Hi, my name is

Václav Vančura.

I design user interfaces and icons, draw illustrations, and shoot photos.

I work at Microsoft, where I am a design lead of Visual Studio for Mac design team – but I also work on Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and other applications for developers.

January 13th, 2021
Designing UIs for Developer Tools

Together with my fellow designers from Microsoft DevDiv – the Developer Division – we joined Kendra Havens from the .NET team for a nice one hour talk on how we design developer tools at Microsoft. We focused on accessibility, problems, funny stories about colors, and UX challenges we solve every day. If you're interested in this exciting area, please watch the video here on YouTube.

December 31st, 2020
My Best Photos of 2020

The year 2020 was challenging for all of us, and for me taking photos was a way to escape. I think these are the best five photos I made this year.

Výletní restaurace Vodník
Vimperk, Czech Republic
  • ISO 100
  • 19mm
  • ƒ/8
  • 1m 6s
December 30th, 2020
Fork App Icons

I had the honor to design application icons for Fork, the fast and friendly git client for Mac and Windows. After two years, I also refreshed the icon following the new macOS Big Sur aesthetics.

Fork 1.0 and 2.0 application icons Fork 1.0 and 2.0 application icons
Fork 1.0 and 2.0 application icons
June 24th, 2020
macOS Big Sur Icon Template

The annual Apple developer conference WWDC has just started – one of the highlights is the redesign of the macOS user interface, which besides other things, introduces a brand new style of application icons. I created a pixel-perfect template, including the grid and all export options, everything you need. So if you want to kickstart your macOS icon design, go to my Figma Community page and fork the file!

The annual Apple developer conference WWDC has just started – one of the highlights is the redesign of the macOS user interface, which besides other things, introduces a brand new style of application icons.
The annual Apple developer conference WWDC has just started – one of the highlights is the redesign of the macOS user interface, which besides other things, introduces a brand new style of application icons.
May 3rd, 2020
Accessibility Improvements in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac

The release of Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4.4 includes numerous developments in the color representation of icons and warning and error status messages. The new appearance is easy to spot, and the new color palette is highly noticeable. Let me explain why these changes were necessary and what exactly was changed.

The release of Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4.4 includes numerous developments in the color representation of icons and warning and error status messages. The new appearance is easy to spot, and the new color palette is highly noticeable. Let me explain why these changes were necessary and what exactly was changed.
The release of Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4.4 includes numerous developments in the color representation of icons and warning and error status messages. The new appearance is easy to spot, and the new color palette is highly noticeable. Let me explain why these changes were necessary and what exactly was changed.
April 25th, 2020
Crow Hill Panorama II
‎⁨Holyrood Park⁩, ⁨Edinburgh⁩, ⁨Scotland⁩, ⁨United Kingdom⁩
  • ISO 100
  • 16mm
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/250s
April 25th, 2020
Schwarzhorn
‎⁨Serneus⁩, ⁨Graubünden⁩, ⁨Switzerland⁩
  • ISO 100
  • 21mm
  • -0.3 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/160s
April 25th, 2020
Vrch Řivnáč
‎⁨Roztoky⁩, ⁨Czech Republic
  • ISO 250
  • 29mm
  • -0.7 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/250s