responses to digital ambiguity

  1. Hannes:

    Marek recently gave me the right hint to discover the mystery behind the logo: it’s about the whites.

    During my first investigation i had been looking at the logo alone which features white rgb(255,255,255), grey, and transparent pixels. So I was left wondering.

    My true buddy Color Cop now revealed that my firefox has a location bar in rgb(248,248,248). A difference that my displays were not able to reproduce (what a shame!). And of course/still an even more foxy (doh!) deed of Martin.

  2. Hannes:

    even one more update: The whole ambiguity does not take place in safari’s all white location bar. However, you can see the initials during the loading process when the bar turns blue. As far as I remember Martin is a Mac-User, so maybe he intended some different effect in fact…