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.
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.
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 set of icons (in different sizes) from various trendy websites to use in your designs.
I need to get some RSS pillows.
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…
Clean, businesslike icons by the icon artists behind Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
Dave has made some icons — very nice ones.
Anthropomorphic browser icons are funny.