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iconically speaking

  • Jun. 25th, 2009 at 2:18 AM
sloth: Close-up of Mikey the teenage mutant ninja turtle (awww mikey)
I'm icon shopping right now! I've left a bunch of slots open in my user pics, and I'm going to be filling most of them in over the next few days. 

I'm kind of picky about icons. I don't usually like the ones with text; I'm by nature highly textual, so words on top of my pictures distracts me and makes the icon less about image (which I think it should be) and more about word, and overall I feel the impact/message has been lessened or even lost. I also prefer icons with colour. Most of my icons are fandom-based, but my default one was chosen for personal reasons. I tend to like icons that convey a very specific tone; I have an icon I use pretty much exclusively for things that are depressing, from world news to angsty fic posts. I have a stalker icon for when I want to comment on someone's post and let them know I like them/their writing possibly too much to be healthy. 

What (if any) icon preferences do you have?


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phnelt: octopus destroys metropolis (darcy)
[personal profile] phnelt wrote:
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
So I know that I put a lot of thought into my icon choice, possibly more than is normal. I try to have a good balance between text icons, image icons, and text with image icons.

I like my textless icons to portray really clear emotions, and I usually use them for whatever purpose.

My sense of humour is pretty wordy, so all my funny (or at least I think so) icons have text. My pure texty icons are all quotes that are independent of context, though, you know, not always in a sense making way.

My text+image icons are usually commentary on the character or source, usually at least a little sarcastic or cynical, but not always.

Almost all of my icons are fandomy, but I use them all over the place like a woman with no reason.

I tried to character/otp represent, but I kind of lost my mind. Being multifannish is hard times, yo. Though it did lead to the realisation that I am incredibly ensemble based when it comes to my choice of source. Yay for teams and found families.

May I say I love your trek icons though.
sloth: Shirtless Sulu making a hilarious face at unimpressed Uhura, original Trek versions (sulu goes wuuuut at uhura)
[personal profile] sloth wrote:
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
Hee, okay, that Darcy icon is made of solid win. That's one of the few cases I love the text that accompanies the image (another case is your icon of Uther going "damn neighbours" <- lolarious!).

I like to have a good mix of fandom-y and non-fandom-y icons; I'm multifannish too, but I tend to be icon-heavy in whatever fandom I'm most active at the moment. I have no SPN icons and don't plan on getting any because I'm increasingly disenchanted with the show, but I'm shopping around for good Leverage and The Unusuals and Better Off Ted ones. I try to select a good range of visual depiction of emotion; this icon is my version of crackiness/hilarity.

I really love all the Merlin icons you have uploaded, as well as the unicorn-cupcake one. I think being picky about icons is being aware of aesthetics, and of controlling representation. Also, it's providing me with free eye-candy, so, you know, you can't go wrong.
phnelt: octopus destroys metropolis (dunecat)
[personal profile] phnelt wrote:
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
this is one of my many designed to capture crackiness/hilarity
See, the unicorn cupcake icon is the icon of my heart. If I didn't cycle through default icons like the caffeine spider, I would stick with that one.

Damn you SPN! You hurt me and hurt me and every time I swear I'm never watching another episode and then the next week I'm right back where I started. I managed to stay away from most of season 3! For which I am proud of myself. I didn't have any SPN icons for more than a year, but I think I will keep the metallicar one.

You have some great non-fandom icons that are very situationally appropriate.

When I say multifannish, I mean that all of my icons are from fandoms I at least read quite a bit in still. and I mean, I don't have a psych or burn notice or leverage (oh sweet leverage) icon even. So there's room for improvement.

That's one of the few cases I love the text that accompanies the image (another case is your icon of Uther going "damn neighbours" <- lolarious!) Victory! phnelt: searching for the funniness exceptions since 2009.

I think sometimes where my overthinking of the icons comes from is that I also want to feel like the show is well-represented. As a slasher, sometimes it drives me crazy when all the icons from whatever show are the otp, I worry about erasing the awesome women to make it all about the menz. If I was only watching for the men, I wouldn't be watching it, you know? And so sometimes I stress about my icons.

mm, eye candy. Sometimes just as good as regular candy.
sloth: from the television show psych, sparkles and juliet (sparkly juliet)
[personal profile] sloth wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: this is one of my many designed to capture crackiness/hilarity
I think sometimes where my overthinking of the icons comes from is that I also want to feel like the show is well-represented. As a slasher, sometimes it drives me crazy when all the icons from whatever show are the otp, I worry about erasing the awesome women to make it all about the menz. If I was only watching for the men, I wouldn't be watching it, you know? And so sometimes I stress about my icons.

