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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2016, 12:11 PM »
Wouldn't a monospaced ("coding",  as weirdos call it) font make more sense?

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2016, 12:18 PM »
^ this all just personal taste, others will vary!
Of course :)

But finding something that appeals to your personal taste probably means -- unless you're very unusual indeed -- that it'll work for others too. Design is about both form and function, after all!

I dont like the 'plasticky' feel of it, and I dont like the way the numbers are done in the font.
Afraid I'm not good at creative suggestions, just able to say what I dont like :-/

Okay, that's probably more helpful than you think! As far as the number style is concerned, I don't disagree. The 3D style is just one more option amongst many -- I applied that style to the font, it didn't start out that way!

I've done some work to consolidate my font collections in one place since I designed this initially, which makes browsing options quicker and easier; I'll go away and play.
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2016, 12:20 PM »
Wouldn't a monospaced ("coding",  as weirdos call it) font make more sense?
Probably. :)

I was just trying not to be too obvious, when I put the first draft together. Maybe there's an argument that says we should keep what works!  8)
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2016, 12:22 PM »
For what it's worth, the main DonationCoder.com font is Arial Black.
Thanks -- I'll plug that in too :)
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2016, 01:11 PM »
Maybe two fonts on the left ?
NANY
and a different one for
2017
?
I'm just throwing out ideas now.
Maybe a monospaced for the numbers? (Consolas has nice number 'shapes', but I not well up on monospaced fonts)

But that does make it more complicated, getting two fonts that work well together...
Tom

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2016, 01:31 PM »
Some potential designs here. I've spent a little longer on choice of font than I think I expected to need and (naturally) I can continue to modify anything here as required.

Main font: Stencil Stencil.pngN.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
Main font: Newform newform.pngN.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
Main font: Quartz quartz.pngN.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
Main font: Keyboard keyboard3.pngN.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
Ditto (alternate design) keyboard2.pngN.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement

I dropped the quality settings down slightly to keep the filesize down but can also produce higher quality output if required.
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2016, 02:12 PM »
I'm hopeful that it'll be ready for release on the same timescale
It was, too.
In case anyone cares... there's a maternity application in use in the UK that has a few issues I decided I'd try to remedy.

First, a message of the day at login to remind midwives (in a reasonably cheerful way) that some of the shortcuts they often take with the application are a Really Bad Idea.

Second, assign an F1 key to a .CHM file that's pretty much an FAQ for the application. (The supplier's documentation is all but nonexistent, and entirely nonexistent within the program itself.)

Third, make a facility where a Consultant of the Week could be chosen from a menu by a select few and would appear to anyone needing to be reminded of who it was, at login or when desired at a press of the F2 key.

And for everything to look like it's an integral part of the application itself.

As I said, it's of relatively limited use: however, the techniques I used to achieve everything could probably be adapted to a variety of other (networked) applications and if anyone's interested I'd be willing to share lumps of code.
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Some potential designs here.

Thank you for your work!  I like the "Keyboard" font ones the best.  However, I'm not a huge fan of the different colour combos between the "NANY 2017" and the blurb beneath the construction image.  I think a version with black text for both would be better.

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2016, 10:26 AM »
I think a version with black text for both would be better.
While I often try to avoid the starkness of black, who am I to argue?  :D

Your wish, therefore, is my command!
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« Last Edit: December 29, 2016, 10:34 AM by oblivion, Reason: removed image with transparency as online view looked nasty »

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #34 on: December 29, 2016, 10:33 AM »
Now the DC ad text should be less blurry and we're happy.

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #35 on: December 29, 2016, 10:37 AM »
Now the DC ad text should be less blurry and we're happy.
Doesn't look blurry to me -- it's a direct, non-resized, export of actual text. Can you refresh (since I removed the version with transparency) and see if it looks any better, please?
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #36 on: December 29, 2016, 10:41 AM »
Some slight "annoyances" in the image:

1. Right "hand" looks a little strange with the white - not sure what's happening there
2. Random yellow bit under the left "hand"
3. Missing shadow on the left "hand"
4. Random Grey line connecting the controller to the wing
5. (Not Circled - Just noticed) - to the right of the above random grey line (following on the controller) the outline of the controller goes missing for a moment almost like a chunk has been removed from it



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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #37 on: December 29, 2016, 10:42 AM »
Ah, it was the attachment scaling. Thanks, I haven't said a thing...

Or could you make the text a tiny bit lighter (less bold, not less black)?

