Saturday, 16 July 2011

Yemen Transitional Council Members Named - lissping

Yemen Transitional Council Members Named

Yemen's Revolution declares Transitional Presidential Council. There are no women on the council. The 17 members are: 


Haidar AbuBakr Al-Attas

Horiya Mash-hoor

Jamal Mohammed Al-Mutareb

Sa'ad Al-Deen Bin Talib

Sadeq Ali Sarhan

Shakhr Ahmad Al-Wajeeh

Abdullah Hassan AL-Nakhebi

Abdulallah Salam Al-Hakemi

Ali Nasser Mohammed

Ali Hussien Ashal

Aydaros Al-Naqeeb 

Muhsen Mohammed Bin Fareed

Mohammed Salim BaSendwah

Mohammed Saeed Al-Sa'adi

Mohammed Abdulmalik Al-Mutwakel

Mohammed Ali Abu Lohom

Yahya Mansour Abu Osba'a



Here are the names of the members in Arabic:

حيدر أبو بكر العطاس 
حورية مشهور
جمال محمد المترب
سعد الدين بن طالب
...صادق علي سرحان
صخر أحمد الوجيه
عبد الله حسن الناخبي
عبد الله سلام الحكيمي
علي ناصر محمد 
علي حسين عشال
عيدروس النقيب 
محسن محمد بن فريد
محمد سالم باسندوة
محمد سعيد السعدي
محمد عبد الملك المتوكل
محمد علي أبو لحوم
يحيى منصور أبو اصبع

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Friday mobile - Forget to remember

The first few seconds, and vapour design.

I was searching for a Google Reader client for the desktop. After a long search in the internet, posting a question to Quora, twitter etc, I am yet to find one, which has a beautiful user interface. Then I realized, using a lot of mobile/tablet applications has driven the User Experience (UX) expectation level a few bars higher. The "Windows Forms" like interface does not interest me anymore, and this is case of lot of other users around.

Why UX and UI are very important to a mobile application is that the attention span of a mobile user is very very less compared to a Desktop user. Most of the times, you are mentally prepared to use the PC when you are sitting in front of a PC, but a mobile screen is unlocked at any time, in the restroom, in the bus, during a TV commercial and even worser situations, where you just have a few moments to take off. The application UX has the big responsibility of engrossing you in the experience in this short span.

We believe Friday is a very unique application, which paints the tone of your life. The events, people, places, the context and the information in Friday should set the tone of the application. I didn't want to add any tone to the application ourselves, rather, the content in your timeline and dashboard should set the tone. A B/W photography enthusiast would have a Friday timeline which complements his photography and gray shades, or a music lover would have a timeline which is musical. What is important is that our own design should not add any overtone to these. The design should be invisible and should let the content take over. You might be thinking this is similar to Metro design, but though Metro gives importance to the content, it has a very strong design theming. Metro is more like a liquid design, which takes the shape of the content, but is visible as well. But, we want to take it a level further, a design which is invisible and content is the only thing that captures your eye, the design framework is in vapour form.

Was inspired a lot from the Helvetica typeface (font), it does not convey any meaning with its style, but lets the content of the text do it. You should watch this full feature film (Documentary) on Helvetica, if you are a typeface freak like me.

P.S. I would love to see your responses/opinions on this post.

Segoe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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For the Go player, see Kensaku Segoe

Segoe (pronounced /ˈsiːɡoʊ/) is a Humanist typeface family that is best-known for its usage by Microsoft. The company uses Segoe in their online and printed marketing materials, including recent logos for a number of products. Additionally, the Segoe UI family of fonts are utilized by numerous Microsoft applications, and may be installed by applications (such as Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Live Messenger 2009) or bundled with certain operating systems (including Windows Vista and Windows 7).

The Segoe name is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation, although the typeface was originally developed by Monotype. It is named after Segoe Road in Madison, Wisconsin, where one of Monotype's engineers lived.