I totally agree with this comment. At the same time, it's not something that really dictates how I choose and use my icons because I tend to automatically choose a fairly broad range, or a non-pairing-specific range of icons. I think the only pairing specific ones I have right now are for Kirk/Bones, and even they aren't overtly slashy.

It's so weird how icons can be politicized. I remember a while back there was debate over whether icons should contain spoilers, whether an icon's image was appropriate, etc.
phnelt: i&#39;ll take &#39;em down one by one the die hard way (farscape die hard)
[personal profile] phnelt wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, spoiler icons. I think several of my icons are spoilery, but I also think there's sort of a courtesy window for not using icons that are all 'snape kille Obi wan Kenobi then cut off Frodo's finger." hee. Oh fandom, you will find drama wherever you need it.

Long may you be in fandoms that produce many generalist icons!
cleo: (Stock: Red dress and flowers surprise)
[personal profile] cleo wrote:
Jun. 25th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
I'm pickiest about the crop when it comes down to it.

However, I am bad about shopping for icons the way I shop for food. If it's shiny (shiny in this case meaning interesting...I tend to stay away from icons that are actually...well, shiny) and grabs my attention, I'm quick to pick it up.

Overall, I like things that are simple, clean, interestingly and well cropped, and evocative. That goes for images or text. Generally, I'm not a fan of brushes and textures, but there are always exceptions.

And the ones I do end up uploading are the ones that instantly make me think of something very clear--an emotion, a story, a music note, a sentence...

And then there's the stuff that just makes me LOL...
sloth: from the television show chuck, casey creepily leering at an oblivously beaming chuck (stalker!!)
[personal profile] sloth wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
This icon makes me lol and lol and lol. When I spot an icon that I have an immediate reaction to, I have to grab it.

I am bad about shopping for icons the way I shop for food.

Same! I have a huge love for epic icon posts like what iconomicon puts out, because it's like visiting a megamall of icons or something.

I do kind of like textures and brushes, but not when they're very obviously done. I like usage that makes aesthetic sense, not just usage for its own sake; and I like what happens to colour when textured.

The crops on almost all of your icons are beauuuuutiful. (I totally snooped.)
yasaman: painting of woman with pale skin and dark hair wearing a crown of laurels  (lady looking)
[personal profile] yasaman wrote:
Jun. 25th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I like simple and elegant icons, generally speaking. I especially like art icons like the one I'm using now, with no or very little text. I'm also pretty picky about color or crop. I used to try to have a good representation of the things I'm fannish about, but gave up on that mostly because I'm too picky about finding them.
sloth: Sandy from Grease post make over (tell me about it stud)
[personal profile] sloth wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I really like all of your Jasmine/Yasaman icons. They're well chosen and evocative. (Also, the Obama one made me lol.) I still trip over most icons with text - I can handle one to three well-placed words in non-jarring font, colour, and size (ie. your House obsessed one), but for the most part I prefer they not even be there. I have two icons with text, and one I would take the text out if at all possible because I feel it is redundant, and the other was made by a friend. It's so ironic given how words based I am in pretty much every other context. Oh, me.

I like the art icon you use here, but I find art icons in general difficult to find and choose. The ones I run across are more passive than I like to have in most of my icons (my default and broad theme icons tend to be pretty passive because they're used so often).

I really liked all the colours your icons spanned. I think my favourite icon from your set is Princess Jasmine, because it uses a different set of colours than I tend to associate with Jasmine, and because the cropping gets the expression really well.
yasaman: painting of woman with head thrown back laughing (pleasure by _tigicons)
[personal profile] yasaman wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I like art icons because they're so passive and broadly themed. That way I can use them a lot without worrying about possibly offending someone with inappropriate icon use (unlikely, but still), or just plain having an icon be totally at odds with the tone or content of an entry. Also, I feel weird about using celebrities for icons (idek why), but people from paintings I have no problem with. At any rate, a good place to find art-based icons is the aesthetic_icons community on LJ.

And hee, your icon totally just got songs from Grease stuck in my head.
sloth: Sandy and Danny from Grease  (you&#39;re the one that I want)
[personal profile] sloth wrote:
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you for the icon comm rec! I will be checking those out now.

I have a few celebrity icons, but I weirdly enough feel more comfortable with icons where they are playing a character (ie. I prefer a Jim Kirk icon over a Chris Pine icon); I guess it's similar to my stance on RPF in that I know it's there, I occasionally read it, and I've mostly stopped feeling weird about it but there are still some lingering "I hope they don't read this/see this, too" thoughts. With fictional characters I feel better about assuming their fictional representation; with real people, that gets mixed up as I'm also real. (Haha this is a scrambled reply.)

I love Grease songs! Here, have another song stuck in your head.