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Communication Arts on Icon Design

For the Communication Arts Interactive Annual #21, I was asked the question “What are the challenges or joys you face when creating an icon set?”. The answer had to be short, so the angle I took was…

We’re getting into very exciting territory with regards to what technology we have to play with! SVG is finally becoming widely adopted and with it the opportunity to provide scalable and responsive icon sets. Higher pixel density screens will also mean spending less time making artwork conform to a pixel grid. The days of fuzzy bitmapped icons are almost over! Until then, the challenges are in providing fallback options, and getting decent SVG export and optimisation in apps like Adobe Illustrator.

I didn’t get time to explain what responsive icons were (maximum 75 words), but it was nice to get asked to be in such a venerable tome. (The photo didn’t get the proper credit though, which was by Jeremy Keith)

Offscreen Magazine: Issue 5

I’m very chuffed to say that Issue 5 of the gorgeous Offscreen Magazine is now available to be pre-ordered and it features an interview with me! You can see me in the sample spread above, resplendent in my special ‘webmaster’ lab coat that I wear to work. What’s more, I get to be in the same issue as these fantastic people:

In our fifth issue we speak to Mac-app and iOS-game designer Neven Mrgan, entrepreneur and body-hacker Ryan Carson, mobile photography enthusiast Jessica Zollman, icon design maestro Jon Hicks, the CEO of dorm-room startup Squarespace, Anthony Casalena, and Malaysian-American web designer and avid cyclist Naz Hamid.

All the photographs for my interview were taken in February by my friend Al Power on what was easily the darkest and coldest day of the year. It’s a testament to his skill that that they look so good!

Pre-order Issue 5 here

MacUser 20/20 interview

Shameless plug ahoy. The latest issue of the UK’s MacUser magazine (2nd September, #18) has a double-spread interview with myself, for its ’20/20’ series. It was all a bit of rush, so my answers aren’t the most entertaining or eloquently written, but I’m as chuffed as Jack the Biscuit to be in there! ;o)

Photo of the spread from Macuser Magazine

Computer Arts Projects

The current issue of Computer Arts Projects (“Typography”, #57 April 2004) features an article on icon design, which includes a couple of excerpts from an interview with me, next to luminaries such as Susan Kare and Gedeon Maheux (Iconfactory). I feel like a bit of an imposter next to these gurus, but its real nice to get my first ‘real’ bit of press.


(I got a very wee mention in MacUser last month, but this one feels like the first.)