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Icon meme

I haven't done a meme for an awfully long time, but I feel I deserve one. This one is taken from pickwick and based on code by elfflame - but I changed the way the table displayed so that it would be legible on a wider range of journal layouts, including mine!


default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favourite

IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: I might have done before all permanent account holders were suddenly given a whacking 45 extra icon spaces a month or so back. Now, I don't think I need to.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Kind of. I mean, not a terribly profound one, but I am very strict about making them all myself, so each one individually is very personal expression of my interests. Collectively I like to think they add up to a sort of cheerful enthusiasm.
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: If Rome and the Romans count as a 'fandom', then that is the out and out winner with c. 30 icons (depending on how far you're prepared to push the theme to include Classical receptions). If not, Doctor Who is next with seven...
AND THE SECOND MOST: ...followed by 6 for various incarnations of Stephen Fry and 5 each for Severus Snape and The Wicker Man.
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Jooster, apparently, by dint of having two. I'm not a massive shipper.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yes. I make all my own icons, and very occasionally make them for friends or the general public, too.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: These days, actually, they're not too shabby. And I even have an award to prove it. That's the result of several months spent observing other people's work, reading tutorials (there's a great starter set here) and entering challenges on dw_icontest. Alas, that community seems to have ground to a halt now, but I've reaped the benefits of it, and am now able to make much better icons. The problem with that, though, is that I now actually think about 90% of my own, older icons are dreadful, including some of the ones I've put in the table above. :-( My ongoing project is to revamp them, so that they're the same basic icons but better executed. However, the time available for doing that just never seems to materialise, and besides I no longer have the original source images for some of them. Oh well, there's no rush.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Basically annoying. I know I have one (the Tom Baker one above), and use it whenever I get the chance, but that's partly because I wanted to find out how to make them, and partly because he is just TOO SEXAH, and there was no way I was ever going to convey that and get the whole quotation I wanted into one still 100x100 pixel image. One exception amongst 146 is excusable though - what I can't understand is people who have whole collections of almost nothing but animated icons. Especially when they scroll so fast that you can't even tell what is meant to be going on. Sometimes, I actually have to put my hand up to the screen to cover whatever annoying icon is blinking and flashing at me, in order to be able to concentrate on reading the post it's attached to. Gah! Rant over.

Coding can be found here

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Jan. 8th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I have to actually put my hand up to the screen to cover whatever annoying icon is blinking and flashing at me, in order to be able to concentrate on actually reading the post it's attached to.

press Esc. Stops the animation in its tracks. :-)
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you for that!
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
His Licky is the best animated icon I've seen.
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
I have image.animation_mode set to 'once' in Firefox's about:config so all those deeply annoying animating gifs play only once and then keep still.
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Also a good tip, although I think I will probably stick with dakegra's, as occasionally there are also animated icons that I actually want to watch through, and if they're at the bottom of my friends page I would miss their single play-through before I ever got to them.
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I open the image in another window and hit ctrl-f5 on the rare occasions I actually want to see them.
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)

Well, I would, but I feel that after I'd answered "one" to the first question it'd all go down hill ;)
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Also, I don't think I know what "ship" means. It did seem odd to have a question about sea-going vessels, and I'm fairly sure that you couldn't sail all that far in a Fry and Laurie.
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
It is short for 'relationship', I believe, and has become used as a verb in fandom circles - e.g. "Do you ship Harry / Draco?" Also related is 'shipper' - the person doing the shipping.
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Ah. Right. What a very nasty verb :)

Thanks for explaining though - I don't think I move in the right circles to know these things!
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Good meme!

Although I do feel the need to defend well made animated icons. Don't get me wrong, some animated Icons I can't bare to look at, and will scroll so as to block them out whilst I read the post if possible. And I mostly hate those icons that are too fast to read, and were clearly made by someone with no graps of changing the frame duration. When I make them I always spend a good while faffing so as to get the timing right. Although I do find it a shame that the quality of the image and/or the speed of the icon is often restricted by LJ's rules on file size.

I also feel the frustration of older icons not being as good as I wish they were. I've replaced or updated most of them, but some I may never get around to, as I don't have the unaltered picture anymore (because it was so long ago that I didn't do that my default) and capping it again would be too much hassle.
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
No, it's fair - some animated icons are excellent. But let's just say I am glad as a result of the comments above to have learnt how to switch off the ones that aren't!

And oh! for the days when I thought all that was required to make an icon was to crop, resize, and maybe slap on some blocky text, and like you it seemed pointless to keep the original unaltered image. Or possibly not...
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I think that's cuter than the one you've put as "cutest".
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Possibly true. I also think the same about this one - but I wanted to put the Felis Romae one all the same because it is new and I have not actually used it yet, so I wanted to show it off. :-p
Jan. 8th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Well, if you *wanted* a cute icon war... :-P
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