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Lost Mind Pt II

I come bearing booty -- in the pirate sense, rather than the bad rap music sense.

The fashion lately has been for these brightly coloured, extremely complicated icons. God knows that I do it myself.

Though I've liked a lot of them I sometimes feel that the more complicated you make your icons, the more you wash them in colour and stick Evanescence lyrics on them, the less effect they have.

At work at the moment we're discussing a huge redesign of our product which is based on the principle that if you don't always shout, when you do shout it has more effect: the essence of a design that works is that it has volume control. Sometimes you need to go simple, quiet, understated, in order that the effect is all the more apparent when you do push it up to 11.

Quiet doesn't mean you can't indulge in intriguing crops or lush colours or cute typography, it just means that if everything you have uses all these tricks, all at once, the impact will be diminished.

I do understand why people want icons that are unique. I don't think I've ever had the same icon as someone else unless I've made it then decided to share it. But then I have icons in my set that I have never used because they didn't ever seem to quite sit right.

Anyway. I suppose what I am saying is that I have caps I've never used from the wildlife set, and .avis/DVDs of fannish TV and films, so if you want an icon that's just your own, feel free to drop a comment including a subject and what sort of mood you're after (and maybe which of your own icons you like best, so I can get an idea of the stuff you're fond of) and I'll make you an icon that's non-shared.

All that cropping is good practice for work anyway.

Firstly, here are some icons for xsabx. They're not quite all of them, some icons just won't convert to half-sized.



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These are my new icons, which I am happy to share, if anyone wants to nick a couple. I just wanted something very stripped back and simple (and possibly pretentious, but sod it). Also monochromatic because I feel monochromatic at the moment.

The idea came from an album cover and I couldn't quite get it right -- for maximum impact the pictures should have been narrower. Here are some examples:

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DYLAN MORAN
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WITHNAIL & I
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MISC (Porridge, Jarvis Cocker, Noel Coward, Quentin Crisp
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FAWLTY TOWERS
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EDDIE IZZARD
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DOUGLAS ADAMS
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TERRY PRATCHETT
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BLACKADDER
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ETA: changed mind about opening photobucket account to total public view and loaded damned icons.

I did use the icon about "multiple exclamation marks are the sure sign of a diseased mind" on someone who had left a comment which used multiple exclamation marks in a non-ironic, annoying way, and I happy to report that this big fat bitch felt much more cheerful afterward. YMMV.

* * *

Last night I dreamed that I had moved to New York. Weirdly, so had my former flatmate and we were sharing a place again. New York was being *very* New York, in my dream, all shining lights reflected on rainy streets, excitement, optimistic cacophony and wisecracks.

We had acquired the keys to a flat from some very dodgy geezer who ran a small shop that sold camera film, tourist trash, snacks and whistles ("Whistles? WTF?" I know)

We moved up there to discover that it was just three rooms: a giant bedroom with four beds, a giant empty living area and a tiny bathroom. The floors were a glorious expanse of slightly battered varnish, leading to giant picture windows that looked out over the city.

At some point T and I decided we needed to go home, for some reason or other, only to get to the airport and change our minds. So we went back to the dodgy geezer and asked for the keys back and he said we could have them, only we'd have to share with another person since he had agreed she could live there. Her name was Beth but she wasn't anyone I know. ("She had a name?" "I know. WTF?")

We got up there again, slapped our rucksacks down on a bed each and went back out into the living area, and I thought "Oh come *on*, there is no way you could afford a place like this if you moved to New York"

At which point I woke up.

I have spent all day trying to work out what this dream means. All I can come up with is that my subconscious has a keen awareness of conveyancing and will wake me up if my property dreams get too unrealistic.

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Comments

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eliade
Aug. 17th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! You are so hilarious. I am thieving some of the beautiful snarky black-and-white icons. *g* Thank you!
ropo
Aug. 17th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
YOU are fabulous as usual.
sharinlilbit
Aug. 17th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Your icons are so incredible, K! I LOVE the wildlife ones, especially. The Muppets, too. *g*

If you're ever feeling in the mood to make icons of the most adorable person EVer, I'm sadly lacking in Boyfriend icons. ;) Just in case, there's lots of inspiration linked here: http://www.theclackhouse.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2680
chase820
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love these. Such a clean, unique look. Thanks for sharing!
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lilydale
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
I don't want to say I like it when you think you've lost your mind, but, well, I do like it when you think you've lost your mind. You make posts like this. *g*
kirbyfest
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Your icons are the bestest. Thank you.

(But you are more bestest than the icons.)
minim_calibre
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
These icons are amazing.

I love your exceedingly practical subconscious.
siriaeve
Aug. 17th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
I found your journal randomly wandering LJ, and I have to say that I adore these! I love the source material, and the style is great. I snagged a bunch of them, mostly Blackadder ones, but some Pratchett and Izzard ones as well.
cofax7
Aug. 18th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
::Happy sigh::

I'm considering the B/W ones, they're just lovely. Particularly the Pterry. "Have written", indeed. Sigh.
ropo
Aug. 18th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
And also I took some of the icons. Victoria Wood 1 ... and Withnail & I Suffer...
jonquil
Aug. 18th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
I stole two Blackadders and thank you, thank you.
marakara
Aug. 18th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
Last night I dreamed that I had moved to New York.

Welcome!

New York was being *very* New York, in my dream, all shining lights reflected on rainy streets, excitement, optimistic cacophony and wisecracks.

Yep, that's about it.

We had acquired the keys to a flat from some very dodgy geezer who ran a small shop that sold camera film, tourist trash, snacks and whistles ("Whistles? WTF?" I know)

How much are you paying a month? Seriously, let me be the first to ask because, believe me, I won't be the last.