[edit] History

Segoe was designed by Steve Matteson during his employment at Agfa Monotype.[1] Licensed to Microsoft for use as a branding typeface and user interface font, it was designed to be friendly and legible. Matteson created a range of weights and italics with a humanist feel.

[edit] Segoe UI

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Category Sans-serif
Designer(s) Steve Matteson
Foundry Monotype
Date released 2004
Segoe UI sample text


Segoe UI is a sans-serif typeface used in Microsoft products for user interface text, as well as for some online user assistance material, designed to improve the consistency in how users see all text across all languages. It is distinguishable from its predecessor Tahoma and the Mac OS user interface font Lucida Grande by its rounder letters. Segoe UI was produced by Monotype Imaging.[2]

Segoe UI is just one of many fonts (at least 27) using the Segoe trademark; others include an extensive range of branding print fonts[3] used internally by Microsoft and their advertising agencies, the Windows Vista handwriting fonts Segoe Script and Segoe Print, Segoe Chess, a symbol encoded chess font, several Segoe Media Center fonts, and Segoe TV, which is built into MSN TV set-top-boxes.

Light and Semibold versions of Segoe UI were introduced with Windows 7.[4]

[edit] Characteristics

Segoe UI is optimized for Vista's default ClearType rendering environment, and it is significantly less legible when ClearType is disabled, except at key user interface sizes (8, 9 and 10 point) where Segoe UI has been hinted for bi-level rendering. The standard font size increased to 9 pt. in Windows Vista to accommodate for better layout and readability for all languages.

The Windows Vista version of Segoe UI (version 5.00) contains complete Unicode 4.1 coverage for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Arabic (romans only), totaling 2843 glyphs in the regular weight. Segoe UI contains almost 2850 characters.

Segoe UI has a true cursive italic, unlike the oblique used in Frutiger and Helvetica.

[edit] Variations

  • Segoe UI Mono is a variation of Segoe UI with monospace characters. It supports Latin (including Eastern European, and Turkish), Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Thai characters, and symbols, geometric shapes and drawing elements. The family includes 2 fonts in 2 weights, without italics.
  • Segoe UI Symbol is a font that includes symbols such as runes, chess pieces, playing card and dice symbols (these glyphs formed the basis of the Segoe Chess and Segoe News Symbols fonts), box drawing, block elements, technical symbols, mathematical operators, arrows, box drawing characters, control pictures, OCR, braille patterns, Ogham and Runic text.[5] However, it is a Unicode-encoded font with symbols assigned to respective Unicode code points, instead of a symbol-encoded font.[6] The font also includes the monospaced Segoe UI variant, and OCR characters as OpenType accessible stylistic sets.
  • Segoe Print is a font family based on the handwriting of Monotype Imaging employee Brian Allen,[7] developed by Carl Crossgrove, James Grieshaber and Karl Leuthold. The family includes 2 fonts in 2 weights, without italics. It supports WGL character sets.
Segoe Script
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Category Script
Designer(s) Carl Crossgrove and Brian Allen
  • Segoe Script is a font family designed by Carl Crossgrove based from the handwriting of Brian Allen, but includes extended strokes found in cursive handwriting. It is produced by Monotype Imaging. By using stylistic alternate OpenType feature, the unlinked letters become accessible. The family includes 2 fonts in 2 weights, without italics. It supports WGL character sets.
  • Segoe Chess is a symbol encoded chess font, designed by Steve Matteson and Jim Ford.
  • Segoe Media Center is a font family, similar from segoe built for and privately installed with Windows Media Center in 2 weights: light and semibold. It resembles the original Segoe, but is not optimized for ClearType rendering.
  • Segoe TV is a font family built into MSN TV set-top-boxes. It retains characteristics of the original Segoe, such as sans-serif capital I and straight tail in capital Q, whereas other characters have been redrawn such as the i and j.
  • Segoe News Symbol is a font containing a set of dingbats popular with newspapers, including weather, astrology, playing card suits, dice, stars, pointing hands, pencils, check boxes, and other icons.
  • Segoe WP is the Windows Phone 7 specific version of Segoe. The Segoe WP family are distributed with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.[8]
  • Zegoe UI is a Zune-specific variation on Segoe.

