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.

My team and I are focused on macOS user interface design – the developer tools require a special skill set: we're designers and engineers at the same time. As the other product I often work on, Visual Studio, runs on Windows, I spend a good part of my time designing for the WPF framework. When there's a need, I pixel-push UI icons for both products, but from time to time, I also draw large application icons for macOS Big Sur, following the system's new aesthetics.

When the work is over, I like to shoot photos, and I draw sketches almost every day.

2021-04-25 00:00:00
Spring 2021

Spring is finally here! For me, it's the moment when I finally start to bring my camera outside. Check out four photos of three busy bees and one bumblebee I took yesterday.

Almost Spring
2021-02-16 00:00:00
Almost Spring
Prague, Czech Republic
  • ISO 100
  • 85mm
  • ƒ/4.5
  • 90s
2021-01-13 00:00:00
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.

2020-12-31 00:00:00
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.

Fork App Icons
Client: Fork Git Client
2018 – 2020

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.

2020-08-15 00:00:00
Ostravice, Czech Republic
2020-06-24 00:00:00
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!

Pinkas Synagogue
2020-05-24 00:00:00
Pinkas Synagogue
Pinkas Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic
  • ISO 100
  • 22mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/160s
2020-05-03 00:00:00
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.

Quarantine Passage
2020-04-05 00:00:00
Quarantine Passage
Prague, Czech Republic
  • ISO 100
  • 34mm
  • -3 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/250s
Vrch Řivnáč
2019-10-20 00:00:00
Vrch Řivnáč
‎⁨Roztoky⁩, ⁨Czech Republic
  • ISO 250
  • 29mm
  • -0.7 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/250s
2019-08-16 00:00:00
‎⁨Serneus⁩, ⁨Graubünden⁩, ⁨Switzerland⁩
  • ISO 100
  • 21mm
  • -0.3 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/160s
2019-08-16 00:00:00
Davos, Switzerland
  • ISO 100
  • 225mm
  • ƒ/13
  • 1/200s
2019-07-21 00:00:00
Zoo Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
  • ISO 6400
  • 300mm
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 1/125s
Crow Hill Panorama II
2019-07-07 00:00:00
Crow Hill Panorama II
‎⁨Holyrood Park⁩, ⁨Edinburgh⁩, ⁨Scotland⁩, ⁨United Kingdom⁩
  • ISO 100
  • 16mm
  • -0.7 ev
  • ƒ/9
  • 1/250s
Erlabrunn Brücke
2019-02-16 00:00:00
Erlabrunn Brücke
Erlabrunn, Germany
  • ISO 50
  • 16mm
  • ƒ/16
  • 30s
2018-11-28 00:00:00
Prague, Czech Republic
  • ISO 1600
  • 209mm
  • ƒ/13
  • 1/2500s
Dunes of Łeba
2018-08-05 00:00:00
Dunes of Łeba
Łeba, Poland
  • ISO 100
  • 30mm
  • -1 ev
  • ƒ/11
  • 1/640s
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
2018-08-03 00:00:00
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
‎⁨Berlin⁩, ⁨Germany⁩
  • ISO 125
  • 16mm
  • -1.3 ev
  • ƒ/8
  • 1/125s
Bio de Janeiro
Client: Czech Psytrance Scene

Bio festival gathers people from CZ and (not only) surrounding Europe for over 15 years now. The kind of creative people you will meet here is the most valuable feature of this festival. This year’s it was me who has drawn the poster.

Xamarin Application Icons
Client: Microsoft
2013 – 2019

Start­ing in 2013, when I began to work with Xam­arin (which was bought by Microsoft in 2016), I designed a ton of macOS appli­ca­tion icons. Let me show you the most inter­est­ing ones, in chrono­log­i­cal order.

Cpt. Linda
Client: Personal Project

A long time ago, I had an idea for an alien war shmup, with a cleaning lady as the hero. It was somewhat complicated, and that was the reason I’ve never finished it. At least there’s this image!