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journal Post about our new site

Dmitri Joukov, 23 July 2008 Comments (0)

Many of our subscribers witnessed some fluctuations in our RSS feed yesterday. This was caused by the launch of a new version of our site. “So, what’s really new!?”— some careless users may quip. In fact there is a lot new about it.

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cookbook How to draw an icon. Minimization process

Olesya Kozlova, 25 June 2008 Comments (2)

Adobe Illustrator Icon design Master-class

So get your magnifying glasses handy — we continue! After long and feisty arguments (do not worry — no blasters involved) we have 3 approved icons sized 64×64. Further starts the work that requires attention and patience but its end result will be seen by the Alien Invaders much more often (as it happens in the process of evolution they did not enlarge the screens but worked on improving their eyesight). Now we will grab your attention with the proper method of drawing small icons.

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journal Dribbler

Denis Kortunov, 10 June 2008 Comments (0)

dribbler.pngToday our Russian football team is going to play its first match in the Euro 2008. We truly hope that our guys will win! By the way, our friends from Thematic Media have recently launched a social utility for football fans called Dribbler. Almost all graphics for this project was created by our precious hands, which makes us very proud.

cookbook Why the new Google favicon is bad

Denis Kortunov, 10 June 2008 Comments (44)

Criticism Icon design

Google faviconA few days ago I visited the site of my favorite search engine and saw a new icon in the URL line. My first thought was that I misspelled the URL but then it occurred to me that Google had changed its favicon. I do not reckon it’s some kind of world-shaker for the whole IT industry but to me — an GUI designer — this fact appealed as rather interesting.

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journal <SUP>

Denis Kortunov, 3 June 2008 Comments (0)

SUP
Some time ago we paid a social visit to the office of SUP — the company famous for managing and developing the fabled LiveJournal. The office is unique for being located in penthouse of a tower building and the view from its windows on Moscow is just awesome. Pictures, as always, are available for your viewing pleasure at Turboflikr.

journal Photos from ReMix

Denis Kortunov, 28 May 2008 Comments (0)

We have recently come back from ReMix the web developers’ conference. Thankfully in one piece, safe and sound. We also managed to cram all the exciting images into our Turboflickr. Steve Balmer happened to be an extremely energetic man and told us very interesting stuff about out bright digital future. BTW, I managed to be one of those lucky whose questions had been posed to Steven in public. My question was about the interfaces. Check out the photo proof.

journal REMIX’08

Denis Kortunov, 12 May 2008 Comments (0)

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I have dreamt for so long to visit the Hall of Columns at the House of Trade Union in Moscow, do the tough guy catwalk on the red carpet, and gaze at the magnificent chandeliers. Besides, meeting Steve Balmer in person would not be an unpleasant experience, however a bit frightening. The dreams come true. We are going to REMIX’08!

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journal 7 Principles of Effective Icon Design

Denis Kortunov, 15 April 2008 Comments (0)

Pretty cool article on icon design by Sean Hodge “7 Principles of Effective Icon Design“. Also we like the design of PSDTuts where article is posted.

journal Ten

Denis Kortunov, 15 April 2008 Comments (0)

Starting with today the number of Turbomilkers is a two-digit figure! The staff of our modest company (but with intergalactic ambitions) reached ten! It means that during the last two years the company grew twofold. What does that really mean? It means that more cool icons, fancy interfaces and smart posts are coming out anytime soon!

journal GTDInbox 2.0 is out

Yegor Gilyov, 7 April 2008 Comments (0)

Two month ago I wrote about my experience with GTDInbox. Now it is my pleasure to announce that Andy Mitchell has released GTDInbox 2.0!

cookbook Fancy color names or Royal Blue

Denis Kortunov, 28 March 2008 Comments (1)

Fundamentals

Royal BlueIt all started when our client wrote, seemingly as an afterthought: “Please change the color of the icon to royal blue.” To tell you the truth, this request struck me as rather unusual. We have dark blue, light blue and ordinary blue, but no royal blue that I knew about. So I did some research.

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cookbook Enlarge your icons

Denis Kortunov, 18 March 2008 Comments (4)

Icon design

Tom Cruise playing Mr. SheetA small icon is OK! It’s nothing to be ashamed of; it’s not a big deal. Icons can even be very small or plain tiny. This has been their iconic fate. For many years it was the reality and everyone was happy. But something went wrong. All of a sudden, icons got big!

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journal Correcting mistakes

Denis Kortunov, 2 March 2008 Comments (0)

When I wrote the article 10 mistakes in icon design, I did not expect it would arouse so much interest. Clearly, who would want to read about icons?! But I was wrong. Visitor statistics that usually make for somewhat dry and boring reading suddenly erupted: 93,386 visitors in a day!

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cookbook 10 Mistakes in Icon Design

Denis Kortunov, 12 February 2008 Comments (94)

Criticism Fundamentals Icon design

10 Mistakes in Icon DesignIt is much easier to criticize somebody else’s work than to create something cool yourself. But if you apply a systematic approach to criticizing, make a numbered list and prepare illustrations, it will be regarded as a fully-fledged analysis! In my opinion, icon design is undergoing a transitional period. On the one hand, screen resolutions are increasing, hence enhancing icons. On the other hand, we still have good old pixels. Icons sized 16×16 and even smaller are still widely used. And so, here are the most commonly observed mistakes in icon design…

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cookbook My GTD experience: emptying my inbox with GTDInbox

Yegor Gilyov, 10 February 2008 Comments (2)

Productivity Tools

It was a year and a half ago, my head brimming with ideas about GTD, when I realized that an efficient system of self-organization based on the principles of GTD would make most sense if built around the email client; simply because the vast majority of incoming material requiring attention is delivered via email.

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journal Olympic icons

Denis Kortunov, 30 January 2008 Comments (3)

Fuwa Icons

Fish, Giant Panda, Flame, Tibetan Antelope and Swallow are the heroes of our new free set of icons. No, we have not gone mad. These are the mascots of the Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing this summer. And also these characters represent the five Olympic Rings, hence their corresponding coloring.

cookbook My GTD experience: emptying your head

Yegor Gilyov, 23 January 2008 Comments (0)

Books Productivity

I wanted to share my own experience in organizing my life in accordance with GTD for a very long time. You have most likely heard about the GTD. However you have probably missed the book under the same name. I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book. Nevertheless I will try to tell you my story so that some of the methods comprising the theory would be clear to you even without reading the book.

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cookbook Autokadabra

Denis Kortunov, 16 January 2008 Comments (0)

Case Studies Icon design

AutokadabraThematic Media thought about setting up a social network for motorists, however this was meant to be a special network with some RPG features. It was called Autokadabra.

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journal Season Holidays

, 27 December 2007 Comments (0)

Dear clients and friends!
We are happy to inform you on our working schedule over the season of holidays. Our office closes December 29 to reopen January 9 next year. We will be anxiously waiting until after the holidays for you precious orders and correspondence!

journal Firefox 3’s Icons

Yegor Gilyov, 24 December 2007 Comments (1)

Alex Faaborg lifted the veil of mystery from Firefox 3′s icons. Hmmm… Do you like them?

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