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03 JULY 2014

Teenage subculture identities discussed in 1979 on UK youth TV programme Something Else

"In this edition from Birmingham, the Coventry band the Specials had just finished playing and George is sitting beside Martin Degville, just in front of Jane Kahn, partner in the seminal outrage shop Kahn & Bell."

(David Johnson, 28 June 2010)



1970s197970s televisionaggression • BBC Community Programmes • BBC TVBBC2Birmingham • Boy George • British televisionclothescounterculturecultural codescultural normscultural signalsdisaffected youthdressing upfashionfashionable fad • fighting • George ODowd • identity performanceimpression managementinnocence • Jane Kahn • Kahn and Bell • magazine programme • make-up • Martin Degville • naivety • new romantics • prejudicepunk rock • punks • rebellionsocial norms • Something Else (TV series) • street fashionsubcultureteddy boyteenage rebellionteenager • The Specials • urban clothingyouth culture • youth culture magazine programme • youth subculture


Simon Perkins
13 FEBRUARY 2013

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox no longer rebelling against past excesses

"For 18 years, Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox column was published on his website. ...

This was a good run, but it's now time to unify this content with the main Nielsen Norman Group website. Thus, the old Alertbox columns have now been moved from to and future columns will be published directly on ...

Even after the dot–com bubble burst, there was a long period where the barebones design stood out and elevated the site above many latecomer UX websites. Cutting through the clutter is an important value on the web, which has so much more information than anybody needs.

However, eventually it makes less sense to rebel against the excesses of the past. Also, with almost 500 Alertbox columns published, it became clear that more navigational apparatus was needed. One solution could have been to redesign to make it more like other sites. But why bother? If a big change was needed anyway, it was better to use the opportunity to integrate the articles with the company information and host all the material on the same website with a single navigation structure and a single search. So that's what we did: no more microsite for the Alertbox."

(The Nielsen Norman Group, 31 December 2012)


2012 • Alertbox column • bad idea • barebones • bloated design style • clutter • content • dot-com bubble • dot-com bubble burst • dot-com explosion • emotionally forceful design • excesses of the past • fragmented Internet presence • information-centred design • Internet time • Jakob Nielsen • legacy design • look-and-feel • microsite • Nielsen Norman Group • rallying point • rebellion • single navigation structure • usabilityuseitUXweb designweb presence


Simon Perkins
30 MARCH 2012

Repo Man: generic packaging in a plain pack world

"Clark Collins definition of Repo Man as an 'hilarious genre–hopping indictment of consumerism in which, for example, all cans of drink in the supermarket are labelled simply 'drink'' (Collins 2001: 36)"

(Nicholas Rombes)

Nicholas Rombes (2005). New Punk Cinema, Edinburgh University Press.



1980s1984 • Alex Cox • alienanti-consumeristapocalyptic • apocalyptic cynicism • b-movieblack humour • Blair Witch Project • blue text • cans of drink • Chevrolet Malibu • Chevy Malibu • consumableconsumerismconsumptioncoolcounterculturecult moviecynicismdesign conceit • disenfranchised • drink • Emilio Estevez • filmfilm genre • Flipper (band) • food label • generic • generic brand • generically • grocery store • Gummo • humour • indictment of consumerism • labellow budget • memento • new wave • Otto (character) • packagingpackaging design • plain • plain pack • plain white • product packagingproduct placementpunkpunk rockpunk rock ethosrebellion • Repo Man (1984) • Requiem for a Dream (2000) • Ronald Reagan • Run Lola Run (1998) • shoppingsubculturesupermarket • The Celebration • Timecode (2000)


Simon Perkins
11 NOVEMBER 2007

Facebook viral campaign

"Forget old–fashioned occupations and sit–ins: student protest has gone 'viral'. Online networking phenomenon Facebook has emerged as the venue for a rapidly proliferating campaign that has already brought in thousands of recent graduates. It's called 'Stop the Great HSBC Graduate Rip–Off!'

Students with HSBC bank accounts, graduating this summer, have been astonished to discover they face unexpected bills of up to £140 a year for running an overdraft after the bank withdrew its interest–free deal in July. In previous years HSBC, like other high street banks, has allowed students an interest–free overdraft – typically up to £1,500–£2,000 – for the first couple of years after graduation. But in July it became the first high street bank to scrap free overdrafts for university leavers. It charges interest at 9.9%.

But HSBC didn't reckon on a cyber–rebellion, begun by Wes Streeting, a Cambridge NUS vice–president opening up the Facebook group. Over the past few weeks it has exploded, with more than 2,500 graduates signed up and dozens more joining every day.

The group's 'wall' contains hundreds of angry postings. Typical is this one from a student at Hertfordshire University: 'I have closed my account [at HSBC] . . . and paid my overdraft with an interest–free account! The charges r crazy . . . how r we ever supposed to get outta debt after uni!'

Leeds University graduate Johnny Chatterton first heard about the overdraft charge via Facebook. 'When I first went to university, the deal at HSBC was that the interest–free overdraft would be gradually phased out over a number of years after you left. Out of the blue, I received a letter giving me two weeks' notice it would be withdrawn on July 28. I have a £1,750 overdraft and it has really overshadowed my summer. I've been working for a small charity before returning to do a masters degree, but now I'll have to leave and get a better paying job.'

Mr Streeting, a veteran NUS campaigner, says even he's been taken aback by the scale of the protest. 'I invited my friends on Facebook to respond, and it has turned into a viral campaign. It's a lot better than email and gives people a place where they can protest."

(Patrick Collinson and Tony Levene, 25 August 2007, The Guardian)


ad campaignbankcampaign • cyber-rebellion • FacebookHSBCnetworking • NUS • overdraft • rebellionuniversityviral • Wes Streeting

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