This looks like a terrific presentation from Alla on iconography, semiotics, and communication.
An up-to-date round-up of the various techniques available when you want to provide a fallback for SVG.
The controversial hamburger icon goes mainstream with this story on the BBC News site.
It still amazes me that, despite clear data, many designers cling to the belief that the icon by itself is understandable (or that users will “figure it out eventually”). Why the aversion to having a label for the icon?
A look at the risks of relying on a purely graphical icon for interface actions. When in doubt, label it.
Typeset In The Future is back with another cracking analysis. This time—following on from 2001 and Moon—we’ve got Alien.
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.
This Tumblr blog has the grandiose ambition of being “a showcase of the hottest hamburger icons on the web”, but amazingly, they’ve actually succeeded in documenting every single example of a cool hamburger icon.
Some great thoughts in here about web development workflow and communication between designers and developers.
I believe that the solution is made up of a variety of tools that encourage conversation and improve our shared lexicon. Tools such as styleguides, pattern libraries, elemental and modular systems that encourage access not only by developers, but by designers, shareholders and editors as well.
A lovely little tour of eleven ubiquitous icons.
An in-depth look at using icon fonts without any nasty edge-cases ruining your day.
Some excellent research for web developers: find out which unicode characters have the widest support—release useful for choosing icons.
We shouldn’t be protecting ourselves. We should be protecting each other.
A handy walkthrough of using icon fonts. The examples here use the excellent IcoMoon service
This issue of A List Apart is a great double-whammy. Lara Swanson has a ton of practical tips for front-end performance enhancements, and Brian dives deep into making your own icon fonts.
The slides from Josh’s super-quickfire presentation at the Responsive Day Out.
I really like Mark’s idea of standardised “sparkicons” …for a while there, reading this, I was worried he was going to propose something like Snap Preview. shudder
This is a great free service for generating small subsetted icon fonts. Launch the app and have a play around — you can choose from the icons provided or you can import your own SVG shapes.
Nice touch: you can get the resulting font (mapped to your choice of unicode characters) base-64 encoded for your stylesheet.
A really enjoyable interview with Neal Stephenson.
Josh gives a blow-by-blow account of he created a custom icon font for an upcoming redesign of the Clearleft website: completely scalable and resolution-independent.
I truly believe it won’t be all that long until bitmap image formats will be the exception rather than the rule on the web.
Tim shows how to make a scalable three-line navicon in CSS.
A nifty service for creating a custom font with just the icons you need.
It’s really good to see more providers of icon font sets. These look very nicely designed indeed.
Andy documents the kinds of symbols being used to represent revealable navigation on mobile.
In an interesting new twist, Pictos now allows you to put together a custom subset of their icons as a font that can be served from their server just like any other webfont service.
Jon gives us a run-through on what to expect from his new book. I’ve had a sneak peek and it looks amazing—I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Melville’s masterpiece, translated into Japanese emoticons. All 6438 sentences. Made possible with Kickstarter and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.
A heated discussion around the decision in Firefox 4 to remove the RSS icon from the address bar.
A fascinating look at the experience design of the 9h brand of capsule hotel. I like the consistent use of colour, light and iconography.
A handy RESTful interface for retrieving favicons as images.
A set of icons (in different sizes) from various trendy websites to use in your designs.
I need to get some RSS pillows.
If you've ever broken/strained a limb, you'll know how tedious it gets answering the inevitable "what happened?" question time and time again.
Further proof, as if any were needed, that the patent system turns into a steaming pile of shit as soon as it has dealings with software.
"GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) -- In a small nondescript office on West Friendly Ave., a group of designers produces tiny artistic masterpieces that millions of people interact with every day." Nice TV news video clip showing our heroes and their beauti…
The Evening Standard picks up the story of Silicon Roundabout: Last.fm, Dopplr, Schulze and Webb, Moo...
An attempt to create a standardised icon for geotagged content, much like the standardised icon for RSS.
Clean, businesslike icons by the icon artists behind Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
A great little tool for creating favicons.
This is good news. You can expect Gravatar service to get faster and better.
A series of infographics comparing Chinese and German culture. Amusing and astute.
Dave has made some icons — very nice ones.
This is just plain creepy.
Anthropomorphic browser icons are funny.
Mike follows on from his original question "who would you be?" by adding the subclause "if you were a woman". My answer: Hedy Lamarr.
Vote on your favourite Britsh design. It's a tough call but I might plump for the Penguin paperback.
Possible ideas for IE's icon for RSS feeds. I like number five.