Like probably thousands of other web professionals I owe a lot to Jeffrey Zeldman.
I remember spending hours sitting on a balcony in Tenerife, while Jane and her parents were out exploring the island and enjoying the sunshine, reading the first edition of his book Designing with Web Standards.
That book changed how I looked at the web and how I began to develop websites.
This is an excellent 40 minutes documentary, from Lynda.com, about Zeldman’s 20 years of “designing, organizing, and most of all sharing on the web”.
If you are interested in web development, you should watch it.
Something I didn’t realise was that in May’s original design for the guitar, which he built with his father, he had included an ‘F-hole’, like a violin. The article shows an arch top guitar that Andrew Guyton from Guyton Guitars built for him featuring that F-hole.
What is not featured on the video is that Brian May Guitars now make a large number of variations of his iconic guitar, including the original (in a variety of finishes), a mini guitar, an acoustic and now a bass.
I remember as a teenager making sketches of a bass guitar version of the Red May Special. I wonder if I still have them? I dreamed that one day I would build my own… maybe one day. Now I see that both Brian May Guitars and Guyton Guitars have built bass versions and they are quite beautiful pieces of craftsmanship.
There’s a new book scheduled to be published by Hal Leonard next month with the snappy title Brian May’s Red Special: the story behind the home-made guitar that rocked Queen and the world. More information on the Queen website.