Silk icons

FamFamFam Silk Icons

FamFamFam Silk Icons

I was recently needing a number of small (16 x 16 pixel) icons for a project and came across the Silk Icons collection from FamFamFam, which I can thoroughly recommend.

“Silk” is a smooth, free icon set, containing over 700 16-by-16 pixel icons in strokably-soft PNG format. Containing a large variety of icons, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. And all for a low low price of $0.00. You can’t say fairer than that … This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

The only icon that I couldn’t find amongst that positive smörgåsbord of iconic loveliness was one for a QuickTime movie, but apart from that it’s served me well for what I’ve required.

Shopping cart icon

While on the topic of icons if you’re looking for an icon for a shopping cart (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days?) there’s an attractive one on offer for free at Bartleme Design.


University Web resources

A couple of useful websites pointed out to me by a member of the Information Architecture Institute:

  1. University Web Developers
    A social network for anyone involved with implementing and maintaining web sites in a University environment. Mostly US-based, but still a good resource.
  2. eduStyle
    Inspiration for Campus Web Designers. Again US-biased but collects together all the .edu website designs into one place.

Font matrix

Western fonts matrix

Richard Rutter of 24 ways has “put together a matrix of (western) fonts showing which are installed with Mac and Windows operating systems, which are installed with various versions of Microsoft Office, and which are installed with Adobe Creative Suite.”

The fonts matrix can be downloaded (XLS or CSV) or printed for handy reference.


The Elements of Typography applied to the Web is another really useful resource (still a work in progress), also from Richard Rutter, that gives a good grounding in the ‘rules’ of typography.

Mobile Web Design book

One thing that I’d like to explore more is delivering Web content to mobile Web-enabled devices, such as my Mobile Windows-loaded phone.  This book Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll might just help.

Here’s the blurb from the site:

A web standards approach for delivering content beyond the desktop.

Much has been written about mobile devices. Plenty has been written about developing websites for the so-called “standards era” of the web. However, little has been written about the two colliding. This [book] aims to fill that void.

Successful Web teams

Nine pillars of successful web teams

I just stumbled upon this article again today — it was in the magazine rack in our downstairs loo, if you must know! — The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams by Jessie James Garrett.

In the (short) article he argues that there are nine essential team roles in any successful web project, which need to be distributed amongst the team. When there’s a problem with the project, he says, it’s likely that one (or more) of the roles has been neglected.

The roles are:

  1. User research
  2. Site strategy
  3. Technology strategy
  4. Content strategy
  5. Abstract design
  6. Technology implementation
  7. Content production
  8. Concrete design
  9. Project management

I read another article (it could have been from 37signals) that said that in their experience their best teams comprised three members with the following primary skills:

  1. Developer / Coder
  2. Designer
  3. Sweeper (strong developer/coder/designer skills)

Any thoughts, reflections, personal experiences to share? I’d be interested to review our web team (of two) to see what, if any, areas we’re missing. I’d also love another member of the team — someone with strong design skills would be great, in my opinion.


Colorblind Web Page Filter

My colleague Steve has just discovered this Colorblind Web Page Filter.

  1. Enter the URL of a page you’d like to check
  2. Select which types of colour blindness to check against
  3. Submit

The software will then display the page applying colour filters to show what the page will look like to those with that kind of colour blindness.

The tool is still in development, seemingly, but looks like a useful resource.