[edit] Other font families

The Latin glyphs from Segoe and Segoe UI can also be found in the following Microsoft font families: Malgun Gothic (Korean), Microsoft JhengHei (Traditional Chinese), Microsoft YaHei (Simplified Chinese), Gisha (Hebrew), Leelawadee (Thai). In Windows 7, they are also found in Ebrima (N'Ko, Tifinagh, Vai), Khmer UI (Khmer), Lao UI (Lao), Microsoft New Tai Lue (Tai Lue), Microsoft PhagsPa (Phags-pa), Microsoft Tai Le (Tai Le).

In these fonts some of the glyph shapes diverge significantly from Segoe UI and the Frutiger/Myriad model and are in some ways more calligraphic. In Gisha and Leelawadee the capital M is narrower and has a raised apex, the lowercase i and l have tails, and the capital I has no serifs. These characteristics are also seen in Segoe UI italic.

[edit] Controversies

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There have been some controversies over Segoe UI's similarity to the Frutiger family of typefaces, licensed by German font foundry Linotype (as of August 2006 a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging). In 2004, Microsoft registered certain Segoe and Segoe Italic fonts as original font designs with the European Union trademark and design office. Linotype protested, and in February 2006, the EU withdrew Microsoft's registration.[9] In its submission to the EU, Microsoft claimed that Linotype had failed to properly prove that it had been selling Frutiger and Frutiger Next prior to 2004. The EU rejected these claims. It should be noted that the EU looks at type specimens at 16 point size, in which many of the subtle differences of similar fonts are not noticeable; notwithstanding, this also prevents extremely subtle differences, which could be seen as solely for the reason of obtaining legality, from ensuring that the font gets validated.[citation needed] Microsoft did not appeal the decision.

Most distinct differences between Segoe UI and Segoe (top and bottom respectively), and Frutiger (middle)

Several letters have very distinct forms in Segoe UI, reflecting the fonts' different intended uses (low-resolution screen display for Segoe UI, airport signage for Frutiger). However, Ulrich Stiehl, an outspoken critic of font plagiarism (who also attacks Linotype and Adobe on his site), has claimed that many of these differences were introduced in more recent versions of the font, while earlier versions were closer to Frutiger.[10][11]

Simon Daniels, a program manager in Microsoft's typography group, quoted in a November 2005 blog entry, states "The original Segoe fonts were not created for or by Microsoft. It was an existing Monotype design which we licensed and extensively extended and customized to meet the requirements of different processes, apps and devices."[12] A Microsoft public relations spokesman, who asked not to be named, stated in April 2006:

Segoe was an original design developed by Agfa Monotype (now Monotype Imaging) in 2000. In 2003, we acquired the original Segoe fonts and used them to develop an extended family of fonts retaining the Segoe name. Many of these new fonts received design patent protection in the United States. Segoe was not derived from Frutiger. Microsoft also has a current up-to-date license that allows us to distribute certain Frutiger fonts in connection with Microsoft products including Office and Windows. There are distinct differences between Segoe and Frutiger. Additionally, unlike clone typefaces, the Segoe family of fonts are not metrically compatible with Frutiger so cannot be used as replacements.[13]

Under United States copyright law, the abstract letter shapes of functional text fonts cannot be copyrighted; only the computer programming code in a font is given copyright protection. This makes the selling of clone fonts possible.

On August 1, 2006, Monotype Imaging announced that it had acquired Linotype from its parent company. This signaled an end to this chapter in the history of the Segoe fonts.[14]

[edit] Availability

The Segoe UI font family can be obtained as part of Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Certain Segoe fonts, but not Segoe UI, were included in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, replacing Trebuchet MS.

Segoe UI is installed into Windows XP if the user installs Windows Live Messenger, or Windows Live Mail, which are available as free downloads. Microsoft Word Viewer and Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2007 install certain Segoe fonts, but not Segoe UI.

An early version of Segoe, possibly an evaluation version, was included with certain versions of SuSE Linux, but no longer ships as part of that operating system. The first company to distribute Segoe, under license from Monotype, was Scala[citation needed], a Canadian electronic signage company (unrelated to the typeface FF Scala). On June 7, 2005 Scala announced[15] that Segoe was being removed from its InfoChannel product "due to licensing issues". Scala replaced Segoe with Bitstream Vera fonts.

At one time, Microsoft also posted a package called Print Ad for Microsoft Dynamics Business Management Solutions Brief Description to the Microsoft downloads center. The package included TrueType and PostScript Type 1 beta versions of the Segoe branding fonts along with PowerPoint templates and marketing material.[16]

Segoe Print, Segoe Script are included with Windows Vista.

Segoe Chess 1.00 is included with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010.

Retail versions of Segoe families (except original Segoe, Segoe Media Center) are available through Ascender Corporation. On April 13, 2007, Ascender announced the release of Segoe TV.[17]

Segoe News Symbol is included with the "Sample Font Pack" for the Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit, made by Ascender Corporation.[18]

Although Segoe Print, Segoe Script and Segoe UI can be installed on Mac OS (like all TrueType flavor OpenType fonts), Microsoft does not include them with Mac Office or any other Mac product.

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Microsoft Corporate Fonts". 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Monotype Imaging Brings Fonts to Microsoft Office and Windows Vista Products". 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ The Two Faces of the Microsoft Brand (Doug Barney, July 2006)
  4. ^ "New Fonts in Windows 7 Beta". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  5. ^ "21 new typefaces in Windows 7". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Script and Font Support in Windows". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  7. ^ "From digital fonts to Letterpress printing". Ascender Corp. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  8. ^ Currently, only release candidate beta version is available (March 2010)
  9. ^ Designs Department - Invalidity Division (6 February 2006). "DECISION OF THE INVALIDITY DIVISION (pdf)" (PDF). Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market. Retrieved 2006-07-31. 
  10. ^ Designer Says Vista Font is Original (Brian Livingston, 25 April 2006)
  11. ^ Segoe UI 1997–2003 vs. Segoe UI 2005 (Comparison on page 3)
  12. ^ Simon Daniels (November 11, 2005). "I Guess No One Cares About Fonts". An Office User Interface Blog. MSDN Bogs. 
  13. ^ Brian Livingston (April 18, 2006). "Is Microsoft's Vista Font Just a Copy?". Datamation. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  14. ^ "Monotype Imaging: Monotype Imaging Acquires Linotype". Monotype Imaging. August 2, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  15. ^ "Scala and TechMedia are pleased to announce InfoChannel 3 Release 7.4". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  16. ^ "Download the full Segoe font collection, official Microsoft branding typeface". 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  17. ^ "New TV Fonts Announced". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  18. ^ "Ascender OpenType fonts for the Microsoft Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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Metro (design language) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Metro Design Language
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Metro design language as used in the "Music + Videos" hub in Windows Phone 7.

Developer(s) Microsoft
Operating system Windows Embedded CE 7.0
License Proprietary EULA with open source components

Metro is an internal code name for a typography-based design language created by Microsoft. It was created for use in their mobile operating system Windows Phone 7.[1] A specially made version of Microsoft's Segoe font family, Segoe WP, is used as the main font family for all typographical elements.[1] It was confirmed by Microsoft at Computex that Windows 8, the next version of Windows, will take inspiration from Metro.[2] Microsoft also plans to add Metro stylings to other products, like the Xbox 360, in order to create a unified and distinctive look across its consumer products.[3]



