For years, everyone thought that running a mile in four minutes was physically impossible. Roger Bannister, a student at Merton College in Oxford wanted to try and break that record. He wanted to be the first person on earth to run a mile in under four minutes. For months, he kept trying and trying and something always happened that prevented him from breaking the record.
It was on May 6, 1954 that Roger Bannister finally broke the record when he ran his mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. When no one thought it was possible and everyone had engraved in their minds that it was never going to happen, Sir Roger pushed the envelope. But it all started in his mind. He had to determine that he was going to break the record and eventually, he did!
The web design community is in a wonderful time right now. Over the last few years, we’ve seen many web designers who like Roger Bannister, want to continue to push the envelope and see how much they can do on the web. And more and more web designers are following suit and seeing what they themselves can do with CSS3 and HTML5. When I see guys like Anthony Calzadilla2 and what he’s doing with CSS3 and how he’s taking it to the next level, I’m reminded of that story of the four-minute mile. Websites are popping up every month that are just incredible and mind-blowing. Here’s just a few that I discovered from my Twitter stream recently that are just impressive!
I’m sure there are a lot more websites that have been built these past few months that have completely pushed the envelope. It seems like every few days, someone does something incredible and new with CSS3. Unique, responsive designs are popping up everywhere. Designers are moving beyond the limit of what has usually been done or was the accepted standard. And all this inspires me. It motivates me. It makes me want to get better at what I do.
I was talking about these sites the other day with my good friend, Soh Tanaka and this is what he said.
People are pushin’ the limits man! No time to sleep!
- 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Bannister
- 2 http://www.anthonycalzadilla.com/
- 3 http://www.newzealand.com/us/
- 4 http://disneydigitalbooks.go.com/tron/
- 5 http://www.nintendo.com.au/gamesites/mariokartwii/
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