Archive for January, 2007

New Icons: Chameleon Chunky and SuperPack

chameleon sampleWhile I was putting together an hCard example for next week’s Web Directions North presentation a while back, I whipped up a few icons that were Chameleon in spirit — but doubly thick. And so, *Chameleon Chunky* was born: the newest addition to the color-changing family of stock icon sets.

The extra-thickness of this style was a bit more challenging for some shapes, but the ability to add single pixel details makes for good contrast when using just one color. Like all the Chameleon sets, these are royalty-free stock icons that are customizable to fit your site’s color palette. Just punch in a hex color, hit a button and we’ll magically generate a custom-colored set for you immediately. Ah, the wonders of technology, and all for $25 USD.
If you’re feeling lazy or indecisive, a Ready-Made Pack is also available that includes 6 pre-selected colors for $35 USD.

Chameleon SuperPack

In addition to the new Chunky style, I’ve also put together a *SuperPack* of all four Ready-Made Packs in one convenient (and low-priced) bundle. For just $85 USD, you’ll get _all four styles_ in 6 different colors — _1,680_ icons in all. That’s a lot of pixels folks.

Hope you dig ‘em!

Do the Collapse

“Pretty soon you’ll be using your iPhone”, said the attorney in the elevator just five minutes ago. He’d glanced at me checking things on my (now terribly outdated) Blackberry Pearl. Everyone’s talking about the iPhone. No, _everyone_ is talking about it. Just goes to show how big an announcement it really was.

There are so many thoughts about this thing, but rather than add to the noise, here’s one I hadn’t yet seen mentioned: with a _reliable_ browser on the iPhone (Safari) and all that it brings in terms of standards support, JS, DOM, etc., will we start looking closer at resolution dependent layouts (Clagnut: Variable fixed width layout) (or other methods) for sites that _would or could_ function as well as their larger screen counterparts?

We’re essentially talking about a fully-browsable web and everything that comes along with that in Safari. Just on a smaller screen. I realize that already exists to a certain extent with Webkit on the Nokia, Opera, and probably others, but the typical screen dimensions on a mobile phone are tiny. Seeing Steve Jobs turn the device and browse “widescreen” was eye-opening. That extra horizontal space could really increase the readability of non-mobile-specific sites as is.

The vulcan-death-pinch-squeezy thing for zooming looks great, mind you. Fluid layout for screens this small isn’t optimal, while multiple columns could just get too narrow (in the absence of min-width) — but I could see where leveraging the browser to adjust layout based on screen resolution could make things interesting in certain situations. And it’ll of course be fun to find out what this all means.

Free vintage SimpleBits sticker to the first person who names (without Googling) the band for which the title of this post is named after.

Pressed

business card close-upWith a new logo, comes new business cards. I’d used Dependable Letterpress for a previous run of cards and was really pleased with the quality, service, etc. Today, the new cards arrived, and I’m just as happy with the results. Highly recommend them, but be warned that it’s not a quick and cheap option.

Nothing beats seeing the art and type stamped into thick card stock, with visible embossing from the weight of the plates (more evidence of letterpressing awesomeness here). It’s also reassuring to see the flexibility of the new vector-based logo in action. Smooooove.