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Which Size Works Best?

Poll ended at Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:25 pm

1. 15x15: Smile :smile15: Happy :grin15: Cry :cry15: Barfy :barf:
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50%
2. 18x18: Smile :smile18: Happy :grin18: Cry :cry18: Barfy :barfy18:
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50%
3. 20x20: Smile :smile20: Happy :grin20: Cry :cry20: Barfy :barfy20:
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No votes
4. Other: See post.
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Total votes : 10

New Smilies!

Postby PonderThis » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:14 am

I'm thinking of replacing our current stock smilies with some cartoon style smilies.

This is the current happy face: :)
Possible new happy face: :smile15:
Or maybe a bit bigger: :smile18:
A bit bigger still: :smile20:

This is the current very happy face: :D
Possible new very happy face: :grin15:
Or maybe a bit bigger: :grin18:
A bit bigger still: :grin20:

Or is it all just: :barf: :?:
Or maybe a bit bigger: :barfy18:
A bit bigger still: :barfy20:

I dunno. It's enough to make me cry: :cry:
Possible new crying face: :cry15:
Or maybe a bit bigger: :cry18:
A bit bigger still: :cry20:
Last edited by PonderThis on Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:02 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: Added Different Sizes for Comparison
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Re: Testing

Postby Skimba » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:17 am

I like the fact that they are more cartoonish than the others. Maybe a little bigger, yes. The pointy ones that we currently have bother my brain.
Barfy is awesome.




:barf: :mrgreen: :barf: :mrgreen: :barf: :mrgreen:
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Re: Testing

Postby Binkatron5000 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:46 am

YAYAYAYAYAY! :barf: :barf: :barf: :barf:
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Re: Testing

Postby sum yun gai » Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:04 am

:?: :? :( :shock: :barf:
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Re: Testing

Postby PonderThis » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:58 pm

OK, I added several different sizes to that top post for comparison.

Pros and Cons that I see:
15x15: Pro: Fits inline with text. Con: A bit hard to make out.
18x18: Pro: Easier to make out: Con: They're a bit bigger than the line they're in so will cause lines with smilies to be offset a smidge.
20x20: Pro: Much easier to make out: Con: Really offsets the line. Doesn't seem to fit at all.

I'm not sure which works best, so I made this thread into a poll. All the smilies original source are vector-based Illustrator files so they can in theory be resized to just about anything.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby Null » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:41 pm

Is there a reason to use generic yellow ball type smilies? What about something a bit more spamusing, such as the famed happy sun for a smiley? Or maybe a contest by some of the artists here.

I rarely use the durned things myself.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby ntw3001 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:10 pm

I have 100% of the vote!

I voted for the small ones because they are text sized. Null's plan of sun-themed smileys is also good. I guess they could be like little yellow circles with faces, or something.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby PonderThis » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:49 pm

Null wrote:Is there a reason to use generic yellow ball type smilies?

Yes, there is. I decided wanted to customize the smilies a bit to give a unique feel to the place, but without changing the character of the existing smilies by too much, so that old posts change their meaning.

I didn't want to have a contest or worse pick different people to do different smilies. Smilies need to be simple and as unambiguous as possible. They should all follow the same style so that any given artist's impression of art becomes more important than what the smilie itself is trying to convey.

So I found a pack of 9 smilies on some web site and paid $5 for it. I added color so they resemble the current smilies a bit more, then expanded the collection by taking bits and pieces of different smilies and combining them, or adding simple features, like sunglasses to make the "cool" smilie. I then added the barfy smilie because, frankly, I always wanted one.

And that is the story of how the cartoon smilies came to be.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby chrismachine » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:02 pm

I would actually like our avatar pictures to be a bit bigger. not monstrous, but a touch bigger.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby EvilJekyll » Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:10 pm

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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby Clueless » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:28 pm

How about keeping the old ones (the old, non-pointy ones) and add a bunch of new stuff? then we can add stuff like the delightfully deranged happy sun, or perhaps a grimace with his stabby knife etc.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby Nyperold » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:18 am

Ooh, yeah, and maybe tiny versions of Cabinet Sanchez, Eggplant Mike, Troy Powell, etc.
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby traubster » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:37 am

This poll makes me wanna :barf:

Smilies are so 2000s :roll:
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby Clueless » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:04 am

Nyperold wrote:Ooh, yeah, and maybe tiny versions of Cabinet Sanchez, Eggplant Mike, Troy Powell, etc.

Exaxtly! etc.
Null wrote:I think it's a parallel to "Nero fiddles while Rome burns."

"The Emperor air-guitars while his realm atomizes."


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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby EvilJekyll » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:16 am

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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby sum yun gai » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:25 am

Image :) :|

hmm... i guess it's just about the same size as the circle heads but slightly smaller than pointy heads
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby jvcc » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:13 pm

You were wrong, :n/
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Re: New Smilies Size Poll

Postby Saltine » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:05 pm

Wow, nice. :n/
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby PonderThis » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:04 pm

OK, it's been tied up since Friday so I decided to go with the more conservative option and stay with the current size (15x15).

I've replaced the smilies, but smilies in old posts have not changed. I tried the CTL+F5 thing but no change. I wonder if there's some sort of lag? :?

So anyways here we are. :D
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby Binkatron5000 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:24 pm

:shock: SUPER :!: :D

:evil: :x :( :? :barf: :o :P :) :D :lol: :mrgreen:
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby EvilJekyll » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:41 pm

Troy is hard to make: Image
Eggplant mike is ok I guess: Image

Ponder would have to make these transparent pngs to have them icons if you guys wanted.
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby EsBe » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:22 pm

What if we used CSS to give smilies a negative margin-top, so we can use slightly oversized ones without breaking the flow of text? That'd free up room for the more exotic Spamusement smilies.

Also, 20px-square smilies checking in:
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I also went trawling through old Spamusements and guest strips for characters to turn into smilies, but all I ended up with was this guy from an old comic of mine. Image Others like Payday and Snickers or this cool dude proved too dense to be resized to 20x20 and still be recognizable. Maybe I can manually draw Mr. Payday though.
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby PonderThis » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:16 am

Here's a simple 15x15 version of Troy made via a simple crop-n-resize from the original cartoon:
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Re: New Smilies!

Postby Dusk » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:26 am

Nooo I didn't get to vote.
I guess this size is best for, you know, people who still use Netscape in Win95 800x600 or something. I'm not really being facetious there. I know it still happens. :x

EvilJekyll wrote:Troy is hard to make: Image

That looks like a fetus or something. :P

So.. can we.. submit possible new icons?

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