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Unsplash - copyright-free photos for your website


Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos for your website. 10 new photos every 10 days.

HUSL - Human-friendly HSL

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HSL is problematic for uses such as randomly generating colour schemes because the human eye does not perceive all hues the same way. With HUSL it is much easier to, say, compare the lightness of two colours to determine if there is adequate contrast. Very interesting!

The Noun Project


Public domain library of vector symbols -- man, parking, stairs, coffee, hairdresser...

Subpixel-rendered type family

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3px x-height! Unintelligible on a CRT!

liquid bookmark


Mark your place with dripping blood!

Ask Tog: Keyboard vs. The Mouse

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We’ve done a cool $50 million of R & D on the Apple Human Interface. We discovered, among other things, two pertinent facts:

  • Test subjects consistently report that keyboarding is faster than mousing.
  • The stopwatch consistently proves mousing is faster than keyboarding.

This contradiction between user-experience and reality apparently forms the basis for many user/developers’ belief that the keyboard is faster.

New Black Face

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The Question can be put simply: How did [the Neuland and Lithos typefaces] come to signify Africans and African-Americans, regardless of how a designer uses them, and regardless of the purpose for which their creators originally intended them?

Reflecting on the New Look of National Park Service Maps


On techniques for the production of attractive and informative maps.

Using Color in Information Display Graphics

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Fantastic site from the NASA Color Usage Research Lab about effective ways to use colour in displays with high information density. Add this to your bookshelf next to Tufte.

The Design Disease: "People with the disease will always choose books by their covers."


There are many such conditions. I threw up a little in my mouth when I first saw the band name "5ive", for example, and again this weekend at a clothes shop called "Temt". Text messages provoke uncontrollable weeping.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.

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