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August 2011 Archives

August Typefaces

Union Sq. [Detail]

Dan Mall rounds up his August Tyepfaces. You can’t argue with his executive summary:

Be adventurous and experiment with new faces, but don’t forget about the classics.

With some real gems – not least Gotham and Clarendon – in the August selection, all with links to further information on foundries and further reading, this looks set to be an inspiring typographic resource and a great insight into real world, real use typography.

As a side note, if you haven’t taken a look at Mr Mall’s redesign, launched way back in May, you should take a look (and read his article on the redesign). It’s a no CMS, no RSS affair which has inspired a number of others to go down the same ‘built lovingly by hand’ route…

Most recently Yaron Schoen.

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Always read…

The Manual I [Detail]

Should you have missed the opportunity to back The Manual via Kickstarter, fear not, Issue I is now available to buy now.

The inaugural issue is not only beautifully designed by Jez Burrows (with illustrations from a host talented individuals) it also features a wealth of interesting content. With articles by: Simon Collison, Frank Chimero, Liz Danzico, Dan Rubin, Jon Tan and – of course – our good selves, we feel truly privileged to have been invited to contribute to the first issue.

As Mr McMillan, the mind behind The Manual, puts it:

We recognise, along with you, that web design is a distinct discipline, its roots firmly in graphic design yet now adding its own principles, tools, and visual language. You won’t find markup and code, tutorials, and galleries inside these pages. Rather, we archive the insights of some of the best thinkers and writers in our field as they explore and define this serious discipline and more effectively tell the story of our work.

Every issue features six brilliant authors who each present a substantial article in addition to a personal essay. A talented illustrator is assigned to each article to create a stunning work to reflect the meaning of the author’s message. The Manual is published three times a year.

The resulting tome certainly delivers on this promise and we’d encourage you to pick up a copy before they sell out, as they surely will.

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HTML for Babies

Web Design for Babies [Detail]

If you have a baby, know a baby or are a baby, you need HTML for Babies, a board book of, “bold col­our­ful, pos­i­tive words wrapped in lov­ing HTML markup tags for imag­i­na­tive code geeks in train­ing.”

At a mere $8.99, the first ever web design book for babies is a bit of a bargain. Get your copy now.

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Sharing Is Caring

The Post-Personal iPad [Detail]

In The Post-Personal iPad, Khoi Vinh argues that the Apple’t tablet is heralding a new era in computing due to its non-personal nature. Being a device that is often shared between family members or even co-workers, the iPad is almost the antithesis of the highly personal iPhone (or other devices available). Lifting someone’s phone off a desk and starting to pinch and zoom and switch between applications is a clear invasion of their personal space, whereas the iPad equivalent of doing this appears quite acceptable. Mr Vinh states:

…our phones are the devices that reflect us as individuals, while iPads seem to be the devices that reflect our closest relationships. This is where I think it’s more accurate to think of the iPad as not just a post-PC device, but as harbinger of a post-personal flavour of computing, one that is more perhaps co-operative, and more open as a user experience.


It would be fascinating to see Apple and third-party software developers fully embrace this concept: a photos app that grabs photos from all the iPhones in a family; a browser that reflects favorites and cookies based not on who is logged into the device at the moment, but who is holding the device at the moment; an address book that can be a true replacement for the family address book my mother used to keep in our kitchen drawer so that everyone could find the neighbour’s number.

Opening up fascinating new challenges for designers and developers, this possible new paradigm in computing is worth our consideration, and Mr Vinh’s article proves to be an excellent primer.

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[REDACTED] is a piteously petty sycophant and a horribly atrocious small-minded cesspool of putrid effluvium. [Detail]

Tired and frustrated with a !¥$£% who refuses to see the voice of reason? Great news, simply enter the afroementioned irritant’s name and Intellisult, courtesy of Matt Hofstadt, will take care of the rest, conjuring up an intelligent insult on your behalf.

We conjured this little beauty for a recent irritant up earlier:

[REDACTED] is a lamentably myopic microphallus and a vapid internet-addicted delinquent who has delusions of adequacy.

According to Mr Hofstadt: “While other insult generators use limited lists of preformed insults, Intellisult is able to generate millions of unique insults by using magic… errr, geeky algorithm stuff.” We can only comment on the algorithm’s effectiveness in our case, but the Intellisult above suits our needs just fine.

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Visual Proportions

Visual Proportions in iOS [Detail]

In his excellent piece, New Visual Proportions for the iOS User Interface, Aen Tan provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the problems inherent in the iOS user interface reliance on a 44 pixel grid.

It’s a thorough and constructive review and one that’s well worth reading, even if you don’t happen to design for iOS, for an understanding of how grid systems can be applied in a digital context.

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Sweating the iA Details

iA Writer [Detail]

Oliver Reichenstein on, “a solution for the iA Writer icon that works in every form on every platform … on OSX it even writes itself when you scale it up.” Nice work, sweating the details.

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Hand Written Book

DR [Detail]

We wrote about Craig Oldham’s Hand Written Letter Project in July. Our limited edition books arrived today (timed to perfection for Mr Persson’s birthday) and they’re very nice indeed. As Mr Oldham puts it:

The book has been achieved with experimental production methods and presents the letters as leaves, as close to the originals as possible. It incorporates the actual letterheads from many of the contributors alongside printed reproductions on a multitude of stocks, finishes, inserts, on UK A4, USA A4 and bespoke sizes in a case-bound, hard-back book.

Now able to hold the finished result in our hands, we can attest to the fact that the book is a truly unique and highly desirable piece of design. If they’re not already sold out, we’d urge you to pick one up before they all go. Truly, great work.

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8-Bit Fashion

Hussein Chalayan [Detail]

Though our wardrobe is resolutely tweed-focused, we couldn’t help but admire Fashionary’s take on 8-Bit Fashion. If Givenchy, Comme des Garçons and Hussein Chalayan are more your bag, you might like to take a look.

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Bonjour Converse

Bonjour Converse [Detail]