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Posted: January, 2009

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Weather Symbols for BBC Weather maps

BBC Weather symbols

Full set of BBC Weather symbols

I’ve noticed quite a bit of traffic coming to my site searching for ‘Weather Symbols’ so I thought it might be an idea to upload the full set of symbols that I made for the BBC as part of the 2005 relaunch. These are based on the original designs by Mark Allen, who submitted the familiar symbols to the BBC in 1974 while still a student in Norwich, and subsequent revisions by BBC graphic designers over the years.

UPDATE: I’ve changed the little preview of all the BBC symbols, due to increasing numbers of visitors deciding to snoop about and pinch the images for themselves. Tut tut.

The new set of symbols were redrawn in Illustrator and converted to PNG’s for use in Metra’s Weatherscape system which drives the graphics for all of the BBC’s weather graphics, both the realtime 3D forecasts and all of the web content too. The main changes are to the raindrop, the basic cloud outline and the colour of the lightning bolt. I had designed several possible replacement symbol sets as part of the initial pitch, but in the end there was no reason to change the classic icons – other than a couple of cosmetic tweaks. …read more

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Latest VR Studio for Setanta Sports

I recently completed another virtual studio project for Setanta Sports in Dublin. This set is for their FA Cup programme – it went live on air a week or so ago. …read more

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Apple Mac font smoothing styles

While my favourite G5 was out of action due to graphics card problems, I continued working away on my back-up machine. I’d hardly used the second machine since new – and hadn’t changed the System Preferences for ‘Font Smoothing Style’ – but I was surprised at just how different the text looked.

To show the kind of differences I mean, I’ve taken some screen grabs of some text to demonstrate the kind of changes you might expect to see with different font smoothing styles applied.
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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The ‘Loading’ animated GIF image

Spinning loader animated GIF imageHas anyone else spent ages staring at a spinning ‘LOADING’ image? Watching the little guy spining away – then realising the connection has hung and the upload (or download) stopped hours ago. It’s amazing how a little bit of movement can imply all sorts of activity, which may (or may not) actually be happening.

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

wordle.net – typographic art?

I’ve been playing around with wordles and made a wordle based on my blog today.
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