We moved up there to discover that it was just three rooms:

A veritable palace!

a giant bedroom with four beds, a giant empty living area and a tiny bathroom.

Oddly, that sounds about right.

The floors were a glorious expanse of slightly battered varnish, leading to giant picture windows that looked out over the city.

If you can see either of the Rivers, you're probably paying an extra $200 a month.

We got up there again, slapped our rucksacks down on a bed each and went back out into the living area, and I thought "Oh come *on*, there is no way you could afford a place like this if you moved to New York"

Rent Control? How else do you think I can afford an apartment with a walk in linen closet.

Take Care
Mara
angstville
Aug. 18th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
I love your icons so very much - you are so talented.

I think I'm missing a comfort or hugging icon. You know my fandoms, you know my sicknesses..heehee...

Oh! You know what else I'm missing? Some kind of "cheers" icon - ohmigosh, I'm going to email you the picture I have! *g*

Be careful what you wish for, iconmaker! heee!
leiliaxf
Aug. 18th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
You rock.

Also, I snurched a bunch of icons.

Ta!
xsabx
Aug. 18th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
Oh
you are, without doubt, a Good Person :D

Watch the post this weekend.

lenadances
Aug. 18th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Stealing this one, because I have been thinking I ought to have a writing (or, most of the time in my case, a blathering-about-writing-while-not-doing-it) icon. Excellent timing. Thankyooooou!
serialkarma
Aug. 18th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. These icons are *fantastic*. I would love to have the "deadlines" one. And the Terry Pratchett "literature" one. Thankee!
erehwesle
Aug. 18th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
Want all. May, in fact, take all. Loooooooove them.
sophia_helix
Aug. 18th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
I had to have "Deadlines." Because, you know, soon-to-be flailing student n' all. Thanks!
amiguriken
Aug. 19th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Linked
My dear strange friend daughtershade sent me a link here, and I could not help but thieve away at the lovely Pratchett and Douglas Adams icons. Thank you for sharing!
phdiva
Aug. 19th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for making your fabulous icons available. chase820 put me on to your little fire-sale since I snarfed at one of the Amanda Richardson ones. Very cool.
grifyn
Aug. 19th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
You're turning into a peguin. Stop it. - This has sent me into hysterical chortling. I thank thee.
mazily
Aug. 24th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh, man, love the black and white ones. Just love. Nabbing a Blackadder or two, possibly a Fawlty Towers (eee!), and will credit when used.
theodosia
Aug. 24th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Snaffled some Pratchett, with much thanks.
eliade
Aug. 26th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
Ooh, if you're up--poke, poke? *g*--can I ask: Who is the person in the icon that says, "You're turning into a penguin. Stop it." I grabbed that even though I had no idea who it was. I vaguely thought it was Ian Holm, but now I doubt myself...
(Anonymous)
Aug. 26th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
It's the late Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's guide author and all-round wonderful sort.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 26th, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
It's the late Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's guide author and all-round wonderful sort.
redsrule1
Aug. 27th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
Wow, more treats! Great stuff. Took a couple Fawlty Towers and Douglass Adams icons. Thanks again.
amerella
Sep. 4th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
I stumbled across these and think they're the coolest icons in the history of ever. I'm snagging a few and will be sure to credit. Thanks.
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 4th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I am glad you like them. There will be another post of them sometime around the end of September should you wish to snag more. Most likely West Wing, VM, a couple of movies and possibly Spooks.

You wouldn't be the "Amerella" of The Watching Wall fame would you? I recall having a long, interesting discussion of that story back when I was a fanfic reading sort.
amerella
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
There will be another post of them sometime around the end of September should you wish to snag more. Most likely West Wing, VM, a couple of movies and possibly Spooks.

Ooh. Very awesome. I'll be on the lookout for that. There is an extreme shortage of good WW icons out there!

You wouldn't be the "Amerella" of The Watching Wall fame would you? I recall having a long, interesting discussion of that story back when I was a fanfic reading sort.

Oh, wow. God, no one's mentioned that fic to me in so, so long - I have a different e-mail addy now and everything. It's both really cool that you remember it, and embarrassing. I was like, just 16, I think, when I wrote it and the fact that it had really bad punctuation was not a stylistic choice, sadly. But it was my first fic, and I think it had some redeemable qualities so I still have a soft spot for it a little bit. ;)

It also received more feedback than any of my other fics ever have. LOL! Wish I could have got into XF fandom a bit earlier, or been a bit older.
stultiloquentia
Sep. 5th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Somebody praised your icons over on frimfram's journal, so I came over to look.

I am taking many away to live on my hard drive, where they shall be cackled at and gloated over.
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dzurlady
Oct. 8th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
These are very very cool. I need more icon space to properly deploy them! And yet, sadly, this is not possible. Woe! *takes, uh, quite a few* Thanks!
rebrthofwonder
Dec. 8th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
Found your journal through someone else...yoinked one of the Eddie Izzards.

Thanks!
josephides
Jan. 30th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Found your journal through somebody else and nabbed a few of your icons - have credited. Thank you!!!
tanthe
Mar. 31st, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Snagged a few icons and credited.

Thanks! :)
jissa
Oct. 7th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
I saw one of the discworld ones in use elsewhere and came over to take a look.

These are fantastic! You've really done a great job with making simple, fun icons!

I've snagged several of the discworld and eddie izzard ones, becaue I just couldn't resist.

Thanks!
50mm
Jan. 27th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
hello! I've seen the b+w ones around on friends and friendsfriends and finally tracked them down, because I think they're quite nifty. I've grabbed Basil Fawlty, Eddie Izzard, and Douglas Adams. Thank you!
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