John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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The road to this new default icon is twisted and long. It started with this picture, which is the basis for this week's TWoP Pixel Challenge. I had two pretty good ideas right off the bat (The Magic and Trumpies), but then I was stuck. I knew I didn't want to do another one in which I replaced the pictures of the contestants with other pictures, though. Last night, it occurred to me that since the original picture was already segmented, it might lend itself to a Mondrianesqe treatment. I fooled around with that idea last night and eventually came up with this. It's not particularly funny, but I think it's reasonably clever.

Default iconAnyway, once I had the template -- that is, the original Mondrian with the white areas cut out -- I decided I could adapt it for use as an icon. So I took a picture I took of myself at Yosemite National Park last summer, cropped it and layered it behind the Mondrian grid. I liked it, so I decided to make a whole whole series of icons with different pictures behind the grid. But so far I just have two, the default icon and one I'll use for comics-related posts. I'll roll out the others as I complete them.

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