Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hilarious video from Font Conference

Ha-ha-ha!.. Can't stop laughing. :-D

Just imagine typing fonts... gather together and hold a conference! All those TNR, Arial Narrow, Futura, Comic Sans, Wingdings et al starring in a short clip. Acting and makeup are superb! Tech writers and all font-concious people will appreciate. :-)

Friday, July 18, 2008

10 mistakes in icon design

Here goes a handy checklist that helps fight typical mistakes in icon design. The author keeps things simple and gives nice illustrations to support his point. Just what an amateur designer like me would need next time when the need for drawing a simple custom icon arises. :-)


  1. Insufficient differentiation between icons.
  2. Too many elements in one icon.
  3. Unnecessary elements.
  4. Lack of unity of style within a set of icons.
  5. Unnecessary perspective and shadows in small icons.
  6. Overly original metaphors.
  7. National or social characteristics not being taken into account.
  8. Images of real interface elements in icons.
  9. Text inside icons.
  10. Outside the pixel framework.

P.S. Thanks to Desh for sharing the link.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trends in web design

Today I was surprised to learn that writing about trends in web design is so popular. Just google for something like "web design trend" and you'll get tonns of opinions and design samples!

The topic is not straightforwardly "techwriting", of course. Nonetheless, taking a look at carefully selected galleries boosts both mood and imagination. :-)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Once again about TOCs

Huh, it feels like my blog needs emergent revival with some fresh posts. ;-)

To start with, here comes yet another (wider) collection of creative and beautiful TOCs. I loved it!