July 2012 Archives
The talented team at Fontsmith have unveiled three new typefaces: FS Elliot, “a robust, hard-working sans serif, with its roots in 60s sans serif design;” FS Olivia, “a typeface that captures the motion of the pen;” and FS Truman, “a sans serif with a human, rational and spirited design.”
As is always the case with Fontsmith, all are very nice indeed and come with accompanying webfonts, served via Fontdeck.
As facial hair aficionados, it’ll come as no surprise to discover that we like Man Art’s Famous Follicles prints. A cornucopia of celebrities’ facial hair, immortalised in chocolate and ivory tones, they’re just perfect for the pogonophile 1 in your life.
If you call yourself a web designer and are heading off on that hard-earned summer holiday, you can do worse than packing the ALA Summer Reading Issue, in which the ALA staff share their favourite articles from 355 issues ranging over 10 years.
Getting acquainted, or reacquainted with the seminal articles which shaped and formed our industry is providing essential context for moving forward. This collection of articles is exactly the kind of tonic that will rekindle your spirit and boost your enthusiasm for an industry that has moved very, very far in a short space of time, but still has plenty of space to grow, and distance to travel.
Conveniently packaged up as a Readlist, suitable for perusing on your electronic reading device, we can’t recommended it highly enough.
Should you have missed our tweet yesterday, the folks at Edenspiekermann have built a beautifully responsive site for Red Bull Music Academy Radio. It’s a lovely piece of work indeed and, unsurprisingly for a company headed up by the inimitable Mr Spiekermann, features FontFont’s FF Clan Web Pro Narrow in a striking shade of #FA4C29.
Increasingly our profession is one underpinned by team working, with services or products developed and delivered by tight knit teams, spanning a range of competencies, under the careful guidance and direction of a - hopefully well-equipped and inspirational - leader.
All too often the role of leader is mistakenly perceived to be the easy one, after all the leader doesn’t do anything… right? Wrong. Brian Evje, writing for Inc., explains Why Leadership Is So Hard, and it’s a great read, highlighting the challenges leaders face and, “Why sometimes they need to do a lot less.” As he puts it:
Many burdens of leadership are well known and visible: getting people to back a common purpose and vision, managing change, and maintaining a balanced personal perspective. But there are a number of hidden challenges, common to both new and old leaders, that underlie the more familiar work. To be a truly effective leader, you’re going to have to address them as well.
Evje identifies three hidden challenges that leaders must address, including: the challenge of showing competency (the trick, don’t over compensate and micro-manage in an effort to show ‘what you’re capable of’); what to do when you can’t ‘do’ anything (in a nutshell, direct the action, don’t act yourself); and the ever-tricky issue of knowing when to let go (control, as anyone who has ever lead a team can tell you, is a difficult balancing act that’s hard to master).
If you’re leading a team, or working in a team under a leader, take a moment to read Evje’s piece, the dynamic isn’t as clear cut as you think and - regardless of your role – you’re sure to learn a little something about the challenges we face as our teams grow and evolve.
A multi-layer alphabet designed by S.E. Norton and digitised by Kimberly Winder, Norton Tape is a very nicely designed, rational two tone typeface, out now on House Industries’ subsidiary Photo-Lettering. Perfect for titling it combines a no-nonsense geometric aesthetic with the tried and tested quirkiness we’ve come to expect from the House Industries team. Nice.
A welcome initiative, by designer and front end developer Daniel Eden, Max CSS is a call to arms for designers and developers to be a little more, “helpful,” when publishing their CSS. As Eden puts it:
When developing a large web site, most of us compress our CSS files before deploying a live site. And that’s just fine — saving bytes helps make our users happier, our websites leaner, and our bandwidth bills smaller, however, developers of tomorrow are let down — what we could teach them by way of comments in our CSS, or best practices for structuring and organising our CSS, is thrown out the window as soon as we compress. No comments. No clues. No learning.
Eden’s suggestion, is to be a helpful developer, and, “alongside your
style.min.css, consider an uncompressed
style.max.css, or a comment at the top of your CSS file pointing our developer-in-the-making to an unminified version of the styles.”
It’s great to see the folks at .net magazine getting behind this and we were more than happy to contribute a few short words to an article highlighting Mr Eden’s initiative.
As a couple of gentlemen who grew up reliant on ‘View Source’ to widen our knowledge (and as educators) we wholeheartedly agree. The web was built on openness, put some thought into your CSS, thinking of the generations that follow behind you. Thank you.
We’re looking for web developers who do front-end web development, specifically HTML, CSS and JS for building templates and prototypes. If you use clever things like CoffeeScript and Sass then that’s even better.
If that sounds like you, why not sign up. Given the fellas’ track record it’s sure to be an exciting ride.
LayerVault takes a visual approach to a hosted version control service aimed squarely at designers. With a host of tools allowing you to step back through revisions, share and collaborate, it looks like a well-considered and useful service, especially if most of your work is of a visual nature and you have an aversion to the command line.
Even if this doesn’t describe you, you should take the tour and explore some of the rather elegant solutions to what are inherently complicated engineering problems.