Iconfu – Icons for you
I got here throughout Iconfu on a remark board I frequent sometimes, Y-Combinator. It’s a little easy on-line software for folks to create icons for numerous functions. By considerably easy, I imply that there are such a lot of choices that I really feel like I simply walked into an artwork retailer with numerous completely different instruments, canvases, and brushes. Being a non-expert within the artwork scene, I am in search of a fundamental paint brush, coloration picker, and fill. These work with out an excessive amount of trouble.
Export codecs embrace png, gif and ico. Conspicuously lacking from the checklist is jpg. Many designers consider that jpg needs to be eliminated, however I ponder concerning the determination to exclude it. The format choice is definitely my favourite function, permitting you to click on the suitable hyperlink and obtain your masterpiece at any time.
As for my “a bit easy” remark, a better have a look at the positioning reveals extra choices than I’d ever dream of utilizing. A formidable providing of instruments certainly, if just one had been subtle sufficient to make use of them. It begs the query, would anybody as ignorant as myself take the time to learn to use them? These accustomed to graphic design will doubtless already be specialists in Photoshop® or Gimp. What’s their motivation to work on this?
However I am urgent exhausting to make use of this new software. It is clear that the builders have spared no expense with regards to including performance. A fast overview consists of 12 completely different drawing modes, 10 completely different instruments, 17 completely different actions, built-in feedback, an awesome coloration stage graph, an animator, and a particular Give Up button that makes George Costanza seem on the display screen.
My least favourite a part of Iconfu is maybe an important, the colour picker. I’ve a idea about coloration pickers and it goes like this. all coloration selectors needs to be banned outright. Seeing as how there are 1000’s and 1000’s of colours, how come I am going to have the ability to decide the one I need with just a little software like this one? Iconfu’s coloration software is not any higher or worse, however what I am actually in search of is a pleasant little field the place I can enter a six-digit code. (Sure, I observed a approach to enter RGB values, but it surely’s lower than apparent.) After I design a web site, I normally spend hours making an attempt to choose colours. I take advantage of an arsenal together with a coloration picker and numerous web sites that inform me which colours ought to match the bottom I began with. These efforts at all times fail and I resort to utilizing a prefab theme, however I digress. My request 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 dimension you must create a favicon.ico for a web site. Within the spirit of Iconfu, I attempted my very own. See my present favicon posted right here for posterity.
Icon created utilizing Iconfu, kindly repurposed by the creator of Iconfu (see feedback)
General, I discovered this software a bit too complicated for entry-level customers like 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 doubtless to make use of a plain man software like favicon.cc. I ought to word that Iconfu has the choice to improve to a 48 x 48 pixel body, in addition to different choices. The charge is simply $2, which may solely recall to mind my favourite line from the cult film. Reenacted and remixed right here. (film begins round 1:30…)