The best icon is a text label

Thomas Byttebier makes a great case for using text labels over icons. I've been thinking on this of late, largely thanks to Rian van der Merwe. Once you start looking for this issue, you see it everywhere (like the footer of this site). How often do designers add an icon because it makes perfect sense to them, unknowingly causing confusion? But if we can't agree on a universal icon to represent Save, perhaps sticking with text truly is the best option. Thomas sums it up: users will avoid interface elements they cannot understandGive the entire article a read. He includes…

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Know your content

My old boss, Mathew Patterson, shares his process for preparing for a talk. He gives details on everything from choosing a topic, to writing the outline, to going through several drafts. My own process is similar. I tend to start in a text editor (iA Writer on my iPad, Ulysses on my Mac) to capture the main points. The flow of my talk then comes into shape in Keynote. The slides are minimal, but details are included in my speaker’s notes. Rands gives a similar (and more detailed) description of his process.The key through the whole process is…

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The billionaire’s typewriter

I’ve been fascinated with the changes to Medium of late; they’re doing some great work that makes it an attractive platform (for reading and writing). But it’s not attractive enough to give up the control of my content. Matthew Butterick sums up the points more excellently than I have to date. There are some fantastic pull quotes in his article! Source…

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