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Vim is beautiful (on the inside).  It deserves some beautiful reference material that actually helps you learn & use it!
Vim is beautiful (on the inside).  It deserves some beautiful reference material that actually helps you learn & use it!
Vim is beautiful (on the inside). It deserves some beautiful reference material that actually helps you learn & use it!
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Beautiful Vim Cheat-Sheet Poster

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vim is a beautiful tool.

Unfortunately, it is about as user-friendly as a radioactive crocodile.

Having a cheat-sheet for a tool with such a complex interface is natural.  However, existing vim cheat-sheets are about as pretty as vim itself.  They represent real knowledge and effort on the part of the creators, but, to use a term from Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, no existing cheat-sheet for vim affords being used seamlessly.  For example, it may seem intuitive to organize a vim cheat-sheet using a keyboard diagram, but think about this: When's the last time you were knee-deep in a project and suddenly pondered, "I wonder what the 'q' key does?"

Okay, okay.  So maybe I've done that a few times.  (It starts macro recording, by the way).  The point is, imagine how cool it would be to have a goal-oriented cheat-sheet for vim, carefully crafted so you can reference it at a glance, visually organized to solidify its interface concepts every time you look.  Also, a totally sweet poster that you can hang on your wall and mystify coworkers!

How will the money be used?

~$700: First printing run from UPrinting.com, 39"x27", on 100 lb. matte paper

~$300: Packing & shipping supplies; shipping costs

If funding goes really well, I'll continue to print and sell the posters on a different venue, and work on new cheat-sheets for other stuff as well!  I already have ideas and notes for another "advanced" vim cheat-sheet, another specific to vimscript, and a few for various unix tools like readline, bash, and sed.

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    A nifty high-resolution image of the poster that you can print out for personal use. Sweet!

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    A bona fide copy of the cheat-sheet printed on 100 lb. matte paper. Please keep out of reach of emacs users, who may burst into flames upon physical contact.

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    Two copies of the cheat-sheet, plus your name in the credits listed in the corner of the cheat-sheet. The names will be printed pretty small to keep everything else clear, but they will be there! Includes high-res image from the $10 reward.

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    5 copies of the cheat-sheet (BONUS!), plus a unique feedback opportunity. I'll solicit feedback from you about each revision of the poster, and carefully consider your advice as I move forward. Maybe I'm missing something, or the design could be improved by X and Y. There are no guarantees, here: I have strong feelings about the "right way" to make this poster, so I reserve the right to implement 0% of all offered advice. However, I do guarantee that I will listen to you in earnest before deciding what to do. Includes your name in the credits from the $50 reward, and high-res image from the $10 reward.

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    5 copies of the poster, including the feedback opportunity described in the $100 reward, and one additional poster on special material (canvas, wall sticker, static window cling, or 14 pt. cardstock) with a personalized thank-you message on it, custom-tweaked to reflect any of your feedback that wasn't used in the final product (within reason). Includes your name in the credits from the $50 reward, and high-res image from the $10 reward.

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