[edit] History

"Metro" is based on the design principles of classic Swiss graphic design. Early glimpses of this style could be seen in Windows Media Center for Windows XP Media Center Edition[citation needed], which favored text as the primary form of navigation. This interface carried over into later iterations of Media Center. In 2006, Zune refreshed its interface using these Metro principles. Microsoft designers decided to redesign the interface and with more focus on clean typography and less on UI chrome.[4] The Zune Desktop Client was also redesigned with an emphasis on typography and clean design that was different from the Zune's previous Portable Media Center based UI. Flat colored "live tiles" were introduced into the Metro design language during the early Windows Phone 7's studies.[citation needed] Microsoft has begun integrating these elements of the Metro design language into its other products, with direct influence being seen in newer versions of Windows Live Messenger and Live Mesh.[1]

[edit] Development

A King County Metro Airport and metro signage also inspired this design language for its readability and cleanliness.

Microsoft's design team says that the Metro UI is based on signs on the Metro public transit system[4] in the London Underground. Metro places a large focus on typography and features large text that catches the eye and runs off the page. Microsoft says that Metro is designed to be "sleek, quick, modern" and a "refresh" from the icon-based interfaces of Android and iOS[citation needed].

All instances use fonts based on the Segoe font family designed by Steve Matteson at Agfa Monotype and licensed to Microsoft. For the Zune, Microsoft created a custom version called Zegoe UI, and for Windows Phone 7, they created the "Segoe WP" font family; apart from minor differences the fonts are largely the same.

[edit] Response

Response to Metro has been generally positive. Engadget said "Microsoft continues its push towards big, big typography here, providing a sophisticated, neatly designed layout that's almost as functional as it is attractive." CNET complimented the Metro design, saying "it's a bit more daring and informal than the tight, sterile icon grids and Rolodex menus of the iPhone and iPod Touch."[citation needed]

[edit] Principles

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Microsoft's basic description of Metro.

The Metro design language was designed specifically to consolidate groups of common tasks to speed up usage. This is accomplished by excluding superfluous graphics and instead relying the actual content to also function as the main UI. The resulting interfaces favour larger hubs over smaller buttons and often feature laterally scrolling full bleed canvases. Page titles are usually large and consequently also take advantage of lateral scrolling.

Animation plays a large part, with transitions, and user interactions such as presses or swipes recommended to always be acknowledged by some form of natural animation or motion. This is intended to give the user the impression that the UI is "alive" and responsive, with an added sense of depth[5][6]

Internally, Microsoft defines the following principles as core to the Metro Design Language:

[edit] Clean, Light, Open, Fast
  • Feels Fast and Responsive
  • Focus on Primary Tasks
  • Do a Lot with Very Little
  • Fierce Reduction of Unnecessary Elements
  • Delightful Use of Whitespace
  • Full Bleed Canvas
[edit] Celebrate Typography
  • Type is Beautiful, Not Just Legible
  • Clear, Straightforward Information Design
  • Uncompromising Sensitivity to Weight, Balance and Scale
[edit] Alive in Motion
  • Feels Responsive and Alive
  • Creates a System
  • Gives Context to Improve Usability
  • Transition Between UI is as Important as the Design of the UI
  • Adds Dimension and Depth
[edit] Content, Not Chrome
  • Delight through Content Instead of Decoration
  • Reduce Visuals that are Not Content
  • Content is the UI
  • Direct interaction with the Content
[edit] Authentically Digital
  • Design for the Form Factor
  • Don’t Try to be What It’s NOT
  • Be Direct

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c "Windows Phone 7 Series UI Design & Interaction Guide". March 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Video: Windows 8 Uses WP7 Design, Runs from USB Stick". Published Friday 15 April 2011. Retrieved Friday 15 April 2011.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Windows Phone Design System: Codenamed ‘Metro’" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Windows Phone UI and Design Language". Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  6. ^ From Transportation to Pixels, Windows team blog, 2011-2-16, .

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