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These deceptively simple letters are by London designer, Mick O’Beirne.They are visualised by the overlapping of RGB colors to define the letterforms.  I’m not sure that they’d be particularly readable if formed into words but as a poster of letter shapes they work beautifully. betype:

RGB Typeface

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RGB type

These deceptively simple letters are by London designer, Mick O’Beirne.
They are visualised by the overlapping of RGB colors to define the letterforms.
I’m not sure that they’d be particularly readable if formed into words but as a poster of letter shapes they work beautifully. betype:

RGB Typeface

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UI designers should be more like sculptors and less like architects — know your medium and get your hands dirty forming your designs

How to display the number of subscribers and unique visitors on your Wordpress blog as text strings

I’ve been wanting to display the number of subscribers to my blog and the number of unique visitors (for a particular timeframe) as simple text strings, without images, icons, etc.  Turns out this is not as straightforward as I hoped.  But it can be done.If you burn your feed through Feedburner (like I do), you can display the number of subscribers (i.e. FeedCount) by inserting some Javascript anywhere on your site.  The catch is that you have to accept their presentation with very few styling options:Francesco Mapelli created a Wordpress plugin called Feedcount 1.2 to do just what I was looking for - extract the Feedcount number and let me style it however I like.  But when Feedburner moved over to Google, it broke his plugin (the feedcount always reports “0”).  Fortunately, Adam Mclane changed some links in the plugins files and fixed the problem and republished the plugin as version 1.2.1.To get the number of unique visitors out of Google Analytics I found a plugin from Spiral Web Consulting called Google Analyticator. The plugin inserts Google Analytics code on all of your Wordpress pages and also provides a widget that you can insert in your sidebar or place anywhere you like.  You have to enter your Google Analytics UID and Profile ID and a few other options.  The Profile ID was difficult for me because the instructions seemed to be wrong and I didn’t understand the difference.  In case you don’t know, the Profile ID can easily be found by clicking “Edit” on the profile for any site you follow - far right hand side of the screen - and then it appears in the upper left of the screen right beneath “Profile Settings”.The difficulty with Google Analyticator is that if you want to change the styles (except for a few color changes which can be made through the Settings interface in Wordpress), you have to modify the PHP directly.  Again, I didn’t want to be limited to their way of presenting the data - I wanted a simple text string, and with some edits I finally achieved it (mostly).So there you have it, Feedcount 1.2.1 plus Google Analyticator 4.3.1 and some styling hacks and it can be done!  You can see the (currrent) result by looking at the bottom left corner of my site: