Vim is beautiful (on the inside). It deserves some beautiful reference material that actually helps you learn & use it! Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 10, 2012.
Funding Accelerated to Ludicrous Speed
$10,000 is already a quickly-receding dot in our rear-view mirror. Nice job, everyone! I've been trying to think of something wacky to do to celebrate such a magnificent monetary milestone, but I think everyone just wants their posters ASAP! So, I have been churning out design ideas and playing with existing ones, searching for the elusive "home run" design.
Since I haven't thought of a crazy $10k mega-reward yet, here are some pictures!
I had vital cat-help while perusing the early draft print.
This is maybe half of the notes & sketches I've made for this poster so far. Trying to figure out what to include is a challenge; figuring out where to put it is something else entirely! Also, why do we stop playing with colored construction paper after kindergarten? It's useful stuff!
Finally, here are two design drafts that I've been kicking around:
A different version of the above draft. The structure of this one has some promise, but I haven't yet been able to find a good balance of flow between the different sections.
A new design idea from tonight. It's more attractive than the above predecessor, but it relies on a "weird" idea, namely that certain commands are better off speaking for themselves without being explicitly described. I have a theory that you don't learn how to navigate with these keys by reading them on a cheat sheet; you learn how to use them by using them. For simple things like linear horizontal & vertical navigation, it might be enough just to let people know they exist, and let empirical usage take care of the rest.
Let me know what you think, everyone! Since there are too many backers to have back-and-forth conversations with, I will have to restrict active dialogue regarding the design to the people who picked the "Feedback" reward tier (that's why it's there), but if you have a suggestion or comment, I will definitely read it, so feel free to drop me a line!
A lot of people are curious about timeframes; my goal is to have the design finished by the end of the month and the posters shipped out by early June. If I really have to take a little bit more time to get the design spot-on, I will, but I don't want this to drag on any more than you guys do! I'll keep everyone updated with my progress, so you won't get left in the dark during the rest of the design process.
As usual, thanks to everyone for your excitement and support. It is such a delight to be able to do this for the vim community!