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In praise of bad web design

Home page of irregular boxes

Testimonials page

Have you seen a website like this in Toronto’s digital wilds? At first I was set back by its design but then noted a quality.

Mother’s Dumplings website is so retro and poor that it stands out in an age of repetitive image sliders, parallax scrolling, pop-ups, and auto-play video backgrounds.

It’s so cute that I want to collect sites like these and them take home and put them in a drawer or on the coffee table.

Make no mistake, I love eating dumplings and pan cakes at Mother’s Dumpling on Spadina Ave below College. You may too if you’ve not been. Just don’t try their site on mobile or have accessibility needs.

Social Media Week Toronto 2019

Social Media Week Toronto (#SMWTO) is taking place November 12-15 at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. Speakers lineup.

Michelle Pinchev of Pinch Social & Social Media Week Toronto
Michelle Pinchev at Social Media Week Toronto

Carlos Gil: The End of Marketing: Humanizing your brand in the age of social media and AI
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto
Carlos Gil at Social Media Week Toronto

Leanne Gibson of Facebook and Instagram
Social Media Week Toronto

Social Media Week happens in cities around the world. Each conference curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture.

See also
Social Media Week Toronto, 2019
Social Media Week Toronto, 2017
Independent Social Media Week Toronto, 2016

Enjoying the Outer Harbour

One of Toronto’s best kept secrets is the Outer Harbour, the bays of Leslie Spit, and in the canals of the Toronto Islands. If interested, I’d be happy to help you experience canoeing or dinghy sailing from the Cherry Beach area. Taking friends, and friends of, out on the water for a short excursion is a favourite pastime. As the season changes there is plenty online to learn more.

As the Communications Director for the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation of nine clubs and a youth camp I help promote water recreation and help get the word about getting out on the water from the Cherry Beach area. Below are some of my photos from several accounts I manage.

I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to canoeing and sailing from my father when I was a child. Somehow I managed to borrow his boats and bring them to Toronto. I’ve been sailing a Laser with The Water Rat sailing club for a few years and many more with the Outer Harbour Centreboard Club. I’m rarely in a motor boat but I also have the Canada Boating License Pleasure Craft Operator Card. I’ve been learning about the areas natural, industrial and recreational history, its people, ecology, wildlife and the largest urban redevelopment project currently underway in North America.

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Visiting Wards Island by boat

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Will reach shore sooner or later

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Kids playing on the beach

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