Icon meme

Thursday, 8 January 2009 10:13
strange_complex: (Clone Army)
I haven't done a meme for an awfully long time, but I feel I deserve one. This one is taken from [livejournal.com profile] 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!

Icon table under here )

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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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Sunday, 15 January 2006 19:25
strange_complex: (Penny Crayon)
It's been a pretty creative weekend.

Friday night saw the genesis of a colour bar and a couple of new / revamped icons.

Saturday was all about sorting out my costume for the Dark Masquerade Ball on January 27th. I'm keeping schtum about what it will be until the night, because, after all, what's the point of having a masked ball if you already know who everyone is because you knew what costume they'd be wearing? But suffice it to say that progress has been made, and I'm getting quite excited now.

Then today I caught the bus down to Abingdon to see [livejournal.com profile] redkitty23's new house, and help out with the painting. It's a very pretty little Georgian cottage, tucked down a little passageway out of the way of the main roads, and with lots of lovely period features, like exposed stone, a red tile floor, a beam over the cooker and open fireplaces. Not big, but definitely charming.

She had to move all her stuff in during the week, without having a chance to paint first, so there was a certain amount of stepping round furniture to do. But she, Cat, [livejournal.com profile] aef and I got on down to it (with occasional breaks for Fortifying Soup or biscuits), and by the time I left we'd made a real difference. Cheap and cheerful yellow and orange had given way to sophisticated and period-appropriate Dried Biscuit and Venetian Pink.

I do feel just a little achy now, but I'm sure the exercise did me good, and it was fun to help a friend settle in to her new nest.


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