Adobe CS3 Icons

Seems like the entire blogging world is in a fervor about the new CS3 icons. Check out Daring Fireball for links to just about every relevant conversation going on right now on the subject.

My take on it: Yeah, the icons are pretty ugly. Just a little bit boring. I really like the direction they’re going in though, because I was honestly never a fan of the older CS-era icons. Sounds like most people agree that the CS icons were pretty, but useless as far as remembering which icon belonged to which program (I’m forever opening up Illustrator or InDesign by accident). I like how the icons bring together the suite, but overall it doesn’t seem quite right yet. The Acrobat icon choice is understandable, but it’s still just plain goofy when you put it next to all of the other. Overall, it feels like a rough idea that could be headed in the right direction.

My biggest question was about the Illustrator icon. Why is it Ai? I think that is about the least intuitive abbreviation ever. It’s the only app that includes Adobe in its two letters. Luckily, my burning question just got answered (I might have even lost sleep over this) in the comments section of John Nack’s blog on the subject. [For the record, I still don’t agree with the Ai for Illustrator.]

Strange Wikipedia Searches

Every now and then, I like to do a search on Wikipedia for something really random, just to see if it’s there, and if so, what it says. The other day I was curious about the meaning of ninja. Not so much this kind of ninja:


I was actually looking for this kind of ninja:

Computer Ninja

You know, the super-nerdy-computer-whiz type ninja. Well, that alternative definition hasn’t quite made it to Wikipedia yet. I did however stumble upon an entry for “Pirates versus Ninjas.” My favorite part of the entire entry is the Wikipedia notice at the top of the entry (subject to change, of course):

Wikipedia note above the Pirates versus Ninjas article

Doodle Board

Here are some pictures of my latest project. It’s still a work in progress. I’d say it’s about half to 2/3 done so far. I’m excited. There will be some assembly. I’ve been drawing on wood for this project and I have to say, I really like it. It feels very organic. I also like the color of the wood and also how the wood grain shows through.

Doodle Board Project

Doodle Board Project Detail Photo

Doodle Board Project Detail Photo