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #38 on: December 29, 2016, 10:44 AM »
Added circles to cover all the "strange" looking bits :)

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #39 on: December 29, 2016, 10:46 AM »
Some slight "annoyances" in the image:

1. Right "hand" looks a little strange with the white - not sure what's happening there
2. Random yellow bit under the left "hand"
3. Missing shadow on the left "hand"
4. Random Grey line connecting the controller to the wing
5. (Not Circled - Just noticed) - to the right of the above random gray line (following on the controller) the outline of the controller goes missing for a moment almost like a chunk has been removed from it
Hm. I last played with that part of the design ages ago, and I hadn't noticed. Sorry -- I'll clean up.
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #40 on: December 29, 2016, 10:47 AM »
Some slight "annoyances" in the image:

1. Right "hand" looks a little strange with the white - not sure what's happening there
2. Random yellow bit under the left "hand"
3. Missing shadow on the left "hand"
4. Random Grey line connecting the controller to the wing
5. (Not Circled - Just noticed) - to the right of the above random gray line (following on the controller) the outline of the controller goes missing for a moment almost like a chunk has been removed from it
Hm. I last played with that part of the design ages ago, and I hadn't noticed. Sorry -- I'll clean up.



Hey no need to apologize...My eyes just automatically seem to focus on parts of images that look "off"...Things happen!

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2016, 11:18 AM »
From what I recall, the Cody I used here was brazenly stolen from an image somewhere on the site. I think (I really should keep notes!) I used an image extractor to pull him from the original background and, as often happens, some of the edges got a bit blatted. I did a rough cleanup and then I probably forgot to go back and do it properly.

Because I've used a vector editor to produce this and some of the things I might have done in a raster editor aren't available, and my artistic skills aren't particularly high (what do you mean, you'd noticed!?) I've done my tidying with a paintbrush and a colour picker. So if you look closely enough, it's probably still not going to be beautiful right now -- so here's the current version and if you still think it could use more work before it'll look good on a mug, please let me know and I'll push the whole lot into a raster editor and see if I can make it better still.
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« Reply #42 on: December 29, 2016, 11:23 AM »
From what I recall, the Cody I used here was brazenly stolen from an image somewhere on the site. I think (I really should keep notes!) I used an image extractor to pull him from the original background and, as often happens, some of the edges got a bit blatted. I did a rough cleanup and then I probably forgot to go back and do it properly.

Because I've used a vector editor to produce this and some of the things I might have done in a raster editor aren't available, and my artistic skills aren't particularly high (what do you mean, you'd noticed!?) I've done my tidying with a paintbrush and a colour picker. So if you look closely enough, it's probably still not going to be beautiful right now -- so here's the current version and if you still think it could use more work before it'll look good on a mug, please let me know and I'll push the whole lot into a raster editor and see if I can make it better still.
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I think what seems to be missing, is the "bit" (can't remember wtf it is called) from the end of the antenna on the controller - soft of like the round bit from the top of the antenna on the dudes head - the antenna right now looks like it's had it snap off (hopefully that makes sense)

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #43 on: December 29, 2016, 11:24 AM »
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« Reply #44 on: December 29, 2016, 11:32 AM »
I think what seems to be missing, is the "bit" (can't remember wtf it is called) from the end of the antenna on the controller - soft of like the round bit from the top of the antenna on the dudes head - the antenna right now looks like it's had it snap off (hopefully that makes sense)
Aha.

Is it like the bit at the back of your knee, that there's no proper name for? 'Cause I have no idea either. Still, a small ellipse with a tiny 3d effect that you might need a magnifier to see... :)
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2016, 11:34 AM »
I think what seems to be missing, is the "bit" (can't remember wtf it is called) from the end of the antenna on the controller - soft of like the round bit from the top of the antenna on the dudes head - the antenna right now looks like it's had it snap off (hopefully that makes sense)
Aha.

Is it like the bit at the back of your knee, that there's no proper name for? 'Cause I have no idea either. Still, a small ellipse with a tiny 3d effect that you might need a magnifier to see... :)
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Stephens eyes are now happy!  :D

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2016, 11:40 AM »
Stephens eyes are now happy!  :D
Excellent!

Now: while taking the point about multiple colours on board, would it be worth maybe considering a couple more versions of the text colour -- or shall I just leave it that if someone wants the mug design with different coloured text they can ask me and I shall reproduce it to order?
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2016, 01:40 PM »
This design is really looking good. I'm working my ass off to still throw in a release before 31-12 is over... :tellme:

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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #48 on: December 29, 2016, 02:33 PM »
This design is really looking good.
Thank you, kind sir ☺
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Re: N.A.N.Y. 2017 Announcement
« Reply #49 on: December 29, 2016, 05:10 PM »
This design is really looking good.
agreed,
thanks oblivion :up:

Now: while taking the point about multiple colours on board, would it be worth maybe considering a couple more versions of the text colour -- or shall I just leave it that if someone wants the mug design with different coloured text they can ask me and I shall reproduce it to order?

I'm not getting a mug anyways, but if I was, would suggest a dark grey rather than a black -- it's not so harsh (but have no idea: would it affect the sharpness of the print? I dont think it should be a problem myself, but not sure)
Tom