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Photoshop: RSS Button Variations

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Photoshop » Web Graphics — almost 14 years ago
At one point in your blog’s life, you’ll decide that you’ve outgrown the typical RSS button. This tutorial is here to combine Web 2.0 with some different concepts. I will show you how I made my own RSS feed button as well as some other examples. You can combine the button effects to make your own unique one because they are all very flexible and easy to edit. They can also be used for submit buttons, banners, or navigations.


avatarholman (administrator and creator)almost 14 years ago

I like the tutorial, so that's all cool and all, but I think it's interesting to discuss whether or not this is a good idea from a theoretical perspective. Part of the reason we standardized on an RSS "spec" for buttons in the last few years was so it was easily recognizable across all pages and sites. So you can either look at this tutorial and say it's blasphemy since it hinders compatibility and usability, or you can say that it can make it pop more and add something to your site's personality by putting a spin on the core concept. As long as you keep the core shape of the RSS icon (the signals spreading outwards), I don't think it would be quite as troublesome.

Oh, idle thoughts at 4am.

avatarPinkzap almost 14 years ago

I think standardization on the internet is probably blasphemy in itself. I think RSS feeds are great, and its useful that they're getting popular, but the last thing I want to see is standardized design on the internet.

Like you said, as long as it's recognizable, it works.

My third one is probably the least recognizable and I added a "I like this feed" at the top to make more sense.

I'm sure lots will stick with their little orange RSS buttons, but alot more will want to have their own one.

I might be wrong but I recently read somewhere that Netscape (or maybe another company) is planning on completely making their own RSS feed button, which won't be orange, and as I heard, have a different symbol

avatarholman (administrator and creator)almost 14 years ago

Well, I agree with you to an extent, but on the other hand I think we're doing pretty well compared to a couple years ago, where there were a number of different icons, buttons, and ways to present RSS content links. It's nice that there's a relatively consistent way of presenting that. Maybe "standardization" was a little much... "consistency" might be more appropriate in this case.

avatarPinkzap almost 14 years ago

Agreed. And just for the record, I'm a big fan of your's =)

My goal is to one day own a site with the amount of user's your's has.

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