Button du Jour.
A charming semi-daily imaginary vignette featuring food, fashion, music, and an exotic location -- all inspired by a beautiful button.
Remember the old days of the web, where insane collectors cataloged their manias for the world to see? Where terrible design, including "portals"
belied neat things kept by amateurs?
I stumbled onto these bank logos
and thought they were neat examples of two-color design. But the primary focus of the site is buttons
Also collected: Maritime flyers
, Ads for button suppliers
, sample cards
… All sorts of stuff.
Pop into the Buttonarium
. You may find it fasten-ating.
No Ideas But In Things
is a photoblog of dials
, and other pieces of user interface design.
What is the monome? A sequencer?
? A sampler
? A trippy rave machine
? A general-purpose turing device
? Just a toy or the open-source future
of digital music? [more inside]
History of the Button
, a weblog devoted to 'tracing the history of interaction design through the history of the button, from flashlights to websites and beyond'. This presentation [4.5MB .pdf] provides a quick-fire pictorial history of the things we push to do stuff.
So I guess it started when Jeremy Hedley made these buttons
, dissatisfied as he was with the W3 Validator's
default icons. Or was it Winer's white-on-orange
button that did it, and the ensuing variations
that appeared? In any case, we now have
pixely buttons for just about everything
scripts to make even more
and GUI frontends
to those scripts for fun and ease. And if you want to be kind to their servers; here's the source
if you have Image::GD.
Dave Winer's not happy
about the fact that people are tweaking the orange XML icon
used to link RSS/RDF feeds. You've seen that orange button saying XML at various sites, including MeFi. Milo
just put up one saying RSS instead of XML, which was based on a point brought up by xiffix
, "In hindsight, appropriating the global acronym XML for this narrow use was a mistake. The button should say RSS. Hopefully, people will take Dave’s suggestion to do something completely different to heart and abandon the Userland attempt at a standard icon"