Smiley/Emoticon Redesign: Cooperative Member Involved Project (SERCMIP)

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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 02:40 AM
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reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
 


I like them...nice and clear,=good.....Outstanding colors to push the feeling




posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:11 AM
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reply to post by loam
 


Really nice loam, good colour choice as well.

The last one
or "roll eyes" - the mouth is not quite right, imo, and therefore does not give the impression it is meant to.

Curious, can you animate them, like a current ones on the "old" website?

Just my opinion, overall however those are very nice,

BIG

, but nice LOL



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:15 AM
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Originally posted by Sublimecraft
reply to post by loam
 


Really nice loam, good colour choice as well.

The last one
or "roll eyes" - the mouth is not quite right, imo, and therefore does not give the impression it is meant to.

Curious, can you animate them, like a current ones on the "old" website?

Just my opinion, overall however those are very nice,

BIG

, but nice LOL


Yea, we can try sizing them down....I haven't checked the filetype, but hope they are either gif or png.

THe mouth thing I am sure he can fix. I would be happy to help with the hand, the gun, and the lemonade to get them cleaned up.

But they are awesome.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:26 AM
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They are png.

And yes, they can be changed in any way. It's really rather easy. Colors can change too, though I chose the green to stay with the new theme....also a bit alien-ish...

Oddly enough, I found it easier making them in power point than photoshop. All of the elements move easily. On the props, as long as those have transparent backgrounds, they can be easily superimposed upon and joined with the basic image.

Honestly, I just banged these out as proof of concept. With much more time...good suggestions...and some membership creativity, they could go anywhere.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:33 AM
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They can be animated, but before doing that work, I'd like to understand if SO will permit animated gifs.

Here's another size test:

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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:44 AM
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I don't know, the more I look at these the more 'kiddie' they look.

Maybe I'll work on an alternative set for comparison.

I'd like to see something in between the cryptic alien script version we have now and traditional emoticons.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 03:49 AM
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Since S.O had invested so much time on the 5.3, it stands to reason that the emoticons, which are used extensively by the members, are given a total revamp. You and loam seem to be on the right path.

My thinking is of a "pixar" type 3D animated series of emoticons with little feet and hands, but with a distinct ATS slant (maybe a grey alien guy) along these lines.......


combined with these guys...........




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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 04:14 AM
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Here's another pool I made using more of the modern touch:




Is this a better direction?
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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 08:05 AM
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reply to post by Sublimecraft
 


The alien ones are adorable! Love those!!!!



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:17 AM
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reply to post by loam
 


They get my vote dude



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:18 AM
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From the other thread


Originally posted by Blue_Jay33
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
 


I like yours way better, very good job.




Way better than the new ATS ones.
I realize these are super-sized but if they were bigger than standard like the size of dime and maybe light blue instead of green that would be even better IMO.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:25 AM
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Originally posted by loam
reply to post by Sublimecraft
 


They can be animated, but before doing that work, I'd like to understand if SO will permit animated gifs.

Here's another size test:




See this is the size that is good for me.

Loam should finalize about a dozen and get skeptic to put them to a vote at ATS yours verses those new horrid ones, pretty sure yours would win. You have my vote. Again something so simple yet it makes a difference.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:39 AM
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Those are pretty awesome smileys. I would love to see them used here. The color is awesome too.

Did you UL images of those to ATS, or is it code (which you could share with those who might want to use them)?

And what about size?



ETA: I like the original concept better (with the dark mouths and eyes, etc) than the modern version (which I guess is more similar to the new ATS).

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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 10:58 AM
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loam
Here's another pool I made using more of the modern touch:




Is this a better direction?
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Can you try a transparent version of those, using the lt. green as the circle and eyes, (to match the reply buttons, etc.), but make the circles hollow?

They are still a bit too "kiddie", or in my own words, "cartoonish".

I think if you stick with the circle, you'll come up with something interesting.....
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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:30 AM
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I was curious about your no-fill suggestion. Here's what that set would look like:



Really easy to do... only took a few minutes...

Like I said, any color works.


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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:38 AM
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So this is a nice set. I like the clear.

If the sunglasses were a grey (that was like the washed out black of the color scheme), they would be more noticable. Same with the tongue....if it were pinkish (wash out red) it would be more noticable.

I think we go with this, and expand a little.

We can't have animations. But we can still create a few others (thumbs down, for example, or a red faced angry one using wash out red)



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:40 AM
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Ok. Let me work on those and we'll see how they come out.

I'm headed out now, but should have something to look at later to see if we like this direction.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:45 AM
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I sure do. and it seems to have popular support. and, and....anything would beat what is in place now.


Have fun, im about to do the same.

Something to consider: it seems that 32X32 is the size. I think we should aim designs to have the right impact at that size, so as to make it easier for SO to integrate into the site.
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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:49 AM
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I really appreciate the member effort on new smilies. It's something for which I simply don't have the time.


But please, before you go making a slew of smilies, run them past me first. There are a few considerations that must be taken into account:

1) two colors/versions for each UI option (dark/light)

2) high contrast and able to scale down to 32x32 pixels (or smaller) and still be immediately discernible as to which emoticon it represents

3) Match existing colors in use on the site in either the current smilies, or UI

4) Mostly flat in design -- limited shading, and now shadows

5) all the same physical box size... they can all be rectangular or square, but should all be the same aspect ratio


Thank you!


Here's one I experimented with last week, and represents the likely final size:


It's based on a Photoshop smilies template I purchased and can provide to anyone who asks.
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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 11:49 AM
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Nice.....Definately in the right direction.





 
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