by Max Cantor
As a point of interest, the first draft has a few black on red letters. As a person who is red/green colourblind, I have a hard time reading the black on red. The red is clearly red to me (sometimes reds or greens will appear brownish) but the black letter on top of the red box is difficult to process.
As an alternative, perhaps using a white letter would preserve the readability whilst retaining the style that's used in the vim logo on the poster (white on red).
Hmm, not sure about the cross idea, could be interesting, but I don't think as a major theme of the poster, I think it would be kinda distracting. Maybe in one corner?
(Or as a watermark in the background, but I'm not sure how well that would come out in print.)
As a novice (but learning) vim user I would prefer the first draft over the cross. I get the idea of the cross, but navigation isn't the thing I have to look up most.
Have you thought of going 3D? No idea how it would work but it would add a novel twist to it.
Max, I like the graphic idea of the cross, I think it makes navigation really easy to find on the cheat sheet (what good is a cheat sheet if you can't find the cheat).
Perhaps a compromise between the two?
Find some cool way to graphically tie command to line, word, document, so its more intuitive that the commands are for that reason?
My vote would be for the cross version, regardless of any sort of compromise.
+1 to Bill as well
It might be a bit more cluttered then the cross, but that is from making the information more visible, hence easier to read.
+1 to Bill.
That seems so simple and I'd like to add more, but he basically said what I wanted to.
I prefer the first draft, the one presented in the Update #1. The cross is interesting, but as a rookie vim user, I perfectly understand movement such as "gg", "G", "0" etc.. but not "b", "e", "W", etc... The first draft explains it WAY better than the cross.
My 2 cents
I like the original idea best (that's what make me want to give up $50) and the first draft looks like it would work. I really don't want a cheat sheet that is complicated or needs a cheat sheet (or quick lesson) to understand. If it can't be referenced quickly and easily, it becomes art and not a tool. I'd say go with the original and color code sections like you do in the first draft. Honestly, the curly braces help me to mentally separate the parts of the command (is that as silly as it sounds to me?). Most importantly, make it easy to read. If your non-vim-aware friend can read it, it's probably good. If not, it may not be straight forward enough.
I really like the cross idea, it works beautifully to convey the different movement options in relation to each other. So one look is enough to understand the movement. I call this idea excellent.