The What, Why and How of Data URIs in Web Design. Let's look at improving your site's performance by reducing the number of HTTP requests it makes.
We're going to take advantage of a technique known as the data URI scheme; encoding both images and fonts into pure data strings that can be directly integrated into your markup and stylesheets. Thumbnail: The Broccolidryiconsaniconsetitisfullof…icons by Visual Idiot (we'll be using these icons in a minute..) As Internet connections became quicker and computers more powerful, website performance used to be an often overlooked best practice. Today, ensuring that your website is performing well is absolutely vital for keeping both your users and the search engines happy; especially when the site is being accessed using mobile data and under-powered phones and other devices.
The What, Why and How of Data URIs This technique is known as the Data URI scheme, and is in fact not new. Logo identity guideline template for download. New Four Page Guidelines Template For Download As promised, here is the basic template for the A4 single page set of identity guidelines for a general logo design.
You can download below. It covers the basic essentials that a client needs to keep the identity looking consistent and to avoid abusing the use of it such as distorting the image, changing colours, changing fonts etc. 3 Styles Since first posting this, I have now updated the download to include 3 styles of identity guide. Style 2 contains a small colour section. Style 3 is based on a new layout, and it’s based on my revised layout which you can see for the Keyboard Kahuna logo. You will find that you will need to chop and change each layout for your own use. As this is the template I use myself, please consider making style changes to inject your own brand into the mix. Spacing between sections I have not paid too much attention to spacing on this template. Remember, it’s all about presentation. InDesign Template.
260 free vectors icons, GUI graphic library for web design. SOFA - The Versions Icon. This week I’ve decided to take you through the development of the Versions icon. For those who need some indication of the work involved in creating an icon, you may get a feel for it. Although this was an in house project and we weren't bound by any deadlines, this article still illustrates the lengths we take to create a strong visual brand. Important to know is that, long ago, Versions had an other icon. It was designed by Jasper Hauser even before Sofa was founded. It wasn't until we told people about Versions at WWDC 2007 that people knew about its existence. The old icon and it's use in the sites header graphic. The old icon had all the characteristics a good icon should have.
So, we set out on a quest to find a good replacement. The difficulty of a bonsai tree however was that it's not really easy to make in Photoshop and still give it that soft Mac feel. A couple of screenshots of the working progress. SOFA - Sofa Icon. All the sizes of iOS app icons. Principles of Icon Design. I’ve never over-run on a talk.
Ever. Usually I embarrasingly finish around 10 mins early, leaving plenty of time for questions. Until last week at Future of Web Design that is. When it came down to the last 5 minutes, I realised I had a lot more to go, and had to really hurry the last couple of sections. Thankfully the feedback so far has been positive, but I promise this will be (probably) be the last time I talk on this subject. The Principles of Icon Design was originally based on the talk I gave at @Media last year, Icons for Interaction, but soon started taking a different form. As promised, you an grab the slides (with notes) here: Download the Principles of Icon Design PDF (17.3mb) Finally, I must mention how much I enjoyed the conference. A BIG thankyou to Carsonified (and Cat Clark in particular) for organising the event so well.
Designing the new Campaign Monitor iOS icons. One of my first icon projects for Campaign Monitor was to create a set of Apple iOS icons for our mobile web application.
These are the icons that show up when you bookmark our mobile site to the ‘home screen’ on your Apple device. Now, with all of the iOS devices floating around out there, you can do things the easy way by creating one large icon which is then scaled down for that particular device, or you can do it properly by creating a pixel-perfect icon for each device. For the iPod Touch/iPhone 2.5/3G/3GS, the icon size is a miserly 57 pixels square.
For the iPad, it’s 72 pixels square, and for the newer iPhone4, it’s a whopping 114 pixels square. The challenge with iOS icons, or for that matter, any icon that will be used at multiple sizes, is that you need to come up with an idea that is memorable and interesting, whilst keeping things clear and concise enough that it is still recognisable at smaller sizes.