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Silk Icons – Contrib


Many great open source projects have corresponding “contrib” projects where people contribute additional functionality, plugins, addons, etc.

For example, I like to use nAnt for my build scripts. I often import additional tasks from the nAnt Contrib project such as their svn and sql tags.  Microsoft’s Enterprise Library also has a great contrib project which adds additional support for MySql, SqLite and Post#.

One library I find myself using most often is a library of free icons by Mark James called Silk.  The set includes 1,000 16×16 icons.  I’m sure you’ve seen them in the wild before.

Mark has an additional, matching icon set of flags from nations around the world.

Even though Mark has provided well over 1,000 icons, I still find myself needing additional icons from time to time.  Mind you, I am not a designer, so many of my attempts to create matching icons end up with me yelling at Photoshop.  That’s when I had a thought: the world needs a Silk Contrib!

A little goggling revealed that I’m not the only one who thinks so.  DamienG has “contributed” an additional 460+ icons to the set. While I don’t have the same artistic abilities as Damien, I have out some decent icons:

  • Certificate: certificate
  • Add Certificate: certificate_add
  • Traffic Light: traffic_light

I figure that everyone must have two or three “silk” icons that they have had to create for some project.  If this is you, then CONTRIB!  Post them up on the web and leave a comment here to we can start pooling these icons together.  Hopefully we can double the size of this icon set collectively.  If you are in need of a particular icon (IE – I could use a hard hat icon.) leave a comment as well – perhaps some designers out there would be willing to help.

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Walt would be proud!

Good job Google!  Apparently Google and Disney World have been working together, because today on the Google Blog they announced Walt Disney World Resort in 3D.

WDW 3D is an addition to Google Earth allowing you to virtually visit all of the theme parks and resorts at WDW.disney

I’d love to see the whole world done over like this.  I know it would take a long time  to catch up to all the buildings already out there, but I figure it must take a fraction of the time to make a 3D rendering as compared to building a building.  Once they catch up it should be easy to maintain pace.  Plus most buildings already have 3D models used internally.  Google should open up a repository for architects to submit their renderings.

If I was in government I would be calling Google and trying to get them to work with my city to model it with this level of detail.  I’d love to see Las Vegas or New York like this.

What places would you like to see show up next on Google Earth?

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Small Changes

I’ve noticed recently that Chevron (a gas station in the southeast) has changedchevronLogo their logo.

The new logo is VERY similar to the old one – yet slightly stylized – with some new dimension.  It looks really good light up on the sign; as if they specifically designed it for that purpose.


I love when companies make small subtle changes to their logos to show that they are still current and relevant.  I always thought that UPS did a remarkable job at this as well.

Last week the blog Neatorama put together a nice collection of logo evolutions.  They focused on only tech company logos, and to be honest with you I’d like to see most of those companies update their logos again.

Wired one-upped Neatorama by interviewing Ruth Kedar about her process when designing the Google logo.  The resulting article shows a bunch of logos that could have been.

And finally, speaking of Google’s logo.  Be sure to check out their Doodle 4 Google contest where school aged kids can design a temporary replacement logo for Google centered on the theme “What If..?”.  That’s way more exposure than the coloring contest at your local supermarket!  You can see all of Google’s past doodle logos for an idea of what they might be looking for.

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