I got here throughout Iconfu on a remark board I frequent on occasion, Y-Combinator. It is a considerably easy on-line instrument for folks to construct icons for varied functions. By considerably easy I imply that there are such a lot of choices I really feel like I simply walked into an artwork retailer with a bazillion totally different instruments, canvases and paintbrushes. Being a non professional within the artwork enviornment, I search for the essential paint brush, colour selector, and fill. These work with out an excessive amount of trouble.
The exportable codecs embody png, gif, and ico. Conspicuously lacking from the listing is jpg. Many designers really feel jpg needs to be completed away, however I’m wondering in regards to the determination to exclude it. The format choice is definitely my favourite characteristic, which at any given time lets you click on the respective hyperlink and obtain your masterpiece.
Concerning my “considerably easy” remark, a extra thorough exploration of the location reveals extra choices than I might ever dream of utilizing. Actually a powerful providing of instruments, have been anybody to be refined sufficient to make use of them. It begs the query, will somebody who’s artwork illiterate comparable to myself take the time to learn to use them? Those that are conversant in graphic design will most likely already be consultants in Photoshop® or Gimp. What’s their motivation to work with this then?
However I press on, decided to utilize this new instrument. It is clear the builders spared no expense when it got here to including performance. A short overview contains 12 totally different drawing modes, 10 totally different instruments, 17 totally different actions, embedded feedback, a nifty colour ranges graph, an animator, and a particular Give Up button that causes George Costanza to seem on the display.
My least favourite a part of Iconfu is probably essentially the most important- the colour selector. I’ve a concept about colour selectors and it goes as follows: all colour selectors needs to be banned forthright. Seeing as how there are hundreds upon hundreds of colours obtainable, how is it that I am going to have the ability to decide the one I would like with slightly instrument comparable to this one. Iconfu’s colour instrument is not any higher or worse than anybody else’s, however what I am actually searching for a a pleasant little field the place I can enter a 6 digit hex code. (Sure I seen a strategy to enter the RGB values however it’s lower than apparent.) After I’m designing a web site I normally spend hours attempting to pick colours. I take advantage of an arsenal together with a colour picker and varied web sites that inform me which colours are imagined to match the bottom one I begin with. This effort invariably fails and I resort to utilizing a prefabricated theme, however I digress. My plea to Iconfu, give me a field to enter the hex code and we’ll name it even.
The default dimension is a 16 x 16 pixel body which occurs to be the identical as one must create the favicon.ico for a web site. Within the spirit of Iconfu, I tried my very own. See my present favicon which is posted right here for posterity.
Icon created utilizing Iconfu, kindly redone by Iconfu’s creator (see feedback)
All in all I discovered this instrument a bit too complicated for the entry stage person, comparable to myself. I am going to give them credit score for having useful menus and even tutorials. I’ve to confess, for my subsequent favicon I am a bit extra seemingly to make use of a easy man’s instrument, comparable to favicon.cc. I am going to notice that Iconfu does have the choice to improve to achieve a 48 x48 pixel body in addition to different choices. The price is as little as $2, which may solely be harking back to my favourite line from a cult movie. Reenacted and remixed right here. (film clip begins across the 1:30 mark…)