At least since Sodipodi, ancestor of Inkscape, there was tutorials about shiny button, recently the number of redundancy grown a lot
A partial and brief history of shiny button tutorials. And only for english tutorials ;)
On sodipodi (ancestor of inkscape) screenshot gallery, very long time ago :
Already a single picture explaining the shiny effect.
The shiny effect continued to be displayed in early inkscape screenshots :
0.39 (how many years ago ???)
0.41, 2 years half ago
0.42, 2 years ago another tutorial appear with the gradient improvement effort :
more recently :
And in video format :
And another, at least more funny cartoon version:
The trauma exists for the reflected text too, I only past one here, but you will easily find a lot about it, some even mix the both trauma:
Please, placing a reflected icon behind (or before) a text is anti-ergonomic (See Tango guidelines frequent mistakes. It’s impressive, but not so beautiful when it is everywhere. Don’t spend more time in this kind of tutorials, since at least 5 years people know how to do this. Instead, make a link to a previous version, and create tutorials on unexpected effects.
Some people believe than the ‘web 2.0′ look is full of shiny logos.
First I don’t really understand the relation between technology and a related disign that is fully static.
Nevermind, searching google for exemple for ‘web 2.0 logo’ looks like most of the logo aren’t shiny as most ergonmics and aesthetics rules advise.
Added Jully 2ndThis text is not against a specific tutorial, but instead an expression of thought about asthetics, ergonomics and need of tutorial pushing inkscape to it’s limits, or at least explore the bases of this great piece of software I love since few years. If you like shiny effects (they are useful in some cases), you should find nice methods in this tutorials to have differents kind of shiny objects. It should be interesting to have more advanced shiny effects for render several kind of texture, not only glass, but smooth plastics, alien skins or whatever…