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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.

The What, Why and How of Data URIs in Web Design

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.

This technique is known as the Data URI scheme, and is in fact not new. The primary benefit of using data URIs is performance enhancement. The data URI (in its simplest form) looks like this: Curious about these IE fixes? 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.

Logo identity guideline template for download

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 Illustrator logo.

Using @Font-face and Unicode for icons

260 free vectors icons, GUI graphic library for web design. Graphic styles Library 200 graphic styles to change buttons, headers or blocks in 1 click Minimal Vector Icons 260 Vector Icons for creatingWireframes and Webdesign GUI Elements Library Hundreds of vector elementsfor designing Interfaces.

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. SOFA - Sofa Icon. All the sizes of iOS app icons. Principles of Icon Design. 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.

Designing the new Campaign Monitor iOS icons

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. The value of sketching Push yourself! Refined sketches of my two main ideas.